To preface this, Bosa is currently in the concussion protocol and there’s a chance he doesn’t make it back for either of the final two games of the season. However, we’re going to stick with the optimistic mindset that he WILL be back and he’ll have a chance to finish this season strong.
That said, here’s what I believe the Big Bear has written down on his wish-list for this holiday season.
1.) Two more sacks to pass Melvin Ingram on the all-time Chargers sack record
With two games remaining in his fifth professional season with the Chargers, Bosa currently sits with 47.5 career sacks. His teammate and edge-rushing bookend Melvin Ingram has 49 in his career, including zero this season before falling on IR once again. With that number in mind, Bosa would love to see himself bring down Broncos quarterback Drew Lock twice in this upcoming game so he can finally surpass his long-time pass-rush partner.
However, you want to know the craziest part about Bosa being this close to Ingram at their respective points in there career? Ingram has played over 50 more games in the NFL than Bosa has. That’s astounding.
2.) Another half of a sack to record double-digit sacks and notch 50-career quarterback takedowns
This one piggy-backs off the first item on Bosa’s wish-list but it’s still a significant milestone for any up-and-coming pass rusher. If Bosa manages to to get two and a half quarterback takedowns over these final two games, he will reach the 50-sack mark for his career and solidify himself as one of only four Chargers in franchise history to achieve that feat.
From there, the next name to catch would be Lee Williams who finished his time with the Chargers with 65.5 sacks. After him is Shaun Phillips with 69.5 and then the legendary Leslie O’Neal sits at the top with 105.5.
3.) Four more tackles-for-loss to set a new career high in a single season
Lastly, Bosa would love to set a new career high in the tackles-for-loss category.
Heading into Week 16, Bosa sits with 15 TFLs this season. His career-high is 18 which he set just this past year in 2019. At his current pace, he would need an extra game to get there, but we already saw this man record six in a game so anything is possible when he takes the field. Even if he were to be on a limited snap count, I could easily seem him record a few more before the season ends.
Joey Bosa strikes with great leverage & hand placement. Bosa gets extended, sheds the block & makes the tackle! #stoptherun #chargers pic.twitter.com/NEXhlBebjT— DLineVids (@dlinevids1) December 18, 2020