Aldon Smith has shot at rookie sack record

Seven quarterback hits were arguably more impressive than the 2.5 sacks Aldon Smith recorded during the San Francisco 49ers' 20-3 victory Monday night.

1982-Present: Most Rookie Sacks

I cannot recall in recent seasons one player knocking the opposing quarterback off his feet that many times in a game.

Smith, the seventh player chosen in the 2011 NFL draft, put the hurt on Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. He now has more sacks than all but one rookie since 1982, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Jevon Kearse had 14.5 for the Tennessee Titans during their 1999 Super Bowl season.

Smith has a good shot at breaking that record over the final two regular-season games. The 49ers face Seattle and St. Louis, teams that rank among the six worst in most sacks taken per pass play.

Smith leads NFL rookies in sacks. Denver's Von Miller has 11.5. For Smith, getting 2.5 sacks in a nationally televised game could improve his chances for being honored as the defensive rookie of the year.