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NFL Sack and Sack Yard Leaders: 2016 NFL Season

A statistic credited to a defensive players when physical contact with a quarterback causes him to be ruled down by contact behind the line of scrimmage. In order for a sack to be recorded, it must be obvious that the quarterback either intends to throw a forward pass, or is still in the "pocket" without a clear objective for the play.

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Sacks didn't become an official NFL statistic until the 1982 season.  Michael Strahan holds the record for the most sacks in a single season with 22.5.  

As of 2013, the player who ends the season with the most sacks is given the Deacon Jones Award.


CHANGE SEASON: 
Sack Leaders
RankPlayerTeamPositionSacksSack Yards
1Vic Beasley Jr.ATLLB15.593
2Von MillerDENLB13.565
3Danielle HunterMINDE12.5103
4Lorenzo AlexanderBUFLB12.574
5Markus GoldenARILB12.597
6Cameron WakeMIADE11.591
7Cliff AvrilSEADE11.584
8Chandler JonesARILB11.086
9Khalil MackOAKDE11.075
10Erik WaldenINDLB11.064
11Ryan KerriganWASLB11.084
12Nick PerryGBLB11.077
13Brian OrakpoTENLB10.578
14Joey BosaSDDE10.572
15Frank ClarkSEADE10.069
16Dee FordKCLB10.053
17Mario AddisonCARDE9.550
18Trent MurphyWASLB9.055
19Geno AtkinsCINDT9.063
20Derrick MorganTENLB9.057
21Olivier VernonNYGDE8.555
22Shane RayDENLB8.044
23Terrell SuggsBALLB8.062
24Aaron DonaldLADT8.054
25Kerry HyderDETDE8.044
26Everson GriffenMINDE8.071
27Melvin IngramSDLB8.062
28Calais CampbellARIDT8.068
29Yannick NgakoueJAXDE8.045
30Carlos DunlapCINDE8.045
31Julius PeppersGBLB7.548
32Willie YoungCHILB7.543
33Whitney MercilusHOULB7.557
34Brian RobisonMINDE7.544
35Cameron JordanNODE7.552
36Bruce IrvinOAKLB7.037
37Trey FlowersNEDE7.045
38Leonard WilliamsNYJDE7.048
39Leonard FloydCHILB7.050
40Akiem HicksCHIDE7.049
41Gerald McCoyTBDT7.051
42Jason Pierre-PaulNYGDE7.041
43Malik JacksonJAXDT6.540
44Fletcher CoxPHIDT6.541
45Robert Ayers Jr.TBDE6.539
46Nick FairleyNODT6.544
47Kawann ShortCARDT6.031
48Jerry HughesBUFLB6.056
49Benson MayowaDALDE6.043
50DeForest BucknerSFDT6.026
51Jadeveon ClowneyHOUDE6.045
52Ahmad BrooksSFLB6.036
53Emmanuel OgbahCLELB5.532
54Brandon GrahamPHIDE5.528
55Andre BranchMIADE5.535
56Derek WolfeDENDE5.532
57Noah SpenceTBDE5.534
58Lavonte DavidTBLB5.039
59Benardrick McKinneyHOULB5.031
60Ndamukong SuhMIADT5.038
61Timmy JerniganBALDT5.036
62Kyle WilliamsBUFDT5.036
63James HarrisonPITLB5.039
64Robert MathisINDLB5.045
65Kony EalyCARDE5.023
66Jabaal SheardNEDE5.034
67Clay MatthewsGBLB5.035
68Maliek CollinsDALDT5.036
69Connor BarwinPHIDE5.052
70William HayesLADE5.028
71Jurrell CaseyTENDT5.038
72Michael BennettSEADE5.040
73Muhammad WilkersonNYJDE4.529
74Bobby WagnerSEALB4.527
