Through three games, the Dallas Cowboys are second in total QB pressures (42) but leads the league in sacks with 13. 10 of which come from Micah Parsons (4), DeMarcus Lawrence (3) and Dorance Armstrong (3).

At the current rate, the Cowboys average more than four sacks per game. If this rate stays constant, the defense would finish 2022 with around 74 sacks.

Why is this important?

74 sacks would set the single-season sack mark for a team. The honor currently held by the 1984 NFC North Champion Chicago Bears with 72.

This Bears team featured a number of all-time greats and impressive sack performances.

  • Richard Dent – 17.5
  • Dan Hampton – 11.5
  • Steve McMichael – 10
  • Mike Hartenstine – 7
  • Otis Wilson – 6.5
  • Todd Bell – 4.5
  • Mike Singletary – 3.5

At the rate this Dallas Cowboys defense is going, they themselves could finish with three players having 10+ sacks seasons. Lead by the Defensive Player of the Year candidate Parsons, who’s still on pace to beat the single-season sack record shared by TJ Watt and Michael Strahan.

This would be a major accomplishment considering the most recent defense to come close to the record was the 2013 Carolina Panthers with 60. Every other team played at or before the year 2000.

In fairness to the ’84 Bears team, they accomplished this feat in 16 games. With the new 17-game schedule, it would give the Cowboys defense an advantage. Under their current pace, the defense will reach 70 sacks by 16 games.

However, we can’t underestimate what this would mean. The Dallas Cowboys defense used to only rely on one, maybe two players to get to the quarterback.

Under the Dan Quinn regime, turnovers and QB pressure is common and expected. With more and more players on the defense getting a piece of the sacktion.

We have known for months this Cowboys team was going to be a defensive team. Now it looks like it could become one of the greatest single-seasons for a defense. Ever.

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