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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin Lead Cowboys Offensive Line In Playoff Win

Over the last 5-7 years the have made a conscious decision to build their football team in an “old school” way. By using draft picks on three offensive linemen, a , and another top 50 pick on a fourth offensive lineman, Dallas has been doubling down on this philosophy year in and year out.

Well, the first time the Cowboys played against Seattle this season, they were manhandled upfront. beat up on a somewhat injured , was all over the interior combination of and , the Cowboys looked to get out played at their own game in the week three loss.

Saturday night, however, the script completely flipped.

Two teams which want to “establish the run,” and physically dominate the line of scrimmage squared off, but only one accomplished that goal. Tyron Smith handled Frank Clark the whole game, and was back to his tossing-defenders-aside-like-children ways. Though he was far from perfect, Connor Williams was effective in the Cowboys zone blocking scheme, often getting to the second level to cut off All Pro and open running lanes for .

and Joe Looney had solid nights as well, and was exactly what you'd expect him to be. This performance upfront helped Ezekiel Elliott run for 137 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, and gave adequate time to make the necessary plays to win the game.

There's no question who led the way on that , though. It is no coincidence that as Tyron Smith and Zack Martin looked healthier than they have in weeks, this line played as well as they have all season.

Looking forward, things will not get any easier for this Dallas Cowboys offensive line. In the Dallas will face the , where and await. Donald is likely the , and might be flat out the best player in all of football. Suh is not the same player he was once in Detroit, but can be a menace nonetheless.

Dallas is built on the backs of their offensive line, and even with missing and the rest of the members a bit banged up, they'll need to rely on this and physical identity if they want to advance further in the postseason.

For the Cowboys to accomplish their ultimate goal of a , it will eventually come down to those linemen and Dak Prescott.

Just as it ultimately did on Saturday night.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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