Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to recognize what went right for the Dallas Cowboys after their upset win over the Cincinnati Bengals. To say this win was unexpected is an understatement. Everyone and their mother was writing the Cowboys off, and they delivered when nobody expected them to.
The 20-17 win over the Bengals was certainly a way to silence the doubters, but that wouldn’t have happened without certain individuals leading the way. The one at the front of the pack, or the pride if you will, was none other than Defensive Player of the Year front-runner Micah Parsons.
Cowboys’ weekly awards after bounce-back win over Bengals
MVP: Micah Parsons, LB (x2)
While there was more competition for this award this week rather than last, Micah Parsons was still the runaway favorite for this week’s Most Valuable Player. Parsons was in the backfield on almost every snap and was constantly in Joe Burrow’s face, making his life miserable behind what was thought to be a new and formidable offensive line.
Parsons lined up against old teammate La’el Collins much of the night, and he made light work of the former Cowboy. On Sunday, No. 11 recorded eight (!!!) pressures, three hurries, three quarterback hits, and two sacks, according to PFF. He now has four sacks on the season, leading the NFL, and has the most sacks through a player’s first 18 games in NFL history with 17.
After a performance like he had on Sunday, there was no doubt in my mind he was winning this award for me. He was the difference-maker in this game, as normally expected of him, and it will be nearly impossible for almost anyone except him to follow up a game like this.
Runner-up: K Brett Maher (yes, I had to, he literally won the game)