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Sean Lee out against Packers, Eddie Lacy rejoices

The Dallas Cowboys defense has been absolutely horrendous this season, and they’ve struggled mightily stopping the run and stopping the pass. Inside linebacker Sean Lee, however, has been an enormous bright spot, and he’s been worthy of an All-Pro vote this season. He’s been that good, and it’s been great watching him make big strides in pass coverage to the point where he is one of the best LBs in the league in coverage. Lee is also a solid blitzing ILB, but where he continues to earn his keep is in run defense. And when Lee went down with an injury, the Cowboys defense was even worse.

The Cowboys were especially embarrassing on defense on Monday Night Football last week against the Chicago Bears, and they will be hoping to atone for that showing with a better performance on Sunday against another NFC North team in the Green Bay Packers. On the bright side for the Cowboys, Matt Flynn is going to start, and he isn’t as good of a backup QB as Josh McCown is. On the downside, though, Sean Lee, who went down with an injury on Monday, isn’t going to be playing this week.

It was reported earlier this week that Lee’s MRI on his neck came clean and that he would likely play this week, but it was reported earlier today that he would be unlikely to play. Now, ESPN Dallas’s Todd Archer officially reports that Lee will be out this week.

It’s a huge blow for the Cowboys, while it’s fantastic news for the Green Bay Packers, especially rookie running back Eddie Lacy. The Alabama product suffered an ankle injury in last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, but he was able to continue playing. And even though he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, he returned today (as the team planned), and Mike McCarthy was always optimistic regarding Lacy’s Week 15 status. Against a Cowboys defense without Lee and with Flynn at the helm, Lacy could have a monster game for the Packers and fantasy owners alike.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Injury Report Matt Flynn Sean Lee

  • Peter Maiz

    My fear is that Lacy will be limited, but against a defense like this, Starks would do well and may have a couple of long plays. We need effective running to allow Flynn to pass. Let’s hope we can pull that off. Other risk to Green Bay is sinking at special teams.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I completely agree, the Packers need the running game to take full advantage of Lee’s injury and a porous Cowboys run defense. Flynn should be able to throw it on those guys, but this game is up to the rushing attacks for both teams, I think.

      I’m glad that you mentioned James Starks, because games like this one are when we are reminded that the Packers love having him as the No. 2 RB.

      • Peter Maiz

        Yeah, Joe, if we could only pressure Romo into making mistakes and sack him 3 or 4 times, it may go our way. With all the issues the Cowboys are having, I think the Pack has a chance, even if they have home field advantage. I’ll really look forward to seeing Rodgers play next game.

  • billy

    The Falcons were supposed to have a crappy defense and no pass rush this year but they come in to Lambeau and sack Flynn five times…not a good omen….

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Yeah, that’s not a good omen at all, because if there’s one thing the Cowboys can do on D it’s rush the passer. DeMarcus Ware, George Selvie, and Jason Hatcher are all very good at that.