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History shows Panthers' sack numbers could rebound

Julius Peppers' bewildering dropoff to just 2.5 sacks in 2007 was one of the reasons the Panthers' defense struggled last year. Can the defense get to the QB in 2008? History says it can.

Originally Published: August 2, 2008
By Doug Farrar | Football Outsiders.com

Over the past few years, the Carolina Panthers have been known for a stifling defensive line that averaged 43 sacks between 2002 and 2006. But in 2007, the Panthers totaled just 23 sacks. The worst decline was seen in star defensive end Julius Peppers, who managed a measly 2.5 sacks after posting 13 in '06.

Peppers' mysterious ineffectiveness is just one of many questions revolving around the Panthers' defense this year. Carolina has to deal with Mike Rucker's retirement and Kris Jenkins' ...

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