Micah Parsons was a huge factor in the Dallas Cowboys' big win on Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished with two sacks to go along with eight QB pressures and a 22.9% pass-rush win percentage in the week two matchup.
This comes after another two-sack performance against the Buccaneers in week one. Putting Parsons in elite company with Charles Haley, DeMarcus Ware, and DeMarcus Lawrence as the only Cowboys players to record multiple sacks in the first two games of a season.
With Sunday's performance, Parsons now has 17 career sacks in his first 18 regular season games which is an NFL record.
Micah Parsons has the most sacks (17) in a player's 1st 18 career games#Cowboys pic.twitter.com/O0fsF37iET
It is becoming a weekly habit by Parsons to re-write the record books as he not only became the fastest player to 15 sacks just a week ago but is now one of six players ever to record two or more sacks in a game five times in a player's first 20 games.
What Micah has done in under 20 starts is simply incredible. He is well on his way to recording more sacks than anybody in the league's history within this time frame. More than T.J. Watt, Aaron Donald, and even Lawrence Taylor; despite being drafted as, and playing, linebacker for a chunk of last season. With now lining up as a primary edge rusher, Micah Parsons is going to have 20-plus sacks by the end of the season.
Crown him the 👑! @MicahhParsons11 with another sack!
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— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 18, 2022
He is off to the best start of a career we have seen from a pass rusher, maybe even the best start for a defensive player period.
Parsons obviously entered the conversation as one of the league's premier pass rushers last season winning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors by unanimous decision with 13 sacks and the best pressure rate of any pass-rusher in the league at 22.4%. Not to mention his 84 total tackles and 20 tackles for a loss.
But he is no longer entering the conversation.
Micah is the conversation when it comes to the best pass-rusher in the NFL. In the same breath as Aaron Donald, T.J. Watt, and Myles Garrett. The days of waiting for teams to figure him out are over as this is simply who he is. A top-three pass rusher in the league, the best player on the Cowboys roster, and the early favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year.