FRISCO, Texas – DeMarcus Lawrence was close several times, including consecutive plays on the final drive of the first half last Sunday against the Bengals.
As he prepares for his second game back since completing his four-game NFL suspension, Lawrence is looking for his first sack of the season after leading the Cowboys with eight in 2015.
"I stay hungry," Lawrence said Thursday. "I don't like quarterbacks. Even when I get a chance to face one, I'm going at them with all I've got. Hopefully this is the one."
Although the stat sheet showed no sacks in Week 5 for the third-year defensive end, Lawrence's rushes off the edge created opportunities. The Cowboys registered a season-high four sacks against the Bengals in a 28-14 win and shut out the Cincinnati offense until the fourth quarter.
The challenge gets tougher this Sunday against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, one of the most productive – and elusive – quarterbacks in the league. The defense has faced Rodgers twice in the last two years at Lambeau Field: a Divisional Round loss in 2014 and a 28-17 loss last December.
"We've got to put more pressure on him, just keep him in the pocket," Lawrence said. "I don't think we did that enough in the first game or the last game."