Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith became the first offensive lineman in a decade to earn NFC offensive player of the week honors on Wednesday.
Smith played a key role Sunday in Seattle in helping the Cowboys gain more rushing yards than any team this season against the Seahawks in the 30-23 victory.
“There’s no question in my mind that Tyron is playing at a very, very high level, as is everybody on that offensive line,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Tyron in a lot of ways is one of the leaders up there. He doesn’t say a whole lot. He just does it with his actions each and every day in practice with his preparations and certainly on Sundays.
“He’s a big physical man who loves to play football and plays football the right way, and we’re lucky to have him.”
The last offensive lineman to win the award was Kansas City guard Brian Waters in 2004.
Behind Smith and the offensive line, the Cowboys had 401 yards of total offense, including 162 on the ground. Smith graded out as the highest linemen by the Cowboys coaching staff, although Garrett said Smith’s honor extends to the entire O-line.