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BRACKET CHALLENGE: Michael Strahan vs. Osi Umenyiora

BRACKET CHALLENGE: Michael Strahan vs. Osi Umenyiora

DE Michael Strahan, 2001
Stats: 73 TACK (61 SOLO), 22.5 SACKS, 2 PD, 6 FF, 1 FR

There have been many valiant attempts, but no one has broken Michael Strahan's single-season NFL sack record of 22.5 in 2001. After recording none in the first two weeks, Strahan opened the flood gates with three in his third game. He had at least 1.5 sacks in seven games, including a career-high 4.0 at St. Louis in Week 5. Justin Houston (2014 with Kansas City) and Jared Allen (2011 with Minnesota) have come the closest to breaking the record, but both fell a half-sack short.

DE Osi Umenyiora, 2005
Stats: 70 TACK (48 SOLO), 14.5 SACKS, 3 PD, 4 FF, 2 FR

The former second-round pick broke out in his third season when he earned his first Pro Bowl nod and All-Pro honors. The master of the strip-sack registered 14.5 quarterback takedowns and forced four fumbles while recovering two of them. Umenyiora eventually climbed to fourth on the Giants' all-time sacks list with 75, including a franchise-record 32 forced fumbles.