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Smith: O-Line Didn't Play to Standard



    Smith: O-Line Didn't Play to Standard
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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammate Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys after scoring a touchdown during the NFL week 10 match between the Jackson Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys at Wembley Stadium on November 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

    The Dallas Cowboys have won nine games this season and can still finish the regular season with 12 wins — something no one saw coming back in September.

    A big reason for that success has been the play of the Cowboys' young offensive line, which features three first-round draft picks in the past three drafts and has quickly vaulted itself into elite status among offensive lines in the NFL.

    With that said, they were pretty awful on Thanksgiving Day, as was the entire Cowboys team, but a lot of the offense's failures went back to the play of the big guys up front, as DeMarco Murray rushed for a season-low 73 yards and Tony Romo was under pressure all day and sacked a handful of times.

    Now, Smith is happy to have another shot at the Eagles, who are knotted with the Cowboys atop the NFC East, in what will likely decide the division title.

    “It’s always good to play that team again,” Smith told ESPN Dallas, “and for us just kind of get back to where we are.”

    What he means is not playing like they did in that game, when the Eagles' front seven dominated Dallas up front and made it a long day from the opening kickoff.

    “We just weren’t ourselves the way we played that game,” Smith said. “There are just things we’ve got to clean up, technique things we’ve got to clean up and play as one.”

    The extra days of preparation in the Cowboys' 10-day layoff will give them plenty of time to work out those kinks, as opposed to the three-day layoff before their Thanksgiving Day meeting.