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