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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

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. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Signals Intelligence

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

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.

The NFL has announced the dates and times for the 2019 preseason schedule, which includes games in Canada and Hawaii along with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Denver Broncos face the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game. The game will kick off a weekend of celebrations that include the enshrinements of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, former Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.

The defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams will meet the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

The Oakland Raiders will play the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 of the preseason at IG Field in Winnipeg, Canada. The Raiders, who also play the Chicago Bears in London during Week 5 of the regular season, will become the first NFL team to play in three different countries during the same season.

NFL Network will provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.

2019 NFL Preseason Schedule

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – Aug. 1

Date Visitor Home Time (ET)
Aug. 1 Atlanta Falcons Denver Broncos 8:00pm

Week 1 – Aug. 8-10

Date Visitor Home Time (ET)
Aug. 8 Indianapolis Colts Buffalo Bills 7:00pm
Aug. 8 New York Jets New York Giants 7:00pm
Aug. 8 Jacksonville Jaguars Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm
Aug. 8 Washington Redskins Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
Aug. 8 New England Patriots Detroit Lions 7:30pm
Aug. 8 Atlanta Falcons Miami Dolphins 7:30pm
Aug. 8 Tennessee Titans Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm
Aug. 8 Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears 8:00pm
Aug. 8 Houston Texans Green Bay Packers 8:00pm
Aug. 8 Los Angeles Chargers Arizona Cardinals 10:00pm
Aug. 8 Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks 10:00pm
Aug. 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm
Aug. 9 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans Saints 8:00pm
Aug. 10 Cincinnati Bengals Kansas City Chiefs 8:00pm
Aug. 10 Los Angeles Rams Oakland Raiders 8:00pm
Aug. 10 Dallas Cowboys San Francisco 49ers 9:00pm

Week 2 – Aug. 15-19

Date Visitor Home Time (ET)
Aug. 15 Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm
Aug. 15 New York Jets Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 15 Green Bay Packers Baltimore Ravens 7:30pm
Aug. 15 Cincinnati Bengals Washington Redskins 7:30pm
Aug. 15 Oakland Raiders Arizona Cardinals 8:00pm
Aug. 16 Buffalo Bills Carolina Panthers 7:00pm
Aug. 16 Chicago Bears New York Giants 7:30pm
Aug. 16 Miami Dolphins Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm
Aug. 17 Cleveland Browns Indianapolis Colts 4:00pm
Aug. 17 New England Patriots Tennessee Titans 7:00pm
Aug. 17 Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm
Aug. 17 Detroit Lions Houston Texans 8:00pm
Aug. 17 Dallas Cowboys Los Angeles Rams 10:00pm
Aug. 18 New Orleans Saints Los Angeles Chargers 4:00pm
Aug. 18 Seattle Seahawks Minnesota Vikings 8:00pm
Aug. 19 San Francisco 49ers Denver Broncos 8:00pm

Week 3 – Aug. 22-25

Date Visitor Home Time (ET)
Aug. 22 New York Giants Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
Aug. 22 Washington Redskins Atlanta Falcons 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Carolina Panthers New England Patriots 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Baltimore Ravens Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm
Aug. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars Miami Dolphins 8:00pm
Aug. 22 Green Bay Packers Oakland Raiders 8:00pm
Aug. 23 Cleveland Browns Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30pm
Aug. 23 Buffalo Bills Detroit Lions 8:00pm
Aug. 24 Arizona Cardinals Minnesota Vikings 1:00pm
Aug. 24 Houston Texans Dallas Cowboys 7:00pm
Aug. 24 Chicago Bears Indianapolis Colts 7:00pm
Aug. 24 New Orleans Saints New York Jets 7:30pm
Aug. 24 San Francisco 49ers Kansas City Chiefs 8:00pm
Aug. 24 Denver Broncos Los Angeles Rams 9:00pm
Aug. 24 Seattle Seahawks Los Angeles Chargers 10:00pm
Aug. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers Tennessee Titans 8:00pm

Week 4 – Aug. 29

Date Visitor Home Time (ET)
Aug. 29 Minnesota Vikings Buffalo Bills 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers Carolina Panthers 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Indianapolis Colts Cincinnati Bengals 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Atlanta Falcons Jacksonville Jaguars 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Philadelphia Eagles New York Jets 7:00pm
Aug. 29 Detroit Lions Cleveland Browns 7:30pm
Aug. 29 New York Giants New England Patriots 7:30pm
Aug. 29 Baltimore Ravens Washington Redskins 7:30pm
Aug. 29 Tennessee Titans Chicago Bears 8:00pm
Aug. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dallas Cowboys 8:00pm
Aug. 29 Kansas City Chiefs Green Bay Packers 8:00pm
Aug. 29 Los Angeles Rams Houston Texans 8:00pm
Aug. 29 Miami Dolphins New Orleans Saints 8:00pm
Aug. 29 Arizona Cardinals Denver Broncos 9:00pm
Aug. 29 Los Angeles Chargers San Francisco 49ers 10:00pm
Aug. 29 Oakland Raiders Seattle Seahawks 10:00pm

*Bold denotes nationally televised games