Thursday, November 3, 2011
Seattle faces Ware here, there, everywhere
By Mike Sando
DeMarcus Ware starts at right outside linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys.
He finishes at the quarterback.
In between, he's all over the place.
The Seattle Seahawks' left tackle, Russell Okung, will match up with Ware some of the time Sunday. Their right tackle, James Carpenter, will face Ware other times. Tight ends, running backs and even interior offensive linemen will contend with him.
Ware, who collected four of his 12 sacks in Week 8, lines up across the formation. He has six of his sacks from the left side of the defense and six from the right, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
This matchup appears particularly tough for the Seahawks. They've allowed 28 sacks, most in the league, despite already having a bye week. The Cowboys' 21 sacks on defense rank sixth among teams with seven games.
The St. Louis Rams attempted 33 passes and took only one sack at Dallas two weeks ago, but they averaged only 9.8 yards per completed pass. Ware had the one sack, plus two of the Cowboys' six quarterback hits.
Seattle has taken 20 sacks in its four road games this season, and at least four in every game but the one against Atlanta, when the Falcons had zero.
Penalties are another concern for the Seahawks' offensive line. The line has committed 19 accepted and declined penalties this season. That includes 12 in four road games and seven in three home games.