False Start: A penalty that occurs when a player on the offensive line crosses the line of scrimmage or makes any sudden movement prior to the snap of the football. Penalty: 5 yards, replay down. (From Tuesday’s post)
Offsides: A penalty that occurs when a player on the defensive line crosses the line of scrimmage or makes any sudden movement prior to the snap of the football. Penalty: 5 yards, replay down. (From Tuesday’s post)
Encroachment: A penalty that occurs when a defensive player crosses the line of scrimmage prior to the snap and makes contact with an offensive player. Penalty: 5 yards, replay down. (From Tuesday’s post)
Neutral Zone Infraction: A penalty that occurs when a member of the defensive line moves offsides and causes a member (or members) of the offensive line to false start. Penalty: 5 yards, replay down. (From Tuesday’s post)
In Motion: The one offensive player who is allowed to move across the formation prior to the snap (but if he moves forward prior the the snap after arriving in his new position, it’s an illegal motion penalty). (From Tuesday’s post)
Intentional Grounding: A penalty that occurs when a quarterback is getting pressured and throws the ball a) from inside the pocket, b) short of the line of scrimmage, c) where there is no eligible receiver to catch the ball. Penalty: 10 yards, loss of down. (From Wednesday’s post)
Roughing the Passer: A penalty that occurs when a defensive player touches the quarterback after he has released the ball (either by passing or handing it off). Penalty: 15 yards, automatic first down. (From Wednesday’s post)
Roughing the Kicker: A penalty that occurs when a defensive player touches the kicker or punter without having touched the ball first (as in a blocked punt of field goal attempt). Penalty: 15 yards, automatic first down.(From Wednesday’s post)
Holding: A penalty that occurs when a player uses his hands or arms to push from behind, hang onto, or encircle an opponent. Holding can be called on the offense or the defense. (From Wednesday’s post)
Offensive Holding: Usually called on offensive linemen who are blocking defensive linemen and trying to open up holes for running backs, but offensive holding can also be called on receivers who are trying to gain an advantage over the defensive backs covering them. Penalty: 10 yards, replay down.
Defensive Holding: Defenders can legally block a receiver within the first 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. After 5 yards, they are held to the standard definition of holding. Penalty: 5 yards, automatic first down.
Pass Interference: A penalty that occurs when one player impedes another player’s ability to do his job during a passing play. Usually this takes the form of pushing, grabbing, or blocking without looking for the ball. Pass interference can be called on the offense or the defense. (From Wednesday’s post)
Offensive Pass Interference: Most frequently called when a receiver makes an obvious attempt to create space between himself and a defender, usually by shoving him out of the way. Offensive PI can also be called in a “pick play” scenario, when another offensive player intentionally runs down a defensive player in order for a teammate to get open. Penalty: 10 yards, replay down.
Defensive Pass Interference: Most frequently called when a defender illegally impedes a receiver’s ability to catch a pass – especially if he does so without looking behind him for the pass (telltale PI giveaway). Penalty: automatic first down at the spot of the foul (unless it occurs in the end zone, in which case it’s an automatic first down and the ball is placed at the 1-yard line).
Personal Foul: A personal foul isn’t a specific foul; it’s the name given to any number of undisciplined actions that endanger the health of another player. It’s usually called in reference to unsportsmanlike conduct or unnecessary roughness, but is also called for plays like roughing the passer or kicker, face mask, excessive celebration, and others. When the offense commits a personal foul it’s a 15-yard penalty; when the defense commits a personal foul it’s a 15-yard penalty and an automatic first down. (From Wednesday’s post)
Special Teams: The unit that takes the field in any kicking situation. More often than not, most of the members of the special teams unit are members of the offensive or defensive unit as well. The main exceptions are the punter and kicker (or sometimes just one punter/kicker), who only has kicking responsibilities.
12th Man: The term fans (specifically Seattle fans) use to describe their influence on the game; their boisterous, deafening presence is like having a 12th man on the field. (Only 11 men per unit are allowed on the field.)
And just because I love you guys…I condensed the penalties posts into a quick reference printable. Check out yesterday’s post to save it, pin it, or print it out for game day!
Normal Girl Game of the Week:
Bills at Browns, Last Night
This was a true normal girl pick because it was all about love of the underdog. I was so excited to see how the resurgent Browns would far against the up-and-coming Bills. It was a good game, but different than expected, since both quarterbacks ended up getting sidelined due to injury by the end of the game. And the Browns roll on! Great home win for them.
Also on the Radar:
1. If the Giants are going to win a game before their Week 9 bye week, their best bet might be this Sunday, at home against the floundering Eagles.
2. The Lions put a beat down on the Bears last week, who had been looking pretty darn good prior to that game. If they can make a similar statement in another divisional games against the Packers on Sunday, it’ll be something to
cry about talk about.
3. Last Sunday the Seahawks proved that they can come back to win on the road against a tough AFC opponent. They’ll be looking to prove the same thing against the Colts on Sunday.