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Cowboys LB Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week Against Eagles

You already knew that , the rookie , had a great night last Sunday in Philadelphia. Apparently the rest of the football world agreed, and now he's been named the .

The award is the first of what could be many for Leighton, who has emerged as a defensive leader for the Cowboys. He's been playing more in the absence of veteran , who has been battling hamstring issues all season.

This is the second Player of the Week award for a Dallas Cowboys this season. won the version in Week 4 after going 4-for-4 and hitting a game winner over the .

The Defensive Player award hasn't gone to a Cowboys since Week of 2017, when put up three against the .

Leighton's recognition is also well-earned. He led Dallas with 13 tackles and an interception in a pivotal road victory against a division rival. In what was arguably a “must-win” game for the Cowboys, their first-round pick stepped up and stood out.

A few more games like this, and Vander Esch could be in the running for the . But even above personal accolades, Leighton's play could help the Cowboys make a push in the .

If nothing else, he's making that first-round pick look smarter every week.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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It would have been interesting to read how often a rookie gets defensive/offensive player of the week.

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