Six sacks in two games should be enough for the Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews to earn a spot on the MVP Watch list.
It was, but only if I removed someone with better long-term prospects for the award. Matthews’ teammate, Aaron Rodgers, became the odd man out.
Matthews is the first Packers player with 3.0 sacks in consecutive games -- and the NFL's first since Patrick Kerney did it in 2007 -- but the three-sack game isn’t particularly special by itself. Lots of players have had more. But if Matthews averages even 1.0 sack per game from here on out, he would join an exclusive short list of players with at least 20 in a season since sacks became an official stat.
Michael Strahan, Mark Gastineau, Chris Doleman, Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas and DeMarcus Ware. Of the seven, only Taylor won MVP honors.