If you thought you saw number 50 all over the field on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys against the Philadelphia Eagles, it's because you did. Sean Lee was a man among men in that contest, shutting down the Eagles running game and doing damage in pass coverage. For his efforts, Lee was recognized as the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Having a healthy Lee back for the Cowboys hasn't solved all the problems on defense, but it's solved quite a few. He is now the unquestioned leader of the defensive unit and has become one of the elite linebackers in the league. The Cowboys certainly made the right move when they picked him up in the second round of the draft.
Here are some notes on Lee's day:
- Lee had a game-high 11 tackles, an interception and a tackle for a loss in the Cowboys' 17-3 win at Philadelphia.
- He led a unit that limited the Eagles to three points, 24.7 points below Philadelphia's average (27.7 entering the game).
- Dallas became the first road team since 1984 (San Diego) to hold a team averaging at least 27 points per game this far into a season to a field goal or less.
- The Cowboys held the Eagles to 84 rushing yards and 278 total net yards. Philadelphia entered the game averaging 178.5 rushing yards per game and 449.8 total net yards per game.
- Lee's interception, which he returned 33 yards, came with 7:14 remaining in the fourth quarter with Philadelphia driving into Cowboys' territory.
- Five of his 11 tackles came two yards from the line of scrimmage or behind, including a three-yard tackle for a loss.
- Since entering the NFL in 2010, Lee leads all NFL linebackers with nine interceptions & 216 interception-return yards.
- In his fourth year from Penn State, this is Lee's second career Player of the Week Award and first since Week 13 of his rookie season in 2010.
- Lee joins DE MARCUS WARE (four) as the only Cowboys linebacker to be named Defensive Player of the Week multiple times.