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