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Julius Peppers vs Other Top DEs

In my opinion a very good defensive end doesn't just rack up sacks, but is a stats leader in many categories, is consistent and is disruptive all over the field. To get a more accurate view of how good Julius Peppers is, I took 5 of the best defensive ends right now, and compared him to them.  Instead of just tackles I also looked at passes deflected and forced fumbles, as these are often over looked.  To focus on consistency I looked at games with and without sacks, and with and without at least 3 tackles.  I compared these over last year and their careers.  Based on 2008 defensive leaders I chose Jared Allen, John Abraham, Justin Tuck, Mario Williams and Dwight Freeney.  They are ordered best to worst in each category.

2008: Games with at least 1 sack

Peppers 10
Abraham 9.5
Allen 9
Freeney 8
Tuck 7.5
Williams 5


2008: Games without a sack

Peppers 5
Abraham 6.5
Allen 7
Freeney 8
Tuck 8.5
Williams 9


2008: Games with less than 3 tackles

Tuck 3
Peppers 4
Williams 6
Allen 8
Abraham 10
Freeney 11


2008: Games with 0 tackles

Abraham 0
Tuck 0
Williams 0
Peppers 1
Allen 1
Freeney 4


2008: Games with at least 1 pass deflection

Peppers 4
Allen 3
Tuck 2
Abraham 1
Williams 0
Freeney 0
(Pep is also the only one with more than 1 pass deflection in a single game)


2008: Total forced fumbles

Peppers 5
Abraham 4
Williams 4
Freeney 4
Tuck 3
Allen 3


Career: Sacks per year

Allen 11.5
Peppers 10
Freeney 10
Williams 10
Abraham 9
Tuck 6


Career: Total tackles per year

Allen 56
Williams 53
Peppers 48
Tuck 43
Abraham 39
Freeney 31


Career: Pass deflections per year

Allen 5.5
Peppers 5
Freeney 1.5
Tuck 1
Williams 1
Abraham 1


Career: Total forced fumbles over the last 3 years

Freeney 12
Peppers 11
Allen 9
Abraham 8
Williams 7
Tuck 5


Please check my numbers for accuracy.  Let me say, I did NOT pick stats to favor Peppers. I chose these before looking at any numbers. But Peppers tops more lists then anyone else.  He is also the only one that doesn't make the bottom 2 in any category.  And he did this even with a very down year in 2007.  It is obvious Peppers is one of the best - if not the best, all around defensive ends in the NFL. Letting him go might be impossible to replace.

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