The General, Sean Lee returns from a hamstring injury to take on the Tennessee Titans in week nine. The Dallas Cowboys lynchpin has been on the sideline since he tweaked his hamstring against the Seahawks way back in week three.
Lee will drop back into the linebacker rotation with Jaylon Smith and rookie sensation Leighton Vander Esch. There is nothing better than having a player of Lee’s stature back in your rotation for a crucial game on Monday Night Football.
Lee has one of the best defensive brains in the league and will only help to enhance the Dallas defense when he plays.
The Cowboys are one of the best defenses in the league, but since Lee went down injured, they have a record of 2-2. They rank 1st in points allowed at just 17.6 per game. 4th in yards allowed at 313.7 per game and 5th against the pass at 217 yards allowed. These numbers will only improve this week against a Titans team that is struggling in 2018 in all aspects on offense.
The Titans are ranked 30th in points per game (15.1), pass yards (173) and total yards (280). These numbers are horrible and will only help the Cowboys chances of winning.
Lee has an innate ability to call, change or update plays on the run. Most defensive players struggle with this, but Lee is world class. Therefore, he is so valuable to the Cowboys. More so now when they have a 3-4 record.
Now in his ninth season with the Cowboys, Lee has been plagued by injury. He has played only 90 games since he entered the league in 2010. But the stats don’t lie. The Cowboys are a better outfit with Lee on the field.
In 2017, they allowed 5.27 yards per rush without Lee, but only 3.59 with him playing. Opposition quarterbacks had a rating of 91.3 with Lee playing compared to a huge 105.5 without him. These stats show the importance of such a great player to the Cowboys organization.
With the Redskins losing and the Eagles on a bye, this is the Cowboys chance to gain some ground on the NFC East leaders.
Welcome back, General Lee.