2018 NFL 시즌 - 2018 NFL season

2018 National Football League 시즌
정규 시즌
지속 2018 년 9 월 6 일 2018 년 12 월 30 일 (2018-09-06) (2018-12-30)
플레이 오프
시작일 2019 년 1 월 5 일
AFC 챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠
NFC 챔피언 로스 앤젤레스 램스
슈퍼 볼 LIII
데이트 2019 년 2 월 3 일
대지 Mercedes-Benz Stadium , 애틀랜타, 조지아
챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠
프로 볼
데이트 2019 년 1 월 27 일
대지 캠핑 월드 스타디움 , 올랜도, 플로리다

2018 NFL 시즌 의 99 번째 시즌이었다 미국 축구 리그 (NFL). 시즌은 2018 년 9 월 6 일에 NFL 킥오프 경기 가 시작되어 수비수 슈퍼 볼 LII 챔피언 필라델피아 이글스애틀랜타 팔콘 스를 18-12로 물리 쳤습니다 . 시즌은 2019 년 2 월 3 일 조지 아주 애틀랜타의 메르세데스-벤츠 스타디움 에서 AFC 챔피언 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠 와 NFC 챔피언 로스 앤젤레스 램스 사이 에서 리그 챔피언십 게임 인 Super Bowl LIII로 마무리되었습니다.. Patriots는 여섯 번째 슈퍼 볼 챔피언십과 5 년 만에 세 번째 우승을 차지하며 Rams를 13–3으로 이겼습니다.

선수 움직임

2018 NFL 리그 연도 및 거래 기간은 3 월 14 일에 시작되었습니다. 3 월 9 일에 클럽은 계약에 옵션 조항이있는 선수에 대해 2018 년 옵션을 행사하고, 보류중인 제한된 FA에게 적격 제안을 제출하고 최소 급여 입찰을 제출할 수있었습니다. 2017 년 계약이 만료되고 누적 된 FA 크레딧 시즌이 3 개 미만인 플레이어에게 독점 협상 권한을 유지합니다. 팀은 "Top-51"정의를 사용하여 급여 상한선 아래에 있어야했습니다 (팀의 급여에서 가장 높은 급여를받는 51 명의 선수는 실제 상한선보다 낮은 급여 상한선을 가져야합니다). 3 월 12 일, 클럽은 무제한 FA가 될 선수의 에이전트와 연락하여 계약 협상을 할 수있었습니다.

자유 계약

550 명 이상의 플레이어가 FA 기간 동안 어떤 형태로든 FA 자격을 얻었습니다. [1] 팀을 바꾸는 주목할만한 선수는 다음과 같습니다.

거래

2018 년 리그 연도에 다음과 같은 주목할만한 거래가 이루어졌습니다.

은퇴

기타 은퇴

초안

2018 NFL 초안은 28 년 4 월 26 일부터 개최 된 AT & T 스타디움 에서 알링턴, 텍사스 . 이것은 NFL 스타디움에서 열린 첫 번째 드래프트였으며 텍사스에서 열린 첫 번째 드래프트였습니다. [59] 클리블랜드 브라운스 선택된 베이커 메이필드제 전체 픽업 .

변경 관리

오프 시즌

2018 년 오프 시즌 동안 4 명의 심판이 은퇴했으며, 통계 기록이 유지 된 이후 가장 많이 은퇴했다. [60]

  • Ed Hochuli : 은퇴 당시 Hochuli는 리그 최장수 심판으로 28 시즌 동안 리그에서 근무했으며 26 년은 주심이었습니다. 그는 그의 아들 Shawn Hochuli 가 계승했습니다 . [61]
  • Terry McAulay : McAulay는 공식적으로 20 시즌을, 주심으로 17 시즌을 보냈으며 3 개의 슈퍼 볼을 주관했습니다 . McAulay는 NBC의 Sunday Night Football규칙 분석가 로 일할 것 입니다. [60] 2015 년 부터 심판을 맡은 Shawn Smith 는 McAulay를 대신하여 승진했습니다. [62] [63]
  • Gene Steratore : Steratore는 공식적으로 15 시즌을 보냈으며 Super Bowl LII 의 심판이었습니다 . Steratore는 Calvin Johnson 규칙 으로 알려진 논란의 여지가있는 판결에 관여했으며 Oakland RaidersDallas Cowboys 사이의 게임에서 악명 높은 색인 카드 사용에 관여했습니다 . 그는 NCAA Division I 농구 경기를 담당 한 두 명의 관리 중 한 명이었습니다 . Steratore는 CBS로부터 2015 년부터 공석이었던 규칙 분석가 자리를 채우기위한 제의를 받아 들였습니다. [60] Umpire Clay Martin 은 Steratore를 대신 할 심판으로 승진했습니다. [64]
  • Jeff Triplette : Triplette는 NFL에서 22 년을, 주심으로 19 년을 보냈습니다. Alex Kemp 가 Triplette를 대체했습니다. [61]

총 10 명의 임원이 오프 시즌에 리그를 떠났고 7 명이 고용되었습니다. 4 명의 관리가 심판으로 승진했습니다. [65]

시즌 중

다운 심사 위원 휴고 크루즈는 로스 앤젤레스 차저스클리블랜드 브라운스 사이의 6 주차 경기에서 실패한 시작으로 절정에 달하는 성능 관련 문제로 해고되었습니다 . 슈퍼 볼 시대에 한 공식이 시즌에 해고 된 것은 이번이 처음 이다. [66]

규칙 변경

다음 경기 규칙 변경은 2018 시즌에 대해 경쟁위원회의 승인을 받았습니다. [67]

  • 25 야드 라인으로의 킥오프에서 터치 백 후 볼의 지점을 변경하는 현재 규칙을 영구적으로 설정합니다. 2017 년 이전 에는 공이 20 야드 라인에 배치되었습니다.
  • "catch"의 표준을 다음과 같이 업데이트하십시오.
    • 두 발 아래로 또는 손 이외의 신체 부위
    • 공의 제어
    • 3 단계 만들기, 라인에 도달 / 확장, 공을 빼내고, 수비 선수를 막는 등의 "축구 이동"을하거나 그러한 행위를 수행 할 수있는 능력을 갖습니다.
    캐치 과정에서 지상으로 가던 리시버에 대한 규칙이 삭제되었습니다. 이것은 "지상으로가는"규칙과 관련된 몇 가지 문제, 특히 2014 년 NFL 플레이 오프에서 Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant의 캐치 2017 년 Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James 가이 규칙으로 인해 뒤집힌 캐치에 대한 응답 입니다.
  • 주최 부서의 지정된 구성원 (2018 년, Al Riveron 주관 수석 부사장, 평가 및 개발 부사장 Wayne Mackie, 즉석 재생 및 관리 부사장 Russel Yurk [68] )이 게임 관계자가 모든 자격을 박탈하도록 지시 할 수 있습니다. 필드에서 파울 콜로 인해 필드에서 축구가 아닌 행동을 저지른 선수. 이것은 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠의 타이트 엔드 Rob Gronkowski가 의도적으로 Buffalo Bills의 수비수 Tre'Davious White 에게 늦은 타격을 가한 상황에 대한 응답 입니다.화이트에게 뇌진탕을 일으켰습니다. Gronkowski는 필드에서 파울로 인해 퇴장 당하지 않았지만 NFL의 플레이 검토 후 1 경기 정지를 받았습니다.
  • 스 크리 미지 다운에서 불법적으로 공을 치는 것은 이전의 10 야드 페널티에 추가로 다운 손실을 받게됩니다.
  • 연장전에서 팀이 3 점 차를 앞지르면 다운이 끝날 것이고, 소유권을 잃더라도 모든 적용 가능한 점수는 득점 할 것입니다. 이전에는 후행 팀의 공격이 같은 플레이에서 소유권을 잃고 다시 획득하고 상대의 엔드 존에 도달하면 합법적으로 득점 할 수 없었습니다. 규칙은 한 팀이 리드에있는 플레이에서 소유권이 이중으로 변경되는 경우 게임의 마지막 플레이입니다.
  • 팀이 최종 경기에서 터치 다운을하여 승리를 거두면 추가 포인트 전환 시도가 필요하지 않습니다. [69]
  • 볼 캐리어는 플레이에서 자신을 포기하는 것으로 간주하기 위해 머리를 먼저 또는 발을 먼저 슬라이드 할 수 있으며, 먼저 발을 슬라이딩하는 러너에게 이전에 제공된 모든 보호 기능을 제공받습니다.

