If outside linebacker Chandler Jones is going to make NFL history, the Cardinals’ sack master will have to do something extraordinary.

He needs to record nine sacks in the team’s final three games, starting this Sunday in Landover, Md., against the Washington Redskins.

With nine more sacks, Arizona’s athletic 27-year-old edge rusher would finish with 23 sacks, surpassing Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL record of 22½ set in 2001 with the New York Giants - who visit the Cardinals next week at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“There’s no question that people should be talking about him as Defensive Player of the Year,” Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher said.

Never mind that Jones, now in his sixth NFL season, has never registered multi-sack efforts in back-to-back games, let alone three. But judging from the way he’s been rushing the passer and constantly getting into opponents’ backfields, his head coach won’t put it past him.

“Yeah, I think so,” Bruce Arians said when asked this week if Jones is capable of besting Strahan’s record. “The way he’s playing, multiple-sack games are just becoming a normal thing for him. He just needs to get them to the ground but yeah, I think he’s got a shot.”

Jones enters Week 15 as the league leader in quarterback sacks after bagging his 14th in the Cardinals’ 12-7 victory over the Titans last Sunday. When he looks back at all the near sacks, Jones knows he could be that much closer to challenging Strahan’s mark.