For the Dallas Cowboys, this is a season of firsts. They are on track to become just the eighth team in NFL history with three straight 5-0 starts and Jerry Jones has entered uncharted territory as owner for all nine years since he bought them from H.R.
The “dallas cowboys 2020” is a team that has been struggling to find success. Even with rookie phenom Micah Parsons, the Cowboys’ defense ‘ain’t about one player.
FRISCO, Texas (KTRK) — Micah Parsons was not recorded with a single tackle in the New York Giants’ victory last week. His six-game sack run came to a stop. Despite this, the Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker/defensive end produced a play that everyone was talking about.
In the first quarter, with the Giants threatening in the end zone, Parsons lined up wide on running back Devontae Booker. Booker moved Parsons inside, and Booker put a pick on CB Anthony Brown, who was lined up in front of $72 million receiver Kenny Golladay, at the snap.
Parsons instinctively came to a halt and pivoted to run alongside Golladay, and quarterback Mike Glennon’s ball landed safely on the ground.
“With two DBs, you may say, ‘Hey, let’s play this in and out,’” Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “When you do that, there’s a method you can use.” You don’t frequently see a DB and a linebacker team up like that, but we did it on that play, and I think it shows [Parsons’] awareness. It was the finest play that didn’t get many metrics.”
Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) just lined up at CB and made the play.
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December 19, 2021 — NFL (@NFL)
Almost all of the other numbers in the Giants’ triumph went to other players on defense. Despite Parsons’ absence from the stat sheet, the Cowboys’ defense did not allow a score, had four takeaways (tying the Colts for the most in the NFL with 31), a sack, and five quarterback hits or hurries.
“When you come play the Dallas Cowboys, it ain’t just one person,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. “You have to play all 11 of us, and if you believe you’re just going to play one of us, you’re mistaken.”
As much as Parsons, the clear-cut Defensive Rookie of the Year and potential Defensive Player of the Year, and cornerback Trevon Diggs, the NFL’s interception leader with 10, get the spotlight, the Cowboys’ defense, which ranks seventh in points allowed per game (20.93), is built on a numerical advantage.
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