The Cowboys couldn't pull off a win on Sunday against the in-state rival Texans, but it's not all doom and gloom Cowboys fans because there is a playmaker stepping up on defense that looks like a cornerstone to build around. That's linebacker Jaylon Smith.
In a game where there was not a lot to get excited about as a Cowboy fan, you have to give it up to Jaylon Smith. The dude had a heck of a game. The defense once again played well enough for the win, as Smith led the Cowboys in tackles with 12 against Houston. He was all over the field.
With 10 seconds left in the first half, the Texans went for it on 4th and goal from a half a yard out. Deshaun Watson, who is tough to tackle, was flushed out of the pocket and sprinted to his right headed for the goal line. Smith read the quarterback and broke on the ball. He shellacked Watson out of bounds at the two-yard line to keep Houston from scoring.
RT @StevenVanOver: #Cowboys D digs in and MLB Jaylon Smith makes a HUGE play at the goal line on 4th down keeping the game in touch at the 1/2 #DALvsHOU 6-10 #CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/ZBNK5j1lDB https://t.co/BiP78H7H0C
— Steven Van Over (@StevenVanOver) October 8, 2018
With 20 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 16, the Texans were at midfield trying to get into field goal range. The Cowboys sent Smith on a blitz and he beat the guard and running back to hurry a throw from Watson that went into the arms of Xavier Woods. That should have been a game-changing play, but that's another conversation.
Last year Smith played all 16 games and was okay. He got better as the season wore on. This year he is all the way back from the knee injury and his athleticism on the field is obvious.
Smith is the Cowboys leading tackler with 41 on the year while also chipping in with 3 sacks. He was outstanding rushing the passer at Notre Dame and that has transitioned to his play in the pros. Smith is now on pace for over 120 tackles and 9 sacks.
In a season where the Boys are going to be hard to watch on offense, keep your eyes on # 54 on defense. Once considered the best linebacker prospect of his generation, the "Godbacker" is back.
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