Sack total on the rise for Cowboys defense

IRVING -- After failing to sack the opposing quarterback during the first two games, the Cowboys defense now has 14 -- including eight in the last two weeks.

The team was getting pressure during those first two games, but they couldn't get any takedowns.

"That's the way it goes," nose guard Jay Ratliff said. "We're doing the necessary things to create pressure and make it difficult for the quarterback to throw, but the sacks weren't showing up on paper. But now, I guess it's showing up a little bit."

The Cowboys had four sacks against Atlanta, which hadn't allowed a sack the previous four weeks. Seattle quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace have been sacked 15 times this season.