The Atlanta Falcons have not had a worthwhile, strong pass rush in years. While they’re not quite at the level of some of the elite teams around the NFL yet, their 2016 season has seen a marked improvement, and we’re no longer talking about a team that struggles to crack 20 sacks. They actually have 21 sacks on the season, whi has already exceeded the 19 they put up in 2015.
With seven games to go, then, what number will the Falcons end up at, and will the pass rush remain effective through the end of the year? Atlanta’s drawing some weak offensive lines the rest of the way, from the Panthers to the Rams to the 49ers, and should be able to keep things rolling so long as they’re healthy. That’s particularly true with the good news that Desmond Trufant is only day-to-day, which leaves a strong, intact secondary to give the pass rush a little more time to get home.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect 34 sacks, which would slow the pace down a bit but would still represent a huge triumph for a pass rush that hasn’t been very good since John Abraham was cut.
Your turn. How many?