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NFL Stats Leader 2021: Who has the most sacks heading into Week 18?

Denver Broncos v Pittsburgh Steelers
Denver Broncos v Pittsburgh Steelers
Rit Nanda

Coming into the final week of the season, the NFL stats leaders in sacks have not changed much from the final week in terms of ranking. In fact, most NFL stats leaders in sacks could not add to their tally in the preceding week, except the top two. In fact, the top two were the only ones who recorded at least one sack this week.

While there is scope for the leaderboard to shift in the final week, with the bottom three bunched together and not showing progress this week, the top two NFL stats leaders in sacks will probably hold their respective positions after the final week. Cast your eye on where they stand at the moment.

NFL Stats Leaders After Week 17: Sacks

#5 - Trey Hendrickson, Cincinnati Bengals, 14 sacks

Cincinnati Bengals v Las Vegas Raiders
Cincinnati Bengals v Las Vegas Raiders

Trey Hendrickson was in red hot form coming into the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the most consistent among NFL stats leaders in sacks in that he had at least half a sack every single week. Unfortunately, that streak snapped as Trey Hendrickson could not record any sacks in the Cincinnati Bengals' win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Trey Hendrickson became the second player since 1982 to register at least half of a sack in 11 consecutive games within a single season.#RuleTheJungle https://t.co/aAcSegZd0c

He has 14 sacks in total this season for 97 yards and 12 total tackles for loss. He has also recorded 34 tackles in total, of which 21 are solo and 13 are assisted. While has not recorded any pass deflections or interceptions, he has forced three fumbles.

#4 (T3) - Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers, 15 sacks

Houston Texans v San Francisco 49ers
Houston Texans v San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa also could not register a single sack this week but retains his position on the list of NFL stats leaders in sacks. In fact, it was the second consecutive game where he could not register a single sack, drawing a blank against the Texans this week after failing to open his account against the Titans either the week before. He did, however, record one assisted tackle this week.

Texans' David Culley on 49ers' Nick Bosa: 'One of the most disruptive players. He's just a great player. We're going to account for him and have a plan to not let him wreck the game.'

He has 15 sacks in total this season, for 118 yards and 19 total tackles for a loss. He has a solitary pass deflection but has recorded four forced fumbles so far this season. He has 38 solo tackles and nine assisted tackles for a total of 47 tackles. He will remain a crucial component next week in their final game against the Rams, which will determine their playoff destiny.

Top 3 NFL Stats Leaders After Week 17: Sacks

#3 (T3) - Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns, 15 sacks

Detroit Lions v Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions v Cleveland Browns

Next up on our list of NFL stats leaders in sacks is Myles Garrett, who is tied for third place with Nick Bosa. Similar to Bosa, he also did not record a single sack in the Browns' last game against the Steelers. But his form has been the iffiest among all NFL stats leaders in sacks, since he has not recorded a single sack in the last few weeks stretching back to their games against the Packers and the Raiders.

He has 15 sacks for 85 yards and 16 total tackles for a loss this season. He has 50 tackles for the season, 32 unassisted and 18 assisted. One of those solo tackles was recorded this week. He has three pass deflections and is the only one on the NFL stats leaders list in sacks to have a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a fumbled return for a touchdown.

#2 - Robert Quinn, Chicago Bears, 18 sacks

San Francisco 49ers v Chicago Bears
San Francisco 49ers v Chicago Bears

For a brief moment this week, Robert Quinn led the charts for NFL stats leaders in sacks as the Chicago Bears played before the Pittsburgh Steelers. Robert Quinn recorded one sack this game, and this continued a fine form where he last had a game without a sack in October. That put him on 18 sacks in total and had pushed him up to first place before the ranked-one person put in a game for the ages to take that spot back.

The NFL leader in sacks is not T.J. Watt or Myles Garrett or Nick Bosa or Micah Parsons...It's Robert Quinn. https://t.co/b8pV7PxHdW

For those 18 sacks, Quinn has recorded 130 yards and 17 tackles for loss. He has a total of 48 tackles, 38 of which are solo and 10 are assisted. While he does not have pass deflections or interceptions, he has recorded four forced fumbles as well.

#1 - TJ Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers, 21.5 sacks

Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns v Pittsburgh Steelers

The undisputed leader of NFL stats leaders in sacks is TJ Watt. Not only does he retain his top spot from last week, he has now pulled clear of the chasing pack of NFL stats leaders in sacks. Against the Cleveland Browns, he registed four sacks and two pass deflections.

With this all-round excellent performance, Watt moved to 21.5 sacks in total for 109 yards and 20 tackles for a loss. He has 45 tackles solo, the most among all NFL stats leaders in sacks listed this week, and 14 assisted tackles. He also has six pass deflections, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

TJ Watt is one sack away from tying Michael Strahan's single-season record ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ’ช https://t.co/fagBWo72Cx

Right now, he's competing with history. He hopes to break the record for the most sacks in a season, which is 22.5 and belongs to Michael Strahan.

Edited by Piyush Bisht

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