75Preston SmithWASLB4.532
76Devin TaylorDETDE4.531
77Adrian ClaybornATLDE4.529
78Bud DupreePITLB4.524
79Tyrone CrawfordDALDT4.526
80Dante Fowler Jr.JAXDE4.027
81Charles JohnsonCARDE4.025
82Mike DanielsGBDT4.041
83Star LotuleleiCARDT4.018
84Zach BrownBUFLB4.017
85Linval JosephMINDT4.022
86K.J. WrightSEALB4.07
87Rob NinkovichNELB4.024
88Stephon TuittPITDE4.030
89Pernell McPheeCHILB4.034
90Landon CollinsNYGS4.039
91Robert QuinnLADE4.033
92David IrvingDALDE4.017
93Dannell EllerbeNOLB4.025
94DeMarcus WareDENLB4.022
95Sheldon RankinsNODT4.032
96Will ClarkeCINDE4.015
97Chris LongNEDE4.024
98Matt JudonBALLB4.034
99Justin HoustonKCLB4.017
100Kevin MinterARILB3.528
101Alex OkaforARILB3.529
102Chris BakerWASDE3.536
103John SimonHOULB3.519
104Jatavis BrownSDLB3.524
105Ryan ShazierPITLB3.529
106Jack CrawfordDALDE3.515
107Tamba HaliKCLB3.525
108Arthur MoatsPITLB3.517
109Steve McLendonNYJDT3.517
110Jason JonesMIADE3.512
111Marcell DareusBUFDT3.513
112Dominique EasleyLADT3.522
113Clinton McDonaldTBDT3.515
114Michael JohnsonCINDE3.519
115Sen'Derrick MarksJAXDT3.519
116David ParryINDDT3.07
117Ronald BlairSFDT3.014
118Morgan BurnettGBS3.026
119Jamie CollinsCLELB3.025
120Eli HaroldSFLB3.05
121Sean SpenceTENLB3.022
122Elvis DumervilBALLB3.024
123Dwight FreeneyATLDE3.023
124Malcom BrownNEDT3.028
125Cameron HeywardPITDE3.016
126Johnathan HankinsNYGDT3.017
127Jared CrickDENDE3.018
128Cassius MarshSEADE3.029
129Kwon AlexanderTBLB3.08
130Gerald Hodges Jr.SFLB3.010
131William GholstonTBDE3.024
132Cam JohnsonCLELB3.027
133Grady JarrettATLDT3.018
134Armonty BryantDETDE3.021
135Lorenzo MauldinNYJLB2.513
136Bennie LoganPHIDT2.512
137Denico AutryOAKDE2.59
138Eugene SimsLADE2.518
139Thomas DavisCARLB2.517
140Wes HortonCARDE2.512
141Lawrence TimmonsPITLB2.522
142Marcus SmithPHIDE2.54
143Wallace GilberryCINDE2.521
144Dont'a HightowerNELB2.522
145Adolphus WashingtonBUFDT2.516
146Eddie GoldmanCHINT2.516
147Damon HarrisonNYGNT2.526
148Terrell McClainDALDT2.516
149Zach KerrINDNT2.516
150Damion SquareSDDT2.517
151Eric KendricksMINLB2.526
152Jordan JenkinsNYJLB2.516
153Vinny CurryPHIDE2.515
154Carl NassibCLEDE2.514
155Stacy McGeeOAKDT2.514
156Tyson AlualuJAXDE2.514
157Christian KirkseyCLELB2.516
158Anthony ChickilloPITLB2.522
159Arik ArmsteadSFDT2.55
160Akeem AyersINDLB2.015
161Nigel BradhamPHILB2.014
162Javon HargravePITDT2.017
163Corey LemonierCLELB2.010
164Dean LowryGBDE2.019
165Tony JeffersonARIS2.015
166T.Y. McGillINDDT2.020
167A'Shawn RobinsonDETDT2.05
168Tre BostonCARS2.019
169Anthony BarrMINLB2.015
170Brent UrbanBALDE2.09
171Kyler FackrellGBLB2.015
172Destiny VaeaoPHIDT2.013
173Trent ColeINDLB2.019
174Denzel PerrymanSDLB2.08
175Avery WilliamsonTENLB2.014
176D.J. SwearingerARIS2.013
177Brooks ReedATLDE2.012
