Joey Bosa notches most sacks ever to start career

It wasn’t that long ago that football minds wondered whether then-San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa would end up being an expensive bust. Nobody’s wondering that anymore.

Bosa sacked Tom Brady midway through the now-Los Angeles Chargers’ game against the New England Patriots, marking Bosa’s 19th career sack. That’s the most by any player in his first 20 games in NFL history.*

(*-The caveat here is that the NFL began tracking the sack stat in 1982, so there were plenty of old-school sacks that went untracked. But it’s still safe to say Bosa is very, very good.)

The Chargers sacked Brady three times Sunday, albeit in a 21-13 defeat on the road.

Bosa is one of the few highlights of an otherwise lackluster Chargers season. The all-time sacks leader remains Bruce Smith, who had 200 over a 19-year, 279-game career. If Bosa continues his current 0.95-sacks-per-game rate, he’d pass Smith sometime in the 2028 season. Not that we’re projecting forward too much or anything.

Joey Bosa will sack you if you give him half an inch. (AP)
Joey Bosa will sack you if you give him half an inch. (AP)

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