The 2021 NFL season looks to be on the verge of matching or breaking several of the single-season records, such as sacks.
TJ Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers has already surpassed the 20-catch mark this season, with 21.5 receptions, but he is still 20 catches shy of the record established 20 years ago.
What is the single-season sack record in the NFL?
Former defensive end Michael Strahan, who played for the New York Giants from 1993 to 2007, broke the NFL record most sacks in a single season in 2001.
Strahan had 22.5 receptions in 2001, a record that has stood despite the fact that six players have subsequently tied or exceeded the 20-catch mark.
TJ Watt has a chance to tie or break Strahan’s record in the Steelers’ last regular-season game.
Are single-season records broken by playing 17 games?
One of the obvious reasons why records that have stood for decades might be broken beginning in the 2021 season is that each club now plays 17 games instead of the 16 that were played from 1978 to 2020.
In reality, the majority of single-season records have been created within that time period, hence adding one additional game to the single-season schedule will result in records being broken.
What is the unofficial NFL single-season sack record?
The NFL considers sack totals from 1960 to 1981 to be unofficial, hence the unofficial record for sacks in a single season is greater than Strahan’s.
Al Baker of the Detroit Lions established the unofficial record in 1978 with a total of 23 sacks.