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.

Following an exciting opening weekend, Week 2 begins on Thursday night with the Buffalo Bills hosting the New York Jets (8:25 PM ET) in an AFC East divisional matchup. The Bills and Jets both look to rebound from losses on Kickoff Weekend. The clubs have split the past 20 games in the series, each claiming 10 wins. The game marks the first of 10 Thursday Night Football games for which the NFL will use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Twitter). CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to a global audience across devices for free on Twitter.

COACHES VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 1-2 Rex Ryan: 2-0
LAST GAME 01/03/16: Jets 17 at Bills 22. Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor passes for 182 yards & adds 51 rushing yards with TD. Bills WR Sammy Watkins has 11 catches for 136 yards.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYJ), (81 BUF). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYJ), 225 (BUF).
PASSING Ryan Fitzpatrick: 19-35-189-2-1-77.0 Tyrod Taylor: 15-22-111-0-0-79.9
RUSHING Matt Forte: 22-96-4.4-0 LeSean McCoy: 16-58-3.6-1
RECEIVING Quincy Enunwa: 7-54-7.7-1 Sammy Watkins: 4-43-10.8-0
OFFENSE 340.0 160.0
DEFENSE 381.0 308.0
SACKS Leonard Williams: 2.5 Jerry Hughes: 2
INTs Marcus Williams: 1 ---
PUNTING Lachlan Edwards (R): 51.3 Colton Schmidt: 44.7
KICKING Nick Folk: 10 (1/2 PAT; 3/4 FG) Dan Carpenter: 1 (1/1 PAT; 0/1 FG)


JETS: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has 13 pass TDs in past 5 division games (2+ TDs in all 5)… RB Matt Forté had 169 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 82 rush) in last game vs. Buf. (9/7/14 with Chi.). had 155 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 59 rec.) in NYJ debut. Since entering NFL in 2008, has 12,873 scrimmage yards (8,698 rush, 4,175 rec.), most in NFL…WR Brandon Marshall aims for 5th in row vs. Buf. with TD. In last meeting, had 8 catches for 126 yards & TD. WR Eric Decker aims for 3rd meeting in row with TD. Marshall & Decker each had TD in both games vs. Buf. last year. WR Quincy Enunwa had 1st career TD last week…Team had 7 sacks last week: DT Leonard Williams (2.5), DT Steve McLendon (2), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (1.5) & LB Lorenzo Mauldin (1). Wilkerson has 4.5 sacks in past 6 meetings. CB Darrelle Revis had FR in last meeting. Is only player in NFL with 5+ INTs (5) & 4+ FRs (4) since 2015. LB David Harris had 2 sacks in last meeting…BILLS: Aim for 5th consecutive win at home…Have won 5 in row vs. NYJ, outscoring Jets 162-74…QB Tyrod Taylor has won both career starts vs. NYJ & has 86.9 rating. Has won past 4 starts at home with 109.3 rating & 6 total TDs (4 pass, 2 rush)…RB LeSean McCoy has 100+ rush yards in both career games vs. NYJ, rushing for 214 yards (107 per game) & 3 TDs. Is only NFL player with 7,000+ rush (7,108) & 2,000+ rec. (2,278) yards since 2010. Had rush TD in Week 1…WR Sammy Watkins had 11 catches for 136 yards in last meeting. Has 9 career 100-yard games, incl. 2 vs. NYJ. Has 37 catches for 605 yards (100.8 per game) & 4 TDs in past 6 at home…S Corey Graham has 3 INTs in past 5 meetings vs. NYJ. LB Jerry Hughes has 2 sacks & 4 TFL in past 3 vs. NYJ. Had 2 sacks last week. CB Stephon Gilmore had INT vs. NYJ in 10/26/14 meeting.