Within most of my articles I have included stats such as tackles, sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, recovered fumbles, and passes defended. So with the regular season coming to a close and the postseason underway, it’s time to see who lead the league in each of these respective categories.
Tackles: Jerod Mayo 113 solo tackles, 61 tackle assists, 174 total tackles
Jerod Mayo, easily this year’s fantasy IDP most valuable player lead the league in both solo and assisted tackles, allowing him to finish with a whopping total of 174 tackles on the season. On the year he accumulated a 10.5 PFF rating, while playing on 96.4% of the total defensive snaps.
Sacks: DeMarcus Ware 16 sacks
Just edging out runner-up, Tamba Hali, by 1 sack, DeMarcus Ware was able to average an outstanding sack-per-game. This helped him score an overall 41.8 PFF rating during the regular season, and is a contributing factor to why he was on the field for 90.4% of total defensive snaps despite being a pure pass-rusher.
Interceptions: Ed Reed 8 interceptions
Talk about being a ball hawk. Despite only playing 10 games, Ed Reed was able to lead the league in picks while obtaining an overall 9.9 PFF rating on the regular season. He was clearly handled carefully by the Baltimore Ravens, as he was able to play on 96.1% of total defensive snaps once returning from injury.
Forced Fumbles: Osi Umenyiora 10 forced fumbles
I had Umenyiora written off this year, but he proved many doubters wrong with his resurgence of sorts. He harassed opposing quarterbacks all year, allowing him to generate a very solid 13.2 PFF rating, while playing on 80.5% of the total defensive snaps.
Fumble Recoveries: Justin Tuck 5 fumble recoveries
It would definitely make sense that Tuck would be the one picking up lots of the balls that he and Umenyiora knocked loose, with 16 forced fumbles between the two. This led to Tuck having an outstanding 25.4 PFF rating, while playing 83% of the total defensive snaps.
Passes Defended: Brandon Carr 25 passes defended
Despite batting down the most balls, which requires lots of balls thrown your direction to begin with, Carr had a surprisingly solid 8.6 PFF rating. It also helped that he was on the field for all but 10 total defensive snaps.