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DeMarcus Lawrence is ready to “choke out” the New Orleans Saints

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Intensity definitely isn’t absent this week.

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There’s no doubt that Thursday night is a big measuring stick for the Dallas Cowboys. They’ll be taking on the 10-win New Orleans Saints, one of the teams most-favored to compete in Super Bowl LIII.

Many people have referred to the last time Dallas took on New Orleans in similar circumstances, the 2009 matchup when the Cowboys beat the then-undefeated Saints, as a hopeful sign of good things to come. That was a great day that a great player put away for the good guys.

It was of course DeMarcus Ware that put the icing on the cake for the Cowboys on that great night in December nine years ago. A different pass rusher by the same name seems to be ready to go this week, at least from an intensity perspective. DeMarcus Lawrence is ready.

Tank has done a great job of proving that he really is worth big-time money this season as he has 8.5 sacks through nine games. He’s one of the biggest pieces the Cowboys defense has and if they are to emerge victorious this week he’s going to have to be one of the biggest reasons why.

On Monday, Jason Garrett was asked if the fact that New Orleans is bringing one of the NFL’s better records to town heightens awareness to a degree. Essentially, does such a great team coming in make the team more focused because they are, well, really good?

The Cowboys have done a great job of handling their business as of late and their last three wins have come when their backs were pressed tightly up against a wall. Lawrence is simply vocalizing that to another extent and noting that the Cowboys are ready for the challenge they’re facing, and it’s a pretty big one.