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Next Gen Stats: Key figures shaping the DPOY race

Before we dive into Week 15 of the 2019 NFL season, let's take a look at some numbers that might shed a little light on top contenders for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Keep in mind: this list is not all-encompassing. There are some DPOY candidates who aren't listed here, including the NFL sack leader Shaquil Barrett, whom we wrote about last week in our Most Improved Player photo essay. This is just a sampling of standouts based on Next Gen Stats' unique performance metrics.

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