OWINGS MILLS - Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware made it look easy. He effortlessly shoved aside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blocker before delivering a vicious hit to the back of unsuspecting Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. The impact of the hit caused Freeman to fumble. Later, Ware used his speed around the edge to record another sack and forced fumble.
Ware had five sacks and three forced fumbles during the Cowboys' first four games, including two sacks and two forced fumbles amid Dallas's Week 3 win against Tampa Bay.
The Ravens host Ware's Cowboys Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
"DeMarcus Ware, without question, is a guy you have to know where he is at all times," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said of the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Ware. "He's a game-wrecker. He's a tremendous pass rusher. He's very physical against the run. He is one of the premier players in the National Football League."
Ware has recorded 104.5 sacks since entering the NFL in 2005, the most of any player during that span.
He had 19.5 sacks last season and 15.5 in 2010.
He recorded no fewer than 11 sacks during any season since his rookie year in 2005.
He had a career-high 20 sacks in 2008 along with a career-best six forced fumbles.
"He's a force out there," Ravens offensive guard Marshal Yanda said. "He does a really good job out there in the run and the pass. He's like the Terrell Suggs of their defense would be a good way to put it."
Yanda referred to Ware as a player with a well-rounded skillset.
"It's everything," Yanda said. "It's not just one thing. That's why he's so good. He's got a bull-rush, he's got speed, he's got the inside move and he plays well versus the run, too. He's a great player. You've just got to give him his respect and we've just got to do a good job in trying to contain him as best we can."
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco has been sacked eight times during the Ravens' last two games.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston had two sacks apiece against Baltimore last week.
"DeMarcus Ware is the guy it starts with [for Dallas]," Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta said. "We have to be able to control him, neutralize him and not let allow him to get to Joe quickly and disrupt our passing game.
Added Pitta: "Obviously they have to be creative with him because he commands double-teams all over the place, so they move him around, kind of walk him around and try to get him with the best matchup possible. ... That's obviously something we'll have to manage throughout the game."