It got dicey after Garrett Wilson's 68-yard touchdown, but the Dallas Cowboys dominated the New York Jets 30-10 at AT&T Stadium. It was another statement performance by Micah Parsons and the defense, but fans finally saw glimpses of the offense's potential with Mike McCarthy calling plays.
While McCarthy, Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb all deserve flowers, Parsons is once again the leading talking point after another world-class performance.
Parsons racked up a team-high seven pressures, two sacks, and a forced and recovered fumble he ripped out of Dalvin Cook's hands.
It's a mind-boggling stat line that nearly reached all-time great status after Parsons returned the fumble for a touchdown. Sadly, replay showed he was down by contact before he got to his feet, so Parsons is still in search of his first defensive score of the season.
To no surprise, Parsons was feeling himself after the win and delivered a savage quote that utterly disrespected Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
Micah Parsons postgame quote shows Cowboys had no respect for Zach Wilson.
Another drop the mic moment from the Cowboys superstar.
Of course, Dallas' approach to the game turned on its head after Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Monday night. From that moment, it's clear Parsons and the Cowboys defense knew they could feast on Wilson, who hasn't enjoyed much (if any) success since he was drafted second overall in 2021.
It's anyone's guess how Dan Quinn would have approached this game if Rodgers was under center for the Jets, but Rodgers' absence made it easy.
The Cowboys blitzed just five times, per Next Gen Stats, which showed they were content letting Wilson drop back and beat them. It also spoke to Quinn's confidence in Parsons and the defensive front to create pressure with four rushers.
Without blitzing, the Cowboys posted three sacks and five QB hits. Wilson gave the defense some trouble taking off with his legs, but that's really the only time New York was able to move the chains consistently.
At the end of the day, Parsons and company limited Wilson to 12-of-27 for 170 yards (68 of which came on Garrett Wilson's long TD on a busted coverage), that touchdown and three interceptions, adding up to a 38.1 passer rating.
Parsons talks a big game and always backs it up on the field. Jets fans can do nothing but tip their cap and move on. After all, they knew what Wilson was walking into the moment the severity of Rodgers' injury was confirmed.