Anthony Spencer judged his performance last week by one thing.
“I felt like I played well. I played well enough to win,” he said Wednesday at Valley Ranch.
The veteran outside linebacker was the Cowboys’ second-leading tackler against the Giants, with seven stops and a tackle for loss. He led the charge on the first play of the goal-line stand that forced the Giants to settle for a field goal.
Never mind that he didn’t have a sack.
“I play defense,” he said, asked what he thought about his run defense in the game. “I really try to make plays pretty much wherever I go.”
He’ll be asked for more of the same Sunday against Seattle and running back Marshawn Lynch.
“He’s not a guy that will let one arm tackle or one person bring him down,” Spencer said. “You see that all the time on film. Even after contact, he’s still driving his feet and running, running through tackles, even when guys got him wrapped up, 300-pound guys got him wrapped up. He’s still running. So we know we’ve got to get everybody to the ball. We emphasized that a lot in practice.”
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Lynch ran for 135 yards against the Cowboys in a game in Arlington last year.
“Playing against him once makes you understand the power he has behind those pads,” Spencer said. “We didn’t have the best game against him last year, so we’ve got that in the back of our minds.”
-- Carlos Mendez