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. 

Technology

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 3

Thursday Night

There is inclement weather expected for the following game:

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars – 8:20pm ET (NFLN)

  • Pregame: Partly to mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain showers. 10% chance of a thunderstorm. Temperatures in the lower 80s.
  • Game: Partly to mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain showers. Temperatures in the upper to mid 70s.
  • Postgame: Partly to mostly cloudy. 10% chance of rain showers. Temperatures in the mid 70s.

Week 2

Monday Night

There is no inclement weather expected for the following game:

New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (DOME) – 8:15pm ET/5:15pm PT (ESPN)

  • Mostly clear and hot. Dry. Temperatures in the mid/upper 90s pregame, falling through the low 90s to upper 80s during the game, to mid to lower 80s postgame.

Sunday

There is inclement weather expected for the following games:

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Pregame: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the mid 70s rising to the lower 80s.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower to mid 80s.
  • Postgame: Mostly cloudy. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the mid to lower 80s.

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Pregame: Partly cloudy. 10% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the mid 70s rising to the lower 80s.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower to mid 80s.
  • Postgame: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 80s to upper 70s.

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans – 4:25pm ET/3:25pm CT (CBS) 

  • Pregame: Mostly cloudy. Breezy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. Breezy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the upper 70s.
  • Postgame: Cloudy. Breezy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Temperatures in the upper to mid 70s.

 There is no inclement weather expected for the following games:

 New York Giants at Chicago Bears – 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT (CBS)

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

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

  • Partly cloudy pregame onward through the game, then becoming mostly clear postgame. Dry. Temperatures in the upper 40s rising to the lower 60s pregame, mid 60s during the game, then mid to lower 60s postgame.

San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Mostly clear. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 50s rising to the lower 60s pregame, mid 60s during the game, then lower 60s to upper 50s postgame.

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Mostly clear. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 50s rising to the lower 60s pregame, lower 60s during the game, and upper 50s postgame.

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Mostly clear. Dry. Temperatures in the upper 40s rising to the lower 60s pregame, lower to mid 60s during the game, and lower 60s postgame. 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans – 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT (CBS)

  • Mostly clear. Dry. Temperatures in the upper 50s rising to the lower 70s pregame, mid 70s during the game, and mid to lower 70s postgame. 

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks – 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT (NBC)

  • Partly cloudy pregame, then becoming mostly cloudy during the game through postgame. Dry. Temperatures in the mid to upper 60s pregame, mid to lower 60s during the game, and near 60 postgame. 

There is no inclement weather expected for the following games at indoor stadiums:

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (Retractable Roof) – 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT (FOX)

  • Mostly clear. Dry. Temperatures in the mid 60s early, rising to mid 70s pregame, and lower 80s during the game through postgame. 

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts (Domed) – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Mostly clear. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 50s rising to the upper 60s pregame, upper 60s to lower 70s during the game, and upper 60s postgame. 

Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals (Domed) – 4:05pm ET/1:05pm MT (FOX)

  • Mostly clear. Dry. Temperatures in the upper 80s rising to the upper 90s pregame, 99-104 during the game, then upper to mid 90s postgame. 

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Domed) – 4:25pm ET/1:25pm PT (CBS)

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

Thursday Night

There is inclement weather expected for the following game:

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns  – 8:20pm ET (NFLN)

  • Pregame: Partly cloudy, then turning mostly cloudy. Rain chances increase to 20% before kickoff. Temperatures in the upper 60s falling to the lower 60s.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of rain showers. Temperatures falling from the lower 60s to the upper 50s.
  • Postgame: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain showers. Temperatures in the mid 50s.

Week 1

Monday Night

There is no inclement weather expected for the following games:

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants – 7:10pm ET (ESPN)

  • Dry. Mostly clear with breezy conditions. Temperatures near 80 pregame falling to the mid 70s by game time and down into the mid to upper 60s postgame.

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos – 10:20pm ET (ESPN)

  • Dry. Partly cloudy pregame, then becoming mostly clear during the game through postgame. Temperatures in the mid 80s falling into the upper 70s pregame, mid 70s falling into the mid 60s during the game, and then mid 60s falling to near 60 postgame.

Sunday 

There is inclement weather expected for the following games: 

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (Retractable Roof) – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Pregame: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 70s rising to near 80.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 80s.
  • Postgame: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s. 

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Pregame: Increasing clouds. Temperatures in the lower to mid 70s.
  • Game: Turning cloudy, with a 20% chance of rain by the end of the game. Temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
  • Postgame: 20% chance of rain. Temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Pregame: 80% chance of rain with a 40% chance of thunderstorms. . Temperatures in the mid 60s rising into the lower 70s.
  • Game: 50% chance of rain with a 30% chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 70s.
  • Postgame: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain showers with a 10% chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 70s to upper 60s.

Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Pregame: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of showers, with a 20% chance of thunderstorms. Temperatures in the mid 70s rising to near 80.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the low to mid 80s.
  • Postgame: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 80s.

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Dome) – 1:00pm ET (FOX)

  • Pregame: Mostly cloudy. 20% chance of rain showers. Temperatures in the lower 60s rising into the lower 70s.
  • Game: Turning partly cloudy. Temperatures in the lower to mid 70s.
  • Postgame: Becoming mostly clear. Temperatures in the lower 70s.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • Pregame: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the upper 70s rising into the lower 80s.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the low to mid 80s.
  • Postgame: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 80s to upper 70s.

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

  • Pregame: Increasing clouds. Temperatures in the lower 70s rising into the upper 70s.
  • Game: Turning cloudy, with a 20% chance of rain by the end of the game. Temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
  • Postgame: 30% chance of rain. Temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (Dome) – 4:25pm ET/3:25pm CT (FOX)

  • Pregame: Partly to mostly cloudy. 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 80s.
  • Game: Partly to mostly cloudy. 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the lower 80s to upper 70s.
  • Postgame: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the upper 70s.

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals – 4:05pm ET (CBS)

  • Pregame: Mostly cloudy. 60% chance of rain with a 40% chance for thunderstorms. Temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.
  • Game: Mostly cloudy. 30% chance of rain showers. Temperatures in the upper to mid 70s.
  • Postgame: Partly to mostly cloudy. 10% chance of rain showers. Temperatures in the mid to lower 70s.

There is no inclement weather expected for the following games:

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (Dome) – 1:00pm ET/12:00pm CT (FOX)

  • Mostly cloudy pregame, then becoming partly cloudy during the game to mostly clear postgame. Dry. Temperatures in the lower 50s rising into the upper 60s pregame, and upper 60s to lower 70s during the game onward through postgame.

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots – 1:00pm ET (CBS)

  • During pregame there will be fog dissipating with skies turning partly cloudy and temperatures in the mid 60s rising into the lower 70s. Partly cloudy during the game with temperatures in the low to mid 70s. During postgame, it will remain partly cloudy with temperatures in the lower 70s.

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

  • Dry. Temperatures in the lower 60s rising into the mid 70s pregame, mid to upper 70s during the game, and then mid to lower 70s postgame.

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams (Dome) – 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT (NBC)

  • Dry. Temperatures in the lower 80s pregame, lower 80s falling into the mid 70s during the game, and then mid to lower 70s postgame.

Thursday Night

There is inclement weather expected for tonight’s game: 

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs – 8:20pm ET/7:20pm CT (NBC)

  • Pregame: Cloudy. 70% chance of rain showers. Temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.
  • Game: Cloudy. 40% chance of spotty light rain and drizzle. Temperatures in the mid 50s.
  • Postgame: Cloudy. 30% chance of lingering drizzle and sprinkles. Temperatures in the low to mid 50s.
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