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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

NFL Rules Enforcement

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

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

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 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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

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

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

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 5 of the 2020 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 8 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Chicago Bears in a matchup of 3-1 teams.

It will mark the 60th meeting between the two franchises, with the Bears holding an all-time series lead, 39-20. Chicago won the team's last meeting, 48-10, in Week 4 of the 2018 season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last week, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady passed for 369 yards with five touchdowns as the Buccaneers overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers, 38-31. Brady became the third quarterback in NFL history with 30 career games of at least four touchdown passes and ranks third in league annals with seven career games of at least five touchdown passes.

In three career starts at Chicago, Brady has passed for 974 yards (324.7 per game) with eight touchdowns and two interceptions for a 103.0 rating.

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans had seven receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown in Week 4 and leads the NFL with five touchdown catches in 2020. Evans has 33 receptions for 469 yards (93.8 per game) and two touchdowns in five career games on Thursday Night Football.

Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David, the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month in September, led the team with 11 tackles and one pass defensed last week. David is one of two players (Bobby Wagner) with at least 35 tackles (35) and three passes defensed (three) this season.

Chicago Bears

Bears quarterback Nick Foles passed for 249 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his first start with Chicago last week. In four career starts against Tampa Bay, Foles has totaled eight touchdowns (six passing, two rushing) and a 100.6 passer rating.

Last week, wide receiver Allen Robinson led the team with seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, his 14th career 100-yard game. Robinson has 333 receiving yards (83.3 per game) and two touchdowns in four career games on Thursday Night Football. Robinson is one of two NFC wide receivers (Tyler Lockett) with at least 25 receptions (25), 300 receiving yards (331) and two touchdown catches (two) this season.

Linebacker Khalil Mack recorded a sack and forced fumble in the 2018 meeting against Tampa Bay and aims for his third in a row against the Buccaneers with a sack and forced fumble. Since joining the Bears in 2018, Mack is one of three players (Chandler Jones and T.J. Watt) with at least 20 sacks (22.5) and 10 forced fumbles (11).

How to Watch

The game will kick off at 8:20 PM ET on Thursday, October 8. It will be broadcast on cable on FOX and NFL Network. FOX Thursday Night Football games will also be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, and the NFL, FOX, and FOX Deportes digital properties across devices. NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch simulcast are subject to change.

Fans can learn all the ways to watch at

For the Week 5 Tampa Bay-Chicago capsule, click here.