BRACKET CHALLENGE: Michael Strahan vs. Saquon Barkley

BRACKET CHALLENGE: Michael Strahan vs. Saquon Barkley

Michael Strahan vs. Saquon Barkley

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.

RB Saquon Barkley, 2018

The 2018 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Barkley had one of the most productive rookie seasons by a running back in NFL history, and he inserted his name into numerous sections of the Giants' franchise records. The second overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft led the team with 261 rushing attempts for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns, and 91 catches, which accounted for an additional 721 yards and four scores. Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage, including seven 40+ yard runs and six 50+ yard runs. Barkley was the first NFL rookie with five 50+ yard touchdowns from scrimmage since Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss in 1998.