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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sack differential tells story for NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

If you're looking for a common thread on why the NFC South has been so successful this season, you might want to start with sack differential. That's the difference between sacks recorded and allowed by a team and all four NFC South teams are in positive territory. Here's a look at the league rankings:

By the Numbers: Sack Differential
Rank

Team

SacksSacks allowed
Sack Differential
1.Tennessee34
8 26
2.
Dallas40
18
22
T-3.
NY Giants3615 21
T-3.
Philadelphia3918 21
T-5.Denver22
8
14
T-5.
New Orleans
2410
14
7.NY Jets
35
23
12
8.Atlanta
24
13
11
9.Indianapolis
19
12
7
T-10.
Arizona
25
19
6
T-10. Carolina
2418
6
T-10.Pittsburgh
42366
T-13.Miami
28
23
5
T-13.Tampa Bay
25
205
15.
San Diego
23
19
4
16.Baltimore
26
23
3
17.
Chicago2422
2
T-18.Cleveland
15
15
0
T-18.Minnesota
33
33
0
T-20.Green Bay
20
25-5
T-20.Seattle
26
21
-5
T-20.
Houston
20
25
-5
T-23.
Buffalo
21
28 -7
T-23.
Oakland25
32
-7
25. Jacksonville22
33
-11
26.
Washington
19
32
-13
27.
St. Louis21
37
-16
28.
New England2340-17
29.
San Francisco
22
43
-21
30.
Detroit
23
45
-22
31.
Kansas City
6
32 -26
32.
Cincinnati
1343
-30