On Sunday morning, the Minnesota Vikings shocked the NFL world when they traded for disgruntled Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. In return, Minnesota shipped off a 2021 second-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder.
All of a sudden, the Vikings went from losing long-time pass-rusher Everson Griffen in free agency to fielding one of the best pairs of quarterback chasers in the NFL once again.
With that recent news of a star pass-rusher changing sceneries, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin went ahead and updated his top pass-rushing duos in the league.
Chargers fans, you’re going to like this one.
Per Benjamin, the Bolts’ duo of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are the league’s fourth-best pair of quarterback hunters in the NFL. The only duos to rank above them are the Bears (Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn), the Vikings (Danielle Hunter and Yannick Nagakoue), and the 49ers, with Joey’s younger brother Nick and Arik Armstead.
Here’s the short bit Benjamin had to say about the Chargers’ duo:
“You could make a strong case they belong at No. 3. At peak performance, Bosa is as good as anyone. Ingram, meanwhile, rounds out the duo with enviable consistency, even if he’s not quite as much of a threat to terrorize on a weekly basis.”
In their four seasons together with the Chargers, Bosa and Ingram have only played all 16 games together once and that was in 2017. That year, Bosa recorded a career-high 12.5 sacks while Ingram tied his career-high with 10.5. This past season, Bosa played all 16 games for the second time since getting drafted in 2016 and recorded another 11.5 QB takedowns. Ingram missed three games, but recorded seven sacks in 13 games.
This team just has that unfortunate luck of their best players not being all healthy at the same time for extended periods of time but when we’ve seen enough to know when the planets align, there aren’t many better.