PITTSBURGH – The playoff races are working out in the NFL as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a little closer to compressing the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2007 while the Arizona Cardinals move back to the No. 7 seed. James Harrison’s sack of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Week 8 of the 2016 season has proceeded from Week 14 of this year’s season.
An 8-yard sack of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s defensive lineman, Tyson Alualu, helped the Pittsburgh Steelers placed an NFL record with a pack in 70 back-to-back games.
Robert Spillane drew the mark, set by Tampa Bay from 1999 to 2003, with Washington’s Alex Smith sack.
Since Harrison’s 12-yard drop of Flacco, the Steelers have recorded 237 sacks. Of the 29 Steelers players who recorded a sack during the streak’s duration, T.J. Watt has the most with 46.5, followed by Bud Dupree (35.5), Cam Heyward (32) and Stephon Tuitt (24).
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, “They provide a wave that we ride of his top-notch pass-rushers. They are good individually, they are good collectively, and they are consistent in terms of their performances.”
He further stated, “I’ve been a part of several groups like that. I was fortunate enough to be a part of that Tampa group that this group often gets compared to, and that is something that they both have in common. They have great individual rushers who show up week in and week out. I’m fortunate to have that perspective.”
News Source – ESPN