Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has only one sack in the past four games combined, including none in the past two games. He had a half sack against the Eagles on Nov. 11 and a half sack the following week against Cleveland.
Ware, a two-time NFL sacks leader, does have 13 pressures the past four games, but he has fallen far behind in the league sacks race. 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith leads the NFL with 17.5, with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (15.5) and Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (15) close behind. Ware has 10, tying him for fifth in the league.
"You know what? A sack is just a statistic," Ware said Wednesday. "When you’re out there hitting the quarterback, getting pressure on him, getting interceptions, out there getting turnovers, that’s what it’s about. I haven’t been getting sacks the last two or three games. But I’ve been hitting the quarterback and getting pressure on him. But I’ve got to step it up this week, get those plays, make those big plays this week to win the game."
Ware briefly left Sunday's game against the Eagles with a shoulder injury, but he ended up playing 53 of 63 snaps.
"It’s always week to week," Ware said. "When people always ask me how my body feels, I say, ‘Good enough to play on Sunday.’"
The Bengals, the Cowboys' opponent Sunday, lead the league with 39 sacks. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins leads the team with 9.5, and defensive end Michael Johnson has eight. The Cowboys have 24 as a team."I take it personal when the opposing defense gets any sacks, because I feel like those should be ours," Ware said. "So when the opposing defense goes out there and gets a sack, it’s like, ‘Hey, guys, it’s time for us to do the same thing. They’re doing it to us. Let us do what they’re doing to us.’ We’re talking about sacks; we’re talking about getting pressure. We’ve got to do that this week. We’ve got to play well against the run first and secondly against the passing game. We’ve got to get out there and stop that, too."
-- Charean Williams