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.

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. 

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Big Data Bowl

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

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.

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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

2019 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game. 6.2.5

2019 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.   

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.

There is inclement weather expected for the following games:

New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Pregame: Mostly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 30s rising to the mid 30s.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the mid 30s.
  • Postgame: Cloudy. 20% chance of light snow. Temperatures in the mid to lower 30s. Little/no snow accumulation.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (Domed) – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Pregame: Cloudy. 10% chance of flurries/light snow showers. Temperatures in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Little/no snow accumulation.
  • Game: Mostly to partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 30s.
  • Postgame: Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 30s to upper 20s.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs – 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT (CBS)

  • Pregame: Cloudy. 90% chance of snow. Temperatures in the mid 20s. 1 to 1.5 inches of snow accumulation possible.
  • Game: Cloudy. 100% chance of snow. Temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation possible.
  • Postgame: Cloudy. 100% chance of snow. Temperatures in the upper to mid 20s. Up to 1 inch snow accumulation possible.

There is no inclement weather expected for the following games:

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT (CBS)

  • Cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the upper 30s rising to the upper 40s pregame, in the upper 40s rising to the lower 50s during the game, and in the lower 50s postgame.

Miami Dolphins at New York Giants – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Partly to mostly cloudy pregame, then partly cloudy during the game through postgame. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 40s rising to the mid 40s pregame, in the mid 40s during the game, falling to the lower 40s postgame.

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 40s rising to the upper 40s to lower 50s pregame, in the lower 50s to mid 40s during the game, and in the mid 40s postgame.

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 40s rising to the mid 50s pregame, in the mid to upper 50s during the game, and in the mid 50s postgame.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT (FOX)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures near 10 rising to the upper teens pregame, in the upper teens during the game, falling to the mid teens postgame.

Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers – 4:05pm ET/1:05pm PT (CBS)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 50s rising to the lower 60s pregame, in the lower 60s during the game, and in the upper to mid 50s postgame.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders – 4:05pm ET/1:05pm PT (CBS)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the mid 40s to lower 50s pregame, in the lower to mid 50s during the game, and lower 50s postgame.

Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals (Retractable Roof) – 4:05pm ET/2:05pm MT (CBS)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 50s rising to the lower 60s pregame, in the low to mid 60s during the game, and lower 60s to upper 50s postgame.

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys (Retractable Roof) – 4:25pm ET/3:25pm CT (FOX)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the mid 50s rising to the upper 60s pregame, in the upper 60s to lower 70s during the game, falling to the mid to lower 60s postgame.

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers – 4:25pm ET/1:25pm PT (FOX)

  • Partly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the mid 40s to lower 50s pregame, in the lower to mid 50s during the game, and lower 50s postgame.

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers – 8:20pm ET (NBC)

  • Partly to mostly cloudy. Dry. Temperatures in the mid to lower 30s pregame, in the lower 30s during the game, and in the upper 20s postgame.
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