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Cowboys vs. Texans rookie report: Vander Esch continues impressive play in Sean Lee’s absence

Looking at the rookies in the week five OT loss.

In a weekend that saw the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and New York Giants all fall, the Dallas Cowboys were unable to take advantage and stake their claim in the NFC East. Fortunately, their 2-3 record will not keep them out of the hunt, but it was certainly a missed opportunity that leaves a bad taste in the mouths of Cowboys fans.

The offense struggled to get into the end zone, which is already a common theme through five games this season. The defense, meanwhile, allowed Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and company move down the field, only to stiffen up in the red zone. While the defense did not play exceptionally well all night, they certainly appeared to have played well enough for a win.

Let’s take a look at how the rookies performed on the big stage on Sunday Night Football in week five.

Leighton Vander Esch

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