Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, currently tied for first place with an impressive 13.5 sacks this season. In Week 12, Watt added two more sacks to his tally, marking his 20th career game with at least two sacks. Since entering the NFL in 2017, he has notched a remarkable 91 sacks in 98 games.
Watt's prolific performance has catapulted him into an elite club, as he joins the esteemed Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White as the only player since 1982 to reach 90 sacks in fewer than 100 NFL games. White achieved this feat in 82 games, while Watt accomplished it in 98 games.
Looking ahead to his 99th career game on Sunday against Arizona (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Watt has an opportunity to surpass Jared Allen and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith for the fourth-most games with at least two sacks in a player's first 100 NFL games since 1982. With a two-sack performance in either of his next two games, Watt can achieve this remarkable feat.
Here's a breakdown of the players with the most games featuring at least two sacks in their first 100 NFL games since 1982:
Watt's consistent dominance is evident in his impressive sack count. After recording 15 sacks in 2020 and tying the single-season NFL record with 22.5 sacks in 2021, Watt is on track to become the fourth player since 1982 with at least 15 sacks in three of his first seven NFL seasons. This places him in esteemed company alongside Pro Football Hall of Famers Reggie White (four seasons) and DeMarcus Ware (three), as well as his brother, J.J. Watt (three).
Having accumulated at least one sack in 57 career games, Watt is on the brink of surpassing Aaron Donald (57 games) for the fifth-most career games with at least one sack in a player's first seven NFL seasons since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers DeMarcus Ware (68 games) and Reggie White (63), along with Von Miller (61) and Myles Garrett (59, in seventh season), have more.
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