While the Dallas Cowboys offense got off to a sluggish start against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the same can't be said for their defense. Led by Micah Parsons, this Cowboys defense has established their dominance early.
Dan Quinn has unleashed Parsons on a Panthers offensive line that can't block anyone this season. Parsons has been able to disrupt this Panthers offense, getting two sacks on quarterback Bryce Young in the first quarter alone.
Parsons hasn't been the only one getting in the act, with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence also getting a sack on a critical third down, forcing the Panthers to kick a field goal. Repeatedly, though, Dallas' vaunted rush has shown up whenever they've been needed, and this amazing Getty Image of a flying Parsons tearing Young to the turf tells you everything you need to know about the first half of action.
Dallas Cowboys defender Micah Parsons threatening to reach double-digit sack season vs Panthers
Both sacks came as the Panthers' offense was trying to show signs of life, but defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was having none of it, dialing up blitzes to quell the Panthers' momentum.
Now, if this Cowboys defense wants to, they need to make sure they don't allow the Panthers running game to continue to pick up chuck yardage with running backs Chubba Hubbard and Miles Sanders. The two have combined for 81 yards for an average of 6.1 yards per carry, and that's the only way the team has been able to move the football.
The Cowboys can't play Carolina and the Giants every week, unfortunately, but if Parsons' goal was to reach double-digit sacks soon, he might just make it by the end of Sunday's game, needing just one more in the second half of action.