Beasley has a chance to finish the season with the NFL lead in sacks and forced fumbles. Entering Week 13, Beasley’s 9.5 sacks ranked third behind Von Miller (12.5) and three players tied with 10 and his four forced fumbles were tied for most in the NFL with teammate Keanu Neal and three other defenders.
“I feel like I’ making a lot of strides as a pass rusher and as a run stopper,” Beasley said. “Just learning from (teammate Dwight) Freeney and executing the game plan the coaches present every week. I go out there and do what I can to help the team get a win.”
Beasley showed superlative quickness and effort on his sack of Smith, who was trying to pass on third-and-3 from the Falcons’ 39-yard line in the first quarter.
Beasley beat Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz around the corner and reached out to grab Smith around his legs. Smith shook free from that tackle attempt and stepped to his left as Beasley recovered and got back in the play. Smith cocked his arm to throw as Beasley arrived and knocked the ball free, and Falcons tackle Grady Jarrett recovered the ball at the 43-yard line.
“I just kept playing,” Beasley said. “I was able to get back up and he still had it in his hands.”
Beasley is the first Falcons player with at least 10 sacks since John Abraham had 10 in 2012.