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.

Week 13 gets underway on Thursday night when the Minnesota Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys (NBC, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM ET). Led by the rookie duo of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys have won 10 games in a row, the longest regular-season winning streak in a single season in franchise history. Prescott leads all rookies with 2,835 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes and a 108.6 passer rating while Elliott leads the NFL with 1,199 rushing yards, the most by a rookie in franchise history. Minnesota’s defense ranks third in the league, allowing 307 yards per game. Vikings WR Stefon Diggs ranks third in the NFC with 67 receptions and CB Xavier Rhodes ties for second in the conference with four interceptions, including a team-record 100-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 11. In the last meeting between the clubs (November 3, 2013), Dallas QB Tony Romo threw a game-winning seven-yard touchdown pass to WR Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds remaining in the Cowboys’ 27-23 win.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES
  COWBOYS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER Series tied: 11-11  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Jason Garrett: 1-0 Mike Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-26 vs. Washington L 16-13 at Detroit
LAST GAME 11/3/13: Vikings 23 at Cowboys 27. Dallas QB Tony Romo passes for 337 yards & 2 TDs, incl. GW 7-yard TD to WR Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds remaining. Cowboys DT Nick Hayden has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/10: Vikings 24, Cowboys 21. Minnesota WR Percy Harvin has 95-yard KR-TD. Vikings LB E.J. Henderson has 2 INTs & 9 tackles.
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Dal), 81 (Min). XM: 88 (WW1). 226 (Dal), 225 (Min).
STATS
PASSING Dak Prescott (R): 231-340-2835-18-2-108.6 Sam Bradford: 248-348-2415-12-3-98.3
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott (R): 243-1199-4.9-11 Jerick McKinnon: 106-316-3.0-1
RECEIVING Cole Beasley: 58-647-11.2-5 Stefon Diggs: 67-747-11.1-2
OFFENSE 407.6 294.9
TAKE/GIVE +3 +12
DEFENSE 362.2 307.0
SACKS Tyrone Crawford: 3.5 Danielle Hunter: 7.5
INTs Barry Church: 2 Xavier Rhodes: 4
PUNTING Chris Jones: 46.5 Jeff Locke: 44.5
KICKING Dan Bailey: 94 (34/34 PAT; 20/22 FG) Kai Forbath: 13 (4/5 PAT; 3/3 FG)

NOTES

COWBOYSRookie QB Dak Prescott leads NFL rookies in pass yards (2,835), pass TDs (18) & rating (108.6). In 5 career road games, has 1,350 pass yards (270 per game), 10 TDs & 1 INT for 119.5 rating…Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott leads NFL with 1,199 rush yards & ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,502) & rush TDs (11). Has 306 scrimmage yards (153 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 on road…WR Cole Beasley has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 on road. WR Dez Bryant has 49 TD catches since 2012, most in NFL. Has 5 rec. TDs in past 6. WR Terrance Williams had TD catch in Week 12. TE Jason Witten had 8 receptions for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Ranks 2nd all-time among TEs with 1,072 receptions & 11,768 rec. yards…DE DeMarcus Lawrence has 7 sacks in past 7 on road. LB Sean Lee ranks 2nd in NFC with 105 tackles. Aims for 9th in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB Orlando Scandrick had INT in last meeting.

VIKINGS: QB Sam Bradford passed for 295 yards & TD for 103.4 rating in last meeting (11/8/15 with Phi.). Has passed for 1,261 yards (252.2 per game) with 7 TDs & 0 INTs for 109.2 rating in 5 games at home with Min…RB Matt Asiata aims for 4th in row with rush TD…WR Stefon Diggs ranks 3rd in NFC with 67 receptions. In past 4, has 40 receptions (10 per game) for 357 yards & TD. WR Adam Thielen has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 260 rec. yards (86.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. TE Kyle Rudolph had TD catch in last meeting. Ties for NFC lead among TEs with 5 rec. TDs…DE Everson Griffen had sack in last meeting. Has 28.5 sacks since 2014, 2nd in NFC. DE Brian Robison has 8 sacks in past 7 at home. Has 2.5 sacks in 2 career meetings. LB Anthony Barr had sack last week. S Harrison Smith aims for 12th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 390 tackles since 2012, 2nd among NFC safeties.   

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