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.

Week 3 begins on Thursday night with the New England Patriots hosting the Houston Texans (CBS, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM ET) at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Texans both enter Thursday’s matchup with 2-0 records. In Week 2, New England defeated Miami 31-24 while Houston topped Kansas City 19-12. The Patriots have won 27 of their past 29 games at home (including the postseason) and five of their past six regular-season contests against Houston. The Texans are aiming for their first 3-0 start since 2012. Houston head coach Bill O’Brien was an assistant under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick with New England from 2007-11.

STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-1 Bill Belichick: 5-1
LAST WEEK W 19-12 vs. Kansas City W 31-24 vs. Miami
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Patriots 27 at Texans 6. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 226 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 4 catches for 87 yards & TD. 
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/10/12: Patriots 42, Texans 14. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 296 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley adds 72 rushing yards & TD. 
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. 
PASSING Brock Osweiler: 41-68-499-3-3-79.2 Jacoby Brissett (R): 6-9-92-0-0-100.2 OR
Jimmy Garoppolo: 42-60-498-4-0-117.2
RUSHING Lamar Miller: 53-189-3.6-0 LeGarrette Blount: 51-193-3.8-2
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 12-167-13.9-2 Julian Edelman: 14-142-10.1-0
OFFENSE 347.5 414
DEFENSE 274.5 401.5
SACKS John Simon: 2.5 3 tied: 1
INTs Andre Hal: 1 Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon: 1
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 49.2 Ryan Allen: 36.2
KICKING Nick Novak: 24 (3/3 PAT; 7/8 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/5 FG)


TEXANS: Aim for 2nd 3-0 start in team history (2012)…Head coach Bill O’Brien was assistant with NE from 2007-11…QB Brock Osweiler won only career start vs. NE (11/29/15 with Den.) & passed for 270 yards with TD…RB Lamar Miller had rush TD in last game at NE (10/29/15 with Mia.)…WR DeAndre Hopkins had 11 catches for 169 yards in last Thurs. game. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Rookie WR Will Fuller is 3rd player in NFL history with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 career games…DE J.J. Watt has 6 sacks, 9 TFL & 45-yard FR-TD in 9 Thurs. games. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 76 sacks, most in NFL. Reached 75 sacks in 82nd game, 2nd fastest in NFL history (Hall of Famer Reggie White). LB Whitney Mercilus had sack in last game vs. NE. Has 8.5 sacks in past 4 (including playoffs). DE Jadeveon Clowney had 2 sacks in last meeting

PATRIOTS: Including the playoffs, have won 27 of past 29 at home…QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 2-0 as starter & has completed 42 of 60 (70 pct.) for 498 yards with 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 117.2 rating. Rookie QB Jacoby Brissett made NFL debut last week & completed 6 of 9 (66.7 pct.) for 92 yards & 100.2 rating…RB LeGarrette Blount rushed for 123 yards in Week 2 & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR Julian Edelman aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 100+ yards. Has 7 rec. TDs in past 10. TE Martellus Bennett had 5 catches for 114 yards & TD last week. Has 271 catches since 2012, 4th most by NFL TE. TE Rob Gronkowski has 10 catches for 214 yards (107 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Hou. Since 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 14 at home (incl. playoffs), has 15 rec. TDs. WR Danny Amendola had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week…LB Jamie Collins has 3 sacks & INT in past 3 (incl. playoffs). CB Malcolm Butler has 18 PD since 2015, most on club. CB Logan Ryan ranks 2nd with 15. DE Jabaal Sheard had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting.