Home cooking: Rams' sack pace soars

Multiple factors affect a team's sack totals over the course of a season.

For the St. Louis Rams, having a more competitive team overall has created more favorable situations to rush opposing quarterbacks. And the team has probably done a better job capitalizing on its opportunities.

St. Louis has also played four of its first six games at home, collecting 14 of its 17 sacks in those games.

Still, the gains have been impressive.

The Rams had 25.0 sacks while posting a 1-15 record last season. The team already has 17.0 sacks in six games this season after collecting seven against Philip Rivers and San Diego in Week 6. That puts the Rams on pace for 45.3 sacks this season, which would equate to an increase of 81.3 percent. The pace could be difficult to keep with only four home games remaining, but the 2009 Rams did collect 14 of their 25 sacks away from the Edward Jones Dome.

The chart shows sack totals and 2010 sack paces for every player with a sack for the Rams last season or this season. The NFL issues full sacks or half sacks; I did not round off projected totals for the 2010 season, even though it's impossible for a player to finish with, say, 5.3 sacks. I wanted the projected totals for each player to match the projected team total.

Fred Robbins and George Selvie were not with the Rams in 2009. Leonard Little and LaJuan Ramsey had sacks for the team last season, but neither returned.

Veteran James Hall is on pace for 16.0 sacks after collecting two more Sunday. He also blocked a field goal attempt during the Rams' 20-17 victory. Hall has collected five of his six sacks this season during home games.

2010 Rams Sack Totals: Picking Up the Pace