DeMarcus Ware comes into Sunday night’s inter-division showdown with the Giants with a league-leading 15 sacks under his belt. If he gets another five, he’ll become the first player in NFL history--or, at least, since sacks became an official stat back in 1982--to record two 20-plus sack seasons. If he goes nuts in the final four games, it’s not all that crazy to think he could threaten Michael Strahan’s single-season record of 22.5 sacks.
But Ware isn’t worried about all that.
“That’s just a number,” Ware said, per ESPN Dallas, “but I look at it like it’s the time of the season for us and me to make even more big plays – sack the quarterback, get turnovers, knock the ball out. Those big plays that you get, if you look at the defenses that get all of those turnovers they’re the teams that are winning. That’s how we have to be and what I have to do.”
Preparing for the Giants, Ware knows that Eli Manning isn’t exactly a sitting duck of a quarterback, that sacking him isn’t a stroll in the park--as Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas points out, the Giants have the sixth best ratio of plays to sacks in the league. That said, Ware has six sacks in 12 games against New York. So, you know, this could be interesting.
“When you look at a guy like Eli, he’s a really smart quarterback,” Ware said. “If you don’t disguise things or get in his head, he’ll kill you. He knows how to read coverage. He’s especially good at play action and stringing plays out. I think they’re one of the least sacked teams in the league and it comes from him getting the ball out. They block it up sometimes, but it’s more him.”
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