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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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 four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.   

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.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | Lucas Oil Stadium | Referee: Terry McAulay

Week 15 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) as the Denver Broncos travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to battle the Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos and Colts meet for the 27th time, including the postseason, with the series tied 13-13. In their last meeting (September 18, 2016), Denver scored two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter – a 46-yard interception-return touchdown by cornerback Aqib Talib and a 15-yard fumble-return touchdown by linebacker Shane Ray– in the Broncos’ 34-20 win.

Denver aims for its second consecutive win after defeating the New York Jets 23-0 in Week 14. Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who has 10 sacks this year, has recorded at least 10 sacks in six of his seven career seasons and leads the NFL with 83.5 sacks since entering the league in 2011. Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is one of two NFL players (Antonio Brown) with at least 500 catches (560), 7,500 receiving yards (7,641) and 50 touchdown catches (50) since 2012.

Indianapolis looks to rebound following a 13-7 overtime loss at Buffalo last week. Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards in Week 14 and has 42 career games with at least 100 rushing yards, the second-most among active players (Adrian Peterson, 51). Gore, who has 941 scrimmage yards this season, can become the second player in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, who accomplished the feat in 13 consecutive seasons from 1990-2002.

DENVER BRONCOS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
LAST WEEK W 23-0 vs. New York Jets L 13-7 (OT) at Buffalo
COACH VS. OPP. Vance Joseph: 0-0 Chuck Pagano: 2-2
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 17.6/24.2 16.3/26.4
OFFENSE 312.1 290.7
PASSING Trevor Siemian: 201-340-2218-12-13-74.4 Jacoby Brissett: 228-381-2611-11-7-82.5
RUSHING C.J. Anderson: 181-700-3.9-2 Frank Gore: 210-762-3.6-3
RECEIVING Demaryius Thomas: 68-771-11.3-4 Jack Doyle (TE): 64-564-8.8-3
DEFENSE 280.5 375.3
SACKS Von Miller: 10 Jabaal Sheard: 4.5
INTs Many tied: 2 Rashaan Melvin: 3
TAKE/GIVE -14 (13/27) +3 (18/15)
PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 46.0 (39.7) Rigoberto Sanchez (R): 45.1 (42.5)
KICKING Brandon McManus: 85 (22/22 PAT; 21/28 FG) Adam Vinatieri: 84 (18/20 PAT; 22/25 FG)

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 13-10
STREAKS: Broncos have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/18/16: Colts 20 at Broncos 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/15: Colts 27, Broncos 24

ON THE AIRWAVES
TV: NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kenny Albert, Tony Boselli | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Den), 83 (Ind) | XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (Den), 83 (Ind)

BRONCOS NOTES

  • QB Trevor Siemian has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for 266 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on Thursday with TD pass.

  • RB C.J. Anderson has 183 scrimmage yards (91.5 per game) in past 2. Had 93 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 19 rec.) with rush TD in last meeting. In past 2 on Thursday, has 210 scrimmage yards (105 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB Jamaal Charles has 475 scrimmage yards (158.3 per game) with 2 rush TDs in past 3 vs. Ind.

  • WR Demaryius Thomas had 90 rec. yards in last meeting. Had 8 catches for 93 yards & TD last week. Has 4 TDs in past 6. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 560 catches & 3rd with 7,641 rec. yards. WR Emmanuel Sanders had TD catch in last game at Ind. Has 6 TDs in past 5 on Thursday.

  • LB Von Miller had sack last week. Had 3 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has 5 sacks in past 6 on road. Aims for 5th in row on Thursday with sack. LB Brandon Marshall had 3 TFL, sack & FF in Week 14. Has 9+ tackles in 2 of past 3 vs. Ind. S Darian Stewart had INT last week. CB Aqib Talib had 46-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Has 9 PD & 2 INT-TDs in 5 career games vs. Ind. LB Shane Ray had 15-yard FR-TD in last meeting. CB Bradley Roby ties for 4th in NFL with 16 PD. DE Shelby Harris aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT Domata Peko had sack in last game vs. Ind. (10/19/14 with Cin.).

COLTS NOTES

  • QB Jacoby Brissett had TD pass last week. Has 3 rush TDs in past 5 at home. Rushed for TD & won only career start on Thursday (9/22/16 with NE).

  • RB Frank Gore had season-high 130 rush yards in Week 14. Has 42 100+ rush yard games in career, 2nd most among active players (Adrian Peterson, 51). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 5 vs. Den. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with TD. Needs 59 scrimmage yards to become 2nd player in NFL history with 12+ consecutive seasons with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (HOFer Emmitt Smith, 13).

  • WR T.Y. Hilton has 365 rec. yards (121.7 per game) & TD in past 3 on Thursday. Since 2013, ranks 4th in NFL with 5,811 rec. yards. Has 11 25+ yard catches in 2017, 5th most in AFC. TE Jack Doyle had TD in Week 14. Had rec. TD in last home meeting. Ranks 2nd among NFL TEs with 64 catches. Since 2016, is 1 of 6 NFL TEs with 120+ catches (123). WR Donte Moncrief had TD in last game on Thursday.

  • LB Jon Bostic leads team with 92 tackles. Has 7+ tackles in 4 of past 5 at home. DT Johnathan Hankins had career-high 8 tackles last week. LB Jabaal Sheard had sack in last game vs. Den. (12/18/16 with NE). CB Rashaan Melvin has 8 PD & 3 INTs in past 6 at home. S Matthias Farley had INT in Week 14. Is 1 of 4 NFL safeties with 75+ tackles (76) & 2+ INTs (2). CB Darius Butler aims for 3rd meeting in row with INT.

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