The 33rd Team introduced the Big Play Index last season to show how NFL teams stack up in terms of big plays produced and big plays allowed.
The Big Play Index has a new and improved outlook with the help of Marc Trestman. When Trestman coached in the NFL, his definition of a “Big Play” was a run of 10-plus yards and/or a pass of 16-plus yards. Ultimately, BPI correlates the ability to create explosive plays, while also limiting the opponent, and the success of the team (based on wins).
BPI Mismatch of the Week: Broncos vs Cowboys
The Cowboys offense has the 3rd most big plays, so while the Denver Broncos have not necessarily been poor defensively in terms of stopping big plays, they may struggle to quell the Dallas attack with Dak Prescott back in the fold. With all of the talent as pass catcher, shockingly, the Cowboys actually lead the league in rushing big plays with 31.
The mismatch here does not come as a result of a bad Denver defense, but rather the lack of explosiveness on their offense. The Broncos are bottom 10 in big plays for. The Cowboys new and improved defense under Dan Quinn are middle of the pack right alongside Denver. The mismatch here is between the explosive nature of the offenses.