The most straightforward approach to transferring a championship belt in boxing is by doing it quickly. The challenger defeats the champion.
Although the fight world legally acknowledges a fighter who wins the title by scoring a victory. In a sport replete with controversy, the victorious challenger may encounter doubt if he doesn’t decisively knock out the incumbent.
In the NFL, being the unquestioned best player at a position requires a string of outstanding performances. To completely understand when the challenger has exceeded the belt holder. It is undoubtedly beneficial to see the top dogs battle on the same pitch.
The football world will see Chris Jones unseat Aaron Donald as the finest defensive lineman in the league on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs (8-2) take on the Los Angeles Rams (3-7).
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year will hand the crown to a rising Pro Bowler. He has elevated his game in 2022 after years of supreme.
Chris Jones has some crazy records in his name
Chris Jones has the most sacks among defensive tackles with nine. Including seven in the last five games (with at least half a sack in each contest). The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder has also racked up 15 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles.
According to PFF, Chris Jones ranks as the No. 2 defensive player overall and the highest-graded defensive lineman. He is praised for his ability to stop the run and rush the passer. At 28, No. 95 has wholly developed into a legitimate game-breaker.
Although Donald still ranks among the top five DTs for quarterback pressures and run stuff (both according to Next Gen Stats). The 31-year-old is beginning to lose some of his dominance as the position’s best player.
According to Next Gen Stats, Donald’s quarterback pressure percentage (9.9%) has been at its lowest since the NGS era in 2016. This fits with a decreasing trend where the pressure rate for No. 99. It has been continuously declining during the 2018 campaign.
To be fair, Chris Jones’ pressure percentage is also lower this year (7.9%). Then it was the year before (11.0%). But his sack rate of 2.6 percent beats Donald’s 1.5 percent number. And the individual has shown a talent for pulling off the most significant plays on the most prominent platforms and in the most significant circumstances.
When he recorded a career-high 20.5 sacks and was named defensive player of the year, with five sacks thus far, Donald is on track to fall short of double-digit sacks for the first time since 2016.