다음 세칙과 결의안이 통과되었습니다. [70]

  • 초안 잠재 고객을위한 운동 규칙의 자유화를 영구적으로 만드십시오.
  • 1 년의 시험 기간 동안 선수를 포기하는 데 필요한 규칙을 자유화하십시오.
  • 부상당한 예비 선수는 거래 할 수 있습니다.
  • 주요 부상으로 간주되는 선수는 면제를 취소하지 않고 부상당한 예비금에 직접 배치 될 수 있습니다.
  • 10 일 포스트 시즌 면제 청구 기간이 1 일로 단축되었습니다.
  • 플레이어는 8 주가 아닌 8 경기 후에 부상을 입었을 때 활성화 될 수 있습니다.
  • 팀은 5 일이 아닌 7 일 (영업일 기준) 동안 상해 합의를 완료해야합니다.
  • 특정 예비 목록 카테고리의 플레이어는 팀의 13 주차 경기 후에 복귀 할 수 없습니다. 이 제한은 이전에 정규 시즌의 마지막 30 일에 적용되었습니다.
  • 군사 의무가있는 플레이어의 명단 절차를 명확히합니다.
  • 1 년의 시험 기간 동안 팀은 NFL이 선수 인사 통지에 거래를 나열하기 전에 공개적으로 발표 된 선수에게 연락 할 수 있습니다.

2018 년 5 월 23 일 NFL Spring Owners 'Meeting에서 킥오프 규칙에 대한 다음 변경 사항이 승인되었습니다. [71]

  • 선수들은 다음과 같이 킥오프를 위해 줄을서야합니다.
    • 킥 팀의 5 명의 선수가 키커의 양쪽에 있어야합니다.
    • 각 측면에 최소 2 명의 플레이어가 숫자 외부에 정렬되어야하며 각 측면에 최소 2 명의 추가 플레이어가 숫자와 해시 마크 사이에 정렬되어야합니다.
    • 킥 팀의 선수 (키커 제외)는 킥오프 지점 (이전 제한은 5 야드)에서 1 야드 이내에서만 정렬 할 수 있습니다.
    • 리시브 팀은 15 야드 "셋업 존"에 8 명의 선수가 있어야합니다 (킥오프 지점에서 10 야드 떨어진 제지 라인의 리시브 팀 측에서 측정)
  • 쐐기 블록이 없습니다. 플레이어는 "설정 영역"내에서만 이중 팀 블록을 수행 할 수 있습니다.
  • 공이지면에 닿거나 경기장에서 닿을 때까지 제한 구역 (킥오프 지점에서 10 야드) 내에서 블로킹이 금지됩니다.
  • 킥오프가 엔드 존에 도달하면 자동 터치 백이됩니다. 플레이어는 더 이상 플레이를 중지하기 위해 엔드 존에서 "칼"을 할 필요가 없습니다.
  • 실격되는 모든 선수는 재심의 대상이됩니다.
  • 이제 플레이어가 헬멧을 내리고 상대 플레이어와 접촉을 시작하는 것은 파울 (15 야드)입니다. 파울 링 선수는 다음과 같은 경우 실격 될 위험이 있습니다.
    • 플레이어는 헬멧을 시작하거나 접촉하기 전에 자신의 헬멧을 낮추어 선형 신체 자세를 설정합니다.
    • 타격을 가한 플레이어는 상대에게 방해가되지 않는 경로를 가졌습니다.
    • 접촉은 분명히 피할 수있었습니다 (타격을하는 플레이어는 다른 옵션을 가졌습니다)

쇄 선원 한 부재로 감소시켰다 일반적으로 텔레비전에서는 보이지 않지만 공격 드라이브의 시작을 표시하는 데 사용되는 "X"표시가 제거되었습니다. [72]

지난 두 시즌 동안 리그에서 개최 된 최근 National Anthem 시위에 대한 대응으로, " The Star-Spangled Banner " 공연 중에 필드에 있던 선수 나 스태프는 공연 기간 동안 일어서야합니다. 그러한 선수와 스태프는 그 당시 필드에있을 필요가 없으며 대안으로 라커룸에서 기다릴 수 있습니다. NFL은 규칙을 어긴 선수 나 스태프에게 직접 벌금을 부과하지 않고 팀에 벌금을 부과 할 것이며, 팀은 자신의 재량에 따라 선수 나 스태프에게 벌금을 부과 할 권한을 갖게됩니다. 내셔널 풋볼 리그 선수 협회 년 7 월 11 일에 정책을 통해 리그에 불만을 제기했다.

2018 년 사망

NFL (또는 AFL ) 과 관련된 다음 사람들 이 2018 년에 사망했습니다.

프로 축구 명예의 전당 회원

Tommy McDonald : 1998 년 프로 축구 명예의 전당 입회자 인 McDonald는 NFL에서 12 시즌을 뛰었고, 대부분은 필라델피아 이글스 에서 뛰었 습니다. 6 번의 프로 볼러 와 4 번의 All-Pro (1 팀 또는 2 팀)는 1961 년 리시브 야드와 터치 다운 모두에서 리그를 이끌 었으며 안면 마스크 없이 플레이 한 마지막 논킥 포지션 선수였습니다 . 그는 9 월 24 일 84 세의 나이로 사망했습니다. [73]

Jim Taylor : Green Bay Packers 의 9 년차 베테랑은 팀의 1961–1968 왕조에서 1976 년 입회자로 입회 한 최초의 멤버였습니다. 1958 년부터 첫 번째 세계 선수권 대회 까지 뛰었던 풀백 은 5 번의 프로 볼에 출연했으며 1, 2 번 팀 All-Pro에 6 번 지명되었으며 1962 년 돌진 터치 다운과 야드 모두에서 리그를 이끌 었으며 1961 년에는 후자 부문을 이끌었습니다. 게다가. 그는 New Orleans Saints 의 취임 명단에서 그의 경력을 마쳤다 . 그는 10 월 13 일 83 세의 나이로 사망했습니다.

팀 소유자

  • Paul Allen : Allen 은 1996 년부터 10 월 15 일 65 세의 나이로 사망 할 때까지 Seattle Seahawks소유했습니다 . Allen은 아내 나 자녀를 남기지 않았으며 그의 재산은 그의 누이 인 Jody Allen이 관리하는 것으로 여겨집니다 . [74] 알렌의 소유자도 있었다 NBA포틀랜드 의 한 부분 소유자 MLS S ' 시애틀 음향기는 FC .
  • Tom Benson : Benson 은 1985 년부터 3 월 15 일 90 세의 나이로 사망 할 때까지 New Orleans Saints소유했습니다. 그의 아내 Gayle Benson 이 팀을 물려 받았습니다.
  • Bob McNair : McNair는 11 월 23 일 81 세의 나이로 사망했습니다. 그는 2002 년 설립 당시부터 사망 할 때까지 Houston Texans소유했습니다 . 그의 아들 Cal McNair와 그의 아내 Janice McNair가 소유주를 인수하기 위해 줄을 서고 있으며 , 텍사스 주 해리스 카운티 정부의 팀 내 소수 지분은 들어오는 소유주가 팀을 이전하는 것을 막을 것입니다. [75]
  • Alex Spanos : Spanos 는 1984 년부터 사망 할 때까지 Chargers소유했습니다 . 그는 2008 년부터 노인성 치매를 앓고 있었으며 샌디에고에서 로스 앤젤레스로 팀을 이전하는 데 직접 관여하지 않았으며, 팀 을 상속하는 가족 컨소시엄을 이끌 아들 Dean Spanos 가 주로 조율했습니다 . Spanos는 10 월 9 일 95 세의 나이로 사망했습니다.

기타

프리 시즌

2018 년 시즌 훈련 캠프 는 7 월 말부터 8 월까지 열렸습니다. 팀은 팀의 첫 프리 시즌 경기가 시작되기 15 일 전에 훈련 캠프를 시작했습니다.

명예 게임의 프로 축구 회관 하는, 볼티모어 레이븐은 패배 시카고 베어스 17-16은 8 월 2 일에 연주되었다; [76] NBC에 의해 전국적으로 방영되었습니다 . 첫 번째 명예의 전당 게임에 등장한 Ravens는 전 라인 배커 Ray Lewis 가 2018 명예의 전당 클래스에 , Bears는 전 라인 배커 Brian Urlacher 가 대표했습니다 .

