NFL Data For Research

607,404 Plays. 3,722 Games. 7,020 Players.

Fact: We don't just scrape and regurgitate readily available NFL data because that's just plain boring.


Want to get a handle on how often teams throw to their top 2 wide receivers and the results of these plays? Interested in how cold weather effects field goal accuracy or which teams need to work on their tackling techniques? It's all here plus much much more.


Our data is derived thru a combination of charting from compressed game footage along with automated processes that check the quality and accuracy of every piece of information at 18 different stages. As if that's not enough, all plays are individually reviewed by human eyes as the season progresses with any discrepancies being corrected on the fly. (Daily updates require a business license)

Proven Results

Our data has been used to back a plethora of fascinating studies. Here are the 2 most recent ones:

Why not write the next great NFL research paper yourself?

$35 one-time Purchase

Updated every February -- for LIFE!

NFL Data For Business

Our Research Data + Daily Updates in 2014

Fact: The NFL is a 2-billion dollar business and a growing amount of that revenue is data-driven.

Join the coming wave of 'big-data' application development with a reliable, accurate and affordable source of hundreds of NFL metrics — a list of custom stats that grows with each passing season.  Download the full 2014 Database Schema

We currently provide:

  • Comprehensive Player Data for Fantasy League players
  • Advanced Game Data for broadcasters and team personnel
  • Point Spread and O/U-geared data for betting professionals
  • DIRECT access to MySQL master database - no API involved.

Data comes in 2 flavours: Excel/CSV and a MySQL format that properly balances normalization techniques (efficiency) and usability (can I easily get the results I want?)

In addition to daily updates on Thursdays, Sunday and Monday, EVERY SINGLE PLAY SINCE 2000 (607,399 in all) are included — the exact same data that researchers get access to, only you get up-to-the-minute updates all season long.

For a sample of data from the first half of the 2012 season (a total of 118 games), click on the download button in the Fine Print section below. Instructions for usage and a full database schema is included.

$295.00 for
December + Playoffs!

Updated Daily during the season.

Disclaimer and General Butt-Covering: The NFL Data compiled by the staff at Armchair is highly accurate, but, unofficial. Unlike similar services, we do not scrape data illegally and this results in small differences between our numbers and the official league record. For official statistics, please visit

All Purchases are processed via (a Paypal account is not required but can be used if payment from a bank account is desired). Upon completion of the transaction, a username and password will be emailed to the address provided to Paypal which will grant access to your content download. This email can sometimes end up in your junk-mail folder so be sure to check there if you do not see it.

Historical data for research ($35) is licensed by Armchair under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States license. You are free to copy, distribute, transmit, and remix this work, provided you attribute the work to Armchair as the original author and reference this site for the work. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license.

Purchasers of a business license ($995) can expect data updates on Sunday and Monday evenings each week of the season. They are free to utilize the data as they see fit and no reference to the source is required unless Data is being resold in it's raw format, in which case, Create Commons Attribution applies.