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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

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, September 14, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | Paul Brown Stadium | Referee: Clete Blakeman

Texans Bengals
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 2-1 Marvin Lewis: 3-5
LAST GAME 9/29/14: Patriots 14 at Chiefs 41
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/21/11: Patriots 34, Chiefs 3
REFEREE Clete Blakema
BROADCAST TV: NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli, SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Hou), 83 (Cin), XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Hou), 83 (Cin)
POINTS FOR /AGAINST 7.0/29.0 0.0/20.0
OFFENSE 203.0 221
PASSING Deshaun Watson (R): 12-23-102-1-1-60.4 Andy Dalton: 16-31-170-0-4-28.4
RUSHING Lamar Miller: 17-65-3.8-0 Giovani Bernard: 7-40-5.7-0
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 7-55-7.9-1 A.J. Green: 5-74-14.8-0
DEFENSE 280 268
SACKS - Geno Atkins: 1
INTs - Nick Vigil: 1
TAKE/GIVE -4 (0/4) -4 (1/5)
PUNTING (NET) Shane Lechler: 43.2 (41.8) Kevin Huber: 42.4 (37.8)
KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 1 (1/1 PAT; 0/0 FG) Randy Bullock (2016): 33 (9/10 PAT; 8/9 FG)

Texans Notes

  • QB Deshaun Watson passed for 102 yards & TD in NFL debut last week. Was No. 12 overall selection by Houston in 2017 NFL Draft.
  • RB Lamar Miller had 129 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 24 rec.) in his last game vs. Cincinnati (10/31/13 with Mia.). Has 3 seasons in row with 1,250+ scrimmage yards.\
  • WR DeAndre Hopkins had TD catch last week. Had TD catch in last meeting at Cincinnati Is 1 of 6 in NFL with 250+ catches (272) & 20+ rec. TDs (22) since 2014. Has 24 career rec. TDs, tied for 3rd most in team history.
  • DE J.J. Watt had sack in his last game at Cincinnati (11/16/15). Has 76 sacks since entering league in 2011, most in NFL. DeJadeveon Clowney had sack in last meeting. Led team & ranked 2nd in AFC with 16 TFL last season. LB Whitney Mercilus has 3 sacks & 5 tackles for loss in past 2 meetings. Has 19.5 sacks since 2015, 5th among NFL linebackers. LB Benardrick McKinney led team with 9 tackles last week. Was only NFL player with 125+ tackles (129) & 5+ sacks (5) in 2016. CB Johnathan Joseph spent 5 seasons with Cincinnati (2006-10). Has INT in 2 of past 3 meetings, incl. 60-yard INT-TD on 11/23/14. Had 2 PD last week. CB Kareem Jackson has 13 career INTs, tied for most in franchise history. DE Christian Covington had sack in last game at Cincinnati.

Bengals Notes

  • QB Andy Dalton passed for 268 yards with TD in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 QBs in franchise history (Carson Palmer) with multiple seasons with 4,000+ pass yards. Ranked 4th in AFC with 53 comp. of 25+ yards last season.
  • RB Jeremy Hill is only NFL player with 9+ rush TDs in each of past 3 seasons. RB Giovani Bernard had 79 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 39 rec.) last week. Has 146 scrimmage yards (73.0 per game) in his past 2 vs. Houston Has 188 catches since 2013, 5th most among NFL RBs.
  • WR A.J. Green had team-high 74 rec. yards last week. Has 22 catches (7.3 per game) for 247 yards (82.3 per game) in 3 career meetings. Ranks 2nd in team history with 7,209 rec. yards. WR Brandon LaFell had 6 catches for 130 yards & TD in last meeting. TE Tyler Eifert has 18 rec. TDs since 2015, most among NFL tight ends. WR Tyler Boyd ranked 4th among rookies with 603 rec. yards in 2016.
  • DT Geno Atkins had sack in last meeting. Leads NFL DTs with 53 sacks since 2010. Had sack & 2 tackles for loss last week. DE Carlos Dunlap had forced fumble in last meeting. Is franchise leader with 57 career sacks. Is 1 of 6 in NFL with 50+ sacks (57) & 30+ PD (35) since 2010. LB Vincent Rey led team with 11 tackles last week. Has 21 tackles, sack & 2 PD in past 3 meetings. LB Nick Vigil had 1st career INT last week.