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Statistically Speaking: Friday Five

Posted Nov 10, 2017

With just 1.5 sacks from breaking the single-season franchise record, will defensive lineman Calais Campbell accomplish this feat on Sunday?

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars face the Los Angeles Chargers at EverBank Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Check out the five key stats regarding defensive lineman Calais Campbell and his impact on this week’s matchup, and the records he’s looking to break:

 

  1. Calais Climbs the Charts: Tenth-year defensive lineman Calais Campbell has totaled 11.0 sacks in eight games, the most in the NFL and the most in his NFL career, topping his previous career high of 9.0 in 2013.  He needs just 1.5 sacks over his final eight games of the season to break Tony Brackens’ franchise record of 12.0 (1999). The Chargers’ offensive line has allowed 11 sacks this season, tied for the sixth-fewest by a team in the NFL, but they have yet to face a defense that ranks in the top five in sacks, let alone the NFL sack leader.  
  2. QBs Beware: In 10 years in the NFL, Campbell has sacked 37 different quarterbacks, including 24 that are still active. His list includes names like Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Tony Romo. One name that is not on that list is Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Campbell has faced Rivers and the Chargers only twice in his 10-year career, but is now looking to cross another veteran quarterback off his list this Sunday.
  3. Two is Better than One: In three games this season, Campbell posted at least 2.0 sacks, tied for the most in the NFL for multiple-sack games with teammate Yannick Ngakoue. The Chargers offensive line has allowed multiple sacks on Rivers in only three of their eight contests this year, whereas Campbell and the Jaguars have had multiple sacks in seven of their eight matchups.
  4. Campbell Charges On: In the last seven years, Campbell has totaled 12 or more tackles for loss in each season, the NFL’s longest active streak, during which he has totaled 107 tackles for loss. In 2017, Campbell has posted eight tackles for a loss so far. The Chargers have allowed 34 tackles for loss in eight games and are averaging at least four per game. If Campbell cannot surpass the Jaguars’ sack record, he will have a great opportunity to get closer to his eighth consecutive season of at least 12 tackles for loss.
  5. #Sacksonville: Including Campbell’s 11.0 sacks, the Jaguars have totaled 35 sacks through nine weeks, the most in the NFL. The Jaguars’ 35 sacks are tied for the most through the first eight games of a season in franchise history. Campbell is leading, with Ngakoue (6.5) and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (5.5) rounding out the top three. To post the most sacks through nine games in Jaguars history, Campbell and crew will need at least five sacks against Rivers this Sunday.

 

Every Friday during the 2017 NFL regular season, Jaguars public relations assistant Gaby Moran will bring five key stats about the Jaguars heading into the game on Sunday.  You can follow her on Twitter @gabsmoran. 

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