NFL bits: Be-Ware the sack, Seahawks!

DeMarcus Ware has been a veritable sack machine for the Cowboys recently. That's not good news for...

DeMarcus Ware has been a veritable sack machine for the Cowboys recently. That's not good news for the Seahawks, who face Ware on Sunday, having allowed 28 sacks already. (Getty Images)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks looks like a mismatch in more ways than one.

There is the fact the Cowboys at 3-4 have a better record than Seattle at 2-5 and that, historically, the Seahawks have not been a good road team.

The biggest discrepancy, though, appears to be at the line of scrimmage, specifically the Seahawks offensive line and the problem they face in keeping DeMarcus Ware’s mitts off quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Ware has 12 sacks this season, the second best total in the league and just a half sack back of the Vikings’ Jared Allen.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Ware has upped his game, evidenced by his four-sack performance last week in a losing cause against the Eagles and their elusive quarterback Michael Vick. In their past three games, the Cowboys have eight sacks with seven of them registered by Ware. In fact, he has all of their past six sacks, eight of 10 and 10 of 14.

That’s the personification of a one-man gang.

On the other side of the coin, the Seahawks have allowed a league-high 28 sacks and, if you happen to be Ware, you’re licking your chops.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll knows he and his offensive line will have their hands full.

“There are some players around the league, but there are not many, who can have more of a factor than he can from the defensive standpoint,” Carroll said. “He’s really something.”

JACOBS GETS CHANCE TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP

Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been far from being a happy camper this season.

Jacobs is miffed at not being the featured back. Ahmad Bradshaw has that role. But in Sunday’s key game against the 5-2 Patriots, Jacobs could get his chance to shine as Bradshaw’s playing status is iffy with a cracked bone in his foot and. Depending on various reports, he is either out for a few weeks or will attempt to play. In either scenario, though, Jacobs’ playing time figures to be increased.

Because of his carping, Jacobs has been more than a pain in the butt and it showed in comments made of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

“What would be better than the opportunity he’s going to get now?” Gilbride told the New York Daily News. “He’s been clamoring for a chance.

“This is an opportunity. You want to show what you can do. I’m looking forward to seeing the way he plays. I think he’s going to respond very well.”

If Jacobs gets the start and doesn’t come through, Gilbride said the team is in big trouble.

“But in the past he’s been a physical guy,” he said. “He’s been a physical blocker. He needs to do that Sunday or we’re not going to have much of a chance. I think he will.”

— Mike Rutsey

‘I’M THE SAME GUY’ CJ2K SAYS

In looking for answers as to what ails Titans running back Chris Johnson, there are lots of folks who believe that money is the root of the problem. Johnson was a holdout at the start of spring training and ultimately received a contract extension that will pay him $56 million US over the next six years. Critics say that now that he has the money, he’s stopped running hard and is more interested in protecting himself from injury.

Johnson, however, on Jim Rome’s radio show, said the money is not the issue with his lack of production.

“I know for a fact I’m the same guy,” Johnson said. “(In) workouts and things like that, same speed. When things are not working out, a lot of people like to point to I’m not the same guy, not as explosive, lost a step, things like that. I can assure you that’s not what’s going on.”

SOMETHING ON RIVERS’ MIND?

On any football team, no matter what the league, the quarterback is The Man. That’s just the way it is.

No sport has a single player with a more pivotal role and, if you don’t think that is true, you haven’t been following the Indianapolis Colts.

One of the NFL teams that is in a bit of a funk at the present is San Diego, and the main reason has been the play of quarterback Philip Rivers. Last week’s loss to Kansas City, for example, was fueled by Rivers’ fumble of a snap in the closing minutes.

Every Chargers fans wants to know what’s going on and, the other day, former San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson weighed in on the subject.

“I don’t know what Philip may be going through right now,” Tomlinson, now a member of the Jets, told the Newark Star-Ledger said. “But I will say, to me, he seems distracted for some reason. Like on the sideline, he seems like he’s just distracted. And I’ve always said this: It’s hard to be ‘the guy.’ When they say this is your team, it’s hard to be the guy, because you get all the questions of what’s wrong and what’s right.

“And then you get your teammates who expect certain things from you, and when that doesn’t happen, you get strange looks in the locker room.”

It’s hard to believe, though, given his past accomplishments that, suddenly, Rivers is having trouble with the pressures and responsibility that comes with the position.

 


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