The Dallas Cowboys are in for a tall task in the NFC Divisional Round this Sunday, as they try to slow down one of the NFL's best quarterbacks.
The Cowboys will take on the Green Bay Packers, and their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as both teams try to punch their ticket to the NFC Championship Game. The Cowboys certainly aren't taking Rodgers' Packers lightly, and Demarcus Lawrence knows he will have to have a big day if his team is to be successful.
The Cowboys' defensive end will return to the field after missing the back end of December due to inflammation in his back, and the 2015 sack leader says he has no issues physically.
"I feel great. I’m ready to play," he said, via Dallas Morning News.
This is the second time the Cowboys and Packers will clash in the NFC Divisional Round in the last three years. The Cowboys fell to the Packers at Lambeau Field two years ago, and despite Lawrence recording two sacks in that game as a rookie, the Cowboys' lack of pressure on Rodgers led to their downfall. Rodgers was injured before that game and was limping throughout the contest, but managed to get the best of the Cowboys anyway.
Lawrence knows you don't get too many opportunities as good as this one in a career, and plans on taking full advantage of this latest chance to advance.
"Two sacks weren’t good enough," said Lawrence. "Rodgers was hurt and he still beat us."
The third-year pass rusher knows no one is guaranteed to reach this point ever again.
"This chance only comes around once in a lifetime," he said.
"And when it’s here you got to grab on and take advantage of it.”
“I’m not going to say I’m all the way 100 [percent],” said the former second round pick. “It’s a lot of things I need to clean up and I’m working on it. The main thing is just doing my job to the best of my ability and knowing that I’m better than the guy in front of me [and] that I’m whooping his ass each and every play.”
And when asked if there should be an exclamation point on the end of that statement?
“Yep,” said Lawrence.
“Three of them."
Source: The Dallas Morning News · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press