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 formula with the help of former NFL head coach 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).
Despite suffering a loss on Monday Night Football against the Chargers, the Raiders are still No. 2 in Big Play differential at plus-18, behind only the Browns. Las Vegas should have the advantage on Sunday when they play the Bears, who are in the bottom 5 in Big Play differential and have struggled to create and stop Big Plays.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills have only allowed 17 total Big Plays, six less than any other team. That mark will be tested this weekend when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.
Other big matchups in the BPI this week include:
Browns vs Chargers: The Cleveland Browns are tied for second in the most “big plays for” with 43 and have an even split of explosive rushes and passes. Their 22 big plays on the ground is No. 1 in the NFL. The Chargers big plays are coming through the air. The Chargers are tied for 6th in the BPI with 30 of their 41 big plays for coming in the air.
Dolphins vs Buccaneers: The Dolphins have allowed the most big plays against this season with 44 and will face an extremely dynamic offense in Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers have created the most “big plays for” through the air.