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.

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. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

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 inaugural 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.

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 command 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.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.

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 opponents and home and away matchups for all 2019 regular-season games have been determined.

The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

See how the NFL schedule is made 

The formula means each team’s 16-game schedule include:

  • Six home and away games against its three division opponents.
  • Four games against teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle.
  • Four games against teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle.
  • Two games within its conference based on the prior year's standings. These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation with the AFC and NFC West divisions.

The official 2019 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring. NFL Kickoff 2019 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, Sept. 5, and the regular season will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 29. The season will conclude with Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

​2019 SCHEDULING ROTATION BY DIVISION
AFC EAST Intraconference AFC NORTH
Interconference NFC EAST
AFC NORTH Intraconference AFC EAST
Interconference NFC WEST
AFC SOUTH Intraconference AFC WEST
Interconference NFC SOUTH
AFC WEST Intraconference AFC SOUTH
Interconference NFC NORTH
NFC EAST Intraconference NFC NORTH
Interconference AFC EAST
NFC NORTH Intraconference NFC EAST
Interconference AFC WEST
NFC SOUTH Intraconference NFC WEST
Interconference AFC SOUTH
NFC WEST Intraconference NFC SOUTH
Interconference AFC NORTH
2019 OPPONENTS​
AFC EAST
​1.  New England Patriots         Home:    Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers
Away:    Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
2.  Miami Dolphins                  Home:    Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away:    Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers
3.  Buffalo Bills                        Home:    Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away:    Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans
4.  New York Jets Home:    Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers
Away:    Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
AFC NORTH
1.  Baltimore Ravens Home:    Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
                                                                                    Away:    Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks
2.  Pittsburgh Steelers Home:    Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks
Away:    Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
3.  Cleveland Browns Home:    Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
Away:    Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
4.  Cincinnati Bengals Home:    Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
Away:    Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks
AFC SOUTH
1.  Houston Texans  Home:    Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders
Away:    Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2.  Indianapolis Colts Home:    Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders
Away:    Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3.  Tennessee Titans  Home:    Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away:    Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders
4.  Jacksonville Jaguars Home:    Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
                                                                               Away:    Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders
AFC WEST
1.  Kansas City Chiefs Home:    Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
Away:    Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans
2.  Los Angeles Chargers        Home:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers
Away:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans
3.  Denver Broncos                 Home:    Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans
Away:    Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings
4.  Oakland Raiders Home:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans
Away:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets
NFC EAST
1.  Dallas Cowboys Home:    New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
Away:    New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets
2.  Philadelphia Eagles Home:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks
Away:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
3.  Washington Redskins Home:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers
Away:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
4.  New York Giants Home:    Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings
Away:    Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC NORTH
1.  Chicago Bears Home:    Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants
Away:    Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
2.  Minnesota Vikings Home:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks
3.  Green Bay Packers Home:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
Away:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers
4.  Detroit Lions Home:    Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Kanas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away:    Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
NFC SOUTH
1.  New Orleans Saints Home:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers
Away:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
2.  Atlanta Falcons Home:    Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
Away:    Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers
3.  Carolina Panthers Home:    Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins
Away:    Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers
Away:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
NFC WEST
1.  Los Angeles Rams Home:    Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away:    Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers
2.  Seattle Seahawks  Home:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Away:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers
3.  San Francisco 49ers Home:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers
Away:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
4.  Arizona Cardinals Home:    Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers
Away:    Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers​
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