178Edwin JacksonINDLB2.00
179Ezekiel AnsahDETDE2.019
180Jerry AttaochuSDLB2.019
181Ethan WestbrooksLADT2.07
182Lavar EdwardsINDLB2.015
183Tom JohnsonMINDT2.011
184Cornelius WashingtonCHIDE2.012
185Chris JonesKCDT2.019
186Desmond TrufantATLCB2.017
187Joel HeathHOUDE2.011
188Shaq LawsonBUFLB2.017
189Orlando ScandrickDALCB2.02
190Ra'Shede HagemanATLDT2.021
191Vince WilliamsPITLB2.03
192Vontaze BurfictCINLB2.011
193Wesley WoodyardTENLB2.07
194Harrison SmithMINS2.015
195Luke KuechlyCARLB2.016
196Demario DavisCLELB2.020
197Leon HallNYGCB2.021
198Michael PierceBALDT2.09
199Jude Adjei-BarimahTBCB2.016
200Mario WilliamsMIADE1.59
201Haloti NgataDETDT1.56
202Ricky Jean FrancoisWASDE1.510
203Anthony HitchensDALLB1.512
204Deon SimonNYJNT1.56
205Cedric ThorntonDALDT1.59
206DaQuan JonesTENDE1.512
207Jarran ReedSEADT1.54
208Karl KlugTENDT1.59
209Shaquil BarrettDENLB1.515
210Paul PoslusznyJAXLB1.517
211Pat SimsCINDT1.57
212Sheldon RichardsonNYJDE1.513
213J.J. WattHOUDE1.55
214Alan BranchNEDT1.51
215Jonathan CasillasNYGLB1.54
216Paul KrugerNODE1.513
217Cullen JenkinsWASDT1.514
218Hassan RidgewayINDDT1.57
219Rodney GunterARIDT1.511
220Kyle LoveCARDT1.511
221Dontari PoeKCDT1.53
222Sean DavisPITS1.510
223Danny SheltonCLENT1.513
224Vernon ButlerCARDT1.511
225Leger DouzableBUFDE1.511
226Aaron LynchSFLB1.57
227Su'a CravensWASS1.04
228Briean Boddy-CalhounCLECB1.010
229Quinton DunbarWASCB1.00
230Mitch UnreinCHIDE1.03
231Michael ThomasMIAS1.014
232Shea McClellinNELB1.07
233Andre HalHOUS1.07
234Patrick ChungNES1.012
235Nick KwiatkoskiCHILB1.00
236Kevin DoddTENLB1.06
237Aaron WallaceTENLB1.09
238Telvin SmithJAXLB1.00
239Nate StuparNOLB1.011
240Malcolm JenkinsPHIS1.010
241C.J. WilsonCHIDT1.00
242T.J. McDonaldLAS1.06
243Danny TrevathanCHILB1.07
244Za'Darius SmithBALLB1.09
245Karlos DansbyCINLB1.00
246Blake CountessLACB1.00
247Leonard JohnsonCARCB1.07
248Buster SkrineNYJCB1.014
249Kyle Van NoyDETLB1.08
250Nick BelloreSFLB1.011
251Khyri ThorntonDETDT1.07
252Daimion StaffordTENS1.06
253Kareem MartinARILB1.04
254Brandon MebaneSDNT1.010
255Lawrence GuyBALDE1.09
256Jared OdrickJAXDT1.00
257Rakeem Nunez-RochesKCDE1.08
258Shawn WilliamsCINS1.04
259Mason FosterWASLB1.01
260William GayPITCB1.010
261Vincent ValentineNEDT1.03
262Micah HydeGBS1.06
263Kendall ReyesKCDE1.04
264Romeo OkwaraNYGDE1.05
265Jaquiski TarttSFS1.010
266Sealver SiligaSEADT1.03
267Eric WeddleBALS1.05
268Kasim EdebaliNODE1.08
269Datone JonesGBDE1.03
270Jay BromleyNYGDT1.05
271Steven MeansPHIDE1.05
272Brock CoyleSEALB1.01
273T.J. WardDENS1.08
274James CowserOAKLB1.010
275Courtney UpshawATLLB1.07
276Jayrone ElliottGBLB1.08
277Tavon WilsonDETS1.05
278Vonn BellNOS1.08
279Preston BrownBUFLB1.05
280Darius SlayDETCB1.07
281Ryan DelaireCARDE1.05
