Play #1 – The DB makes an attempt at going over the top of the WR trying to not make early contact. As a result the contact with the upper back and head occur as the ball is arriving. Too close to call so no DPI. No foul.
Play #2 – The beginning portion of the block is no foul. The ending portion of the block as he “pancakes” the defender is not a foul. But the grab and restrict as the runner is going by the block materially restricts the defender from making his move inside to attempt a tackle. The only way this is not a foul is if the official judged that the runner was already past the hold. This is a foul for holding.
Play #3 – This is a well-executed block by the pulling guard. He has inside-out leverage and makes his block as the runner goes through the hole. The guard then grabs and restricts the DE as he attempts to go to his right and attempt a tackle. This move is considered “too late” as the runner is moving too quickly fot eh DE to have a chance. No disadvantage as the runner is by the block. No foul.
Play #4 – RT has great positioning and control of this block until the DE attempts to move past him to his outside. At this point the DE begins to lose his balance. It is impossible to determine if the loss of balance is his own making, or a pull by the RT. When in question…No Foul.
Play #5 – QB is attempting to punish the runner near the sideline. His legal options are to significantly lower his tackle to the midriff area and wrap up, or to use his hands and push the runner out of bounds. This is excessive contact to the head and neck area and a personal foul. It may not be technically a targeting foul as we can’t confirm the contact on film, but we certainly have excessive contact to a player who is vulnerable. Personal Foul penalty, most likely targeting!
Play #6 – Lead blocker misses his angle so he extends his right arm and “hooks” the defender. Although it is possible that the force of the initial contact mainly causes the defender to go to the ground, it is the hooking action that ensures that the contact with the defender is successful. This is a great holding call. Foul for Holding.
Play #7 – This time we have a defenseless receiver. The DB could make a legal play on the ball, or push him to the ground after the receiver has touched the ball, or made a wrap-up tackle at the waist. In this case he chooses to separate the receiver from the ball with forceful contact (helmet comes off immediately). This is a personal foul for excessive contact to a defenseless player.