Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact

Definition

It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The rule applies to all players on the field at all times, and contact does not have to be to an opponent's head or neck area; lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent's torso, hips or lower body is also a penalty.

Outcome

15 yards. If committed on defense; automatic first down. The player may be disqualified.

2020 Stats

Overall Totals By Team

There was an average of 0.16 Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact penalties per team league wide.

 AgainstBeneficiary
NameGamesCountYards LostDismissedHomeAwayCountYards GainedDismissedHomeAway
Arizona20000000000
Atlanta200000115001
Baltimore20000000000
Buffalo20000000000
Carolina20000000000
Chicago211500100000
Cincinnati200100115101
Cleveland211501000000
Dallas211501000000
Denver20000000000
Detroit200000115010
Green Bay211500100000
Houston20000000000
Indianapolis20010000000
Jacksonville30000000000
Kansas City20000000000
Las Vegas20000000000
LA Rams20000000000
LA Chargers20010000100
Miami30000000000
Minnesota200000115110
New England20000000000
New Orleans20000000000
N.Y. Giants20000000000
N.Y. Jets20000000000
Philadelphia200000115001
Pittsburgh20000000000
San Francisco20000000000
Seattle20000000000
Tampa Bay20000000000
Tennessee20000000000
Washington211501000000
Totals33575332575323
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