Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is on pace for a 27-sack season. That would break both the NFL and the team record for sacks. Giants defensive end Michael Strahan owns the NFL record with a 22.5-sack season in 2001. The Cowboys recognize Harvey Martin's 23 sacks in 1977 as their team record, though sacks didn't become an official statistic until 1982.
"As a pass rusher, you’re always aware of what [sack numbers] you have," Ware said Thursday. "But you just don’t talk about it. You just go out there and keep working, and at the end of the season, you just hope you’re where you need to be."
Ware had his the first four-sack game of his career Sunday against Philadelphia. He now has 12 sacks for the season.
Ware twice has led the league in sacks. He currently is second to Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, who has 12.5.
"He’s a great player," Ware said. "Jared Allen is a great player. Both of us are playing really well right now. That’s what we do, we rush the passer, and we’ve just got to keep playing."
Ware has had double digits in sacks every season except his rookie season of 2005.
-- Charean Williams