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.

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | AT&T Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad

Week 13 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) in a showdown between division rivals as the Dallas Cowboys welcome the Washington Redskins to AT&T Stadium. Washington and Dallas, who are both playing on Thursday for the second consecutive week, are tied for second place in the NFC East at 5-6. The Redskins and Cowboys meet for the 116th time (including the postseason), with Dallas holding a 69-44-2 series advantage. In their Week 8 meeting, Dallas safety Byron Jones had a 21-yard interception-return touchdown and defensive lineman David Irving recorded two sacks in the Cowboys’ 33-19 win at Washington. 

The Redskins enter Week 13 following a 20-10 win over the New York Giants on Thanksgiving night. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder had a career-high 141 receiving yards and a touchdown, rookie running back Samaje Perine had 130 scrimmage yards (100 rushing, 30 receiving) and Washington’s defense limited the Giants to 170 total yards in the victory. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins ranks second in the NFL with 3,038 passing yards, his third consecutive season with at least 3,000 yards. Linebacker Zach Brown leads the league with 110 tackles and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had two sacks in the last meeting, ranks 5th in the NFC with nine sacks. 

Dallas looks to rebound following a 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving. Cowboys running back Rod Smith scored his first career touchdown and his brother, linebacker Jaylon Smith, led the team with eight tackles in the loss. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who has 39 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2016, is one of two players in NFL history (Carolina’s Cam Newton) with at least 35 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns in their first two NFL seasons. Prescott’s 11 rushing touchdowns since the start of last season are the most by a quarterback over that span. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence ties for third in the NFL with 11.5 sacks and has three sacks with a forced fumble in his past four games against Washington.

LAST WEEK W 20-10 vs. New York Giants L 28-6 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
COACH VS. OPP. Jay Gruden: 2-5 Jason Garrett: 10-4
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 23.5/25.1 22.5/24.5
OFFENSE 356.1 333.5
PASSING Kirk Cousins: 249-376-3038-19-6-101.1 Dak Prescott: 221-347-2318-16-9-87.6
RUSHING Samaje Perine (R): 113-427-3.8-1 Alfred Morris: 51-296-5.8-0
RECEIVING Jamison Crowder: 46-561-12.2-1 Dez Bryant: 53-578-10.9-4
DEFENSE 346.0 348.3
SACKS Ryan Kerrigan: 9 Demarcus Lawrence: 11.5
INTs Kendall Fuller: 4 Many tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE 0 (16/16) -4 (12/16)
PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 44.9 (38.7) Chris Jones: 43.7 (41.6)
KICKING Nick Rose: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/11 FG) Dan Bailey: 37 (16/16 PAT; 7/7 FG)

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 69-42-2
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Cowboys 33 at Redskins 19
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/16: Cowboys 31, Redskins 26

TV: NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli


  • QB Kirk Cousins ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,038 pass yards. Is 1 of 3 with 3,000+ pass yards (3,038) & 100+ rating (101.1). In past 2 at Dal., has 625 pass yards (312.5 per game), 6 TDs & 0 INTs for 134.4 rating. Has 3,254 pass yards (295.8 per game), 19 TDs & 4 INTs for 106.1 rating in past 11 on road.

  • RB Samaje Perine (rookie) had career-high 130 scrimmage yards (100 rush, 30 rec.) in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards.

  • WR Jamison Crowder had career-high 141 rec. yards & TD last week. In past 4, has 412 yards (103 per game) & TD. Has 28 receptions for 359 yards (89.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 vs. Dal. WR Josh Doctson had TD catch in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with TD. TE Vernon Davis has 2 TDs in past 2 at Dal.

  • LB Ryan Kerrigan has 3 sacks in past 2. Has 4.5 sacks in past 4 vs. Dal. In past 3 on road vs. division, has 2.5 sacks & 2 FFs. Since 2012, is 1 of 2 in NFL (Justin Houston) with 60+ sacks (60) & 2+ INTs (2). LB Zach Brown leads NFL with 110 tackles. Has 23 tackles in past 2 on Thursday. In past 4 vs. NFC East, has 46 tackles (11.5 per game) & 1.5 sacks. Has 29 tackles (9.7 per game) & 2.5 sacks in past 3 on road. DE Anthony Lanier aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB Josh Norman has 4 PD, FF & FR in past 4 vs. Dal. CB Kendall Fuller had INT last week. CB Bashaud Breeland ties for 3rd in NFC with 12 PD.


  • QB Dak Prescott has 16 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 97.6 rating in past 10 at home. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Was. Since entering league in 2016, leads NFL QBs with 11 rush TDs.

  • RB Rod Smith had rush TD last week, his 1st career TD. RB Alfred Morris spent 4 seasons with Was. (2012- 15) & had 4,713 rush yards & 29 TDs. Since 2012, ranks 6th in NFL with 5,252 rush yards. In 3 Thursday games with 10+ rush att., has 315 yards (105 per game) & 2 TDs.

  • WR Dez Bryant has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home vs. Was. In 3 career Thursday games vs. division, has 17 receptions for 290 yards (96.7 per game) & 2 TDs. Has 65 TD catches since 2011, tied for most in NFL. WR Terrance Williams has 183 rec. yards (91.5 per game) & TD in past 2 at home vs. Was. TE Jason Witten has 2 rec. TDs in past 3 at home vs. Was. Ranks 2nd all-time among TEs in receptions (1,139) & rec. yards (12,317).

  • DE Demarcus Lawrence ties for 3rd in NFL with 11.5 sacks. Has 3 sacks & FF in his past 4 vs. Was. Has 2.5 sacks & FR in past 3 vs. NFC East. DL David Irving has 6 sacks, FF & 5 PD in his past 6 at home. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. DE Tyrone Crawford had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 4.5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 7 vs. division. S Byron Jones had 21-yard INT-TD in last meeting, his only career TD. Has 4 PD in past 3 at home on Thursday. LB Jaylon Smith led team with 8 tackles in Week 12. Leads team with 66 tackles.