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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.

The NFL announced the dates and kickoff times for all 65 NFL preseason games, beginning with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts in Canton, Ohio, which will air live on ESPN at 8 PM ET on Sunday, August 7.

The NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts that will be carried live by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC and will feature five 2015 playoff teams.

NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live game broadcasts in all four weeks of the preseason. NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in July.

Here is the complete 2016 NFL preseason schedule:

HALL OF FAME WEEKEND – AUGUST 6-7

Local Time

Eastern

Sunday, August 7 (NFL/Hall of Fame Game)

Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (Canton, OH)

ESPN

8:00p (ET)

8:00p

WEEK 1 - AUGUST 11-14

Thursday, August 11

Washington at Atlanta

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Carolina at Baltimore

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

New Orleans at New England

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Jacksonville at New York Jets

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Denver at Chicago

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Friday, August 12

Miami at New York Giants

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Detroit at Pittsburgh

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Minnesota at Cincinnati

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Cleveland at Green Bay

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Oakland at Arizona

7:00p (MST)

10:00p

Saturday, August 13

Seattle at Kansas City

3:30p (CT)

4:30p

Indianapolis at Buffalo

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Dallas at Los Angeles

ESPN

5:00p (PT)

8:00p

San Diego at Tennessee

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Sunday, August 14

Houston at San Francisco

4:00p (PT)

7:00p

WEEK 2 - AUGUST 18-20

Thursday, August 18

Philadelphia at Pittsburgh

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Cincinnati at Detroit

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Atlanta at Cleveland

8:00p (ET)

8:00p

Oakland at Green Bay

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Chicago at New England

8:00p (ET)

8:00p

Minnesota at Seattle

7:00p (PT)

10:00p

Friday, August 19

New York Jets at Washington

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Miami at Dallas

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Arizona at San Diego

6:00p (PT)

9:00p

Saturday, August 20

Carolina at Tennessee

2:00p (CT)

3:00p

New York Giants at Buffalo

4:00p (ET)

4:00p

Baltimore at Indianapolis

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

New Orleans at Houston

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

San Francisco at Denver

7:00p (MT)

9:00p

Kansas City at Los Angeles

7:00p (PT)

10:00p

WEEK 3 - AUGUST 25-28

Thursday, August 25

Atlanta at Miami (Orlando, FL)

NBC

8:00p (ET)

8:00p

Dallas at Seattle

7:00p (PT)

10:00p

Friday, August 26

New England at Carolina

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Buffalo at Washington

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Pittsburgh at New Orleans

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Cleveland at Tampa Bay

CBS

8:00p (ET)

8:00p

Green Bay at San Francisco

7:00p (PT)

10:00p

Saturday, August 27

Kansas City at Chicago

12:00p (CT)

1:00p

Detroit at Baltimore

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Philadelphia at Indianapolis

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

New York Giants at New York Jets

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Tennessee at Oakland

CBS

5:00p (PT)

8:00p

Los Angeles at Denver

7:00p (MT)

9:00p

Sunday, August 28

San Diego at Minnesota

FOX

12:00p (CT)

1:00p

Arizona at Houston

FOX

3:00p (CT)

4:00p

Cincinnati at Jacksonville

NBC

8:00p (ET)

8:00p

WEEK 4 - SEPTEMBER 1

Thursday, September 1

Jacksonville at Atlanta

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Tennessee at Miami

7:00 (ET)

7:00p

New England at New York Giants

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

New York Jets at Philadelphia

7:00p (ET)

7:00p

Pittsburgh at Carolina

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Indianapolis at Cincinnati

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Buffalo at Detroit

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Washington at Tampa Bay

7:30p (ET)

7:30p

Chicago at Cleveland

8:00p (ET)

8:00p

Houston at Dallas

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Green Bay at Kansas City

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Los Angeles at Minnesota

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Baltimore at New Orleans

7:00p (CT)

8:00p

Denver at Arizona

6:30p (MST)

9:30p

Seattle at Oakland

7:00p (PT)

10:00p

San Francisco at San Diego

7:00p (PT)

10:00p

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