NFL Single Season Leaders - Sacks

The following is a list of the NFL single season defensive leaders ranked by sacks. Statistics are current through the 2018 NFL season and include stats accrued in NFL, AFL and APFA games.

Active players are listed in bold.

      Sacks
Player Season Team Sacks
1. M. Strahan 2001 NYG 22.5
2. J. Allen 2011 Min 22.0
  M. Gastineau 1984 NYJ 22.0
  J. Houston 2014 KC 22.0
5. C. Doleman 1989 Min 21.0
  R. White 1987 Phi 21.0
7. L. Taylor 1986 NYG 20.5
  J. Watt 2014 Hou 20.5
  J. Watt 2012 Hou 20.5
10. D. Thomas 1990 KC 20.0
  D. Ware 2008 Dal 20.0
12. T. Harris 1989 GB 19.5
  R. Mathis 2013 Ind 19.5
  A. Smith 2012 SF 19.5
  D. Ware 2011 Dal 19.5
16. M. Gastineau 1983 NYJ 19.0
  R. Quinn 2013 Stl 19.0
  C. Simmons 1992 Phi 19.0
  B. Smith 1990 Buf 19.0
20. D. Manley 1986 Was 18.5
  V. Miller 2012 Den 18.5
  M. Strahan 2003 NYG 18.5
  J. Taylor 2002 Mia 18.5
  A. Tippett 1984 NE 18.5
25. J. Babin 2011 Phi 18.0
  K. Millard 1989 Min 18.0
  R. White 1988 Phi 18.0
  R. White 1986 Phi 18.0
29. F. Dean 1983 SF 17.5
  R. Dent 1984 Chi 17.5
  B. Paup 1995 Buf 17.5
  J. Porter 2008 Mia 17.5
  J. Watt 2015 Hou 17.5
34. K. Carter 1999 Stl 17.0
  R. Dent 1985 Chi 17.0
  E. Dumervil 2009 Den 17.0
  E. Dumervil 2014 Bal 17.0
  L. Glover 2000 NO 17.0
  T. Harris 1992 SF 17.0
  C. Jones 2017 Ari 17.0
  S. Merriman 2006 SD 17.0
  L. O'Neal 1992 SD 17.0
  P. Swilling 1991 NO 17.0
44. J. Abraham 2008 Atl 16.5
  T. Armstrong 2000 Mia 16.5
  K. Greene 1989 LA 16.5
  K. Greene 1988 LA 16.5
  J. Pierre-Paul 2011 NYG 16.5
  S. Rice 1999 Ari 16.5
  W. Sapp 2000 TB 16.5
  M. Sinclair 1998 Sea 16.5
  P. Swilling 1989 NO 16.5
  A. Tippett 1985 NE 16.5