Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was named the NFL Offensive Player of Week 6, the first time an offensive lineman has received the honor since the Kansas City Chiefs’ Brian Waters won in 2004.
Smith’s notable performance came during the Cowboys’ 30-23 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Smith and the rest of the offensive line helped the Cowboys run for 162 yards against the Seahawks, who entered the game as the top-ranked rushing defense. The line’s protection of quarterback Tony Romo allowed him 250 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked once.
Smith was the Cowboys’ ninth pick in the 2011 draft. He switched to starting left tackle after his rookie season. In 2013, Smith allowed only one sack and was named to the Pro Bowl and the second-team All-Pro.
The Cowboys sit in first place in the NFC East with a record of 5-1. They face the 3-3 New York Giants on Sunday at home.
- Danielle Zhu