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.

Several players are on the brink of career milestones at the start of the 2018 season. Here are the numbers each needs to put up to reach them: 

Tom Brady – New England

  • 4,000 passing yards – joins Peyton Manning and Drew Brees as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards in 10 seasons (see Rivers).
  • 21 touchdown passes (incl. postseason) – passes P. Manning (579) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.
  • 12 touchdown passes – joins P. Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508) as the only players to reach 500 career regular-season touchdown passes (see Brees).
  • 3,841 passing yards – becomes the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 70,000 passing yards.

Drew Brees – New Orleans

  • 1,496 passing yards – passes Peyton Manning (71,940) as NFL’s all-time leading passer.
  • 79 pass completions – passes Favre (6,300) for the most completions in NFL history.
  • 12 touchdown passes – joins P. Manning (539) and Favre (508) as the only players to reach 500 career regular-season touchdown passes (see Brady). 

Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh

  • 411 passing yards – passes John Elway (51,475) for seventh place in NFL history in career passing yards.

Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers

  • 1,128 passing yards – passes John Elway (51,475) for seventh place in NFL history in career passing yards.
  • 4,000 passing yards – joins Peyton Manning (14) and Drew Brees (12) as the only players in NFL history with 10 seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards (see Brady).

Cam Newton – Carolina

  • 609 rushing yards – passes Randall Cunningham (4,928) for the second-most career rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history.
  • 700 rushing yards – becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 700 yards at least in four seasons.

Matt Ryan – Atlanta

  • 4,000 passing yards – joins Drew Brees (12) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with over 4,000 passing yards in eight consecutive seasons (see Stafford).

Matthew Stafford – Detroit

  • 4,000 passing yards – joins Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with over 4,000 passing yards in eight consecutive seasons. (see Ryan).

Russell Wilson – Seattle

  • 3,000 passing yards and 20 touchdowns – joins P. Manning as the only quarterbacks to reach 3,000 passing yards and 20 touchdowns in each of their first seven seasons.

Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona

  • 92 receptions – passes Tony Gonzalez (1,325) for second place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list.
  • 390 receiving yards – passes Terrell Owens (15,934) for second place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list.
  • 48 receptions – passes Jerry Rice (1,281) for the most receptions with one team in NFL history.
  • 1,000 receiving yards – ties Randy Moss (10) for the second most 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
  • 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards – ties Brandon Marshall (six) for the most career seasons with at least 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards (see Brown note).

Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh

  • 3 games with at least 10 receptions – ties Andre Johnson (22) for the most career games with at least 10 catches.
  • 90 catches – passes Wes Welker (672 from 2007-2012) for the most receptions by a player over any six-year span.
  • 911 receiving yards – passes Jerry Rice (8,759 from 1990-95) for the most receiving yards by a player over any six-season span.
  • 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards – ties Brandon Marshall (six) for the most career seasons with at least 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards (see Fitzgerald note).

Jarvis Landry – Cleveland

  • 27 catches – passes Larry Fitzgerald (426) for the most receptions by a player in his first five seasons.

Odell Beckham, Jr. – New York Giants

  • 7 receptions in first three games – passes Lionel Taylor (319) for the most receptions by a player through his first 50 career games.
  • 362 receiving yards in first three games – passes Lance Alworth (4,785) for the most receiving yards by a player through his first 50 career games.

Michael Thomas – New Orleans

  • 90 receptions – joins Odell Beckham, Jr. as the only players to record at least 90 receptions in each of their first three seasons.

Julio Jones – Atlanta

  • 1,400 receiving yards – becomes the first player to record at least 1,400 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons.

Brandon Marshall – Seattle

  • 41 catches – becomes the 15th player in NFL history to record 1,000 career receptions.

Rob Gronkowski – New England

  • 1,000 receiving yards – passes Tony Gonzalez (four) and Jason Witten (four) for the most 1,000-yard seasons by an NFL tight end.

Frank Gore – Miami

  • 1,000 rushing yards – joins Emmitt Smith (11), Curtis Martin (10), Walter Payton (10) and Barry Sanders (10) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in at least 10 different seasons.

Mark Ingram – New Orleans

  • 735 rushing yards – passes Deuce McAllister (6,096) as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.
  • 6 rushing touchdowns – passes McAllister (49) as the club’s all-time leader.

Melvin Gordon – Los Angeles Chargers

  • 1,200 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns – joins Lance Alworth (eight) and LaDainian Tomlinson (four) as only players in team history to record 1,200 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.

Duke Johnson, Jr. – Cleveland

  • 500 receiving yards – becomes the first running back in NFL history with at least 500 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons. 

Julius Peppers – Carolina

  • 6 sacks – passes Kevin Greene (160) for the third-most in the NFL since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

J.J. Watt – Houston 

  • 15 sacks – becomes second player to record four seasons with at least 15 sacks since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis

  • 7 converted field goals – passes Morten Andersen (565) for the most made field goals in NFL history.
  • 58 points – passes Andersen (2,544) for the most points scored in NFL history.
  • 13 game appearances – becomes fourth player to appear in 350 career games.
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