IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware hasn't recorded a sack the last two games. It's not the end of the world, however, the last time Ware went consecutive games without a sack was 2010.
That same season, Ware also went three games without a sack. Ware finished the 2010 season with 15.5 sacks.
"You know what? A sack is just a statistic," Ware said after Wednesday's practice. "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 has three quarterback pressures and one tackle for loss in the last two games. On the season, Ware has 10 sacks, tied for fifth in the NFL with two other players. He also has 26 quarterback pressures, seventh in the NFL.
Sunday's opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, leads the NFL with 39 sacks and the franchise has never finished a season leading the league in that statistical category.
"I take it personal when the opposing defense gets any sacks because I feel like those should be ours," Ware said of the Bengals. "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.’ One main thing we’re talking about sacks, we’re talking about getting pressure. We’ve got to do that this week."