정규 시즌

2018 년 정규 시즌 의 256 경기는 9 월 6 일부터 시작된 17 주 일정으로 진행되었습니다. 각 리그의 32 개 팀은 각 팀당 1 주일 씩 16 경기 일정을 치렀습니다 . 정규 시즌은 12 월 30 일 16 경기의 풀 슬레이트로 끝났으며, 모두 2010 년 이후의 디비전 내 매치업이었습니다 .

일정 공식

NFL의 현재 일정 공식에 따라 각 팀은 자신의 디비전에서 다른 세 팀과 두 번 플레이합니다. 또한 한 팀은 각 회의에서 한 부서의 네 팀 모두와 대결합니다. 팀 일정의 마지막 두 경기는 동일한 컨퍼런스에서 각 디비전에서 동일한 위치에서 완료 한 나머지 두 팀을 상대로합니다 (예 : 디비전에서 4 위를 차지한 팀은 컨퍼런스에서 다른 3 개 팀과 함께 경기를 치릅니다. 네 번째 완료). 2018 년의 디비전 페어링은 다음과 같습니다.

회의 내
AFC 동부 vs AFC 남부
AFC 서부 vs AFC 북부
NFC 동부 vs NFC 남부
NFC 서부 vs NFC 북부

인터 컨퍼런스
AFC East vs NFC North
AFC North vs NFC South
AFC South vs NFC East
AFC West vs NFC West

전체 시즌 일정은 4 월 19 일에 공개되었습니다. 2018 년 시즌의 하이라이트는 다음과 같습니다.

토요일 유연한 일정

전체 시즌 일정이 4 월 19 일에 발표되었을 때 리그는 15 주와 16 주에 토요일 경기 일정을 유연하게 발표했습니다.이 경기의 마지막 시간은 10 월 24 일에 발표되었습니다. [88]

  • 15 주차에 휴스턴 - 뉴욕 제츠 는 오후 4시 30 분에 시작되었고, 클리블랜드 - 덴버 경기는 오후 8시 20 분에 시작되었습니다. 두 게임 모두 NFL 네트워크에서 방송했습니다 .
  • 16 주차에 NFL 네트워크에서 12 월 22 일 토요일로 두 경기가 이전되었습니다. 워싱턴테네시 경기는 동부 표준시 오후 4시 30 분에 시작되었으며 볼티모어로스 앤젤레스 차저스 경기는 동부 표준시 오후 8시 20 분에 시작되었습니다. 게임 일정이 다른 날로 변경된 것은 이번이 처음입니다 (악천후로 인해 일정이 변경된 게임 제외).

시즌 일정 변경

  • 주 7 : 신시내티 - 캔자스 시티의 경기는 오후 1:00 근육이 수축 된 ETCBS 에서 동부 서머 타임 오후 8시 20분 슬롯에 NBC 원래 예약 한 교체, 로스 앤젤레스 램 - 샌프란시스코 4시 25분로 이동 된 게임을, CBS의 오후 ET. 이것은 2006 년 Sunday Night 패키지를 인수 한 이후 가장 초기의 NBC flex 게임입니다. [89]
  • 주 10 : 마이애미 - 그린 베이의 게임은 CBS에 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25분에 동부 표준시 오후 1시에서 이동되었습니다. 또한 원래 Fox 에서 동부 표준시 오후 1시에 예정된 Arizona –Kansas City 게임 은 같은 시간 슬롯에서 CBS와 교차 조정되었습니다. [88]
  • 주 11 : 미네소타 - 시카고 게임은 원래 예정 교체, NBC에 동부 표준시 오후 8시 20분 폭스 오후 1 동부 표준시 근육이 수축 된 피츠버그 - 잭슨빌 CBS 1:00시 (동부 표준시) 이동 된 게임. 또한, 필라델피아뉴 올리언스 게임은 ET 오후 1:00 ET에서 ET 오후 4:25 ET으로 Fox에서 변경되었습니다. [90]
  • 12 주차 : 마이애미- 인디애나 폴리스 경기는 CBS에서 동부 표준시 오후 1시에서 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25 분으로 변경되었습니다. [91]
  • 주 13 : 로스 앤젤레스 충전기 원래 CBS에서 동부 표준시 오후 1시 예정 -Pittsburgh 게임은 원래 예정된 산 Francisco- 교체, NBC에 동부 표준시 오후 8시 20분에 굴곡 된 시애틀 에서 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25분로 이동 된 게임을 여우. [92]
  • 14 주차 : Fox에서 원래 예정된 오후 1시 (ET)로 예정된 Los Angeles Rams-Chicago 게임은 NBC에서 오후 8:20 (ET)로 조정되어 Fox에서 원래 예정된 Pittsburgh- Oakland 경기를 대체합니다. . [92]
  • 주 15 : 워싱턴 -Jacksonville 게임은 원래 동일한 시간 슬롯에, CBS에 크로스 근육이 수축 된 폭스 오후 1 동부 표준시 예정.
  • 주 16 : 뉴욕 자이언츠 원래 폭스 오후 1 동부 표준시 예정 -Indianapolis 게임은 동일한 시간 슬롯에, CBS에 교차 근육이 수축되었다.
  • 17 주차 : 원래 CBS에서 오후 1시 (동부 표준시)로 예정된 인디애나 폴리스- 테네시 경기 가 최종 AFC 와일드 카드 자리를 결정한 시즌 의 마지막 오후 ​​8시 20 분 NBC 일요일 밤 축구 경기 로 선정되었습니다 . [93] 또한, 신시내티-피츠버그, 클리블랜드 - 볼티모어 , 오클랜드-캔자스 시티, 필라델피아-워싱턴, 시카고-미네소타 경기는 동부 표준시 오후 1시에서 동부 표준시 오후 4시 25 분으로 이동했습니다. 네트워크 할당 변경없이.

