ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones didn’t understand the question at first, so it was asked twice.
can back Micah Parsons up to 34 bags?
“Well, if the Maris get 61 on home ground,” Jones said, referring to New York Yankees legend Roger Maris, who still holds the MLS home record. “That’s old stuff over there. But, uh, no, I don’t know, I’m not sure where we got to 34.”
It’s math, Jerry.
Parsons has four sacks in two games. The Cowboys have 17 games of the season. That would amount to 34 sacks, an NFL record. Not only will it be a record, it will erase the hall of Famer’s joint mark Michael Strahan And the TJ Watt at 22.5.
“He’s on his way to 34, OK, OK,” Jones said. “Well, that was a great match he had there. There is no doubt that he faired the match by being in that match.”
In Sunday’s 20-17 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, Parsons had sacks in the opening campaign of the first and second innings. He has been credited with 10 of the 15 Cowboys presses. This is the second time in his career that he has had at least 10 presses in one match; He had 12 last season against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Defensive end: ‘He’s just intentional at his job’ De Marcus Lawrence He said. “Micha is a great player with passing, his ability to get off the ball. All we ask is to take advantage of his chances. So Micah, keep going! Don’t stop!”
In his second season, Parsons may be just getting started.
Parsons played 18 regular season games (on the COVID-19 roster for Week 18 last season), and has 17 sacks. Since sacks became official law in 1982, Aldon Smith He held the record for most sacks (16.5) in the first 18 games of his career.
Parsons’ four sacks in the first two games were tied for second place by the Cowboys. Hall of Fame Charles Haley He had 5.5 sacks in his first two matches in 1994. Future Hall of Famer DeMarcus Weir He had four sacks in the first two games of the 2011 season, and Lawrence had four in his first two games in 2017.
“Just implementing my game plan, just knowing when to take my shots and when not to, and understanding when to go up and when to go down,” Parsons said. “I’ve put in a lot of work this season.”
Even before the quarterback Duck Prescott Suffering a broken thumb in a season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cowboys knew they would have to rely on their defense, which meant relying a lot on Parsons.
Through two games, the Cowboys’ defense allowed two combined drops for offenses by midfielders Tom Brady And the Joe Borough. The last time the Cowboys dropped touchdowns only twice was in their first two games in 1996.
Burrow has been sacked six times by four different players. like Parsons, Dorence Armstrong He had two bags. Dante Fowler Jr. He was forced to grope his sack, which Parsons nearly retrieved. Leighton Vander He got his first sack since the second week of last season.
The Cowboys’ attack scored a touchdown on their first two possessions but faltered for most of the game after that. The defense held firm until the Bengals collected 19 games, 83 yards, and a two-point conversion to tie the game at 17.
When Cincinnati had the chance to win the game when she got the ball with 2:13 to play, the defense forced a three and came out with a key Tryvon Diggs Tackle on throwing to flat in the third and 3 to Tyler Boyd.
“We just needed to stop,” Diggs said. “I was like, ‘Let me go play these plays and get the attack back on the field, and let’s go win this thing. “
And they did. quarterback Cooper Rush Put the cowboys into position with three completions. a Tony Pollard He ran and got the ball to Cincinnati 32. Brett Maher Make the game winning field goal out of 50 yards with the time up.
“That’s how we think anyway,” Armstrong said. “We want to lead our team and help us win. Let them do their job as long as we do our part, things will be great.”
With Parsons, there’s always a chance, but he’s quick to point out that it’s not just that.
“One lion can’t do it alone. You need pride. It’s like 10 hyenas chasing one lion, a lion could lose,” Parsons said. “The fact that I have 10 other men I feel I can count on, that’s what It makes that boat go.”