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Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Quietly Having a Good Season

The Dallas started to get the return on their investment of Jaylon Smith in a major way in 2018. He finished with 121 tackles (six tackles for loss), four , four passes defended, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.

With that type of production comes lofty expectations. is off to the best start of his career, All-Pro has found his groove with three consecutive 100-yard performances, and is on pace for his best season as a pro. However, quietly, Smith is on pace to have the best season of his young career so far.

In the season opener vs the , the Cowboys completely dominated the game virtually from the start defensively. After a touchdown on their first possession, the Giants were shut down and only scored 10 points the rest of the game. Smith would register only six tackles for the game but the Cowboys were up as much as 25 points so it wasn’t really necessary for him to ball out in this contest.

Week 2 vs the on the road was another solid effort defensively for the Cowboys. They held the Redskins in check behind Smith’s team-leading 11 tackles as the Cowboys only allowed 255 yards of and two conversions on nine third downs.

The came to town in Week 3 as the Cowboys looked to improve to 3-0. The Dolphins offense never got on track as they only managed 283 total yards, went a pedestrian three of 15 on third down, gave up three sacks, and scored six points. Smith once again led the team in tackles with 10 and also forced a fumble in the that was recovered by All-Pro when the Dolphins were driving to take the lead before halftime. Very productive game for Smith in this one.

Week 4 was a defensive battle between the Cowboys and the on . The Saints came out on top 12-10 giving the Cowboys their first loss but one of the bright spots was the play of Smith. All around it was one of his better performances of the season with nine tackles (two tackles for loss), one hit, and a sack. This performance gave him 30 tackles over a three-game span which is his best stretch of the .

The arrived at in Week 5 having won three consecutive games there, and it was quickly apparent they would win their fourth straight. The Cowboys had two turnovers on their first three possessions that led to two touchdowns for the Packers and the Cowboys never recovered. Despite holding to zero touchdowns the Cowboys gave up a career day to with 182 all-purpose yards (107 rushing, 75 receiving) and lost 34-24. Smith finished with nine tackles (tied for the team lead), one quarterback hit, one pass defended, and a sack. In a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated Smith was one of the few bright spots for Dallas.

The Cowboys entered Metlife Stadium for their Week 6 matchup with the completely spiraling and it wouldn’t get any better. Defensively, the Cowboys started flat by allowing 21 points in the first half. Even though they only allowed three points in the second half, Sam Darnold had a career-high 338 yards and the Jets handed the Cowboys their third consecutive loss. This would be Smith’s most underwhelming performance of the season with a pedestrian four tackles. None of the impactful plays we saw from the previous three games showed up in this one.

Before the , the Cowboys hosted the in a battle for first place in the . Smith wasted no time making an impact in this game as he forced a fumble by Dallas Goedert on the Eagles first possession near midfield which set up the Cowboys first touchdown. This set the tone for the entire as they held the Eagles to 283 yards total yards, only allowed 10 points and forced four turnovers. Smith tied and for the team lead with seven tackles while also registering a pass defended and a forced fumble. Just the type of performance you’d hope for from Smith after his worst game of the season.

This past Monday night saw the Cowboys return to Metlife Stadium but this time they would take on the arch-rival New York Giants. Smith spearheaded a dominant performance by the as they held the Giants to 271 total yards, five out of 16 on third down, and forced three turnovers. He finished tied with Lee for the team lead with 12 tackles while also adding a half-sack and a quarterback hit. With the Eagles on the Cowboys heels for the division lead, they needed their best players to perform vs the Giants and Smith definitely delivered on his end.

Jaylon Smith is currently on pace for 136 tackles and five sacks which would both be career highs. In five of the Cowboys eight games, he’s either led or been tied for the team lead in tackles. He has continued to show that he’s worth every penny of the five-year 64 million dollar extension with 35.5 million in guarantees he signed in August. His “Clear Eye View” has him playing the best football of his career in 2019.

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Written by Matthew Lenix

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