Data Points: Top pass rushers’ impact on teams

NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan ranked his top pass rushers Wednesday, with Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, James Harrison, Julius Peppers, and DeMarcus Ware bringing in the top grades. But how did the Vikings, Colts, Steelers, Bears, and Cowboys — the teams those great players belong to — fare in team sacks?

While having a great pass rusher is certainly important in today’s pass-happy NFL, it takes a lot more than one guy who can get to the quarterback to consistently succeed defensively. It’s no accident that the Steelers, who have a quality pass rusher in LaMarr Woodley to compliment Harrison, are known for being formidable on the defensive side of the ball.

Last season was no different, as Pittsburgh led the league in fewest points allowed for the second time in three years, and paced every club with 48 sacks. Below is a look at how often each team took down opposing quarterbacks in 2010.

– Elliot Harrison

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