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Bengals offense vs. Cowboys defense: Matchup of strengths likely to decide outcome in Week 2 bout

Year after year, the NFL reminds everyone why it might as well stand for “Not For Long.” Just last season, the Dallas Cowboys had the league’s top offense, ranking first in points per game (31.2) and total yards per game (407.0). Last week, the Cowboys were the only team in the entire league that didn’t score a touchdown in their 19-3 home loss on Sunday night against Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Having lost quarterback Dak Prescott to a fractured right thumb, the defense is now the most important side of the ball in Dallas. 

“Playing a team sport, you have to rely on each other to get your goals accomplished, and the offense needs our help right now, so it’s up to us as a defense to step up and get them the help they need,” Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said after practice on Thursday.

Their task this week when they face the Cincinnati Bengals: Slow down Joe Burrow, the reigning Comeback Player of the Year Joe Burrow, and Ja’Marr Chase, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year.

When Burrow was asked at his weekly press conference what stands out about this Cowboys defense, one name immediately came out of his mouth: Micah Parsons, the Cowboys linebacker who won Defensive Rookie of the Year as a rookie last season.

“Micah Parsons,” Burrow said at his weekly media availability. “He’s a really good player. Got to have a plan for him. Have to be aware of where he is at all times. He can wreck the game if you let him.”

The second-year linebacker out of Penn State totaled the only two Cowboys sacks of Brady last week, both in the red zone, picking up right where he left off a year ago. Parsons finished his rookie season with 13 sacks, tied for the third-most by a rookie in league history. His 15 career sacks are tied for the second-most through 17 career games since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

Most sacks in first 18 career games (since 1982)

*Micah…


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Author : Garrett Podell

Publish date : 2022-09-16 17:50:29

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