NFL Difference-Makers: 10 Players Who Change Games By Creating Turnovers
A telling number in correlation to the success of an NFL team is turnover margin. Winning teams take care of the football, and create scoring opportunities by stealing possession from the opposition.
Some excel at forcing fumbles, many block punts and others intercept passes. Here is a look at the 10 best players of 2010 in regards to creating turnovers.
Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers
While his interception totals have dipped since 2009, the reigning defensive player of the year has still been opportunistic. A Heisman trophy winner in Ann Arbor, the Green Bay defensive back has once again shown his impact.
He has 86 tackles with one sack, two interceptions and five forced fumbles on the season. He returned a pick 48 yards for a touchdown during a Week 4 victory over Detroit.
Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants
A second-round selection in 2003, the Giants defensive end lineman continues to build his legacy in New York. Providing leadership with Justin Tuck, Umenyiora has done his best to keep the Giants in the playoff picture.
He currently has 43 tackles, 10 sacks and leads the league with eight forced fumbles on the season.
Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears
A mainstay in the Chicago secondary, Tillman has been a force since the team drafted him out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2003.
Preparing for a trip to the playoffs, he currently has 79 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries on the season.
Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Anchoring a strong defensive line with Osi Umenyiora, Tuck has been wrecking havoc on offensive lines for several years.
The former Notre Dame standout has 48 tackles and leads the Giants with 11 sacks on the season. More importantly, he has given the New York offense plenty of opportunities with six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries on the season.
DeAngelo Hall, Washington Redskins
In his seventh year in the league, Hall has been a solid performer in the Redskin secondary all season.
The former Hokie currently sits with 89 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2010. A true difference-maker, Hall also returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown.
James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers
Widely regarded as one of the best defensive players in the NFL, Harrison has not disappointed in 2010. Through 15 games, he and Troy Polamalu have once again led one of the strongest defensive units in the nation.
Harrison has recorded 94 tackles with 11 sacks, two interceptions, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Tramon Williams, Green Bay Packers
In his fourth year out of Louisiana Tech, Williams has proven he is more then a one-year wonder following last season. Along with Charles Woodson, the Green Bay secondary has been instrumental in keeping the team in the playoff picture.
Williams has recorded 54 tackles with one sack, six interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery so far this season.
Asante Samuel, Philadelphia Eagles
A household name for most NFL fans, Samuel is once again putting together a solid season. An eight-year veteran from Central Florida he had led the improving Eagle defense in 2010.
His impact commonly comes with passes defended and interceptions. Playing in only 10 games this season he has 25 tackles with seven interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Devin McCourty, New England Patriots
A candidate for rookie of the year, McCourty has shined in first season in Foxboro. A first-round selection from Rutgers the defensive back has put together a solid 2010 campaign.
He has recorded 81 tackles with one sack, six interceptions and two forced fumbles this season.
Terrell Thomas, New York Giants
In a breakout season for one of the league's best defensive units, Thomas has made an impact in several different ways.
The third-year defensive back from USC has had a hand in 10 turnovers this season. Along with 91 tackles, he has five interceptions, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.
Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers—Once again steady, Polamalu has six interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season.
Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens—A defensive legend, the former Hurricane has six interceptions and one fumble recovery in 2010.
Aqib Taleb, Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Playing for the surprising Bucs, Taleb has contributed with six interceptions.
James Hall, St. Louis Rams—One of the most underrated players in the NFL, Hall has 10 sacks, and six forced fumbles for the Rams.
Roman Harper, New Orleans Saints—The veteran safety currently sits at 71 tackles, three sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries on the season.