Dallas Cowboys Stud: Micah Parsons, Linebacker
Carolina forced a quick punt and then started to move the ball on offense. They had a couple of first downs, but a third-and-six wound up being their downfall. Bryce Young dropped back on that one, but had no time to do anything thanks to Micah Parsons. The top pass rusher for Dallas took him down for a nine-yard loss, bringing an end to a 10-play drive and getting the ball back for his offense.
There was nearly an identical situation on the next drive for the Panthers as well. After Dorance Armstrong hit Young's hand on second down, forcing a wild pass, Carolina was facing a third-and-seven. Again, the rookie quarterback was in a passing situation, but never had a chance with No. 11 breaking through for his second sack on the day. Just like his first, this one also went for a nine-yard loss and forced a punt.
As is often the case with great players, Parsons also made an impact on snaps where he didn't make it to the stat sheet. Near the end of the first half, Carolina was finally driving and moved the ball to the Dallas 13. Donovan Wilson pushed them back four yards with a tackle for a loss, and then Parsons was the one who ruined their second down play.
Looking to make up for the loss, Young went back to drop, but had to throw the ball into the ground with Parsons chasing him. DeMarcus Lawrence followed that up with a sack and the Panthers settled for three, thanks in part to Parsons getting into the backfield and causing more issues.
The stud linebacker finished with six tackles and 2.5 sacks. That means he now has 10 on the season and has posted double-digits in each of his three years in the NFL. Parsons is clearly in the mix for NFL Defensive Player of the Year and games like this will only help his case.