Micah Parsons continues to raise the bar in his second year in the NFL. So far this season, the linebacker has shown himself to be a real danger on the Cowboys’ defense, as well as a strong candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. But that’s not all: A recent NFL statistical correction made Parsons go down in league history.
Last Sunday against the Lions, there was a sack on quarterback Jared Goff that was originally credited to defensive end Dorance Armstrong. However, the NFL made a correction on Wednesday after a thorough review of the play. Because of that, the league credited the sack to Parsons, who finished with two overall against Detroit.
After further review from the NFL, Micah Parsons received credit for this sack last week. He now has 8 sacks on the season, second-most in the league. (Patriots LB Matthew Judon has 8.5)
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 26, 2022
In this way, Parsons added his eighth sack of the season, in addition to his fourth game with two sacks (or more). The other games, remember, were against the Bucs (week 1), Bengals (week 2) and Rams (week 5). Right now, Parsons is the second most sacked player in the NFL behind Matt Judon (Patriots), who has 8.5 overall.
But that is not all. Following the correction, Micah Parsons has posted seven games with two or more sacks in 23 NFL games. With this, the linebacker goes down in history as the player who has achieved this milestone in such a short time. This, it is worth mentioning, since the sacks or captures became an official statistic in 1982.
The previous mark in this section was held by Terrell Suggs (Ravens) and Shawne Merriman (Chargers), who had six games with two or more sacks in their first 23 NFL games. Meanwhile, eight players managed five games with two sacks or more in the same amount of time. Among them are Aldon Smith (49ers), Reggie White (Eagles) and Dwight Freeney (Colts).
After stat correction, Cowboys LB Micah Parsons has now recorded two or more sacks in a single game seven times in his NFL career. No player has recorded this many two-sack games, this soon since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. https://t.co/890hUeLzde
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 27, 2022
With the performance and ambition Micah Parsons is displaying, there’s no doubt he’s a strong candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. But that may not be the only personal goal the Penn State product has in mind.
A few months ago, Parsons commented during an interview for CBS Sports who aspires to surpass the 13 sacks he achieved in his rookie season. Even he wants to go further. His goal: The all-time mark of 22.5 sacks in a season tied by TJ Watt (Steelers) in 2021.
“15 (sacks) would be the minimum”Parsons said last June during the aforementioned interview. “I want to reach 15. But definitely 23 is the goal, to break the record.”
Micah Parsons is coming for the NFL sack record next season:
“Yeah, 15’s like the minimum… But definitely 23 is that goal, to break the record.”
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) June 23, 2022
Will Parsons add more sacks against the Bears?
Of course, to accomplish that goal, Parsons must maintain that pace in his offensive production and keep adding sacks. To do this, his next target will be Justin Fields, quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
It’s true that Fields is a very mobile quarterback and an important piece in Chicago’s running game. However, the 2021 first-round pick is also the most-sacked QB in the NFL through Week 7, posting 27 sacks overall. This, in large part, is due to the large amount of time it takes for him to get rid of the ball.
— Eric Bryan Reinholtz (@ericjerseyvill) October 14, 2022
This factor not only presents an opportunity for Parsons, but for all Cowboys pass-rushers. So far this season, the Cowboy defense leads the NFL in sacks with 29 total. And while the Bears are expected to attack primarily on the ground, that number may increase this Sunday.
Either way, Micah Parsons will be looking tirelessly to keep adding sacks to his personal account. That’s how we saw him against the Lions last week, and even against the Rams in Week 5 despite being visibly hurt. And although the linebacker entered Dallas’ injury report Thursday due to a sore shoulder, it’s very likely he’ll play the Bears and keep up with their blistering pace.
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After an NFL correction, Micah Parsons breaks another historical mark