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.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

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. 

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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.   

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.

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, November 2, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | MetLife Stadium | Referee: Jerome Boger

Week 9 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NFLN) with a battle of AFC East rivals as the New York Jets welcome the Buffalo Bills to MetLife Stadium. The Bills and Jets will meet for the 115th time (including the postseason), with the Bills holding a 61-53 advantage. Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor passed for two touchdowns and safety Jordan Poyer recorded a sack and an interception in the Bills’ 21-12 victory over the Jets on Kickoff Weekend.

Buffalo enters Week 9 following a 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards with a touchdown last week and has eight games with at least 150 rushing yards since 2013, the most in the NFL over that span. Bills safety Micah Hyde leads the league with five interceptions this season and has 13 interceptions since 2014, tied for the fourth-most among NFL safeties. The Jets look to rebound following a 25-20 loss to Atlanta in Week 8. New York quarterback Josh McCown completed 26 of 33 passes (78.8 percent) for 257 yards with two touchdowns for a 119.3 passer rating last week and is the only quarterback in franchise history with multiple touchdown passes and a 60+ completion percentage in four consecutive games. Jets linebacker Demario Davis had 14 tackles in the last meeting and is the only NFL player with at least 60 tackles (67) and two sacks (2.5) in 2017.

BUFFALO BILLS NEW YORK JETS
LAST WEEK W 34-14 vs. Oakland L 25-20 vs. Atlanta
COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 1-0 Todd Bowles: 3-3
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 21.9/16.4 19.6/23.3
OFFENSE 303.3 307.9
PASSING Tyrod Taylor: 125-196-1343-8-2-93.1 Josh McCown: 179-254-1840-12-7-95.3
RUSHING LeSean McCoy: 137-521-3.8-3 Bilal Powell: 74-316-4.3-2
RECEIVING LeSean McCoy (RB): 38-242-6.4-0 Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE): 31-201-6.5-3
DEFENSE 346.6 361.4
SACKS Jerry Hughes: 3 Demario Davis: 2.5
INTs Micah Hyde: 5 Terrence Brooks, Marcus Maye (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE +14 (17/3) -1 (13/14)
PUNTING (NET) Colton Schmidt: 46.0 (40.9) Lachlan Edwards: 47.6 (42.5)
KICKING Stephen Hauschka: 63 (15/15 PAT; 16/18 FG) Chandler Catanzaro: 55 (16/16 PAT; 13/17 FG)

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 60-53
LAST GAME: 9/10/17: Jets 12 at Bills 21
STREAKS: Jets have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/1/17: Jets 30, Bills 10

ON THE AIRWAVES
TV: NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter), Jay Feely (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Buf), 83 (NYJ) | XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (Buf), 83 (NYJ)

BILLS NOTES

  • QB Tyrod Taylor completed 20 of 27 (74.1 pct.) with TD pass & rush TD last week. Has 95+ rating in 4 of past 5. In past 2 meetings, has 521 pass yards (260.5 per game) with 5 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 102.7 rating.

  • RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards with TD in Week 8. Has 8 games with 150+ rush yards since 2013, most in NFL. Had 159 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 49 rec.) in last meeting. Has 521 scrimmage yards (104.2 per game) with 3 rush TDs in 5 career meetings. Has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 5 vs. NYJ. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB Mike Tolbert aims for 4th meeting in row with rush TD.

  • WR Andre Holmes had TD catch last week. Has 3 TDs in past 2 games vs. NYJ. Leads team with 3 TD catches. WR Zay Jones is 1 of 5 rookie WRs with 10+ catches (10) & 100+ rec. yards (115) in 2017. WR Jordan Matthews has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games on Thursday.

  • S Micah Hyde has 4 INTs in past 4. Leads NFL with 5 INTs. Had INT in last meeting. Since 2014, ties for 4th among NFL safeties with 13 INTs. LB Preston Brown has 13+ tackles in 2 of past 3 meetings. S Jordan Poyer had sack & INT in last game vs. NYJ. LB Lorenzo Alexander has sack in 2 of past 3 meetings. S Trae Elston led team with career-high 11 tackles & had INT last week. Rookie CB Tre’davious White leads NFL with 12 PD. Has 5 PD in past 3 on road. Rookie LB Matt Milano had 40-yard FR-TD in Week 8.

JETS NOTES

  • QB Josh McCown completed 26 of 33 (78.8 pct.) for 257 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in Week 8. Is only QB in Jets history with 2+ TD passes & 60+ comp. pct. in 4 consecutive games. Has 100+ rating in 5 of past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 70.5 comp. pct. In past 3 vs. division, has passed for 812 yards (270.7 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 101.4 rating.

  • RB Bilal Powell has 176 scrimmage yards (88 per game) with TD catch in past 2 meetings. In past 3 home games vs. Buf., has 299 rush yards (99.7 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB Matt Forté has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 meetings. Is 1 of 5 players in NFL history with 9,500+ rush yards (9,579), 50+ rush TDs (52) & 20+ TD catches (20).

  • WR Robby Anderson had career-high 104 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. division. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 31 catches since Week 3, 2nd most among NFL TEs. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD vs. division.

  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson had sack in Week 8. In past 4 home meetings, has 5.5 sacks & FF. LB Demario Davis had 14 tackles in last game vs. Buf. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with 10+ tackles. Is only NFL player with 60+ tackles (67) & 2+ sacks (2.5) in 2017. LB Darron Lee had sack in last meeting.

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