In Sunday’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison will have a chance to make franchise history.
Thanks to his two sacks in Sunday’s road loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Harrison now only needs one full sack in order to surpass Jason Gildon (77.0) for the most sacks in Steelers history. Additionally, Harrison extended his Steelers record for multi-sack games to 19.
Both of Harrison’s sacks against the Ravens came in the third quarter and his second one included him knocking the football out of the hand of Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco. Unfortunately for the Steelers, the Ravens recovered the loose football at their own 29-yard line.
If Harrison is to at least tie Gildon this coming Sunday at Heinz Field, he’ll likely have to beat Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith in order to sack rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who has only been dropped 11 times so far in his team’s first 8 games. Smith, by the way, has only allowed one sack so far this season, according to STATS.
Gildon’s current Steelers sack record has stood since Nov. 23, 2003. He played 158 total regular season games for the Steelers from 1994-2003. Sunday will mark Harrison’s 166th regular season game with the Steelers and he has one career sack against the Cowboys.
Below are animated gifs of both of Harrison’s Sunday sacks against the Ravens.