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