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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Defensive David Irving, once a key member of the team’s , will not make his return after all against the on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The haven’t missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran recorded a sack and three tackles, while added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys’ 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he’s caused – beginning the season with a four game . The absolute best case scenario is what they’ve realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, , and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. ability is one thing teams can’t have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys may effectively be the team’s with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC ’s impact is still felt – particularly up front. Regardless of where they’re lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two , nine total tackles, and three other hits on the over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply — and importantly — being better across the defense.

Led by as their premier rusher, the Cowboys is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The “Hot Boyz” work up front has allowed Linebackers and to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he’s a patented Marinelli guy. Collins’ play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he’s asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the . Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they’ll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don’t know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it’s worth questioning if we’ll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

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Written by 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 wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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