정규 시즌 순위

분할

회의

# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
디비전 리더
1 [a] Kansas City Chiefs 서부 12 4 0 .750 5 ~ 1 10 ~ 2 .480 .401 W1
2 [b] 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠 동쪽 11 5 0 .688 5 ~ 1 8 ~ 4 .482 .494 W2
3 [b] 휴스턴 텍사스 남쪽 11 5 0 .688 4 ~ 2 9 ~ 3 .471 .435 W1
4 볼티모어 까마귀 북쪽 10 6 0 .625 3 ~ 3 8 ~ 4 .496 .450 W3
와일드 카드
5 [a] 로스 앤젤레스 충전기 서부 12 4 0 .750 4 ~ 2 9 ~ 3 .477 .422 W1
6 인디애나 폴리스 콜츠 남쪽 10 6 0 .625 4 ~ 2 7 ~ 5 .465 .456 W4
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 피츠버그 스틸러스 북쪽 9 6 1 .594 4–1–1 6 ~ 5 ~ 1 .504 .448 W1
8 테네시 타이탄 남쪽 9 7 0 .563 3 ~ 3 5 ~ 7 .520 .465 L1
9 클리블랜드 브라운 북쪽 7 8 1 .469 3–2–1 5 ~ 6 ~ 1 .516 .411 L1
10 마이애미 돌핀스 동쪽 7 9 0 .438 4 ~ 2 6 ~ 6 .469 .446 L3
11 [c] 덴버 야생마 서부 6 10 0 .375 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .523 .464 L4
12 [c] 신시내티 벵갈 스 북쪽 6 10 0 .375 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .535 .448 L2
13 [c] 버팔로 빌 동쪽 6 10 0 .375 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .523 .411 W1
14 잭슨빌 재규어 남쪽 5 11 0 .313 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .549 .463 L1
15 [d] 뉴욕 제츠 동쪽 4 12 0 .250 1 ~ 5 3 ~ 9 .506 .438 L3
16 [d] 오클랜드 레이더스 서부 4 12 0 .250 1 ~ 5 3 ~ 9 .547 .406 L1
타이 브레이커 [e]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City는 디비전 게임을 기반으로 LA Chargers보다 앞서 끝났습니다.
  2. ^ a b 뉴 잉글랜드는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 휴스턴을 앞서고 있습니다.
  3. ^ a b c 덴버는 승리의 힘을 기준으로 신시내티와 버팔로를 앞서고 있습니다. 신시내티는 기록 대 일반 상대를 기준으로 Buffalo를 앞서고 있습니다. 볼티모어, 인디애나 폴리스, 로스 앤젤레스 차저스, 마이애미를 상대로 한 신시내티의 누적 기록은 같은 4 개 팀을 상대로 한 Buffalo의 1-4 누적 기록에 비해 3-2였습니다.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets는 승리의 힘을 바탕으로 오클랜드보다 앞서 마쳤습니다.
  5. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀이 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨지고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.
# 분할 W PCT DIV CONF 위급 신호 SOV STK
디비전 리더
1 [a] 뉴 올리언스 성도 남쪽 13 0 .813 4 ~ 2 9 ~ 3 .482 .488 L1
2 [a] 로스 앤젤레스 램스 서부 13 0 .813 6–0 9 ~ 3 .480 .428 W2
시카고 베어스 북쪽 12 4 0 .750 5 ~ 1 10 ~ 2 .430 .419 W4
4 달라스 카우보이 동쪽 10 6 0 .625 5 ~ 1 9 ~ 3 .488 .444 W2
와일드 카드
5 시애틀 시호크스 서부 10 6 0 .625 3 ~ 3 8 ~ 4 .484 .400 W2
6 필라델피아 이글스 동쪽 9 7 0 .563 4 ~ 2 6 ~ 6 .518 .486 W3
플레이 오프 자격이 없음
7 미네소타 바이킹 북쪽 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6 ~ 5 ~ 1 .504 .355 L1
8 [b] 애틀랜타 팔콘 남쪽 7 9 0 .438 4 ~ 2 7 ~ 5 .482 .348 W3
9 [b] 워싱턴 레드 스킨스 동쪽 7 9 0 .438 2 ~ 4 6 ~ 6 .486 .371 L2
10 [b] 캐롤라이나 팬더 스 남쪽 7 9 0 .438 2 ~ 4 5 ~ 7 .508 .518 W1
11 그린 베이 패커 북쪽 6 9 1 .406 1 ~ 4 ~ 1 3 ~ 8 ~ 1 .488 .417 L1
12 디트로이트 라이온스 북쪽 6 10 0 .375 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .504 .427 W1
13 [c] 뉴욕 자이언츠 동쪽 5 11 0 .313 1 ~ 5 4 ~ 8 .527 .487 L3
14 [c] Tampa Bay Buccaneers 남쪽 5 11 0 .313 2 ~ 4 4 ~ 8 .523 .506 L4
15 샌프란시스코 49ers 서부 4 12 0 .250 1 ~ 5 2 ~ 10 .504 .406 L2
16 애리조나 카디널스 서부 13 0 .188 2 ~ 4 3 ~ 9 .527 .302 L4
타이 브레이커 [d]
  1. ^ a b 뉴 올리언스는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 LA 램스보다 앞서서 마쳤습니다.
  2. ^ a b c 애틀랜타는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 워싱턴을 앞서갔습니다. 애틀랜타는 일대일 스윕을 기반으로 캐롤라이나보다 앞서갔습니다. 워싱턴은 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 캐롤라이나를 앞섰습니다.
  3. ^ a b NY 자이언츠는 일대일 승리를 바탕으로 탬파 베이보다 앞서 완주했습니다.
  4. ^ NFL 규칙에 따라 3 개 이상의 팀이 동점을 깨면 먼저 디비전 내에서 깨지고 각 디비전에서 가장 높은 순위의 나머지 팀만 비교합니다.

포스트 시즌

2018 년 플레이 오프는 2019 년 1 월 5 ~ 6 일 주말에 와일드 카드 플레이 오프 라운드와 함께 시작되었습니다. 플레이 오프 게임의 우승자 4 명은 1 월 12 일부터 13 일까지 주말에 열리는 디비전 라운드 게임에서 각 컨퍼런스의 상위 2 개 시드를 방문했습니다. 이 게임의 우승자들은 1 월 20 일 컨퍼런스 챔피언십 경기에 진출했습니다. (로스 앤젤레스 팀이 두 팀을 홈 팀으로하여 각각의 컨퍼런스 챔피언십에 진출한 경우 두 게임 중 하나가 1월 (21)의 저녁) [94] 2019 보울 프로 에서 열린 세계 캠핑 경기장 에서 올랜도, 플로리다 1월 27 일 슈퍼 볼 LIII는 2 월 3 일에 개최 된 메르세데스 벤츠 경기장에서 애틀랜타 .

까치발

1 월 6 일 – M & T 뱅크 스타디움 1 월 13 일 – 질레트 스타디움
5 LA 충전기 23
5 LA 충전기 28
4 볼티모어 17 1 월 20 일 – 애로우 헤드 스타디움
2 뉴 잉글랜드 41
AFC
1 월 5 일 – NRG 스타디움 2 뉴 잉글랜드 37 *
1 월 12 일 – 애로우 헤드 스타디움
1 캔자스시 31
6 인디애나 폴리스 21 AFC 챔피언십
6 인디애나 폴리스 13
휴스턴 7 2 월 3 일 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium
1 캔자스시 31
와일드 카드 플레이 오프
디비전 플레이 오프
1 월 5 일 – AT & T 스타디움 A2 뉴 잉글랜드 13
1 월 12 일 – 로스 앤젤레스 메모리얼 콜리 세움
N2 LA 램스
5 시애틀 22 슈퍼 볼 LIII
4 달라스 22
4 달라스 24 1 월 20 일 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
2 LA 램스 30
NFC
1 월 6 일솔저 필드 2 LA 램스 26 *
1 월 13 일 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome
1 New Orleans 23
6 Philadelphia 16 NFC Championship
6 Philadelphia 14
3 Chicago 15
1 New Orleans 20


* Indicates overtime victory

Records, milestones, and notable statistics

Week 1

Week 2

  • Frank Gore passed Curtis Martin to move up to fourth on the all-time rushing yards list with 14,103 career rushing yards.[96]
  • Patrick Mahomes became the youngest quarterback to throw six touchdown passes in a game, at age 22 years and 364 days.[97]

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

  • Tom Brady threw his 500th career touchdown pass, becoming the third quarterback in NFL history to do so (joining Brett Favre and Peyton Manning) and becoming the first to do so playing on one team.[100]
  • Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to a 71st different receiver, breaking an NFL record previously held by Vinny Testaverde.[101]
  • Drew Brees became the NFL's all-time leading passer with 71,941 passing yards, surpassing Brett Favre and Peyton Manning in the process.

Week 6

  • Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 200 regular season wins.[102]

Week 7

Week 8

Week 10

  • Julio Jones became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards, doing so in 104 games. Jones broke the record previously held by Calvin Johnson, who took 115 games.[106]
  • Larry Fitzgerald passed Terrell Owens to move to second on the all-time receiving yards list with 15,952 career receiving yards.[107]

Week 11

Week 12

  • The Houston Texans won their eighth straight game following an 0–3 start, becoming the first team in NFL history to do so.[110]
  • Philip Rivers completed 25 consecutive passes to start a game, breaking the record of 22 consecutive completions to start a game previously held by Mark Brunell. This streak also tied Ryan Tannehill's record of 25 consecutive passes at any point in a game.
  • Phillip Rivers completed 28 out of 29 passes (96.6%), breaking the record for highest completion percentage in a game (minimum 20 attempts). The previous record was held by Kurt Warner who completed 92.3% of his passes.[111]

Week 14

  • Derrick Henry became the second player in NFL history to record a 99 yard rushing touchdown, joining Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett who achieved this in 1982.[112]

Week 15

  • Tom Brady became the fourth quarterback to reach 70,000 career passing yards.[113]

Week 16

  • The New England Patriots won at least ten games for the 16th straight season, tying a record set by the 1983–98 San Francisco 49ers.
  • The Patriots clinched the AFC East for the tenth consecutive season (extending an NFL record for most consecutive years winning any division) and their tenth straight playoff berth, breaking the record of nine straight playoff berths previously held by the Dallas Cowboys (1975–83) and Indianapolis Colts (2002–10).
  • Zach Ertz set a new NFL record for the most catches in a single season by a tight end with 113, breaking a record previously held by Jason Witten.[114]
  • Chris Jones recorded a sack in his 11th consecutive game this season, marking a new NFL record.[115]

