As it so often does, Tuesday's SportsNation chat produced a debate topic that merits further discussion. It has been a while, but finally it's time to get back to having at it.
Kirmie of Toledo asked what NFC North team will get the most sacks out of its defensive linemen/linebackers this season. I thought it was an especially pertinent question considering the central theme we've established for the 2010 season: The effectiveness of each NFC North team's counterpunch to the suddenly pass-happy ways of the Air and Space division.
The Minnesota Vikings led the division, and the NFL for that matter, with 48 sacks last season. They'll return their top three pass-rushers, but the competition has closed the gap considerably. For reference, I've given you a snapshot of arguably the top three pass-rushers on each team -- 11 defensive linemen and one linebacker -- in the chart accompanying this post.
Will the Vikings maintain supremacy in this regard? Will Julius Peppers make the Bears' line more feared? And are we overstating the improvement of the Detroit Lions' newly configured group, or will Kyle Vanden Bosch combine with rookie Ndamukong Suh and nose tackle Corey Williams to make a substantive impact on opposing offenses?
As always, let me know what you think in the comments section below. I'll republish a representative sample of your answers, along with my own thoughts, by the end of the week. Have at It.