At the end of the 2014 season, Kony Ealy had a streak of three straight games with a sack and entered 2015 for the Carolina Panthers with high expectations that he could build on the strong finish last year. It was a quiet first half of the year as Ealy did not register a sack for the first six games of the year. However, that all changed in Week 8 when he registered his first sack of the year and he has not slowed down since.
He has now registered a sack in each of the past five games and is halfway to the record of 10 straight games set by Simon Fletcher with the Denver Broncos over the 1992 and 1993 season. Below is each of Ealy's five sacks this year.
Ealy's first sack of the season came in the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts and similar to a number of his sacks this year, the Panthers' defensive end just beats the right tackle with a speed rush. One of the things Ealy has exceled at when rushing the quarterback is forcing fumbles, with three of his five sacks resulting in fumbles, like this one on Andrew Luck.
On this sack, Ealy lines up a little wider than he did against the Colts but once again is able to get past the Packers' right tackle with relative ease and puts pressure on Aaron Rodgers quickly. He actually almost runs past Rodgers as he steps into the pocket but gets his arm out to swat the ball loose.
The third sack in this streak was a little different than the first two as Ealy used more of a power/bullrush move to beat former Panther Byron Bell. Luckily for Ealy, Titans' quarterback Marcus Mariota scrambled to his direction and he was able to change direction and track down Mariota in the backfield.
Ealy's fourth sack, coming against the Washington Redskins, looked very similar to his second sack agaisnt the Packers. Ealy lines up wide here and uses his quickness to beat the right tackle easily and gets his hand out to smack the ball free from Kirk Cousins.
Ealy's last sack came in the fourth quarter, actually in the final minute on the Dallas Cowboys' offense second to last play. On this play, Ealy doesn't even put his hand on the ground and once again just beats the right tackle with his quickness and burst to get to quarterback Matt Cassel.
- All screenshots courtesy of NFL Game Pass