282Jarvis JonesPITLB1.04
283A.J. BouyeHOUCB1.06
284Glenn DorseySFDT1.011
285D.J. ReaderHOUNT1.08
286Korey ToomerSDLB1.01
287Jonathan BullardCHIDE1.03
288Darron LeeNYJLB1.07
289Darius PhilonSDDE1.00
290Devon KennardNYGLB1.08
291Kurt ColemanCARS1.08
292Janoris JenkinsNYGCB1.09
293Craig RobertsonNOLB1.06
294Cam ThomasLADE1.05
295Ricardo MathewsPITDE1.08
296Johnathan CyprienJAXS1.02
297Mark BarronLALB1.08
298Dekoda WatsonDENLB1.07
299Ryan RussellTBDE1.06
300Chris SmithJAXDE1.04
301Jordan HicksPHILB1.03
302Isa Abdul-QuddusMIAS1.02
303Jaye HowardKCDT1.08
304Christian CovingtonHOUDE1.02
305Logan RyanNECB1.012
306Ed ReynoldsCLES1.010
307Frank ZomboKCLB1.05
308Michael MautiNOLB1.09
309NaVorro BowmanSFLB1.08
310Brian PooleATLCB1.08
311Justin SimmonsDENS1.09
312Corey GrahamBUFS1.09
313Anthony ZettelDETDT1.07
314Bashaud BreelandWASCB1.03
315Dominique Rodgers-CromartieNYGCB1.09
316Daryl WorleyCARCB1.07
317Lamarcus JoynerLACB1.07
318Bradley RobyDENCB1.00
319Sheldon DayJAXDT1.04
320Tyrone HolmesCLEDE1.00
321Blake MartinezGBLB1.05
322Kenny VaccaroNOS1.01
323Albert McClellanBALLB1.02
324Lardarius WebbBALS1.010
325Neville HewittMIALB1.09
326Ahtyba RubinSEADT1.09
327Justin DurantDALLB1.02
328Jamie MederCLEDT1.03
329Daniel SorensenKCS1.08
330Rafael BushDETS1.09
331Jimmie WardSFS1.07
332Tyrann MathieuARIS1.011
333Sam AchoCHILB1.03
334Randy GregoryDALDE1.08
335Brandon WilliamsBALDT1.03
336Daniel McCullersPITDT1.08
337Maurice AlexanderLAS1.09
338Marcus WilliamsNYJCB1.09
339Kevin ByardTENS1.08
340Demarcus LawrenceDALDE1.08
341Chris LandrumSDLB1.07
342Caraun ReidSDDT1.09
343Sylvester WilliamsDENNT1.07
344A.J. KleinCARLB1.00
345D'Qwell JacksonINDLB1.012
346Rodney McLeodPHIS1.07
347Bobby McCainMIACB1.011
348Ziggy HoodWASDE1.08
349Jerraud PowersBALCB1.011
350Malcolm ButlerNECB1.00
351Demontre HurstCHICB1.011
352Robert ThomasNYGDT1.04
353Derrick JohnsonKCLB1.08
354Ufomba KamaluHOUDE1.04
355Aaron ColvinJAXCB1.07
356David Bruton Jr.WASS1.02
357Tourek WilliamsSDLB1.00
358Austin JohnsonTENNT0.53
359Damien WilsonDALLB0.54
360Andrew SendejoMINS0.55
361Beau AllenPHIDT0.54
362David HarrisNYJLB0.53
363Damontre MooreSEADE0.54
364Josh MartinNYJLB0.56
365Akeem SpenceTBDT0.51
366Stephen PaeaCLEDE0.53
367Will BlackmonWASS0.52
368Kerry WynnNYGDE0.52
369Ha Ha Clinton-DixGBS0.53
370Josh JohnsonJAXCB0.55
371Reshad JonesMIAS0.51
372Kyle EmanuelSDLB0.52
373Shilique CalhounOAKLB0.51
374Terence GarvinWASLB0.54
375Joe SchobertCLELB0.53
376Jordan PhillipsMIADT0.50
377Darryl TappNODE0.56
378Chris DavisSFCB0.52
379Michael WilhoiteSFLB0.54
380Myles JackJAXLB0.50
381DeShawn WilliamsCINDT0.51
382Antonio SmithHOUDE0.54
383Todd DavisDENLB0.53
384Robert McClainSDCB0.54
385Dan WilliamsOAKDT0.52
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