Fresh off a big-time win, the Dallas Cowboys (6-1) return home to take on the Denver Broncos (4-4). Dak Prescott will be back under center, and there’s a chance Michael Gallup could return as well, so Dallas will likely be back to their old self on offense.
Before the Cowboys and Broncos square off on Sunday afternoon, here are three bold predictions for the matchup.
1) Micah Parsons records the first multi-sack game of his career
Seven games into his NFL career, Micah Parsons has been everything the Cowboys could have hoped for. The 22-year-old leads the team with seven tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead with 11 QB hits. This week, Parsons is going to have one of his best days as a pro.
Going against a struggling Broncos’ offensive line that has allowed the 11 sacks in their last three games and the third-most sacks (25) overall in the league, the Cowboys are going to give Parsons plenty of chances to rush the passer.
We’ve already seen Parsons show off his pass-rush ability multiple times this season, particularly against the Chargers, Eagles and Panthers.
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Parsons’ pass-rush ability has earned him the second-highest pass-rush grade (90.7) of any linebacker in football, according to Pro Football Focus. He also has the most total pressures (24) and QB hurries (15) of any linebacker in the league, via PFF.
We’ll get to see the rookie linebacker’s pass-rush ability on full display this Sunday, and Parsons will walk out with the first multi-sack game of his career.
2) Cedrick Wilson throws the second touchdown pass of his career
This one is pretty out there, but with Kellen Moore calling the plays, it’s not too far off. Last week, Moore gave Wilson a chance to throw for the second time this season. The 25-year-old completed the pass to CeeDee Lamb, making him a perfect four-for-four on pass attempts during his career.
This wasn’t the first time Wilson got a chance to throw the ball this season. Back in Week 5 he completed a 22-yard pass that could have gone for much more. This week, Wilson’s going to replicate what he did against the Giants in 2020, when he tossed the first touchdown pass of his career to Dak Prescott.
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With Prescott still a bit hobbled, Wilson won’t get to throw it to his signal-caller again, but he’ll connect with CeeDee Lamb for a highlight-worthy touchdown.
3) Cowboys intercept Teddy Bridgewater twice
Last Sunday against the Vikings, the Cowboys defense did not generate a turnover for the first time this season. However, this week they’ll get right back on track.
As mentioned previously, the Broncos offensive line has been really struggling. Denver has given up 13 sacks in their last four games. Not coincidentally, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown all five of his interceptions on the season in his last four outings, including a three-interception day against the Raiders in Week 6.
The Cowboys will be able to take advantage of the Broncos’ offensive line struggles and generate constant pressure on Bridgewater. This will allow the Cowboys defense to do what they do best, take the football away.
Dallas gets back on track with two interceptions, one coming from Jourdan Lewis and the other via Trevon Diggs.
The Dallas Cowboys should win on Sunday, but if they are going to then they need to take care of business in a couple of certain ways. We discussed them in our official Dallas Cowboys Preview Show on the Blogging The Boys YouTube Channel. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel (which you can do right here) so you don’t miss any of our videos!