A Steelers player could break an NFL record with the help of extra games

T.J. Watt, Steelers’ linebacker, could break a major single-season NFL Record with the help of 17th game against Ravens.

T.J. Watt has always terrorized quarterbacks with the Steelers, but this year has been especially impressive.

Watt now has 21.5 sacks this season after a four-sack performance in the Browns. That’s just one away from tying Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5 in 2001.

Watt will have his chance to beat the Ravens’ record in Week 5 of the regular season. Given that Watt had 3.5 sacks in Baltimore’s December matchup, the odds favor him.

Steelers star T.J. Watt can break Michael Strahan’s NFL sack record

The most insane part of Watt’s sack total this season is that it’s not actually boosted by the 17-game schedule.

He will be able to chase the record in the extra game, which is a great convenience. However, if he does get make it to 23 sacks he’ll have done it in fewer games than it took Strahan.

Watt will have participated in only 15 games of the Steelers’ 17-game season. He did not attend the games against Chargers and Bengals.

Strahan needed 16 games in order to reach 22.5. Watt will hold that record if Watt wins.

And if Watt doesn’t pull it off, there will likely be other opportunities. He was 27 years old when he hit the 20-sack mark. Stahan didn’t manage that until he was 30. Watt and Steelers might be at their best.