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Dallas Cowboys' Tyron Smith named NFC offensive player of week

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith became the first offensive lineman to be named the NFC's offensive player of the week in a decade.

Smith received the honor for his role in the Cowboys' 30-23 win against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, the league announced Wednesday.

The Pro Bowl left tackle helped Dallas rush for 162 yards -- 100 more than the Seattle defense had been allowing per game before facing the Cowboys. Smith’s protection of Tony Romo, who threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns, helped limit the Seahawks to only one sack.

The last offensive lineman to receive a conference player of the week honor was Kansas City’s Brian Waters in 2004. The last tackle to win the award was Dallas' Erik Williams in 1992.