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Big plays in the AFC South

12/23/2009

Big plays make and break teams. Interestingly, the AFC South boasts the best big play defense in the Colts and the best big-play offense in the Titans.

Let's look at both categories in charts out together by NFC West maven Mike Sando with information from ESPN.com's Stats & Information crew.

The Colts are plus 15 in these categories, the Titans plus-eight, the Jaguars plus-five and the Texans even.

Minimizing Big Plays

The Colts defense is predicated on not allowing the big play. Those are for Peyton Manning and the offense. (See their totals in the second chart.) Indy's ability to minimize big strikes is one big reason why they are undefeated. Of the nine they've yielded, five casme in the win over New England, three to Randy Moss.

Here's a look at where the rest of the AFC South stands among the whole league.

Maximizing big plays

Chris Johnson is responsible for the Titans rank here. The Colts and Texans are more middle of the pack than we might expect because they don't break many big runs. The Jaguars are right there with them, and get big plays in spurts, especially from Maurice Jones-Drew and Mike Sims-Walker. The difference between Jacksonville and Houston and the Colts is best seen above.