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. Through 13 weeks of the 2020 season, the Los Angeles Rams top the Big Play Index with a differential of plus-21. Last week, we noted that the Packers were closing in on the Rams. As of this week, several teams are near the top.
As a reminder, we are defining a Big Play as a run of 15-plus yards and/or a pass of 20-plus yards.
For the first time this season, every team in the top 10 in the Big Play Index has a winning record. The Kansas City Chiefs are tied with the Packers for second at plus-19.
Here are a few interesting notes from this week’s numbers:
- The top five teams in Big Play differential have a combined record of 44-16.
- The bottom five teams have a combined record of 11-48-1
- Despite losing to the Giants last week, the Seahawks had a positive Big Play differential in that game, bringing their overall differential to zero. Now the only two teams with a winning record that have a negative Big Play differential are the Steelers (minus-5) and the Dolphins (minus-12).
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s data: