Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence on Game Plan vs. Saints: 'Choke They Ass Out'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2018

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Arlington, Texas. Lawrence may not get to last year's career high of 14-1/2 sacks, but the Dallas defensive end is doing plenty to earn another big payday, one way or another.  (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence didn't need to break down the X's and O's regarding his team's defensive game plan for Thursday's contest against the New Orleans Saints.

Lawrence explained Tuesday how the Cowboys intend to use physicality to throw the high-powered Saints offense off its game, per The Athletic's Calvin Watkins:

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

DeMarcus Lawrence keeps it real on the Saints. https://t.co/ay8mrEZN0f

The Saints rank fifth in yards (416.6 per game) and first in scoring (37.2). They're also fourth in offensive efficiency, per Football Outsiders.

The Cowboys can't afford to let the contest turn into a track meet.

Dallas looked good on Thanksgiving against the Washington Redskins. The offense totaled 404 yards, and Amari Cooper finished with eight receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

But the Cowboys likely won't stand a chance at keeping pace with the Saints if Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense are firing on all cylinders.Β Lawrence is probably correct in that being aggressive is the best way to combat the Saints.

If Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas can't find a comfort zone early in the game, then the Cowboys have a good chance of pulling off the upset.