Tyron Smith with chance, challenge

CHICAGO -- To Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Tyron Smith is having a Pro Bowl season.

“There’s no question in my mind,” Garrett said.

Garrett has an obvious bias when it comes to his left tackle. Smith will have a chance tonight against the Chicago Bears to show the rest of the league he deserves a trip to the Pro Bowl with his work against Julius Peppers.

Peppers might not be the player he was -- maybe he misses Rod Marinelli -- but he has four of his 6.5 sacks in the past three games. He had 2.5 sacks in Chicago’s last game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Smith has given up just one sack this season after giving up three last season in his move to left tackle.

“When he gets going, he’s about as hard to block as anybody in the National Football League,” Garrett said of Peppers. “He makes a ton of plays in the run game. He makes a ton of plays affecting the quarterback. He’s got long arms. He’s quick. He’s explosive. He just makes a lot of plays on the ball. Certainly will be a great challenge for Tyron.”