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Cowboys’ Micah Parsons primed to wreak havoc vs. Giants O-line on ‘Monday Night Football’

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For the first time in his promising career, Micah Parsons was the +350 favorite for the Defensive Player of the Year award. He surpassed Miles Garrett (+450) as the betting favorite on Caesars Sportsbook last Wednesday after opening with the fourth best odds for the award behind Aaron Donald, T.J. Watt and Garrett.

Players are flocking to Parsons as he has received the most stakes (19%) and the highest percentage of money (37%) to win the award since it opened.

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Those bets could pay off if he continues to be an absolute wreck of the game. At the start of week three, Parsons leads the NFL in sacks (4.0), pressure (13) and is second in pressure (22%). He is also the best defensive player in Pro Football Focus (92.2) this year.

Micah Parsons in Numbers – Week 3 Coming Out

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Percent pressure



He answers the question, what happens if the Cowboys use him exclusively as a pass rusher? Parsons is lining up as an outside linebacker in 79% of his snaps this year, up from 39% last year.

He also gets better. He presses a quarterback in about two seconds on average (2.01), which is the fastest among the top 40 pressers this year and a significant improvement over his 2.36 last year. If you look at the seven 10-pressing players this season, you’ll notice a stark difference between Parson’s time to press (2.01) and the rest of the group (2.46). Those half a second is an eternity if you’re a quarterback. He also has more pressure in less than two seconds (5) than 17 whole teams.

The biggest pressure in 2022 is the beginning of the third week



Pressure time

Micah Parsons, Cowboys



Miles Garrett, Browns



Justin Houston, Ravens



Chris Jones, Chiefs



Shaquille Barrett, Bucks



Preston Smith, Packers



Max Crosby, Raiders



The impact is obvious. This season, the Cowboys have gone negative (-3) due to 13 pressures from Parsons. Dallas also had two powerful offenses (the Buccaneers and Bengals), about 10 points below their 2021 season average, and avoided a win over Cincinnati without Dak Prescott.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Parsons’ skill set. Parsons is blocking almost 60% of his passes this season, according to ESPN’s NFL Next Gen Stats. by far the best pass rush winrate in the league. Think about it. If the most important part of a pass rush is to beat the offensive lineman, then it’s absurd that he does it much longer than half the time. Kicker too, as you can see on Chart below (courtesy of ESPN sports analytics writer Seth Walder) he accomplishes this by getting a double-team with one of the highest records in the league, leaving him in a league of his own.

Parsons will perform his show in week three on the big stage of Monday Night Football in front of the all-time great player he is often compared to. Lawrence Taylor told the New York Post, “I’m pretty sure I’ll see what he’s got on Monday night because I’ll be there,” LT said. “I didn’t analyze it. But I will do it on Monday.”

This could be a real show. He’s facing the Giants’ offensive line that has allowed the highest level of pressure in the NFL (49%) this year. While LT Andrew Thomas is the best Pro Football Focus offensive player in the league, RT rookie Evan Neal is ranked 65th out of 66 players. The Cowboys are moving Parsons, so expect them to find a suitable match. This season he has 38 snaps on the right OLB and 55 on the left OLB.

Giants head coach Brian Daball knows how dangerous he is. “He’s a problem,” Daball said. “He is a dynamic player. He can play in multiple places, yes. You see him in midfield, you see him in defense. it’s fun to watch when you’re not going to play it… Obviously we need to know where it is.”

After the third week, get ready for the historic season. Parsons already has the most sacks in 18 career games and is getting better.

Most sacks in first 18 career games

  • Mika Parsons 17.0
  • Aldon Smith 16.5
  • Joey Boza 16.0
  • Javon Kears 16.0
  • Clay Matthews 16.0

(Since bags became official in 1982)

If he continues like this, he will get more than comparisons with LT. On his way to the Defensive Player of the Year award, he could join Taylor (1981–82) and former Panthers star Luke Kuechly (2012–13) as the only players in NFL history to win both Defensive Player of the Year and Best defender of the year. years in their first two seasons. Taylor received both awards as a rookie and added a second DPOY award in his second season.

Just two games a year and 18 in his career. As Taylor’s Hall of Famer trainer Bill Parcells would say, “set aside the oil of the anointing.”

I think I’ll leave it on standby.


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