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Keeping a quarterback upright is imperative in the NFL. Here’s who’s doing it better and worse than last year

Six teams are on pace to surrender fewer than 25 sacks. That’s New Orleans (18), Indianapolis (20), Pittsburgh (21), Kansas City (21), New England (23), and the Chargers (24). It’s noteworthy that four of those have older quarterbacks — Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers — who aren’t the fastest quarterbacks but have quick releases and exceptional pocket awareness. Or, in the case of Roethlisberger, can swat away tacklers like flies.

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