NFL Sacks Total Odds

Lukasz

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

Travon Walker and Aidan Hutchinson were the first two players selected in this past NFL Draft.

Both players were standouts in college because they were both elite at rushing the quarterback.

It will be interesting to see if bettors believe that Walker and Hutchinson can immediately impact the NFL and contend for the overall sack lead.

When it comes to NFL sack leaders of all time, nobody was better than the legendary Deacon Jones. Jones is the only player in NFL history to have led the league in sacks more than two times.

Nicknamed the Secretary of Defense, Jones was the NFL sack leader five times throughout his Hall of Fame career.

Most recently, T.J. Watt has taken over as the league’s most feared pass rusher.

JJ’s younger brother has led the league the last two seasons in sacks, and if he does it again this year, he will join Deacon Jones as the only player in history to lead the league in sacks at least three times.

How Is The Winner Decided?

Opposed to other NFL awards based on votes and subjectivity, this is a mathematical award.

The player with the most sacks is the winner of the Deacon Jones Award. Since 1982, the sacks have been counted as an official stat.

2022 NFL Season Sacks Leaders Odds

NFL Sacks Total Betting Odds Reports

No doubt that TJ Watt will be one of the betting favorites for the NFL’s overall sack leader, but there are many elite pass rushers currently in the league, and Watt will have some tough competition if he can three-peat.

The Favorites

TJ Watt – There isn’t much more you can say about the NFL’s back-to-back sack leader and 2021 NFL defensive player of the year.

Watt followed up a great 2020 season with an even better one in 2021.

In 15 games played, JJ’s younger brother had 22.5 sacks and looked borderline unstoppable.

Of the 50 votes submitted for the defensive player of the year award, TJ received 42 first-place votes.

To see him lead the league in sacks a third straight year would not be a surprise to most.

Myles Garrett – There are many NFL observers who believe that the gap between TJ Watt and Myles Garrett is much closer than many fans realize.

Garrett is probably most remembered for his helmet swinging incident with Mason Rudolph. However, from a pass-rushing perspective, he and Watt have separated themselves from the field.

In 2021, Garrett set a personal best with 16 sacks and statistically was at the top of the list when it comes to being graded on QB pressure rates and other key defensive metrics.

Robert Quinn – Last year, Quinn surprised many by totaling 18.5 sacks, the most sacks he has recorded in a season since he had 19 with the St. Louis Rams way back in 2013.

Quinn’s sack total last year resulted in 134 yards lost, which led the league in that category.

In 2020, Quinn played 16 games for the Bears, starting 13. Somehow, he registered only two sacks that year but bounced back with a huge 2021.

The Contenders

Nick Bosa – When Nick Bosa was drafted second overall by San Francisco in the 2019 NFL draft, he was best known for being Joey Bosa’s younger brother.

However, Nick used his first season to win Defensive Rookie of the Year and no longer plays under his brother’s shadow.

Last year, Nick had an impressive 15.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss. In 2020, Bosa suffered a torn ACL in Week 2 and missed the remainder of the year.

2021 was a strong statement showing he was back to full health and capable of doing great things on the field.

Micah Parsons – Playing as a rookie in 2021, Micah Parsons turned a lot of heads and was a true Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

Parsons separated himself from the pack with his ability to rush the quarterback.

Selected to the Pro Bowl his first year in the league, Parsons has big expectations heading into his second season.

With 13 sacks last year, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that number even higher as the former Penn State LB continues to develop.

Max Crosby – At first glance, Crosby and his eight sacks last year don’t jump off the page as someone who could lead the league in 2022.

However, when you dig deeper into his stats, you will see that Crosby led the entire league in QB pressures last year.

Crosby was the first player to have more than 100 QB pressures since 2006. Getting a chance to line up over the top of the right tackle each week has been a great spot for Crosby.

2022 is a great chance for the Raiders pass-rushing star to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke.

2021 NFL Sack Leaders

Last year, it was the younger of the two Watt brothers who captured the NFL sack title. T.J. repeated as the NFL total sack leader, with four more than his nearest challenger.

This year, there will be big expectations on Micah Parsons to take another step in his development, and the Cowboy’s young star will have high expectations to start the season.

PlayerTeamTotal Sacks
TJ WattSteelers22.5
Robert QuinnBears18.5
Myles GarrettBrowns16
Nick Bosa49ers15.5
Trey HendricksonBengals14
Micah ParsonsCowboys13
Cameron JordanSaints12.5
Aaron DonaldRams12.5
Matthew JudonPatriots12.5
Harold Landry IIITitans12
2021 NFL Sack Leaders

NFL Sack Leaders – Last 10 Years

Beware of the Watt Brothers! Over the last ten seasons, both TJ and older brother JJ have won two-sack titles each, giving the Watt family four sack titles and the rest of the league six.

JJ currently has just over 100 career sacks, while younger brother TJ trails him by 30 sacks overall, but he is closing the gap.

YearPlayerTeamTotal Sacks
2021TJ WattSteelers22.5
2020TJ WattSteelers15
2019Shaquil BarrettBuccaneers19.5
2018Aaron DonaldRams20.5
2017Chandler JonesCardinals17
2016Vic BeasleyFalcons15.5
2015JJ WattTexans17.5
2014Justin HoustonChiefs22
2013Robert MathisColts19.5
2012JJ WattTexans20.5
NFL Sack Leaders – Last 10 Years

NFL Players With Multiple Sack Leader Titles

There have been only 12 players in NFL history who have won multiple sack titles.

Of course, Deacon Jones is the only player to have more than two. The most outstanding pass rusher of all time ended up with a ridiculous five-sack titles, and nobody else has reached three.

However, when you look at some of the other names on this list, it’s evident that only those who are genuinely elite at rushing the QB managed to lead the league multiple times.

Reggie White, Jack Youngblood, and the Watt brothers are some of the greatest defensive players in NFL history.

Jared Allen and Kevin Greene are the only players to lead the league in total sacks while playing on two different teams.

PlayerSack TitlesTeamYears
Deacon Jones5Rams’64, ’65, ’67, ’68, ’69
Jim Katcavage2Giants’62, ’63
Jack Youngblood2Rams’74, ’79
Al Baker2Lions’78, ’80
Mark Gastineau2Jets’83, ’84
Reggie White2Eagles’87, ’88
Kevin Greene2Carolina’94, ’98
Michael Strahan2Giants’01, ’03
DeMarcus Ware2Cowboys’08, ’10
Jared Allen2Kansas City / Minnesota’07, ’11
JJ Watt2Houston Texans2012, 2015
TJ Watt2Pittsburgh Steelers2020, 2021

Always Shop For Your Best Odds

When it comes to betting on sports, the single greatest edge a player can have over the sportsbooks is the ability to shop around and find your very Best Odds.

This is true for every type of bet you want to make, but especially true when it comes to Futures Bets and betting on the NFL sack leader.

With these types of bets, you will often see a big range of odds, especially as you get further down the list of players.

Where one sportsbook might have Micah Parsons at +800 to lead the NFL in sacks this year, you could find him at +1200 somewhere else.

Obviously, a $100 bettor is looking at a $400 difference in payout if Parsons were to lead the league.

How To Bet On Sacks Totals

This is how you bet on the sack totals futures:

1. Log in to your account at your preferred sportsbook.

2. Look for the ‘NFL Betting Odds’ Tab.

3. Direct yourself to the ‘Player Futures’ option.

4. Select ‘Most Sacks’ to see the players’ odds.

5. Click the player you want to bet on.

6. Make it official on the bet slip window on the right-hand side.

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