Final 2008 Big Play Index

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 31, 2008



The Big Play Index is our way of tracking of game-changing plays – who's making them, who's giving them up, and how it all correlates to winning.
 
The nine "Big Plays" are:
  1. Fumble recovery
  2. Interception
  3. Defensive score (return TD, safety)
  4. Pass play of 40 yards or more
  5. Run play of 25 yards or more
  6. Kick return of 60 yards or more
  7. Punt return of 40 yards or more
  8. Blocked kick or punt
  9. 50-yard+ field goal
BIG PLAY INDEX UPDATE
Success winning the Big Play battle once again proved to have a high correlation to success on the scoreboard, much like it did when we introduced the BPI last year.
 
The top eight teams on the Big Play Index all reached the playoffs this year, while all 12 playoff contenders finished the year in the top half off the indicator.
 
The interesting big-picture result of the Big Play Index is that it reinforces the belief that NFL games are evenly matched wars of attrition in which one or two key plays typically prove the difference between victory and defeat.
 
* Indicates playoff teams.
 
Big Play Index (through Week 17)
 
Team
Big Plays
Big Plays Allowed
NET
1
Ravens*
66
39
+27
2
Titans*
50
30
+20
3
Chargers*
53
36
+17
4t
Panthers*
54
39
+15
4t
Dolphins*
50
35
+15
6
Eagles*
62
48
+14
7t
Steelers*
46
34
+12
7t
Giants*
48
36
+12
9t
Saints
56
45
+11
9t
Bears
54
43
+11
11t
Packers
61
53
+8
11t
Jets
54
46
+8
13t
Falcons*
45
38
+7
13t
Colts*
39
32
+7
15
Cardinals*
55
53
+2
16t
Vikings*
62
61
+1
16t
Chiefs
48
47
+1
16t
Buccaneers
51
50
+1
19
Redskins
32
33
-1
20
Texans
49
52
-3
21
Browns
45
49
-4
22
Raiders
45
51
-6
23
Patriots
36
43
-7
24
Bills
42
51
-9
25
Bengals
35
44
-9
26
Seahawks
38
48
-10
27
Cowboys
46
56
-10
28
Rams
41
62
-21
29
Jaguars
27
50
-23
30
49ers
36
60
-24
31
Lions
36
66
-30
32
Broncos
28
60
-32

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