Week 17

Divisional round

Super Bowl

  • The Patriots defeated the Rams, 13–3, setting a new record for fewest total points (16) scored in a Super Bowl, This record was previously held by Super Bowl VII, in which the Dolphins defeated the Redskins, 14–7 (21 points).[121]
  • Tom Brady became the first player to win six Super Bowls, surpassing Charles Haley's record of five.[122]

Regular season statistical leaders

Individual[123]
Scoring leader Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston (150)
Most Field Goals Made Ka'imi Fairbairn, Houston (37 FGs)
Touchdowns Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (21 TDs)
Rushing Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas (1,434 yards)
Passing yards Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (5,129 yards)
Passing touchdowns Patrick Mahomes, Kansas (50 TDs)
Passer rating Drew Brees, New Orleans (115.7 rating)
Pass receptions Michael Thomas, New Orleans (125 catches)
Pass receiving yards Julio Jones, Atlanta (1,677 yards)
Combined tackles Darius Leonard, Indianapolis (163 tackles)
Interceptions Kyle Fuller, Chicago, Xavien Howard, Miami and Damontae Kazee, Atlanta (7)
Punting Andy Lee, Arizona (4,568 yards, 48.6 average yards)
Sacks Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams (20.5)

Awards

Individual season awards

The 8th Annual NFL Honors, saluting the best players and plays from 2018 season, was held on February 2, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.[124]

Award Winner Position Team
AP Most Valuable Player Patrick Mahomes QB Kansas City Chiefs
AP Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mahomes QB Kansas City Chiefs
AP Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald DT Los Angeles Rams
AP Coach of the Year Matt Nagy HC Chicago Bears
AP Assistant Coach of the Year Vic Fangio DC Chicago Bears
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Leonard LB Indianapolis Colts
AP Comeback Player of the Year Andrew Luck QB Indianapolis Colts
Pepsi Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley RB New York Giants
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Chris Long DE Philadelphia Eagles
PFWA NFL Executive of the Year Chris Ballard GM Indianapolis Colts
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Julian Edelman WR New England Patriots

All-Pro team

The following players were named First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press:

Offense
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City
Running back Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Flex Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
Wide receiver Michael Thomas, New Orleans
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston
Tight end Travis Kelce, Kansas City
Left tackle David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
Left guard Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis
Center Jason Kelce, Philadelphia
Right guard Zack Martin, Dallas
Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City
Defense
Edge rusher J. J. Watt, Houston
Khalil Mack, Chicago
Interior lineman Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia
Linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina
Bobby Wagner, Seattle
Darius Leonard, Indianapolis
Cornerback Kyle Fuller, Chicago
Stephon Gilmore, New England
Safety Eddie Jackson, Chicago
Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
Special teams
Placekicker Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Punter Michael Dickson, Seattle
Kick returner Andre Roberts, New York Jets
Special teams Adrian Phillips, Los Angeles Chargers

Players of the week/month

The following were named the top performers during the 2018 season:

Week/
Month
Offensive
Player of the Week/Month
Defensive
Player of the Week/Month
Special Teams
Player of the Week/Month
AFC NFC AFC NFC AFC NFC
1[125] Patrick Mahomes QB
(Chiefs)
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB
(Buccaneers)
T. J. Watt OLB
(Steelers)
Harrison Smith FS
(Vikings)
Jakeem Grant WR-KR
(Dolphins)
Greg Zuerlein K
(Rams)
2[126] Patrick Mahomes QB
(Chiefs)
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB
(Buccaneers)
Darius Leonard OLB
(Colts)
Danny Trevathan ILB
(Bears)
Dane Cruikshank SS
(Titans)
Robbie Gould K
(49ers)
3[127] Ben Roethlisberger QB
(Steelers)
Drew Brees QB
(Saints)
Matt Milano OLB
(Bills)
Efe Obada DE
(Panthers)
Justin Tucker K
(Ravens)
Blake Countess SS
(Rams)
4[128] Marcus Mariota QB
(Titans)
Jared Goff QB
(Rams)
Jadeveon Clowney OLB
(Texans)
Demario Davis ILB
(Saints)
Dwayne Harris WR-KR
(Raiders)
Brett Maher K
(Cowboys)
Sept.[129] Patrick Mahomes QB
(Chiefs)
Jared Goff QB
(Rams)
J. J. Watt DE
(Texans)
Khalil Mack OLB
(Bears)
Justin Tucker K
(Ravens)
Wil Lutz K
(Saints)
5[130] Isaiah Crowell RB
(Jets)
Drew Brees QB
(Saints)
T. J. Watt OLB
(Steelers)
Chandler Jones DE
(Cardinals)
Denzel Ward CB
(Browns)
Graham Gano K
(Panthers)
6[131] Albert Wilson WR
(Dolphins)
Todd Gurley RB
(Rams)
Za'Darius Smith OLB
(Ravens)
Frank Clark DE
(Seahawks)
Jason Myers K
(Jets)
Mason Crosby K
(Packers)
7[132] Emmanuel Sanders WR
(Broncos)
Cam Newton QB
(Panthers)
Mike Mitchell FS
(Colts)
Aaron Donald DT
(Rams)
Dont'a Hightower OLB
(Patriots)
Giorgio Tavecchio K
(Falcons)
8[133] James Conner RB
(Steelers)
Adrian Peterson RB
(Redskins)
Dee Ford OLB
(Chiefs)
P. J. Williams CB
(Saints)
Adam Vinatieri K
(Colts)
Michael Dickson P
(Seahawks)
Oct.[134] James Conner RB
(Steelers)
Todd Gurley RB
(Rams)
Dee Ford OLB
(Chiefs)
Aaron Donald DT
(Rams)
Stephen Gostkowski K
(Patriots)
Graham Gano K
(Panthers)
9[135] Kareem Hunt RB
(Chiefs)
Michael Thomas WR
(Saints)
Desmond King CB
(Chargers)
Danielle Hunter DE
(Vikings)
Matt Haack P
(Dolphins)
Bradley Pinion P
(49ers)
10[136] Ben Roethlisberger QB
(Steelers)
Mitchell Trubisky QB
(Bears)
Wesley Woodyard ILB
(Titans)
Leighton Vander Esch MLB
(Cowboys)
Stephen Hauschka K
(Bills)
Tress Way P
(Redskins)
11[137] Andrew Luck QB
(Colts)
Saquon Barkley RB
(Giants)
Von Miller OLB
(Broncos)
Samson Ebukam OLB
(Rams)
Daniel Carlson K
(Raiders)
Cody Parkey K
(Bears)
12[138] Philip Rivers QB
(Chargers)
Amari Cooper WR
(Cowboys)
J. J. Watt DE
(Texans)
Eddie Jackson S
(Bears)
Cyrus Jones CB-PR
(Ravens)
Sebastian Janikowski K
(Seahawks)
Nov.[139] Andrew Luck QB
(Colts)
Drew Brees QB
(Saints)
Chris Jones DE
(Chiefs)
Eddie Jackson S
(Bears)
Justin Tucker K
(Ravens)
Michael Dickson P
(Seahawks)
13[140] Phillip Lindsay RB
(Broncos)
Todd Gurley RB
(Rams)
Xavien Howard CB
(Dolphins)
Bobby Wagner LB
(Seahawks)
Desmond King CB-KR
(Chargers)
Aldrick Rosas K
(Giants)
14[141] Derrick Henry RB
(Titans)
Amari Cooper WR
(Cowboys)
Denico Autry DE
(Colts)
Darius Slay CB
(Lions)
Michael Badgley K
(Chargers)
Taysom Hill QB-KR
(Saints)
15[142] Mike Williams WR
(Chargers)
Dalvin Cook RB
(Vikings)
Joe Haden CB
(Steelers)
Grady Jarrett DT
(Falcons)
Ka'imi Fairbairn K
(Texans)
Robbie Gould K
(49ers)
16[143] Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
Nick Foles QB
(Eagles)
Patrick Onwuasor LB
(Ravens)
Aaron Donald DT
(Rams)
Dwayne Harris WR-KR
(Raiders)
Brett Maher K
(Cowboys)
17[144] Josh Allen QB
(Bills)
Blake Jarwin TE
(Cowboys)
Darius Leonard OLB
(Colts)
Fletcher Cox DT
(Eagles)
Justin Tucker K
(Ravens)
Matt Prater K
(Lions)
Dec.[145] Derrick Henry RB
(Titans)
Chris Carson RB
(Seahawks)
Darius Leonard OLB
(Colts)
Aaron Donald DT
(Rams)
Ka'imi Fairbarn K
(Texans)
Robbie Gould K
(49ers)
Week FedEx Air
Player of the Week
(Quarterbacks)[146]
FedEx Ground
Player of the Week
(Running backs)[146]
Pepsi
Rookie of the Week[147]
1 Ryan Fitzpatrick
(Buccaneers)
James Conner
(Steelers)
Denzel Ward CB
(Browns)
2 Patrick Mahomes
(Chiefs)
Matt Breida
(49ers)
Darius Leonard OLB
(Colts)
3 Drew Brees
(Saints)
Adrian Peterson
(Redskins)
Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
4 Mitchell Trubisky
(Bears)
Alvin Kamara
(Saints)
Nick Chubb RB
(Browns)
5 Drew Brees
(Saints)
Isaiah Crowell
(Jets)
Denzel Ward CB
(Browns)
6 Aaron Rodgers
(Packers)
Todd Gurley
(Rams)
Saquon Barkley RB
(Giants)
7 Patrick Mahomes
(Chiefs)
Kerryon Johnson
(Lions)
Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
8 Patrick Mahomes
(Chiefs)
James Conner
(Steelers)
Darius Leonard OLB
(Colts)
9 Drew Brees
(Saints)
Kareem Hunt
(Chiefs)
Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
10 Mitchell Trubisky
(Bears)
Nick Chubb
(Browns)
Nick Chubb RB
(Browns)
11 Drew Brees
(Saints)
Saquon Barkley
(Giants)
Tre'Quan Smith WR
(Saints)
12 Andrew Luck
(Colts)
Christian McCaffrey
(Panthers)
Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
13 Philip Rivers
(Chargers)
Phillip Lindsay
(Broncos)
Phillip Lindsay RB
(Broncos)
14 Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Derrick Henry
(Titans)
Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
15 Philip Rivers
(Chargers)
Derrick Henry
(Titans)
Jaylen Samuels RB
(Steelers)
16 Nick Foles
(Eagles)
C. J. Anderson
(Rams)
Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
17 Dak Prescott
(Cowboys)
Jordan Howard
(Bears)
Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
Month Rookie of the Month
Offensive Defensive
Sept.[148] Calvin Ridley WR
(Falcons)
Darius Leonard OLB
(Colts)
Oct.[149] Quenton Nelson G
(Colts)
Bradley Chubb OLB
(Broncos)
Nov.[150] Baker Mayfield QB
(Browns)
Leighton Vander Esch OLB
(Cowboys)
Dec.[145] Lamar Jackson QB
(Ravens)
Tremaine Edmunds MLB
(Bills)

