Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson (58) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) as he throws in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in one of the biggest free agency moves in basketball memory and, while we don’t have any PFF analysis on the move, it does time nicely with an article we had planned with a slight basketball twist.
In basketball, a triple-double is a double-digit total in three of five statistical categories, but generally will be achieved with points, rebounds and assists.
It got me thinking. What would be the NFL’s equivalent of a triple-double?
So, after looking through all the Premium Stats available with PFF Elite subscriptions, I settled on the pass-rushing triple-double: players who accumulated double-digit sacks, hits and hurries over the course of the regular season. 16 players in the NFL managed the feat in 2017, so here’s our look into the performance of each one.
Interior Defensive Lineman
Showing how rare it is to find an interior pass-rusher who can routinely dominate enough to generate double-digit sacks and hits, Donald and Atkins were the only two interior defensive lineman to complete a triple-double in 2017. Donald has accomplished this in two of his four seasons in the NFL so far, and his 14.8 pass-rushing productivity rating was 3.0 points higher than the next highest player at the position, Atkins, coming in at 11.8.
Atkins has now racked up double-digits in all three categories in each of the past three seasons and in…