Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) as middle linebacker Keith Brooking (51) runs in to help
The Cowboys went through a four-game stretch where they had only one sack in three of the games. But now they’re back on a sack roll. They have 12 in the past three games, boosting their confidence.
“We believe we’ve got some of the best pass-rushers in the league,” said defensive end Anthony Spencer, second on the Cowboys with six sacks. “It’s all about confidence, and I think we have the right type of confidence in this room. I don’t think we really lost any confidence in that game. We just didn’t make the plays that we needed to make last weekend. We know we have the personnel to make plays. We’ve got all the confidence in the world right now.”
The Cowboys sacked Kevin Kolb four times in the first half last week, but they got to him only once after halftime. A game earlier, they sacked Matt Moore three times in the first half but only once in the second half.
Both quarterbacks proved more elusive in the second half, and the same might be true of Eli Manning of the New York Giants, who the Cowboys face Sunday night. Despite being a pocket passer, Manning has been sacked only 21 times in 12 games. The Giants have allowed the fifth-fewest sacks in the league.
“He’s the same way,” Spencer said. “He makes plays out of the pocket. He gets out on the run when he has to. He’s a proven quarterback in this league. He’s been playing well. We have to bring our ‘A’ game, we know that.”