During that day’s game in Green Bay against the Packers, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons made headlines by comparing Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his five-game losing streak teammates to Roach.
“My grandmother told me: When you see a porch, do you kick it and bury it, or do you let it rebuild and bring you back to life?” Parsons told Yahoo Sports. “You nailed it. I live life with no regrets. You can’t have any regrets in this game [or] He’s going to bite you.”
After Sunday’s 31-28 overtime loss, in which the Packers ran 39 times for 207 yards and Rodgers rallied from a 28-14 deficit, Parsons found himself frustrated and frustrated, calling out his defensive teammates for unselfishness and undisciplined play. Accountability.
Parsons was especially furious with the run defense, which has been a weakness of the Cowboys’ defense all season.
The Cowboys’ defense ranks 11th overall but 29th in the run.
Opponents are choosing to run against the Cowboys to avoid facing the league’s No. 1 pass rush. And two weeks after the Chicago Bears rushed 43 times for 239 yards against the Cowboys, the Packers once again held off a 200-yard defense with a season-high number of attempts and a pass rush from the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
“Nobody’s going to let us rush, nobody’s going to let us be who we are,” said Parsons, the team leader who spent more time playing run defense than rushing the Packers. “We’ve got to put this fire out. Until we put the fire out, we’re going to keep seeing it. If people want to keep doing their thing, we’re going to do this all year long. We’ve got to put this out. We’ve got to be accountable. We’ve got to stay in our gaps. We’ve got to stop the run. It’s going to be a long year until we do that.” He said.
“Such things cannot happen. Bad things tend to repeat themselves. We need to clean this up and stop now.
The run defense situation is a concern as the Cowboys saw their two game winning streak go and are now in third place in the NFC East at 6-3. Starting next Sunday with the Minnesota Vikings and a strong running back from Dalvin Cook, there will be plenty of teams to face.
They will face the Giants and Saquon Barkley on Thanksgiving, followed by the Indianapolis Colts and Jonathan Taylor, the Houston Texans and Damien Pierce and the Tennessee Titans and Derrick Henry.
And that doesn’t include the undefeated Eagles and their college-style offense led by quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Bluetooth is already available. The Packers made the most of it, as Rodgers completed 14 of 20 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns to match his success on the ground. He was only sacked twice.
Aaron Jones rushed 24 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. AJ Dillon had 65 yards on 13 carries.
The Raiders attacked the Cowboys defensive ends and threatened them up the middle.
“I think the biggest thing is playing small ball,” coach Mike McCarthy said. They attacked us in the run game and we had success, they were rushing for over 200 yards. That calling card is on us. We knew they were coming in and they had two backs to face us. We have to be better there and we will continue to work on it. I thought they tried to get away from our pacific rush as much as they could and took select balls. We see it every week. Everyone is going to try the ball because that’s the way we’re built.
Parsons said it was because of the way they were built and their undisciplined play.
And they Cowboys can’t put out this fire, any hope of making this a special season, led by a defense that makes the difference, will burn.
This story was originally published November 14, 2022 7:58 am.