Jamal Adams has been playing out of his mind lately. It seems like every big defensive play for the Jets involve their defensive captain, and if that continues on Sunday against the Bengals, he could be setting a new NFL record.
Over the past three games -- all of which have been Jets wins -- Adams has collected 5.5 sacks. And when you include his one against the Dolphins in Week 9, Adams already has 6.5 sacks on the season with five games left to play.
The NFL record for sacks in a single season by a defensive back was set by S Adrian Wilson back in 2005 with the Cardinals at eight. It's a record Adams promised he would break.
"If you're asking, am I going to beat the record? Yes, I will beat the record," he told reporters on Wednesday. "That's something I will get."
Well, it's no better matchup that Adams could have on Sunday as the Jets face off against the Bengals on the road. This winless crew has been especially anemic on offense, and when pressure has been applied, the quarterback has seen the turf. In this case, it will be Andy Dalton, who takes his starting job back after Ryan Finley was benched after three weeks under center.
Jets DC Gregg Williams has not been afraid to send Adams into the backfield, and that could be even more apparent this week given Adams' success in those situations.
Of course, Adams has time to set the record. But he may not want to waste any time, and rewrite the record books this week.