Matthew Judon, with two games remaining in the 2022 season, has 15.5 sacks on the year and has a chance to set some Patriots’ history. Unfortunately, the veteran has cooled down a bit on pacing quickly enough to hit 20 sacks on the season, but Judon still has a chance to set some Patriots’ history, and to be fair, he already has.
If the season ended today, Judon would finish with 15.5 sacks on the 2022 season. Among all time history for New England, he’d sit at third all time, trailing Andre Tippett in two separate seasons. Currently, Tippett has the all-time record for New England at 18.5. His second highest total was 16.5. He put up these numbers in the 1984 and 1985 seasons.
Last year, Judon notched 12.5 sacks, which is good for fifth all time in team history. With New England sitting at 7-8 on the season, they aren’t yet mathematically eliminated and do finish the year with games against the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills. Both are playoff teams who will likely be vying for seeding, so New England will be getting their very best.
Matthew Judon needs 3.0 sacks over the final two games to tie Tippett’s team record, and he’d need another half sack to break the record, which would have to be 19.0 at the least. His best chance likely comes against the Miami Dolphins, who have struggled along their offensive line this season.
He was recently named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl, and he’s made it both years as a Patriot. The four year pact he signed with the team before the 2021 could be reworked a bit to reward Judon for his elite level of play over his tenure with the team.
This may end up being another lost and irrelevant season for New England, but it would be quite cool to see some team history being made. In just two seasons with New England, Matthew Judon has nearly as many sacks as he did in his first five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.