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Sacks are down across the NFL

Across the NFL, defensive ends like Julius Peppers and Michael Strahan are finding it harder to get to the QB.

Updated: October 3, 2003, 2:46 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Even on a television videotape of last weekend's Atlanta-Carolina matchup, one could sense the mounting frustration of Panthers left defensive end Julius Peppers, palpably feel his ire as he was thwarted in his attempts to get to Falcons quarterback Doug Johnson.

One second-quarter sequence, on a second-and-long play, graphically illustrated Peppers' plight. As he rose out of his stance to attack the pocket, Peppers was double-teamed by right offensive tackle Todd Weiner and by tight end ...

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