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Sean Lee “Ready To Go” Against Giants In Week 14

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Winning Sunday's game is extremely important for the Dallas Cowboys in order for them to keep their playoff hopes alive. Fortunately, after a four-week wait it's looking as if Sean Lee is on track to return to the field in Week 14 to take on the New York Giants.

The Dallas Cowboys All-Pro linebacker has missed the last four games after sustaining his second hamstring injury of the season against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of the game. But, after a strenuous stent in the rehab process, he is expected to not only practice this week, but suit up against the Cowboys division rival, the New York Giants.

Of course, Jason Garrett prefers to take things one day at a time with Sean Lee and wouldn't go as far as guaranteeing Lee's availability Sunday against the Giants.

"Yeah, we anticipate him being able to go through everything and then practice Wednesday", said Jason Garrett. "We'll take the situation one day at a time."

It's understandable Jason Garrett would like to see Sean Lee on the practice field first before making any promises #50 is a full go for Sunday's game. Garrett also probably doesn't really want to tip his hand too much so early in the week either.

But, Sean Lee was a little bit more assertive when asked about his availability to play Sunday against the Giants stating that he was "good to go". I for one am willing to take him at his word, so I expect him to be back in uniform when the Dallas Cowboys travel to take on their division rival this weekend.

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This is definitely good news for the Dallas Cowboys and more importantly their defense. The Cowboys are unfortunately 1-4 in the 5 of 12 games Sean Lee has missed this season, which really puts it in perspective how important he is on the defensive side of the ball. And that's probably the most frustrating thing about the entire situation.

When on the field, Sean Lee is one of the best linebackers in the entire NFL. Already in 2017 he has played to his typical standards and tallied 62 tackles and seven tackles for a loss in just seven games.

Now, if the Cowboys coaching staff determines it's best to sit Sean Lee another week, I would absolutely be on board with that. I don't think they will really need him Sunday against the Giants.

The Giants are one of the worst teams in the league this year. They currently rank 29th in the NFL in total offense and 31st in scoring offense. This is an offense the Dallas Cowboys defense should be able to handle relatively easily, even without Sean Lee in the lineup.

I don't know about you, but I would prefer to make sure Sean Lee is as close to 100% as possible before allowing him to return to the field. It's what's best in the long run in my opinion. But regardless, it's good to hear #50 is "good to go".

Do you believe Sean Lee is "good to go"?



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  • Mr. Jaguar

    Brian this is great news, with the shake up in the secondary and the addition of Lee, hopefully, will take the Cowboys defense to another level, towards a playoff run towards Minneapolis.
    What concerns me the most is the Cowboys offense not able to functions at a high level, especially, if Dak continues to struggle with the passing game. Hopefully, Dak will be able to snape out of his slump, passing for 102 yards per game isnt going to take a team to the promise land.

    It will take a team to the top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
    Excellent article by the way. Keep putting the Cowboys toes to the fire.

    • Brian Martin

      I think the Cowboys are still trying to figure out how to deploy the right players to get the best results out of their secondary, but that could end up being a good thing. They certainly played pretty well last week against Washington. The addition of Sean Lee should only help. And I don’t know what the deal is with Prescott. Is he struggling or does it have more to do with the playcalling? It could be a little bit of both, but something definitely needs to improve if the Cowboys want to make a playoff run.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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

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

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys 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 Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods 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 suspension. 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, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush 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 Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli'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 edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback 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 DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch 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 2018 season. 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.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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