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Prior to last Sunday's game, Panthers DE Julius Peppers did not yet have a sack this season. Coming into the year, many believed Peppers was the best DE in the game, surpassing the Giants Michael Strahan for that honor. Peppers excels in both the running and passing games. But through this year's first five games, Peppers found himself without a single sack. So what was the problem?Prior to last Sunday's game, Panthers DE Julius Peppers did not yet have a sack this season. Coming into the year, many believed Peppers was the best DE in the game, surpassing the Giants Michael Strahan for that honor. Peppers excels in both the running and passing games. But through this year's first five games, Peppers found himself without a single sack. So what was the problem?...

Some suggested that Peppers was facing ever increasing double teams from opposing blockers. Some suggested that the loss of DT Kris Jenkins had a big impact on Peppers, despite the fact that Jenkins played on the other side of the line. If you asked Peppers, though, he blamed it on a history of slow starts every season...

If you closer at this numbers, it turns out Peppers might be on to something. In his rookie season of 2002, Peppers had three sacks after five games and then went on to record nine sacks in his last seven games. In 2003, Peppers had only three sacks through his first 12 games, but went to finish with seven sacks after getting a sack in each of his last four games. And last year Peppers had only two sacks in his first seven games but finished strong with nine sacks in his last nine games, ending up with 12 on the season...

On Sunday, Peppers recorded his first sack of the season...

The bad news for Peppers is that although he recorded his first sack of the season, he also broke a bone in his hand. However, he is expected to play this week with a cast...

Speaking of Michael Strahan, the soon-to-be 34-year-old Giants DE might not be over the hill quite yet. Last Sunday, Strahan had two sacks to go with 6-0 tackles and a recovered fumble. He now has 5.5 sacks on the season in five games...

Heading into the 2004 season, Strahan had been an iron man of sorts, playing in every game for eight straight seasons. His luck ran dry last year as a torn pectoral muscle ended his season halfway through and some thought age had finally caught up with him. He only had four sacks in eight games, but he's coming on strong this year, despite some problems with backs spasms...

Maybe I Was Wrong, Part I: I wrote prior to the season that Panthers DE Mike Rucker would rebound with a big year because his impact was directly correlated to DT Kris Jenkins lining up next to him. Adversely, when Jenkins went down with a season-ending injury, I wrote that it spelled doom for Rucker owners. With 1.5 sacks Sunday, Rucker now has 3.5 on the season, with all sacks coming in the five games since Jenkins went down. That totals the number of sacks Rucker had in 16 games last season...

Maybe I Was Right, Part I: I wrote last week that Lions DE Kalimba Edwards had been a disappointment in previous season after strong starts. Despite starting his second consecutive game, Edwards had easily his worst game for production of the season Sunday with only one assisted tackle to his name...

Giants safety Gibril Wilson is on pace for over 130 tackles this year. He had 10-0 tackles last Sunday and added a forced fumble. Last year, it took an injury to derail Wilson from getting 100+ tackles. This year, it appears as though the only thing that could stop Wilson is another injury...

Wilson sprained his ankle in the game Sunday and is listed as questionable for this week. It is important to note that he returned to the game after his injury, but at this point it appears unlikely he will play...

There's an awful lot to like about the Bears defense this year and as usual any conversation about the unit begins and ends with star LB Brian Urlacher. One thing to notice this year with Urlacher is his apparent thirst for recording sacks. His previous season high was eight, which he had in his rookie year. After five games, Urlacher already has six sacks. On Sunday, Urlacher had 8-1 tackles and two sacks...

Urlacher is giving credit to the defensive backs for his higher number of sacks, calling most of them coverage sacks. Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera gives the credit to the front line which is taking up blockers and allowing Urlacher the freedom to penetrate into the offensive backfield. I'll just go ahead and give credit to Urlacher, whose incredible speed and instincts for the ball make him one of the very best...

Five games and counting without so much as a single interception, sack, or forced/recovered fumble for Ravens safety Ed Reed, considered by many the game's premier playmaker in the defensive backfield...

Since a nice opening game with 6-0 tackles, Bengals LB David Pollack only has five total tackles in five games...

Look for Dolphins rookie LB Channing Crowder to begin getting increasing numbers from here on out. He's an impressive specimen on the field. He had 5-2 tackles Sunday and recovered a fumble...

Yawn...just another impressive performance by Dolphins mainstay LB Zach Thomas, as he had 9-4 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble...

Some IDP owners weren't convinced about Jaguars DE Reggie Hayward duplicating his sack numbers this year after being trade from Denver, but his two sacks Sunday gives him 5.5 for the season to date...

Maybe I Was Wrong, Part II: One week after writing off Steelers DE Aaron Smith this season, he came back Sunday for his best performance of the year, with 4-0 tackles and his first sack...

Maybe I Was Right, Part II: I keep mentioning that as Falcons DT Rod Coleman goes, so goes the team. He had 5-1 tackles and his sixth sack of the season. Coleman's team is now 27-3 in the last 30 games he has recorded a sack...

The IDP player of the week award has to go to Kansas City's DE Jared Allen. He had three sacks, 5-0 tackles, two forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. Whereby Allen was once considered only a pass rushing specialist, he has improved tremendously against the run...

Allen was named the AFC defensive player of the week. He's the first Kansas City player to win that honor since Mike Maslowski in 2002...

There's a rumor that Chiefs LB Kendrell Bell was actually seen on the field. He had a season high 6 solo tackles Sunday...

Until next week...

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