As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for a dogfight in these last 3 weeks to determine just where they will fit in the NFC playoff picture, OLB Aldon Smith will be in a battle of his own. Smith enters Week 15 just 3.5 sacks short of setting the NFL record for sacks in a season.
Michael Strahan currently holds the record for most sacks in a season with 22.5, a record he set in 2001 in the final game. Now 23-year-old Aldon Smith has a chance in just his 2nd season to do something even Lawrence Taylor hasn’t done. Smith has been menace to opposing QB’s since he was drafted by the 49ers drafted him with the 7th Overall pick. In just 29 career games, Smith has recorded an incredible 33.5 sacks and provided constant pressure to QB’s. One of Smith’s biggest games that has pushed him toward his pursuit was on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. Smith sacked Jason Campbell 5.5 times and helped leapfrog him to being the league leader in sacks.
If Aldon Smith is going to break history he will have to start next week against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots have really improved their play on the offensive line, as they rank just 10th in sacks allowed (32). Smith has recorded a sack in 7 consecutive weeks, but it will be tough to keep that streak alive against Brady. Even if Smith is unable to sack Brady, he will have 2 great opportunities against the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks have given up 50 sacks this season, meanwhile Arizona has given up 54. As long as Aldon Smith stays healthy I think he will not only break the record, he could beat it by 2 or 3 sacks. If he can do that, he will be well on his way to being one of the greatest pass rushers of all time.