Three takeaways from Packers’ win vs. Cowboys in Week 5
3. The Smiths continue to meet at the quarterback
What a difference the Smiths have made to Green Bay’s pass rush. Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith continued their dominant start to the season at Dallas, regularly meeting the quarterback.
Za’Darius Smith clearly wasn’t at 100 percent. He’s been dealing with a knee injury and had to leave the game briefly on a couple of occasions. It didn’t stop him from making a big impact on the game. Smith had four tackles, two sacks and four quarterback hits. He now has five sacks this season.
Preston Smith made four tackles, one sack, two quarterback hits and also defended a pass. His sack total for the season is now at 5.5. He’s on pace for over 17 sacks this season.
The Smiths are leaders on the defense and continue to make game-changing plays. General manager Brian Gutekunst wanted to sign them for a reason, but even he has to be surprised at just how great these two have been in the opening five games.
Once the Cowboys got behind in the game and couldn’t lean on the run game, the Packers’ pass rush was always going to have a chance to dominate. And the Smiths did just that, combining for three sacks and six quarterback hits.