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Prediction: Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald to break single-season defensive tackle sack record

Oh yeah. I’m going there. #VaultMe

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Sometimes you wonder how a great thing could get better. That’s fair. I mean, how much better can you get then great?

Well, don’t ask Los Angeles Rams’ General Manager Les Snead.

He already had at his disposal an incredible defensive line duo of all-world DT Aaron Donald, and perennially underrated DT Michael Brockers.

That’s when he decided to “strike while the iron is hot” so-to-speak, adding five-time pro bowl DT Ndamukong Suh to the mix.

In theory, it’ll be an unstoppable marriage of the likes that we may have never seen before. Donald individually may be the best player in the entire league (he is), and adding a top-notch run stopper in Suh next to Brockers allows Donald more freedom. One addition helps all three players across the board with offense’s needing to choose which defender they want to key in on every particular play.

So what does this lead us to?

The single-season record for an NFL defensive tackle is 18.0 sacks. This record was achieved by Keith Millard in 1989 for the Minnesota Vikings:

Since adding the aforementioned Suh, I predict that Aaron Donald will break this long-standing record.

Yes, I really believe the man who held out all of training camp will surpass 18 sacks in 2018, so long as the health permits it.

In 2017, Donald achieved 11.0 sacks in only 14 games. Not only that, but by my count 3-4 potential sacks were negated by penalties, a weird forced fumble/recovery vs the Tennessee Titans, and a missed sack vs the Dallas Cowboys.

Here’s the highlight tape:

Get ready Rams nation.

Just when you think it couldn’t be topped, it will be. Prepare yourself for a downright legendary season from the leagues best player — Aaron Donald.