The Dallas Cowboys are getting some much needed reinforcements against the Saints. DeMarcus Lawrence, who’s been out since the 1st game of the season, will return to the team.
Demarcus Lawrence is expected to be back as well on defense 👀 pic.twitter.com/6VnTiHnHQw
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A much needed boost to a Cowboys pass rush that has been spotty since Randy Gregory has been out. With the notable exception of rookie superstar Micah Parsons.
This is a needed boost to a pass rush that ranks admirably, but the numbers don’t fully show the struggle of generating the pass rush, outside their star players. The Cowboys blitz 23.5% of the time, with a 26.5% pressure rate, according to Pro Football Reference.
However, 44.5% of those successful pressures are from Parsons and Gregory. Needless to say that even coming off a foot injury, DeMarcus Lawrence is needed to help in building pressure. Especially against a New Orleans Saints offensive line that’s crumbling.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 2, 2021
It wasn’t enough that 3-time Pro Bowl guard Andrus Peat wasn’t going to play. Not having those tackles to protect new starting quarterback Taysom Hill was going to be key.
Now that DeMarcus Lawrence is back, containing a mobile quarterback like Hill will be much more manageable. With Armstrong likely starting on the right side, it will make Parsons be able to roam as both a spy on Hill for any RPO-type plays, and help generating pass rush.
The best offensive linemen the Saints have are their starting center and right guard: Erik McCoy and Cesar Ruiz. If the Dallas Cowboys defense is able to stop the gap between them from generating a rushing attack, not only does it force running the ball outside, but takes away a dimension of their offense.
Expect the Dallas Cowboys defense to feature plenty of 6-8 man boxes in this game. Not only because of Taysom Hill at quarterback, but with the Saints offensive line in shambles. If the Cowboys interior line, consisting of Carlos Watkins, Osa Odighizuwa and (on rotation) Chauncey Golston can crash the middle as well, it’s icing on the cake.
Don’t get it twisted. The Cowboys are bringing a Tank to beat it up this offensive line. It might be after Thanksgiving, but this pass rush should feast.