Brian Orakpo racked up a whopping 11 pressures on Sunday against the Seahawks struggling offensive line. That was good enough for the top mark in the NFL and is really an absurd number. To put it in perspective, Khalil Mack led the NFL with 96 total pressures in 2016 which is an average of 6 per game. Orakpo currently ranks 7th in the NFL among EDGE defenders in PFF’s Pass Rush Productivity metric which measures pressure created on a per snap basis with weighting toward sacks.
These players racked up the most pressure yesterday pic.twitter.com/0Vio5SPloC— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 25, 2017
The Titans pass rush as a whole was highly effective on Sunday despite only registering 1 sack. Tennessee got pressure on 43.6% of Wilson’s passes which trailed only the Falcons (49.0%) in Week 3. Orakpo’s teammates contributed in a big way as well, as Derrick Morgan (6 pressures), Jurrell Casey (6 pressures), Erik Walden (3 pressures), and Wesley Woodyard (3 pressures) were also very active in the Seahawks backfield and ranked among the top pressure-creators at their respective positions for the week.
Wilson is among the toughest quarterbacks in the NFL to get on the ground so it is not all that surprising that those pressures did not result in more sacks, but I would expect to see the Titans sack numbers start to spike as the year wears on. Out of the remaining 13 games on the schedule, 8 of them are against teams that currently rank in the bottom 12 in Pass Blocking Efficiency per PFF. And none of those teams will feature a quarterback as elusive as Wilson. That should lead to a lot more opportunities for Mike Keith to yell “SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK” in the coming weeks, starting with the Texans and their sieve of an offensive line this weekend.