Head coaching and front office personnel changes

Head coaches

Off-season

Team 2017 head coach 2017 interim 2018 replacement Reason for leaving Notes
Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians Steve Wilks Retired Arians retired from coaching following the 2017 season, finishing the season with a record of 8–8 (.500) and a cumulative record of 49–30–1 (.619) with two playoff appearances.[151]

Wilks was hired on January 22, after serving as a defensive coach for the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, and Carolina Panthers since 2006. Wilks's only previous head coaching experience was at Savannah State in 1999.[152]

Chicago Bears John Fox Matt Nagy Fired Fox was fired after the final game of the 2017 season, finishing the season with a record of 5–11 (.313) and a cumulative record of 14–34 (.292) with no playoff appearances.[153]

Nagy spent the past five seasons as an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs, the last two as offensive coordinator; the Bears hired Nagy on January 8 and this will be his first NFL head coaching job.[154]

Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell Matt Patricia Caldwell was fired after the final game of the 2017 season, finishing the season with a record of 9–7 (.563) and a cumulative record of 36–28 (.563) with two playoff appearances, but having never won a playoff game as head coach of the Lions.[155] Patricia was hired on February 5, the day after losing Super Bowl LII as the New England Patriots defensive coordinator. He had spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots, starting in 2004 as an offensive assistant before working his way up to defensive coordinator in 2012, winning 3 Super Bowls. This will be his first head coaching job.[156]
Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano Frank Reich Pagano was fired after the final game of the 2017 season, finishing the season with a record of 4–12 (.250), his first losing season as Colts' head coach, and a cumulative record of 53–43 (.552) with three playoff appearances.[157]

On February 6, the Colts announced that they had planned to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as the team's next head coach, however, McDaniels informed the Colts that he had changed his mind and was returning to the Patriots.[158] The Colts then hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who was previously a Colts' assistant from 2008–2011. This will be Reich's first head coaching job.[159]

New York Giants Ben McAdoo Steve Spagnuolo Pat Shurmur McAdoo became the Giants' head coach in 2016, leading the Giants to a 13–15 (.464) record over parts of two seasons with one playoff appearance. After accruing a 2–10 (.167) record and benching starter Eli Manning during the season, he was fired on December 4, 2017, and replaced in the interim by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.[160]

Shurmur was announced as the Giants' new head coach on January 22. He had previously served as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2011 to 2012, compiling a record of 9–23 (.281), and an offensive coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings since 2013.[161]

Oakland Raiders Jack Del Rio Jon Gruden Del Rio was fired after the 2017 season, finishing the season with a record of 6–10 (.375) and a cumulative record of 25–23 (.521) with one playoff appearance.[162] Gruden, who previously coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001 and won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, confirmed on-air on January 6, that he would be returning to the team as coach. He had spent the previous nine seasons as an on-air analyst for Monday Night Football.[163]
Tennessee Titans Mike Mularkey Mike Vrabel Mutual decision Mularkey and the Titans agreed to part ways after they "couldn't come to an agreement over the future," two days after the Titans' playoff loss to the Patriots. Mularkey had a cumulative record of 20–21 (.488) with one playoff appearance in parts of three seasons with the Titans and guided Tennessee to back-to-back 9–7 (.563) records in his two years as the team's full-time head coach.[164] Vrabel spent the past three seasons as a defensive assistant with the Houston Texans, the last as defensive coordinator; the Titans hired Vrabel on January 20 and this will be his first NFL head coaching job.[165]

In-season

Team Departing coach Reason for leaving Interim replacement Notes
Cleveland Browns Hue Jackson Fired Gregg Williams Jackson was fired on October 29, accumulating a 2–5–1 (.313) record during the 2018 season and a 3–36–1 (.088) record for his 2.5-season tenure with the Browns. His dismissal follows a power struggle with offensive coordinator Todd Haley (who was fired at the same time) and the team's 25th consecutive loss away from home; Jackson failed to win a single road game during his tenure and lost every game in 2017.[166] Williams, the team's defensive coordinator, was previously the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001 to 2003, with a record of 17–31 (.354). Jackson currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Head Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy Joe Philbin McCarthy was fired on December 2, shortly after the Packers loss to the Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy leaves with a record of 135–85–2 (.613) with nine playoff appearances and one Super Bowl championship. Philbin, the team's offensive coordinator, was previously the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012–2015, with a record of 24–28 (.462).[167]

Front office personnel

Off-season

Team Position 2017 office holder 2017 interim 2018 replacement Reason for leaving Notes
Cleveland Browns VP/GM Sashi Brown John Dorsey Fired Brown was fired on December 7, 2017. He had been the team's attorney since 2013 and de facto general manager since 2016.[168] Dorsey was named the new general manager hours later.[169]
Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson Brian Gutekunst Reassigned Thompson, who had been the team's general manager since 2005, became the team's senior advisor to football operations.[170] Brian Gutekunst, who had been the team's director of player personnel since 2016, was promoted to become the team's new general manager on January 7.[171]
Houston Texans GM Rick Smith Brian Gaine Medical leave Smith announced that he would take a leave of absence to care for his wife, who is battling breast cancer. He will remain Executive Vice President of Football Operations.[172] Former Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel, Brian Gaine, was named the new general manager on January 13, 2018. Previously, Gaine was Texans' director of pro personnel and then director of player personnel from 2014 to 2016.[173]
New York Giants GM Jerry Reese Kevin Abrams Dave Gettleman Fired Having been in the organization since 1994, Reese was the Giants' general manager since 2007, leading them to two Super Bowl championships and several years of success. He was fired on December 4 along with head coach Ben McAdoo. He was replaced in the interim by assistant general manager Kevin Abrams.[174] Dave Gettleman, previously general manager of the Carolina Panthers and a 14-year veteran of the Giants' front office (from 1999 to 2012), was hired on December 28, 2017.[175]
Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon Kim Pegula Resigned Brandon resigned his position on May 1, 2018. A newspaper report claimed that Brandon was the subject of an internal investigation regarding his personal conduct and workplace behavior, which neither the Bills nor Brandon mentioned in separate statements regarding his departure; Brandon stated he is seeking other opportunities after spending 20 years with the Bills franchise. He was immediately succeeded by co-owner Kim Pegula.[176]

In-season

Team Position 2018 office holder Interim replacement 2018 Replacement Reason for leaving Notes
Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Shaun Herock Mike Mayock Fired McKenzie was fired on December 10, 2018 after six-plus seasons as Raiders' GM.[177] Herock, current teams' Director of College Scouting, served as the Raiders’ interim General Manager until Oakland hired Mike Mayock on December 31, 2018.[178]

Stadiums

Two teams, the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, entered the final year of their lease agreements with their current stadium.

