It was all right there for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10. They held a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers and looked poised to pick up their third consecutive win.
The rest of the game was a disaster for the Cowboys. Not only did their lead get erased, but the Packers would win in overtime, snapping a five-game losing streak. It was the first time the Cowboys blew a two touchdown in the fourth quarter in their history (196 games), which added some sting to the loss.
Cowboys’ linebacker, Micah Parsons, doesn’t plan to let that happen on his watch, ever again.
“We learned. We grew. S***, it won’t happen again,” Parsons said. “If Dak go out there and give me that lead again, I promise we won’t do that. (We’ll) make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Dallas has a daunting task this Sunday on defense. The Minnesota Vikings have running back Dalvin Cook who can explode at any given time with his speed and hit his head on the goalpost. Also, wide receiver Justin Jefferson has established himself as one the NFL’s best and coupled with Adam Thielen, K.J. Osborn and tight end T.J. Hockenson, the aerial assault for the Vikings can be formidable as well.
Parsons is known for being the Cowboys’ swiss army knife on defense with his ability to rush the passer and run sideline to sideline as a linebacker. That type of versatility may have to be on full display against the Vikings, which Parsons is more than willing to do.
“I’m just going to buckle my helmet up, and I’m going to set edges and ball out,” said Parsons. “And if they want to drop back, well, they can see me in that, too.”
The Cowboys’ run defense has been atrocious in 2022, ranking 29th in the NFL (143.1 yards per game). In particular, the Cowboys have allowed over 200 yards rushing in back-to-back games.
With the aforementioned Cook being such a dangerous weapon out of the backfield, the Cowboys’ defense will need to find a way to be serviceable against the run or the game could get away from them early. Parsons spoke on the Cowboys’ woes stopping the run this season ahead of their tough assignment in Week 11 and made it clear that it’s going to take a collective effort to get it corrected.
“We’ve got to trust each other. Trust is going to be the key to everything and where we want to go. We’ve got to trust someone is going to be in the B gap when they’re supposed to be in the B gap.
“Without that trust, we won’t go far.”
Well, that trust will be tested immensely on Sunday.
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