Analysis

Kansas City Chiefs Take Over Top Spot in the Big Play Index

Last week, the Kansas City Chiefs took over the top spot in the AFC playoff seeding and now they’ve jumped to No. 1 in the 33rd Team’s Big Play Index. And that’s probably not a coincidence.

The 33rd Team introduced the Big Play Index to show how NFL teams stack up in terms of big plays produced and big plays allowed. The Chiefs now have the best Big Play differential, at plus-25. As a reminder, we are defining a Big Play as a run of 15-plus yards and/or a pass of 20-plus yards.

Kansas City’s offense has produced 78 big plays this season, 10 more than the second-best team (Buffalo). For the second straight week, every team in the top 10 in the Big Play Index has a winning record.

Here are a few interesting notes from this week’s numbers:

  • The top five teams in Big Play differential have a combined record of 49-16
  • The bottom five teams have a combined record of 17-47-1
  • Three teams with a winning record have a negative Big Play differential: the Raiders (minus-2), the Steelers (minus-6) and the Dolphins (minus-18)

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s data:

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