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.

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.   

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, September 28, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | Lambeau Field | Referee: John Hussey

Week 4 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime) with an NFC North showdown as the Green Bay Packers welcome the Chicago Bears to Lambeau Field. The Bears and Packers will meet for the 195th time (including playoffs), the most meetings between two teams in NFL history, with the series tied 94-94-6. Thursday’s game marks the first matchup between the two franchises with both teams coming off overtime wins in the previous week.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected on a 72-yard pass with wide receiver Geronimo Allison in overtime and kicker Mason Crosby converted a 27-yard field goal to give the Packers a 27-24 victory over Cincinnati last week. Rodgers ranks second in the NFL with 967 passing yards (322.3 per game) and has thrown for at least 300 yards in all three games this season. Chicago running back Jordan Howard rushed for 37 yards in overtime, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 23-17 win against Pittsburgh in Week 3. Howard (164 scrimmage yards, two rushing touchdowns) and rookie running back Tarik Cohen (102 scrimmage yards) both eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in Chicago’s first win of the season.

The NFL has partnered with Amazon Prime this season and will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game.

CHICAGO BEARS GREEN BAY PACKERS
LAST WEEK W 23-17 (OT) vs. Pittsburgh W 27-24 (OT) vs. Cincinnati
COACH VS. OPP. John Fox: 3-7 Mike McCarthy: 15-7
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 15.7/23.0 22.3/22.3
OFFENSE 305.0 360.3
PASSING Mike Glennon: 72-107-615-3-3-79.8 Aaron Rodgers: 89-134-967-6-3-93.1
RUSHING Jordan Howard: 45-197-4.4-3 Ty Montgomery: 41-124-3.0-2
RECEIVING Tarik Cohen (R) (RB): 20-126-6.3-1 Ty Montgomery (RB): 18-129-7.2-1
DEFENSE 321.7 296.7
SACKS Akiem Hicks, Willie Young: 2 Josh Jones (R): 2
INTs - -
TAKE/GIVE -3 (3/6) -2 (2/4)
PUNTING (NET) Patrick O’Donnell: 48.5 (41.6) Justin Vogel (R): 45.3 (42.6)
KICKING Connor Barth: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/3 FG) Mason Crosby: 19 (7/7 PAT; 4/4 FG)

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: CBS/NFLN/Amazon Prime (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli

BEARS NOTES

  • QB Mike Glennon completed 15 of 22 (68.2 pct.) with TD last week. Passed for 301 yards & TD in last road game. Has 16 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 87.6 rating in 11 career road games.
  • RB Jordan Howard had 164 scrimmage yards (138 rush, 26 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 3, 8th career 100+ rush yard game. Had 19-yard GW TD run in OT. Had career-high 5 catches last week. Had 113 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 23 rec.) & TD in last meeting. Rookie RB Tarik Cohen had 102 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 24 rec.) last week. Leads NFL RBs with 20 catches. Aims for 4th consecutive game with 4+ catches.
  • WR Josh Bellamy had rec. TD in last meeting. WR Deonte Thompson set career-highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (110) in last meeting. WR Kendall Wright had TD catch in last game vs. GB (11/13/16 with Ten.). Rookie TE Adam Shaheen had 1st career rec. TD in Week 3.
  • LB Pernell McPhee had sack in Week 3. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 3 sacks & FF in past 3 vs. division. LB Willie Young aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB Leonard Floyd had 2 sacks, FF & FR-TD in only career meeting at GB (10/20/16). LB Danny Trevathan led team with 10 tackles in Week 3. CB Bryce Callahan had 1st career sack & FF last week. CB Prince Amukamara has 5 PD in past 3.

PACKERS NOTES

  • QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 313 yards & 3 TDs for 102.6 rating in 1st career OT win last week. Has 20 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 105.9 rating in 9 career home games vs. Chi. Has 17 TDs vs. 1 INT for 114.4 rating in past 6 meetings. Has 1,430 pass yards (286 per game),15 TDs & 0 INTs for 117.1 rating in past 5 vs. NFC North. Aims for 6th consecutive 300+ yard pass game. Has 303 career TD passes & surpassed HOFer John Elway (300) for 10th most all-time.
  • RB Ty Montgomery had career-high 162 rush yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 10 catches & 126 scrimmage yards (66 rec., 60 rush) in 10/20/16 meeting.
  • WR Jordy Nelson had 2 TD catches in Week 3, 14th career 2+ rec. TD game. Has 34 catches for 554 yards (110.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in past 5 vs. Chi. WR Davante Adams had 13 catches for 132 yards & 2 TDs in 10/20/16 meeting. WR Randall Cobb has 7 rec. TDs in past 7 meetings. Has 21 catches for 241 yards (80.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home vs. Chi. WR Geronimo Allison set career-highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (122) last week, incl. 72-yard catch in OT.
  • S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had 2 INTs in last meeting. Rookie S Josh Jones led team with 12 tackles & 2 sacks last week. LB Ahmad Brooks had sack last week. Had sack in last meeting (12/4/16 with SF). LB Clay Matthews has 74 sacks since 2009, 3rd most among NFL LBs.
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