There are a number of star-studded defenses in the NFL this year, and a few that are flying under the radar. 


Having a great defense doesn't always lead to posting the most sacks in the league, however. FanDuel has posted the odds for which team will lead the league in sacks, and below are the majority of the totals.


Jaguars (+580)

Panthers (+730)

Chargers (+730)

Rams (+730)

Vikings (+730)

Texans (+790)

Steelers (+790)

Bears (+900)

Broncos (+900)

Packers (+900)

Patriots (+900)

Ravens (+980)

Eagles (+980)

Titans (+980)

Cardinals (+1100)

Redskins (+1100)

Bengals (+1340)

Seahawks (+1340)

Falcons (+1650)

Cowboys (+1650)

Saints (+1650)

Lions (+2000)

Browns (+2800)

Chiefs (+2800)

Dolphins (+2800)

Bills (+3400)

Jets (+3400)

Giants (+4900)

Raiders (+4900)

Colts (+6500)


In considering some favorites, some middle-of-the-road teams, and a long shot, there are a few teams to make moves towards.


In terms of the favorites, you have to look at both Los Angeles teams. The Rams (+730), after finishing fourth in the NFL in sacks last season, added Ndamukong Suh to go alongside Aaron Donald and create a scary front line that will terrorize quarterbacks all year. 


The Chargers (+730), a unit that finished tied for fifth in sacks, bring back a front line that was one of the NFL's best last season. Led by Joey Bosa, they've got a front-four as dominant as they've ever had with this franchise. A repeat performance will put them right at the top of the conversation for NFL sacks leaders. 

The next intriguing team is the Chicago Bears. Now that they have added Khalil Mack, there is certainly value to be had at +900. With Leonard Floyd, Roquan Smith and Brandon Marshall all expected to be rushing the passer a great deal, that type of athleticism in the front seven is definitely a group to focus on.  

The long shot group has some interesting contenders, mainly the Saints (+1800), a group that finished tied for seventh in sacks last season. You have to hope their secondary can press receivers well to give Cameron Jordan ample time to get to the quarterback. This same philosophy goes for the Browns (+2800) with Myles Garrett. 

There are tons of teams with potential to come out on top of this list; it's just a matter of which of them can become the most complete defense and create the most opportunities for their pass rushers.


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