David Irving only played 19 snaps in the Dallas Cowboys’ 30-16 win against the Green Bay Packers, but he certainly made an impact in limited action.
Irving had a sack, forced three fumbles, and batted down a pass. He made Aaron Rodgers’ life difficult and grabbed NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
This week, Irving will help the Cowboys’ defensive line try to contain Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz has passed for 1,324 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He led the Eagles to a key win last week against the Minnesota Vikings.
While Wentz has helped guide his teams to victories, he has been prone to mistakes when forced out of his comfort zone. And that’s where David Irving comes into play.
Since Irving only plays limited snaps, he’s able to bring extra energy off the edge when he’s in the game. It’s what allowed him to get to Rodgers two weeks ago and what could set him up for a big game against the Eagles as well.
“It’s a hard level to play at,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the Fort Worth Star Telegram. “His production over 19 snaps is record-breaking, so it’s hard to maintain that. But what you want to maintain is the professionalism, the discipline, the intensity each and every day. Ultimately, that will allow you to play your best.”
And when the Cowboys are at their best, they’re forcing turnovers and giving the ball back to their confident offense. Can the Cowboys keep the pressure on Wentz this week? And can Irving build on his strong performance?