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Birds Have Chance to Create the 20-20 Club

Eagles' pair have a unique sack/TD thing going.

Birds Have Chance to Create the 20-20 Club

(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

When @drewdavis71 tweeted us the following question last week — "any team ever boast a 20 td and a 20 sack man in the same season?" — we were equally immersed in Christmas shopping and something resembling egg nog, so we weren't able to answer him until the sales (and the headaches) were over.

But it turns out he brings up quite a point: The Eagles could be the first 20-20 team in NFL history.

Officially, sacks have been kept by the NFL since just 1982, and the closest anyone has come to a 20-20 year in that time is the 1986 Redskins (see chart below).

(And we even considered the six pre-1982 20-TD seasons and compared those teams with John Turney's pre-1982 sack research, and can safely say there were no 20-20 teams involved.)

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If Babin (shown above sacking the Falcons' Matt Ryan earlier this season) can register one sack in the season finale against the Redskins, the Birds will become the first 19-19 NFL team, but since 20-20 rolls off the tongue much better, we'll hold out for a pair. 

Year   Team Record Sack Leader No. TD Leader No. 
2001 Giants   7-  9-0 Michael Strahan   22.5   Ron Dayne   7
1984 Jets   7-  9-0 Mark Gastineau 22.0 Tony Paige   8
1987 Eagles   7-  8-0 Reggie White 21.0 Mike Quick 11
1989 Vikings 10-  6-0  Chris Doleman 21.0 Herschel Walker   7
1986 Giants 14-  2-0 Lawrence Taylor 20.5 Joe Morris 15
1990 Chiefs 11-  5-0 Derrick Thomas 20.0 Christian Okoye   7
2008 Cowboys   9-  7-0 Demarcus Ware 20.0 Terrell Owens 10
1989 Packers 10-  6-0 Tim Harris 19.5 Sterling Sharpe 13
1983 Jets   7-  9-0 Mark Gastineau 19.0 Wesley Walker   7
1990 Bills 13-  3-0 Bruce Smith 19.0 Thurman Thomas   13
1992 Eagles 11-  5-0 Clyde Simmons 19.0 Herschel Walker 10
2011 Vikings   3-12-0 Jared Allen 18.5 Adrian Peterson 13
2002 Dolphins   9-  7-0 Jason Taylor 18.5 Ricky Williams 17
1986 Redskins  12-  4-0 Dexter Manley 18.5 George Rogers 18
1984 Patriots   9-  7-0 Andre Tippett 18.5 Derrick Ramsey   7
2003 Giants   4-12-0 Michael Strahan 18.5 Ike Hilliard   6
1989 Vikings 10-  6-0 Keith Millard 18.0 Herschel Walker   7
1986 Eagles   5-10-1 Reggie White 18.0 Mike Quick   9
1988 Eagles 10-  6-0 Reggie White 18.0 Keith Byars 10
2011
Cowboys
  8-  7-0
DeMarcus Ware
18.0
Dez Bryant
Laurent Robinson
  9
  9
2011 Eagles   7-  8-0 Jason Babin 18.0 LeSean McCoy 20
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