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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Which defenders get hands on the football

By Mike Sando

Sacks, passes defensed and interceptions carry different values depending on situations.

A pass defensed to stop the opponent's fourth-down play in the final seconds could mean much more than an interception on a Hail Mary as the second quarter concludes.

I offer that disclaimer before passing along NFL leaders in pass disruptions, defined as total number of sacks, passes defensed and interceptions through Week 14. Some cornerbacks doing excellent work aren't going to have as many opportunities to defend passes, of course. But we still might loosely refer to the totals as reflecting how frequently defenders get their hands on the football to disrupt opposing pass offenses.

The players are ranked by total disruptions as a percentage of their opponents' pass dropbacks.