Carolina Panthers

On December 17, 2017, Jerry Richardson, the Panthers' founding owner, announced he was putting the team up for sale.[179][180] Richardson had previously indicated the team would be put up for sale after his death,[181] but Richardson was accused of paying hush money to cover up questionable conduct, including racial slurs and sexually suggestive requests of employees, hastening Richardson's decision.[182] The Panthers' lease on Bank of America Stadium expires after the 2018 season,[183] which would allow any incoming owner to relocate the team out of Charlotte, North Carolina, to another market if they so desired, only being liable for the remaining debt from stadium renovation. At an estimated $35 million, the debt payment would be a small expense compared to the relocation fee the NFL charged for the two teams that relocated in 2016 and 2017.[184] The two most likely candidates to buy the team as of May 2018 were David Tepper, a hedge fund manager with a higher net worth and a minority stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers but fewer ties to Charlotte; and Ben Navarro, a financial services CEO based in Charlotte who had the backing of Richardson's only living son.[185] Tepper was announced as the new owner on May 16, with the announcement coming in time for the league to vote on his bid at the owners meeting on May 19.[186] The sale closed on July 9 with Richardson-era chief operating officer Tina Becker (who ran the franchise after Richardson stepped away from operations) resigning. Tepper immediately stated the franchise would retain the Carolina Panthers name for the time being, but that a new stadium would likely be necessary; he stated that he hoped to build said stadium in Charlotte but would not guarantee the team remains there, claiming he did not know enough about the situation to guarantee the team stays in the Charlotte area.[187]

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders, prior to the 2017 season, committed to relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada, once a new stadium is constructed for them in 2020. In 2016, the Raiders signed a three-year extension with the Oakland Coliseum.[188] The Raiders could choose to stay in the Oakland Coliseum for 2019 with another year-to-year extension or move to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, which is undersized but (because of the Los Angeles Chargers' use of the even smaller StubHub Center) would not be the smallest stadium in the NFL. Management at the Oakland Coliseum has indicated they are unwilling to extend their agreement with the Raiders after 2018, which could force the team to move to Sam Boyd Stadium in 2019.[189] In order to secure another season in Oakland, California, Coliseum management indicated in September 2017 that the Raiders would need to offer major concessions to compensate for the financial losses the Coliseum incurs by hosting Raiders games.[190]

Naming rights agreements

Arizona Cardinals

On September 4, University of Phoenix Stadium, the home field of the Arizona Cardinals, was renamed State Farm Stadium. The naming rights agreement is for 18 years; however, the cost of the deal was not disclosed.[191]

Denver Broncos

On June 20, the Denver Broncos' home stadium was renamed Broncos Stadium at Mile High.[192] The sporting goods chain Sports Authority had held naming rights to the stadium's field (as "Sports Authority Field at Mile High") but had gone out of business in 2016. The previous signage referring to Sports Authority was removed in March.[193][194] Just prior to the 2019 season, the naming rights were sold to Empower Retirement, ultimately renaming the stadium to “Empower Field at Mile High”.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On February 16, EverBank Field, the home field of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was renamed TIAA Bank Field, after TIAA's 2017 acquisition of EverBank. The naming rights agreement was for 10 years and $43 million.[195]

Uniforms

Color Rush discontinuation

The Color Rush program was discontinued, and teams were no longer required to wear the special uniforms for Thursday Night Football. Initial plans, which were finalized at the league's owners meeting in May, are for teams to have the option to continue using the existing Nike designs for the program as standard third jerseys.[196][197]

Uniform changes

  • Chicago Bears: The Bears brought back their orange alternate jerseys that the team wore from 2005–2009 and 2011. The team announced that the orange uniforms will be worn twice in 2018, and the team will use the navy blue "Monsters of the Midway" throwbacks for one game.[198]
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: On April 19, the Jaguars simplified their uniforms in a similar look they had used before 2013. Gold was also eliminated from their previous jerseys and the gradient black and gold helmet was reverted to an all-black gloss shell.[199]
  • Los Angeles Rams: On July 27, the Rams announced that due to overwhelming fan demand the NFL relaxed their alternate uniform policy and has permitted them to use their royal blue and yellow throwbacks as their color jerseys for the next two seasons until they present entirely new ones in 2020. When using their white jerseys, the team will still have to use their current set carried over from St. Louis albeit from slight modifications they made to them in 2017.[200]
  • Miami Dolphins: On April 19, the Dolphins simplified their uniform outlines to take after their classic aqua-and-orange look. Dark blue was removed from everything but the logo. For the second straight year, the Dolphins will wear their official throwback jerseys twice in 2018.[201]
  • Tennessee Titans: On April 4, the Titans introduced new uniforms. Most prominent among the changes is the helmet, which is changing from the white color the team had used since the 1970s (as the Houston Oilers) to navy blue. The color patterns are also simplified, with a new number typeface inspired both by Greek lettering and the shape of the state of Tennessee.[202]

Throwback uniforms

  • Pittsburgh Steelers: On May 30, the Steelers unveiled a throwback uniform, that was worn in the late 1970s. Team owner Art Rooney II announced that the team will wear the uniforms for one game.[203]
  • San Francisco 49ers: On May 23, 49ers unveiled a new all-white throwback uniform, that was worn in 1994, the year the team won its most recent Super Bowl. The team announced that they will be worn for one game.[204]

Patches

Media

Broadcast rights

Television

This will be the fifth year under the current broadcast contracts with ESPN, CBS, Fox, and NBC. This includes "cross-flexing" (switching) Sunday afternoon games between CBS and Fox before or during the season (regardless of the conference of the visiting team). NBC will continue to air Sunday Night Football, the annual Kickoff game, and the primetime Thanksgiving game. ESPN will continue to air Monday Night Football and the Pro Bowl. CBS will broadcast Super Bowl LIII.

On January 31, the NFL announced that Fox had acquired the broadcast television rights to the Thursday Night Football package under a five-year deal (aligned with the remainder of the NFL's current broadcast contracts). Fox aired 11 games,[209] in simulcast with NFL Network,[210][211] with the remaining games in the package airing exclusively on NFL Network to satisfy its carriage contracts (with local broadcasts syndicated broadcast stations in the markets of the teams in each game).[212] CBS and NBC had made bids to renew their previous contracts (CBS had held the rights since 2014, joined by NBC since 2016), but were reluctant to pay a higher rights fee due to the league's ratings downturn.[213]

Digital

The NFL agreed to an extension of its digital rights agreement with Verizon Communications under a 5-year, $2.5 billion deal. Unlike the previous deal, it no longer includes exclusivity for streaming in-market and nationally televised NFL games on mobile devices with screens 7 inches (18 cm) or less in size (such as smartphones), in order to account for changes in viewing habits, but still includes enhanced access to highlights and other digital content for Verizon-owned properties. In addition, Verizon announced that it would no longer make these streams exclusive to Verizon Wireless subscribers, and would leverage its portfolio of media brands (such as Yahoo!, which it acquired in 2017) to distribute them to a larger audience.[214][215] All of the NFL's current television partners have added mobile streaming rights (which were previously reserved to Verizon) to their existing contracts for the 2018 season, with telecasts becoming available via CBS All Access, the Fox Sports App, the ESPN app, and the NBC Sports app.[216][217] Under the terms of the agreement, Verizon must give the majority of the advertising revenue to the broadcast partners.[218]

