The NFL's recent increase in passing attempts has led to more than just record-breaking numbers gained through the air.
Fans of hard-hitting defense were rewarded with a season-long flurry of quarterback sacks.
Four pass-rushers tallied over 15 sacks in 2011, compared to just one (DeMarcus Ware) in 2010.
Let's face it—while we love to see our favorite QB air it out, we find just as much pleasure watching opposing signal-callers put on their back.
If your favorite squad develops a pass-rusher that consistently draws double-teams and yet still can't be stopped, he will likely quickly join the ranks of the elite.
Gone are the days during which legends like Bruce Smith, Reggie White and Kevin Greene successfully scoured the gridiron to claim their prey.
Despite the increase in passing numbers, namely in 2011, Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5 sacks (set in 2001) still stands today.
Surely, though, records were meant to be broken.
Here are the five sack specialists who are most likely to break Strahan's single-season sack record in 2012.