FRISCO, Texas — Numerous elements of the Dallas Cowboys’ the 49-17 victory against the New York Giants in Week 10 went their way, but one of the highlights for head coach Mike McCarthy was his team’s performance up front. The Cowboys offense live didn’t allow a sack and their 21.3% quarterback pressure rate allowed was the lowest in the NFL in Week 10.
“This game against the Giants was our best protection performance,” McCarthy said Monday. “Earlier in the year, we had some up’s and down’s in terms how we wanted to play versus how we did play, but I think now what you’re seeing this past month is we’re hitting on all cylinders.”
Arguably the biggest driver of Dallas’ pass-protection dominance last week and this season as a whole — the Cowboys 31% quarterback pressure rate allowed is the fifth-lowest in the NFL — is eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith playing at peak performance levels in his 13th NFL season at age 32. Smith’s 80.4 Pro Football Focus offensive grade ranks as the seventh-highest in the entire NFL among offensive tackles entering Week 11, and his 86.1 PFF pass-blocking grade leads the league among offensive tackles with at least 100 snaps this season. He has only allowed five quarterback pressures all year while not surrendering a sack in his six games played.
“It’s a great just seeing him go out there and compete, play at the level that we know he’s capable of playing at and, he’s been pretty good with the injuries so far lately in the season,” Cowboys running back Tony Pollard said Friday. “It’s just great seeing him be out there, be healthy and make an impact.”
Smith suffered a significant hamstring and knee injury in training camp in 2022, which caused him to miss all but the final four games of last season, and he has dealt with neck stingers that have caused him to miss three games this season. His last two games have been a couple of…
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Author : Garrett Podell
Publish date : 2023-11-18 19:16:29
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