5 Cowboys Defenders to Watch Against the Eagles

    The will look to hold onto their first place lead in the East, coming off of the to host the on In doing so, they will get a chance to display to a national audience a that lacks name-recognition, but one that has got the job done.

    will look for any advantage he can get against an Eagles that has struggled to protect their rookie QB in . Here are five of his players to keep an eye on:

    DE DeMarcus Lawrence

    DeMarcus Lawrence will be playing in his third game off of a season-opening , and the extra week of rest should carry some loftier expectations for the Cowboys' best rusher.

    Lawrence was active in his season debut against the Bengals, but did not look polished in Green Bay. As mentioned, the Eagles have struggled to keep Carson Wentz upright, particularly getting poor play from their tackles.

    Lawrence is going to have opportunities to make a big impact on this game.

    Whether or not he does will tell us a lot about the state of the Dallas moving forward.


    Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Defenders to Watch Against the Eagles 1

    CB Morris Claiborne

    With a team full of surprising success stories right now, there may be no better example than corner back . Claiborne has earned every penny of the one-year deal that brought him back to the Cowboys for 2016 after his performance under his first contract never came close to his drafted expectation.

    A true shutdown corner for a solid Cowboys' , Claiborne will be just one pivotal piece of the Dallas defense in this game. All around, this Cowboys' secondary should have an overwhelming advantage against the likes of Nelson Agholor and .

    Will Claiborne be able to put together another solid performance, and help Marinelli's unit continue to force turnovers?

    DT Terrell McClain

    An afterthought during , has emerged from a crowded at to be the best defensive linemen on this team thus far. A force in the middle of the field against the run and the pass, the finally-healthy McClain has also excelled at getting down the line to make tackles in key situations all over the field.

    The Eagles know that they will not be able to get into a shootout with a Cowboys offense that will dictate this entire game. To avoid this, and help protect Wentz, except a heavy dose of Ryan Matthews out of the backfield often and early – where McClain will always be waiting for him.

    DE David Irving

    The reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Week, David Irving will surely get more of an opportunity to do what he does best in this game.

    Recording a sack and three forced fumbles against the Packers on 19 snaps, it is unclear exactly how much of a workload Irving will see coming off this performance. With the ability to line up both on the inside and outside at , Irving is a versatile and high-motor defensive linemen that could become the Cowboys' “secret weapon” down the stretch.

    Not many casual fans will know about Irving before Sunday Night Football begins, but in just a few snaps he'll be out to make his introduction.


    Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Defenders to Watch Against the Eagles 2

    LB Sean Lee

    There weren't many individual performances from the 2015 Cowboys season that are worthy of being remembered, but in Week 2 at Philadelphia might have been the best play this team has seen in a long time.

    Playing against a familiar face in , 's (I miss these Eagles) offense could do nothing to get past the one-man-wrecking-crew that was Lee.

    Now, going up against a more traditional offense, there is little doubt that Lee will be fired up and ready to go as always. Whether it is coming on the rare blitz, filling against the run, or giving Wentz nobody to throw to in pass coverage, #50 will turn in another stellar performance against the Eagles this Sunday.

    What do you expect from these five players in the Cowboys Week 8 meetings with the Eagles? Who else will you be expecting a big game from? Let us know! Leave a comment below to share your thoughts on this NFC East rivalry!

    Sean Martin
    Sean Martin
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


    Micah Parsons and Zack Martin lead Pro Bowl voting for Cowboys

    The Pro Bowl has become an afterthought recently, but...

    Week 13 Preview: Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys

    The Dallas Cowboys are home again this week as...

    Are the 2022 Cowboys better than the 2021 Cowboys?

    This topic should be interesting. I know that the...

    Do the Cowboys really need Odell Beckham Jr?

    Free agent WR Odell Beckham Jr. is set to...


    Daily Cowboys News in Your Inbox
    Your email address:*
    Please enter all required fields Click to hide
    Correct invalid entries Click to hide

    Trending Now

    Will Jalen Tolbert suit up again this season?

    The third-round pick out of South Alabama has been...

    Reasons why the Cowboys have the best defense

    Out of all the 32 NFL teams, it's always...

    The Star: Getting Inside the Dallas Cowboys New Home

    The Dallas Cowboys star logo is one of the...

    Fantasy Outlook: It’s Hard to Trust any Cowboys Player Next Season

    I am already looking forward to my fantasy football...

    Cowboys Reveal New Uniforms for Week 17 vs Titans

    Another uniform emerges for the Dallas Cowboys to wear...

    Cowboys Nostalgia: Before Jerry Jones

    25 years ago Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys...

    Micah Parsons is fed up with NFL officiating

    Anyone who perused the tweets related to Sunday's game...

    Why are the Dallas Cowboys Considered “America’s Team?”

    The Dallas Cowboys are one National Football League team...

    Cowboys vs Vikings — Over/Under Reactions

    Frustration has been brewing in Dallas, as the Cowboys are looking to get back on track today against the Minnesota Vikings. This is going...

    It’s time to increase the snap count for Sam Williams

    With a team full of pass rushers, Sam Williams, the second-round pick for the Cowboys, has been making the most of his limited snaps...

    No excuses for the Cowboys anymore — Can they figure it out?

    Halloween may be over, but Aaron Rodgers is still haunting the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys fall to the Green Bay Packers in overtime 31-28, after...


    1 Comment
    Newest Most Voted
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments

    I expect a big game from Dak Prescott. And knowing him by now, it’s a given. Whether eagles bring the heat n have success, there’s no one else you’d rather have under center than Dak Prescott. Not Romo or any other. Although I’d hoped they never got rid of Showers — or maybe they haven’t?

    He’s better than Moore in my eyes.

    As well, I hope they leave Anthony Brown as the starting CB. I think, honestly speaking, that he’s a better CB than Scandrick!!

    Linehan has to create a dang good offensive attack. Cuz I think Eagles n crew will try to rattle him n the running game early n often…

    “Let’s Go Cowboys’!!!!!”