Most feared edge rushers: Browns' Myles Garrett leads a scary, versatile group

Scoring in the NFL has dropped this season, surprising fans given the trend of high-scoring games in recent years.

Despite the focus on high-scoring offenses, defenses, especially pass rushers, are having a significant impact on the game.

The sack rate of 7.2% through Week 9 is the highest since 2001, showcasing the effectiveness of pass rushers in disrupting opposing teams.

Pass rushers, playing as 4-3 defensive ends or 3-4 outside linebackers, have become crucial in influencing game outcomes, feared by quarterbacks, running backs, and coaching staffs.

Crosby is recognized as one of the best pass rushers in the NFL this season, leading in pressures (53) and tackles for loss (13).

Crosby's impact extends beyond pass rushing; he excels in run defense, making him a well-rounded player in the field.

Watt is a sack artist with 9.5 sacks this season, tying for second in the league. His consistency places him among the top pass rushers in the NFL.

If Watt secures one more sack, he will have the second-most sacks in his first 100 career games since 1982, following only Reggie White.

Watt's impressive record includes seasons with at least 13 sacks, demonstrating his sustained excellence and earning him the Defensive Player of the Year title in 2021.

Pass rushers like Crosby and Watt play a crucial role in limiting opposing teams' scoring opportunities, making them key figures in the evolving landscape of NFL games.

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