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.

NFL Network's live preseason schedule kicks off Thursday, Aug. 8 with a doubleheader starting at 7 PM ET when Le'Veon Bell makes his New York Jets debut against Saquon Barkley and the New York Giants. At 10 PM ET, the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kyler Murray, makes his preseason debut when the Arizona Cardinals host Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Week 1 preseason games on NFL Network continue with the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 PM ET, and the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 9 PM ET.

NFL Network’s four Week 2 preseason live games begin on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 PM ET when the Chicago Bears travel to face the Giants. On Saturday, Aug. 17, NFL Network carries a tripleheader of live preseason games beginning at 4 PM ET when Odell Beckham Jr. and the Cleveland Browns face the Indianapolis Colts. The tripleheader continues at 7:30 PM ET when reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs travel to face the Steelers, followed by the Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams in Hawaii at 10 PM ET.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, NFL Network’s tripleheader of Week 3 preseason games begins at 1 PM ET when the Minnesota Vikings host the Cardinals. At 4 PM ET, the Cowboys host the Houston Texans, and the day wraps with the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Chargers at 10 PM ET.

NFL Network's live preseason schedule concludes with a Week 4 doubleheader on Thursday, Aug. 29 with the Jets hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at 7 PM ET and the Chargers traveling to face the 49ers at 10 PM ET.

Live preseason games on NFL Network are subject to blackouts in the local markets of the participating teams.

All NFL Network programming — including the 13 live preseason games and broadcasts of all 65 preseason games — can be streamed live through the NFL and NFL Network apps on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices. Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers.

Get more information on watching NFL Network programming

NFL Game Pass provides fans in the United States access to live out-of-market preseason games, as well as other exclusive content. For $99.99 for the 2019-20 season, NFL Game Pass offers NFL fans the following:

  • Live Preseason Games – Watch live out-of-market preseason games (blackout restrictions apply)
  • Game Replays – Watch full broadcast replays of NFL games, available the same day the games are played. Additional features include condensed game replays in about 45 minutes and All-22 coaches film footage
  • Live Gameday Audio – Listen to the live home and away radio broadcast for every NFL game
  • NFL Game Pass Film Session – Watch players and coaches from around the league break down film with Brian Baldinger and Ron Jaworski. Full episodes are available exclusively for subscribers
  • NFL Game & Show Archive – Full NFL game broadcasts from 2009-2018 are available through NFL Game Pass, as well as previous seasons of NFL shows such as Hard Knocks, A Football Life, Mic'd Up and America's Game

NFL Game Pass is available at, as well as on smartphones, tablets and connected TVs via the NFL App.


 (All Times are Eastern)

Week 1

Thursday, Aug. 8

7 PM – New York Jets vs. New York Giants

10 PM – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Friday, Aug. 9

7:30 PM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Saturday, Aug. 10

9 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 2

Friday, Aug. 16

7:30 PM – Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

Saturday, Aug. 17

4 PM – Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts

7:30 PM – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

10 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams (Game Played in Hawaii)

Week 3

Saturday, Aug. 24

1 PM – Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings

7 PM – Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys

10 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 4

Thursday, Aug. 29

7 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets

10 PM – Los Angeles Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers

*Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams' over-the-air station markets.