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.


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.

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Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | University of Phoenix Stadium | Referee: Walt Anderson

Week 10 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) with a battle of NFC West rivals as the Arizona Cardinals welcome the Seattle Seahawks to University of Phoenix Stadium. The Seahawks and Cardinals will meet for the 37th time, with the Cardinals holding a 18-17-1 series advantage. Arizona wide receiver J.J. NELSON had 132 receiving yards, including an 80-yard touchdown catch, and kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO converted the game-winning 43-yard field goal with no time remaining in the Cardinals’ 34-31 victory in their last meeting (December 24, 2016).

Seattle looks to rebound following a 17-14 loss to Washington in Week 9. Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON passed for 297 yards with two touchdowns and added 77 yards rushing last week and linebacker BOBBY WAGNER had 12 tackles and recorded a safety. Defensive end DWIGHT FREENEY, who signed with Seattle prior to Week 8, has three sacks in his first two games with the Seahawks.

The Cardinals enter Week 10 following a 20-10 victory at San Francisco. Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who led the team with 70 receiving yards in Week 9, has 14,953 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of FamerTIM BROWN (14,934) for the sixth-most receiving yards in NFL history. Cardinals linebacker CHANDLER JONES had a sack last week and ranks fourth in the NFL with nine sacks in 2017. Arizona linebacker KARLOS DANSBY, who had a sack and an interception in Week 9, is one of five players with at least 40 career sacks (43) and 20 interceptions (20) since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Week 10 marks the first of five Thursday Night Football games airing on NBC using the “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime). NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game.

LAST WEEK L 17-14 vs. Washington W 20-10 at San Francisco
COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 9-5-1 Bruce Arians: 3-4-1
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 23.6/18.6 17.4/25.1
OFFENSE 378.6 337.5
PASSING Russell Wilson: 188-303-2305-17-6-95.9 Drew Stanton: 20-44-267-2-2-61.5
RUSHING Russell Wilson (QB): 46-271-5.9-1 Adrian Peterson: 74-314-4.2-2
RECEIVING Doug Baldwin: 49-538-11.0-3 Larry Fitzgerald: 50-564-11.3-3
DEFENSE 322.5 349.8
SACKS Michael Bennett: 6.5 Chandler Jones: 9
INTs Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas: 2 Antoine Bethea: 3
TAKE/GIVE +5 (14/9) -4 (9/13)
PUNTING Jon Ryan: 44.0 (40.2) Andy Lee: 46.5 (38.0)
KICKING Blair Walsh: 53 (17/18 PAT; 12/16 FG) Phil Dawson: 49 (13/13 PAT; 12/18 FG)

LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 18-17-1
STREAKS: Cardinals have 2-1-1 record over past 4
LAST GAME: 12/24/16: Cardinals 34 at Seahawks 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/23/16: Cardinals 6, Seahawks 6

TV: NBC/NFLN/Amazon (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Sea), 81 (Ari) | XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Sea), 81 (Ari)


  • QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 350 yards with 4 TDs & 0 INTs for 117.8 rating in last meeting. Has 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.6 rating in past 4 at Az. Has 300+ pass yards & 3+ TDs in 2 of past 3 on road. In past 5 on Thursday, has 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112.1 rating.
  • RB EDDIE LACY had 88 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 28 rec.) & TD catch in only career meeting (12/27/15 with GB).
  • WR DOUG BALDWIN led team with 7 receptions for 108 yards & TD in Week 9. Has 38 catches for 533 yards (106.6 per game) & 2 TDs in past 5 meetings. Has 234 rec. yards (78 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 on road. WR PAUL RICHARDSON has 3 TDs in past 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 4 TDs in past 4. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. In past 3 road Thursday games, has 214 rec. yards (71.3 per game) & 2 TDs.
  • DE MICHAEL BENNETT had sack in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. division with sack. S EARL THOMAS has FF, 2 INTs & 5 PD in past 4 on road vs. NFC West. Has INT in 2 of past 3 meetings. In 12 career meetings, CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 7 INTs, incl. 19-yard INT-TD, 18 PD & FR. Aims for 12th in row vs. Az. with PD. S KAM CHANCELLOR has 24 tackles (12 per game) in past 2 meetings. LB BOBBY WAGNER had team-high 12 tackles & safety last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Az. with 10+ tackles. Since 2015, leads NFL with 353 tackles. DE DWIGHT FREENEY has 3 sacks in 2 games with Sea.


  • QB DREW STANTON has won 4 starts in row. Passed for 201 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs in past 5 starts vs. NFC West.

  • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 159 rush yards in Week 9. Has 347 rush yards (86.8 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career meetings. In 4 career Thursday games, has 354 rush yards (88.5 per game) & 4 TDs.

  • WR LARRY FITZGERALD led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Has 14,953 career rec. yards & surpassed HOFer TIM BROWN (14,934) for 6th most all-time. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD catch. WR J.J. NELSON had 132 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. WR JARON BROWN had TD catch in Week 9.

  • LB CHANDLER JONES ranks 4th in NFL with 9 sacks & leads league with 14 TFL. In 3 career meetings, has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs. Has 5 sacks in 5 career Thursday games. S TYRANN MATHIEU has 16 tackles & sack in past 2 at home. Had FF last week. S TYVON BRANCH leads NFL safeties with 66 tackles. Had 8 tackles, sack & INT in only career meeting (10/31/10 with Oak.). S ANTOINE BETHEA aims for 3rd in row at home with INT. LB KARLOS DANSBY had 7 tackles, sack & INT in Week 9. Is 1 of 5 with 40 career sacks (43) & 20 INTs (20). Has 16 tackles & INT in past 2 vs. Sea. LB DEONE BUCANNON aims for 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Has 28 tackles (9.3 per game) & sack in past 3 meetings.