One can be sure that the Kansas City Chiefs are paying close attention to the Dallas Cowboys defense for this Sunday’s upcoming game. The two players who are most likely making the Chief’s offensive coaches pucker up are DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving.
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is leading the NFL in sacks with 10.5. He also has 13 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. The last time the Cowboys had a player break the double digit sack mark was in 2013 with Jason Hatcher. At the rate he’s going, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lawrence surpasses Demarcus Ware’s all time single-season Cowboys sack record of 20, or possibly the NFL’s record of 22.5 sacks in a single season held by Hall of Famer Michael Strahan.
Demarcus Lawrence’s 3rd sack of the game. First Cowboy with 3+ sacks since DeMarcus Ware (4.0) in Week 8 of 2011. pic.twitter.com/vwmmWQFQyy
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) September 26, 2017
Adding to the mix the last three games has been the mammoth of a player David Irving. At 6’7 and 273lbs, the defensive tackle has been a force to be reckoned with. He was signed three years ago off the Chiefs practice squad. He returned this season from a four game suspension and already has five sacks. He is not only tall and lean which allows him to quickly get inside, but he also has a wingspan of 83 3/4 inches which allowed him to deflect a pass this past Sunday against the Washington Redskins that facilitated the pick six from Byron Jones.
— NFL (@NFL) October 29, 2017
The fact that Irving already has 5 sacks in three games, makes me think he could be up there with Lawrence in the double digit sack category by the end of the season.
The game this Sunday will for sure be a tough one, but you can bet that Lawrence and Irving will keep the Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith on his toes and looking behind his shoulder.