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Toxic Differential: 2013 NFL Season

Toxic Differential is a statistic in football used to measure a team on their ability in creating and preventing both turnovers and explosive plays. Toxic Differential is calculated by adding together a teams turnover differential (takeaways - giveaways) and its big play differential (big plays for - big plays against). 

A higher toxic differential is better.

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The statistic was created by Super Bowl winning coach Brian Billick while he was offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings.  He's quoted as saying "It’s not merely good enough to avoid turning the ball over; you need to generate big offensive plays as well."  

The holy grail is having a double positive, in other words a team is winning the turnover differential AND the explosive play differential.  Over the last 10+ seasons, a majority of teams that have won the Super Bowl finished the regular season in the Top 10 for Toxic Differential.

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