Aldon Smith now owns the San Francisco 49ers single-season sack outright record thanks to a two-sack performance against the Miami Dolphins. With 19.5 sacks on the season, Smith leads the NFL in sacks and has the team’s single-season sack record, distancing himself from Fred Dean’s 17.5 sacks set in 1983.
Now, it remains to be seen whether or not the second-year linebacker can record 3.5 sacks in his last three games to break Michael Strahan’s NFL single-season sack record (22.5).
Smith’s also including himself into the league’s Defensive Player of the Year conversation according to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
“A factor that must be considered, obviously, is Smith threatening the NFL sack record,” King wrote in his weekly MMQB column. “He has 19.5 after getting two Sunday against Miami. The record is 22.5 by Michael Strahan. With three games left — at New England and Seattle, then home against the leaky Arizona line — Smith needs 3.5 sacks. Today I’ll take Watt, with his 16.5 sacks and league-record 15 passes batted down, four of which resulted in Houston interceptions. Three weeks from today, who knows?”
King also ranked San Francisco as the league’s No. 4 overall team heading into Week 15.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle offers more thoughts on Smith breaking Dean’s 49ers sack record.
Branch examined key plays in the game, including C.J. Spillman’s first career fumble recovery.
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared the star-struck experience of San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo inside the team’s locker room after Sunday’s win.
Lynch also shared Frank Gore’s humorous comments on how Alex Boone keeps tackling the 49ers running back this season.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about San Francisco’s bounce-back performance against Miami.
Steve Corkran of the San Jose Mercury News shared comments from Smith’s teammates on the outside linebacker’s recent stretch of dominant play.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee examined LaMichael James’ big role in his first NFL game and how led to a 49ers win.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com wrote the 49ers used a proven formula to beat the Dolphins.
49ers.com reviewed the game in detail, including Kaepernick’s performance and the group effort of the 49ers running game. We also shared photos from Sunday’s win and reviewed the action in the latest Cover 2 video recap presented by AAA.
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