The Dallas Cowboys are 5-2 thus far on the season despite not having starting quarterback Dak Prescott in five of those games. Cooper Rush did an excellent job filling in as the starter, doing everything he was asked to help put the team in a position to win games. A big reason that the team had continued success was the performance of their defense.
Dallas’s defense has been excellent thus far this season. They are second in the league in points allowed, surrendering only 14.9 per game. They are sixth in yardage allowed as they are making it very difficult for opposing offenses to move the ball.
The leader of that defense and the turnover they have experienced since last season is linebacker Micah Parsons. The No. 12 overall pick from the 2021 NFL Draft came into the league producing right off the bat and has not slowed in his sophomore season.
After taking home the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, an All-Pro and Pro Bowl nomination and finishing second in the Defensive Player of the Year running, Parsons is once again putting together a dominant season. While his versatility is one thing that makes him such a special player, his pass-rushing skills and ability to get into the defensive backfield are elite.
As broken down by CBS Sports, Parsons has been a one-man wrecking crew this season. He is tied for second in the NFL with 7.0 sacks, is in first place with 36 pressures, tied for third with eight tackles for a loss, tied for fourth with 13 quarterback hits and tied for fifth with two forced fumbles.
Parsons is putting himself in a position to take home the DPOY award this season after falling just short as a rookie. He is the heart and soul of this renaissance defensively for the Cowboys and the statistics show just how good he has been.
Dallas will need him to keep performing at that level. They host the Chicago Bears in Week 8 before their bye, but after that, they have back-to-back road games against the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings before hosting a huge game against the New York Giants on Thanksgiving.