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.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

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.

The NFL announced scheduling changes for Weeks 12 (Sunday, Nov. 26) and 13 (Sunday, Dec. 3).

See how the NFL’s flex scheduling works.

In Week 12 (Sunday, Nov. 26), the New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams game will move from 4:05 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET and will be cross-flexed to CBS. The Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts game at 1:00 PM ET will be cross-flexed to FOX.

In Week 13 (Sunday, Dec. 3), the Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints game will move from 1:00 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET and remain on FOX and the Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins game at 1:00 PM ET will be cross-flexed to FOX.

Thursday, November 23, 2017   
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 12:30p (ET) 12:30p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys 3:30p (CT) 4:30p CBS
New York Giants at Washington Redskins 8:30p (ET) 8:30p NBC
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30p (ET) 8:30p NBC
Monday, November 27, 2017
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ESPN

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 7:25p (CT) 8:25p NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks 5:30p (PT) 8:30p NBC
Monday, December 4, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ESPN