NFL All-Time Single-Season Sack Record: T.J. Watt on Verge of Breaking Sacks Record in Week 18

Adam Taylor McKillop
NFL single season sack record: Pittsburgh Steelers defender T.J. Watt on verge of breaking record in Week 18.
NFL single season sack record: Pittsburgh Steelers defender T.J. Watt on verge of breaking record in Week 18. / Joe Sargent/GettyImages

With the addition of a 17th game and Week 18 to the 2021-22 NFL schedule, several all-time league records are on the line this season.

NFL Single Season Sack Record

One such record in the NFL's single season sack record.

Who Owns the NFL Sack Record?

Former New York Giants legend Michael Strahan owns the NFL's current single-season sack record. The Hall of Fame defensive end set the record back in 2001 when he recorded 22.5 sacks in 16 games. Week 18 will still only be Watt's 15th game played this season.

What is the NFL Sack Record?

Pittsburgh Steelers EDGE T.J. Watt is in reaching distance of breaking Strahan's all-time record in Week 18.

T.J. Watt Sack Record

The four-time Pro Bowler heads into a Week 18 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens with 21.5 sacks, meaning he'll need just 1.0 sack to tie the record and 1.5 to set a new mark.

Better yet, the Ravens lead the league with 54 sacks allowed in 2021. Watt has accomplished at least 1.0 sack in 10 games this season, eclipsing the 1.5 sack mark in eight of those contests.

NFL Single-Season Sack Leaders List

1. Michael Strahan (2001) - 22.5

2. Justin Houston (2014) - 22.0

3. Jared Allen (2011) - 22.0

4. Mark Gastineau (1984) - 22.0

5. T.J. Watt (2021) - 21.5

6. Chris Doleman (1989) - 21.0

7. Reggie White (1987) - 21.0

8. Aaron Donald (2018) - 20.5

9. J.J. Watt (2014) - 20.5

10. J.J Watt (2012) - 20.5

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