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.

Week 4 begins on Thursday night with the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Miami Dolphins (NFL Network; 8:25 PM ET) at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals and Dolphins both enter Thursday’s matchup with 1-2 records. In Week 3, Miami defeated Cleveland 30-24 in overtime, while Cincinnati lost to Denver 29-17. The Dolphins, whose win in Week 3 marked the first career victory for rookie head coach Adam Gase, seek to win their fourth consecutive game against Cincinnati. In the last meeting, Dolphins DE Cameron Wake had three sacks, including the game-winning safety in overtime. The Bengals look to even their record at 2-2. QB Andy Dalton leads the AFC with 938 passing yards this season and RB Jeremy Hill rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3.

STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Adam Gase: 0-0 Marvin Lewis: 2-3
LAST WEEK W 30-24 (OT) vs. Cleveland L 29-17 at Denver
LAST GAME 0/31/13: Cincinnati 20 at Miami 22 (OT). Miami CB Brent Grimes has 94-yard INT-TD. Dolphins DE Cameron Wake records GW safety in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/7/12: Dolphins 17, Bengals 13. Miami RB Reggie Bush rushes for 48 yards & TD. Dolphins DL Randy Starks and S Reshad Jones each record INT. 
REFEREE Walt Anderson
BROADCAST NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock.
PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 73-113-892-5-4-88.8 Andy Dalton: 75-115-938-2-2-89.0
RUSHING Kenyan Drake: 11-49-4.5-1 Jeremy Hill: 37-150-4.1-3
RECEIVING Jarvis Landry: 24-314-13.1-1 A.J. Green: 22-295-13.4-1
OFFENSE 365.7 375
DEFENSE 415 356.3
SACKS Ndamukong Suh: 2.5 Will Clarke: 2
INTs Isa Abdul-Quddus: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Matt Darr: 48.2 Kevin Huber: 46.0
KICKING Andrew Franks: 16 (7/7 PAT; 3/4 FG) Mike Nugent: 26 (5/5 PAT; 7/8 FG)


DOLPHINS: QB Ryan Tannehill has won both starts vs. Cin. & has 92.4 rating. Passed for 319 yards & 3 TDs last week & aims for 3rd in row with 300+ yards…RB Jay Ajayi had GW TD run in OT last week. RB Arian Foster is only NFL player since 2010 with 6,000+ rush yards (6,262), 50+ rush TDs (51) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,237)…WR Jarvis Landry ties for NFL lead with 24 catches & leads AFC with 314 rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ yards. In past 3 on road, WR DeVante Parker has 16 catches for 273 yards (91 per game) & TD…DE Cameron Wake had 3 sacks, FF, FR & GW safety in last meeting. Since 2010, has 65.5 sacks, 3rd most in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2010, DT Ndamukong Suh has 44.5 sacks, most by NFL DT. Since 2015, S Reshad Jones is only NFL player with 150+ tackles (166), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ sacks (2). Since 2007, DE Mario Williams ranks 3rd in NFL with 92.5 sacks.

BENGALS: QB Andy Dalton leads AFC with 938 pass yards. Has 16 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 103 rating in past 10 at home. Has 29 games with 100+ rating & Cin. is 26-3 (.897)…RB Jeremy Hill rushed for 2 TDs last week & has 10 rush TDs in past 11 (incl. playoffs). RB Giovani Bernard had 104 scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs in last meeting…WR A.J. Green had 11 catches for 128 yards in last game vs. Mia. Incl. playoffs, has 5 TDs in past 5 at home…DT Geno Atkins aims for 3rd meeting in row with sack. Has 41 sacks since 2011, most by NFL DT. CB Adam Jones is only active player with 2+ INT-TDs (2) & 5+ PR-TDs (5) in career. DE Carlos Dunlap has 9 sacks in past 10 home games. DE Michael Johnson aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. DE Will Clarke aims for 3rd in row with sack.