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Aldon Smith Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month and More NFC West News

November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) is congratulated by outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) after recording a sack against the Chicago Bears in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Bears 32-7. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterNovember 29, 2012

Even though San Francisco had its bye week during the month of November, it didn't stop Aldon Smith from being honored for the first time ever as NFC Defensive Player of the Month. In three weeks, Smith managed to pile up nine sacks, 18 tackles and two forced fumbles.

Congratulations to @aldonsmithjets, the NFC Defensive Player of the Month.#NFLSackLeader

San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 29, 2012

As the 49ers headed into their bye week during the first week of November, Smith had 7.5 sacks. By month's end, he has climbed to the top of the ladder and is leading the NFL in sacks with 16.5. The next two closest players are J.J. Watt with 14.5 and Von Miller with 14.

Smith's 16.5 sacks puts him just six away from tying Michael Strahan's single-season sack record—there's no question he could eclipse that mark by season's end. With five games remaining, he needs to average about a sack and a half a game to break the record.

His 14-sack season from a year ago has already been a thing of the past. It's safe to say Smith and Miller will be battling annually for the single-season sack record. Both players have the ability to do it, yet it always helps to have a little luck on your side when it comes to registering quarterback sacks.

Moreover, let's not forget Smith is the fastest player ever to 30 sacks. I know it is a long ways off, but it's not unrealistic to think he has a shot at the all-time sack record. Especially if he can continue on this pace year after year.

 

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