4 Stats Show How Dominant Cowboys’ Micah Parsons Was In Week 5

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Micah Parsons and the Dallas Cowboys picked up another impressive victory in Week 5, defeating the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. While the game was technically on the road, you wouldn’t know it with how many Cowboy fans were there to cheer on their team.

This was the fourth straight game that Cooper Rush has won in relief of Dak Prescott, who is getting close to making a return to the field. However, this victory can be credited to the performance of the defense as the team didn’t need Rush to do more than just manage the game.

Dallas made life difficult for Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford from the first time they stepped on the field. Shutting down a non-existent Rams’ running game enabled the team’s pass rushers to get up the field and relentlessly pressure Stafford every time he dropped back to pass the ball.

The Cowboys had 11 quarterback hits in the game to go along with five sacks. Leading that barrage was star linebacker, Micah Parsons. Parsons shared that he is looking to chase down Aaron Donald as the best pass rusher in the NFL and he showcased his abilities in this game.

According to PFF, Los Angeles had no answers when it came to slowing down Parsons. He finished the game with a pass-rushing grade of 91.4. He racked up two sacks with six quarterback pressures and had a 27.6 win percentage in the game.

While Parsons is known for his versatility as he can play sideline to sideline as a run defender or drop back in coverage, his pass-rushing ability is truly elite. He is now tied for the league lead with 6.0 sacks on the season along with Nick Bosa, Maxx Crosby and Matt Judon.

 All three of the other players are pass rushers exclusively, which is a role that Parsons may also transition to given how dominant he has been. While the Cowboys love that he can help in other areas, they likely cannot afford to keep him from being a pass rusher any longer given the production he provides.