NFL 2022 Sack Leaders

NFL 2022 Sack Leaders

One of the most disruptive plays in football is the Sack. Entire offenses can crumble when pass rushers are allowed to sack the Quarterback often during a game. No better example is the 2021 Cincinnati Bengals who, in spite of their high powered offense, was unable to overcome the incredible pass rush presented by the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI. It's another reason why Aaron Donald was made the highest player in the NFL who isn't a Quarterback. Many players recorded sacks in 2022 but only a select few held spots on the leader board and here they are.

What is a Sack?

Before we get into who led the NFL in sacks we must first understand what a sack is. A sack is when a defensive player tackles the Quarterback behind the line of scrimmage while he possesses the ball.

Sacks can also be recorded when a QB runs out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage while possessing the ball. Sacks are usual caused by defensive pressure or when the offensive line is overwhelmed by the defensive players.

Sacks are vital because:

  • A sack causes a loss of down for the offense,
  • A sack causes a loss of yardage,
  • and a sack can potentially cause a turnover if the ball is fumbled.

The different between a sack and a tackle

The difference between a sack and a tackle in football is where the quarterback is positioned. A sack is when the quarterback is tackled ​behind the line of scrimmage​ and a tackle is when the ball carrier is brought to the ground or the referee blows the whistle when forward progress is prevented by the defense.

Who led the NFL in Sacks in 2021?

T.J. Watt led the NFL in 2021 with 22.5 Sacks as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was a remarkable achievement as it tied Michael Strahan's single season record set in 2001 as a New York Giant. It also was historical as Watt only started 15 of 17 regular season games played in 2021. With an extra game it could be entirely possible that he could've shattered the record.

What was the leader board for Sacks in 2021?

NFL Sack Leaders 2021

1.

T.J. Watt • PIT

22.5

2.

Robert Quinn • CHI

18.5

3.

Myles Garrett • CLE

16.0

4.

Nick Bosa • SFO

15.5

5.

Trey Hendrickson • CIN

14.0

6.

Micah Parsons • DAL

13.0

7.

Aaron Donald • LAR

12.5

Cameron Jordan • NOR

12.5

Matt Judon • NWE

12.5

10.

Harold Landry • TEN

12

Pro Football Reference

Who is the active leader in career sacks?

Since entering the league in 2011, Vonn Miller has been a force to reckon on the defensive line. He leads all active NFL players in career sacks with 115.5 sacks all time. 110 of these came as a member of the Denver Broncos where he won Super Bowl 50. He went on to win another ring with the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI. His best season came in 2012, where he collected 18.5 sacks.

Who led the 2022 NFL Postseason in sacks?

The lead for the 2022 NFL postseason was shared by two players. These players were San Francisco's Nick Bosa and the aforementioned Vonn Miller. Miller collected two of his four sacks in Super Bowl LVI. Meanwhile, Bosa collected 1.5 of his in a matchup against Miller's Rams.