Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

Each NFL team’s 2016 opponents are set based on the final 2015 standings and the league’s scheduling formula. The formula ensures that every team plays each of the other 31 at least once in a four-year period.

The league typically releases the final schedule with dates and kickoff times in April.

Learn more about the NFL schedule making process.

AFC East

BUFFALO BILLS

Home  – Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers

Away – Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams

MIAMI DOLPHINS

Home – Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans

Away – Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Home – New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans

Away – New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos

NEW YORK JETS

Home – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts

Away – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

AFC North

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Home – Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

Away – Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Home – Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins (London), Denver Broncos

Away – Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Houston Texans

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Home – Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers

Away – Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Home – Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs

Away – Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts

AFC South

HOUSTON TEXANS

Home – Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals

Away – Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Home – Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away – Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars (London), Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Home – Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts (London), Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens

Away – Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills

TENNESSEE TITANS

Home – Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away – Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears

AFC West

DENVER BRONCOS

Home – San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots

Away – San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Home – Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets

Away – Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Home – Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills

Away – Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Home – Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins

Away – Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns

NFC East

DALLAS COWBOYS

Home – Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

Away – Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

NEW YORK GIANTS

Home – Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints

Away – Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams (London)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Home – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons

Away – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Home – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings

Away – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals (London), Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens

NFC North

CHICAGO BEARS

Home – Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers

Away – Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DETROIT LIONS

Home – Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams

Away – Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Home – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks

Away – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Home – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals

Away – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers

NFC South

ATLANTA FALCONS

Home – Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers

Away – Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Home – Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings

Away – Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Home – Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders

Away – Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Home – Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears

Away – Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys

NFC West

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Home – Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

Away – Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Home – Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants (London)

Away – Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Home – Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys

Away – Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Home – Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

Away – Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers

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