The Dallas Cowboys kickoff the 2022 NFL season on Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NBC will air the game in a primetime setting, setting the stage for a playoff-like matchup.
Much of the focus will be on Dak Prescott versus Tom Brady. The two quarterbacks played extremely well in last year’s season opener. Both are expected to be among the best in the league this year, too.
However, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles has his attention elsewhere.
Micah Parsons has respect of the Bucs
Ahead of the week one matchup, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are focused on one specific player on the Dallas Cowboys. That one player is phenom defender Micah Parsons.
Bowles spoke on Parsons this past week. The Buccaneers’ head coach describes the Cowboys’ All-Pro defender as a “game-wrecker.”
Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles on Cowboys LB Micah Parsons: “He can blow up runs, he can cover. … He causes a lot of problems. They cause a lot of mismatches for him, they get him in position where he’s on the back a lot, but he can beat linemen as well. He’s a true game-wrecker.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 1, 2022
“He causes a lot of problems. They cause a lot of mismatches for him, they get him in position where he’s on the back a lot, but he can beat linemen as well. He’s a true game-wrecker.”
Bowles went on to say that Tom Brady must be aware of “where (Parsons) is.” Dallas, of course, likes to move Micah Parsons all over the field as a pass rusher and a traditional linebacker.
Todd Bowles on if Micah Parsons is someone who Tom Brady needs to be aware of pre-snap: “He should be aware of all of them, but definitely where he is.” https://t.co/yojdPSR75C— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 1, 2022
The versatility that Parsons brings to the table is exactly what makes him so special for the Cowboys. And such a nightmare for opposing offenses. Dan Quinn unleashed Parsons as a rookie, and the comfort between the two should only grow in 2022.
Utilizing Parsons as a blitzer in the middle and off the edge could give the Bucs a ton of fits. His pass rushing ability is well-known and he has the speed to get to Tom Brady in a hurry. That could be the key to the Cowboys grabbing the week one victory.
Parsons understands how good he is. However, his sights are higher. He is determined to be the best player in the league in year-two. Wrecking the game against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers would go a long way in that becoming a reality.
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