The Buffalo Bills had tallied just four sacks defensively in their first six games of the season. Outside linebacker Danny Batten said earlier this week that the team wouldn't remain last in the league in that category for long. While he didn't record a sack, he was accurate in his prediction.
The defense tallied nine total sacks against the Washington Redskins, the most by any team in one game this season. They were only the third team to achieve the feat since 2008; both the San Diego Chargers and New York Giants totaled nine sacks on October 3, 2010.
Marcell Dareus was the big winner, recording 2.5 sacks on Redskins quarterback John Beck. Dwan Edwards chipped in 1.5, and Chris Kelsay, Kirk Morrison, Spencer Johnson and Jairus Byrd all recorded a sack, as well. Nick Barnett and Arthur Moats each had a half-sack.
Buffalo hasn't had a nine-sack game since the AFL-NFL merger, according to Pro Football Reference. While the sack has only been an official statistic since 1982, PFR has the Bills' only 11-sack game coming in 1964. Yesterday's nine-sack total was the second-highest in team history.