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.

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Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

Week 9 kicks off on Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons (NFL Network; 8:25 PM ET) in an NFC South battle. When the clubs met in Week 1, Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston passed for 281 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers’ 31-24 victory, their third consecutive win against Atlanta. In Week 8, Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass to WR Mohamed Sanu with 31 seconds remaining in the Falcons’ 33-32 win over Green Bay. It marked Ryan’s third career game-winning touchdown pass in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. Falcons WR Julio Jones leads the NFC with 859 receiving yards while LB Vic Beasley ties for the conference lead with 7.5 sacks. Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans ties for the NFL lead with six touchdown receptions and has recorded a TD in five of the team’s seven games. Buccaneers CB Brent Grimes, who spent his first six seasons with Atlanta, ties for the NFC lead with 11 passes defensed.

STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Dan Quinn: 0-3 Dirk Koetter: 1-0
LAST WEEK W 33-32 vs. Green Bay L 30-24 (OT) vs. Oakland
LAST GAME 9/11/16: Buccaneers 31 at Falcons 24. Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston passes for 281 yards & 4 TDs. Buccaneers WR Mike Evans has 5 receptions for 99 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/15: Buccaneers 23, Falcons 19. Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston passes for 227 yards & has 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush). Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushes for 95 yards & TD.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Atl), 81 (TB). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Atl), 225 (TB).
PASSING Matt Ryan: 193-279-2636-19-4-115.8 Jameis Winston: 158-269-1776-14-9-81.9
RUSHING Devonta Freeman: 116-543-4.7-3 Jacquizz Rodgers: 88-393-4.5-1
RECEIVING Julio Jones: 43-859-20.0-4 Mike Evans: 44-595-13.5-6
OFFENSE 425.3 351.7
DEFENSE 379.3 390.0
SACKS Vic Beasley: 7.5 Gerald McCoy, Noah Spence (R): 3
INTs Deion Jones (R), Robert Alford: 2 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Matt Bosher: 46.9 Bryan Anger: 46.6
KICKING Matt Bryant: 78 (27/27 PAT; 17/18 FG) Roberto Aguayo (R): 34 (13/15 PAT; 7/12 FG)


FALCONS: QB Matt Ryan passed for 288 yards & 3 TDs, incl. GW 11-yard TD with 0:31 remaining last week. Leads NFL with 2,636 pass yards. In past 3 vs. TB, has 1,000 pass yards (333.3 per game) & 5 TDs with 2 INTs for 101.6 rating. Aims for 6th in row vs. NFC South with 100+ rating…RB Devonta Freeman has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 vs. TB. Had 2 TDs in Week 8 (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB Tevin Coleman has 6 TDs in past 6 (5 rush, 1 rec.)… WR Taylor Gabriel had TD catch last week, 1st TD with Atl. WR Julio Jones is averaging 110.6 rec. yards per game & has 7 TD catches in 9 career meetings. Leads NFC with 859 rec. yards. WR Mohamed Sanu had 5 receptions for 80 yards & TD in last meeting…DE Adrian Clayborn has 3 sacks in past 2. LB Vic Beasley has 6.5 sacks & 3 FF in past 4. Ties for NFC lead with 7.5 sacks. CB Desmond Trufant aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with INT. Rookie S Keanu Neal has FF in 3 of past 4.

BUCCANEERS: QB Jameis Winston completed 23 of 32 (71.9 pct.) for 281 yards & 4 TDs with INT for 125.1 rating in last meeting. Has 6 TD passes with 2 INTs for 101.8 rating in 3 career meetings…RB Jacquizz Rodgers is averaging 123.3 scrimmage yards per game in past 3 & has scored 1 TD. Spent 4 seasons with Atl. (2011-14)…WR Mike Evans had 5 receptions for 99 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 6 TDs in past 7. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. WR Russell Shepard aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD…DT Gerald McCoy has sack in 2 of past 3. Had career-high 3 sacks in 11/17/13 meeting. LB Kwon Alexander aims for 4th in row vs. Atl. with 10+ tackles. Has 2 sacks, 2 FFs & INT in 3 career meetings. Since 2013, LB Lavonte David is only NFL player with 450+ tackles (477), 10+ sacks (12) & 5+ INTs (8). Had 11 tackles & INT in last home meeting. CB Jude Adjei-Barimah aims for 3rd in row with sack.