On April 26, 2018, the NFL announced that it had reached a two-year extension of its agreement with Amazon for shared digital rights to the Thursday Night Football games simulcast with Fox, with a 15% increase in rights fees. To fulfill a request that the streams be available freely, the games will also be made available on Twitch, an Amazon-owned streaming service that was originally designed for video game streaming.[219]

Radio

Both of the NFL's national radio contracts, Westwood One for English language[220] and Entravision for Spanish language,[221] expired after the 2017 season. Westwood One's parent company Cumulus Media filed for bankruptcy in November 2017[222] and began terminating national broadcast contracts and sports agreements in January 2018,[223][224] putting any contract extensions on hold. The company emerged from bankruptcy on June 4, 2018.[225]

With the release of the 2018 schedule, NFL.com listed ESPN Deportes Radio (which had shared NFL rights with Entravision in 2017 and had carried Super Bowl LII[226]) as the league's national Spanish-language broadcaster. The national English-language broadcaster was still identified as Westwood One, which Westwood One has also confirmed;[227] no press release has been issued in regard to a contract extension with that network, and it is unknown when the current arrangement was signed or when it will end. Additionally, Westwood One removed Sunday afternoon games from their package, instead focusing on the primetime matchups as well as the postseason. SportsUSA, Compass and ESPN Radio, which also has broadcast select Sunday afternoon NFL games, will continue to do so.[228] Meanwhile, Entravision extended the Sunday night rights for 3 years, through 2021, and gained two Super Bowls, the entire AFC Playoff package, the Thursday Night Opener, and a Thanksgiving Day game as part of their new deal.[229]

Only one game into the pre-season, Indianapolis Colts announcer Bob Lamey, who had been with the team for most of the time since their 1984 relocation from Baltimore, retired suddenly after a complaint of him using a racial slur in the 1980s was revealed. Sideline reporter Matt Taylor was named his de facto replacement for the season.[230]

Greg Papa, after 21 years calling play-by-play for the Oakland Raiders, joined the San Francisco 49ers as their play-by-play announcer;[231] Papa cited an ongoing feud with Raiders owner Mark Davis for his departure.[232] Replacing Papa with the Raiders is Brent Musburger, who came out of retirement from sports announcing to sign a three-year deal with the team that will see him serve as broadcaster through the team's relocation to Las Vegas (Musburger maintains a side business, the Vegas Sports Information Network, in Las Vegas).[233][234]

Personnel changes

All four broadcast partners will employ rules analysts for the 2018 season, citing changes in the league's rules that have become too complicated for its broadcast teams to handle.[60] NBC hired Terry McAulay to be their rules analyst for Sunday Night Football. CBS hired Gene Steratore to fill their rules analyst position, a position that had been vacant since CBS released Mike Carey in 2015. ESPN hired Jeff Triplette for Monday Night Football. Fox retained both Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino. Additionally, Pereira assists with Fox's Thursday Night Football Coverage.

ESPN introduced a fully new broadcast team for Monday Night Football. Joe Tessitore replaced Sean McDonough as lead play-by-play man; McDonough will remain with ESPN as a college football announcer.[235][236] With previous color analyst Jon Gruden returning to coaching, Monday Night Football hired Jason Witten and Booger McFarland as their color commentators; while McFarland offers his commentary from the sidelines, he fills a role similar to the "non-football" player position that Monday Night Football has traditionally relied upon in its past three-person booths (such as Howard Cosell, Dennis Miller and Tony Kornheiser).[237] Lisa Salters, the sideline reporter, carries over from the previous broadcast team.[238] Jeff Triplette will replace Gerald Austin as rules analyst.[239]

Fox initially had planned to hire a new broadcast team for its Thursday Night Football, making an overture to Peyton Manning to serve as color commentator. Since Manning declined the offer, the network announced that it will be placing its existing lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the package, reducing the number of games the duo will call on Sundays (Buck and Aikman will only call the nationally televised "America's Game of the Week" telecasts on Sundays).[240] A version of Fox NFL Sunday will serve as the lead-in to Thursday Night Football, without Curt Menefee or Jimmy Johnson; the show will instead be hosted by panelist Michael Strahan from New York City, displacing Rich Eisen, the studio host for Thursday night pregame since the package's inception in 2006.[241] Strahan will be joined by fellow Fox colleagues Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long.

In previous seasons, Buck did not call any NFL games during late October, working Major League Baseball playoff games instead. For 2018, Fox coordinated its schedule with MLB so that none of its scheduled broadcasts would land on a Thursday (Fox carries the NLCS and the World Series), so Buck will continue to broadcast both sports, crisscrossing the country in seven cities over a 22-day period.[242]

In addition, NBC introduced a new studio team for Football Night in America. Mike Tirico, who was the on-site host and secondary play-by-play announcer in 2017, became the show's studio host from Stamford, Connecticut, while Liam McHugh moved into Tirico's former role. Dan Patrick, who had been the studio host for FNiA since 2008, declined to sign a long-term contract and left NBC.[243]

On radio, Kurt Warner replaced Boomer Esiason as the color commentator for Westwood One's Monday Night Football broadcasts, after Esiason had filled the role for the previous 18 years. Esiason will continue as a studio host for CBS.[244]

In a surprise announcement made two days before its first game, Amazon announced it would provide its own broadcast team for its eleven games, with Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer serving as the lead broadcast team. The announcement makes Kremer the first-ever female color analyst for an NFL game, the first time a game has been broadcast with no men involved in the broadcast team, and the first time since the 1987 season of ESPN Sunday Night NFL that no former coach or player served on the broadcast team in any capacity. Amazon will offer the standard Fox broadcast team, a British broadcasting team, and a Spanish language feed as alternate audio choices.[245]

Primetime game time shifts

The kick-off times for all three primetime series were moved up to start 5 to 15 minutes earlier to facilitate local newscasts and SportsCenter to start earlier and cause less disruption to late night television schedules in the Eastern and Central time zones. Thursday and Sunday Night games now kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, while Monday Night games now kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET.[246]

Most watched regular season games

After two years of decline, television viewership for the NFL slightly rebounded in 2018, with ratings up 3% as a whole through the first ten weeks of the season, despite a major decline (16%) in other programming on the same networks.[247] The season finished with ratings up 5% compared to 2017.[248]

Rank Date Matchup Network Viewers (millions) TV rating [249] Window Significance
1 November 22, 4:30 ET Washington Redskins 23 Dallas Cowboys 31 Fox 30.5 12.5 Thanksgiving Cowboys–Redskins Rivalry
2 November 22, 12:30 ET Chicago Bears 23 Detroit Lions 16 CBS 26.5 12.3 Thanksgiving Bears–Lions Rivalry
3 December 9, 4:25 ET Philadelphia Eagles 23 Dallas Cowboys 29 Fox 25.1 14.2 Late DH[a] Cowboys–Eagles Rivalry
4 December 16, 4:25 ET New England Patriots 10 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 CBS 24.6 14.2 Late DH[b]
5 December 23, 4:25 ET Pittsburgh Steelers 28 New Orleans Saints 31 23.9 13.4 Late DH[c]
6 November 4, 8:20 ET Green Bay Packers 17 New England Patriots 31 NBC 23.7 13.7 SNF
7 November 25, 4:25 ET Pittsburgh Steelers 17 Denver Broncos 24 CBS 23.7 13.5 Late DH[d]
8 September 9, 4:25 ET Dallas Cowboys 8 Carolina Panthers 16 Fox 23.3 13.1 Late DH[e]
9 December 2, 4:25 ET Minnesota Vikings 10 New England Patriots 24 23.2 13.5 Late DH[f]
10 September 23, 4:25 ET Dallas Cowboys 13 Seattle Seahawks 24 22.2 12.7 Late DH[g]

*Note — Late DH matchups listed in table are the matchups that were shown to the largest percentage of the market.

  1. ^ PHI/DAL was shown in 84% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  2. ^ NE/PIT was shown in 100% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  3. ^ PIT/NO was shown in 100% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  4. ^ PIT/DEN was shown in 87% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of CBS coverage.
  5. ^ DAL/CAR was shown in 80% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  6. ^ MIN/NE was shown in 90% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.
  7. ^ DAL/SEA was shown in 85% of the markets during the late doubleheader time slot of Fox coverage.

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