With 18 sacks entering the game, Ware needs two to become the first player to record two 20-sack seasons since it became an official stat in 1982 (hence the asterisk). Ware had 20 sacks in 2008.
Former New York Giants defender Michael Strahan holds the record with 22.5 in 2001. The only other players with 20-sack seasons are: Mark Gastineau (22 in 1984), Chris Doleman (21 in 1989), Reggie White (21 in 1987), Lawrence Taylor (20.5 in 1986) and Derrick Thomas (20 in 1990).
“It would mean a lot, especially me being a pressure guy, being able to get pressure on the quarterback,” Ware said. “If I’m able to get 20 sacks, it’s a big accomplishment. All the guys who came before me who I looked up to, they haven’t been able to do it. Me coming in and having the opportunity to do it, it really just means a lot.”
Ware has sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning more than any quarterback in his career with nine.
The Cowboys are 12-8 in games in which Ware has had at least two sacks. One problem: they are 1-4 in those games this year.