Prediction: Cowboys Will Finish Top 10 in Sacks
At NBC, I argued that the Cowboys will finish in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks in 2013.
The Cowboys ranked 21st in the NFL in 2012 with 34 sacks. That’s a low number for them, due in large part to DeMarcus Ware’s 11.5 sacks—his lowest total since 2009. Ware didn’t hurt the team with that many sacks by any means, but it shows that if he’s not dominant, the Cowboys don’t have an elite pass-rush.
If Ware rebounds in 2013, the Cowboys should once again be a top 10 pass-rushing unit. It might seem like a big jump from 21st to 10th, but the 10th-ranked team in terms of total sacks last year had 39—just five more than the Cowboys. That total should remain steady in 2013 because the distribution of sacks doesn’t change much, so if the ‘Boys are going to rank in the top 10 in sacks, we need to figure out how they can make up for those five.