Dallas Cowboys LB Micah Parsons Delivers Chilling Premonition: ‘We’re a Lion Pack Now. Everybody’s Got to Get a Piece of the Gazelle’

The Dallas Cowboys have put together one of the most intimidating defenses in the NFL. Whether it’s rookie linebacker Micah Parsons terrorizing quarterbacks or cornerback Trevon Diggs patrolling the skies, Dallas is no joke.

The Cowboys have a championship unit on the defensive side of the ball. They now also have a moniker to match their intimidating style of play.

They’re a lion pack.

The Dallas Cowboys have been excellent on defense in 2021

Micah Parsons and the Dallas Cowboys Defense
Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys is congratulated by Carlos Watkins #91 after Parsons sacked Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs (not in photo) during the third quarter of the game | Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Cowboys boast a top 10 defense league-wide, and they’re extremely good at the things that keep quarterbacks and offensive coordinators sup all night: securing turnovers.

The Cowboys have the second-best turnover differential in the NFL at +12. They’ve notched an incredible 23 interceptions as a team, which leads the NFL, and eight fumble recoveries. With 31 total turnovers secured by the defense to date, the Cowboys are tied for the most opportunistic defense in the league with the Indianapolis Colts.

Second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs, who just made the Pro Bowl for the first time, leads the league in interceptions with 10. He’s three ahead of J.C. Jackson of the Patriots, who is a heck of a defensive back himself. That tells you just how great Diggs has been for the Cowboys.

Parsons, a rookie out of Penn State, has made the type of impact that few players in the league can, let alone a rookie. He’s just the 12th rookie in Dallas history to make a Pro Bowl, and his 12 sacks on the season are seventh-best behind superstar names like T.J. Watt, Robert Quinn, and Myles Garrett, to name a few.

As a unit, the Cowboys are giving up just 20.9 points per game, which is currently seventh-best league-wide.

Micah Parsons gave the Cowboys a nickname on defense

Great defenses throughout NFL history have earned nicknames that live up to their dominance on the field. The Chicago Bears had the “Monsters of Midway,” and the Pittsburgh Steelers had the “Steel Curtain,” specifically referring to their dominant defensive line.

Speaking of legends, in an episode of Hard Knocks on HBO in the preseason, Parsons graced us with a legendary phrase as he ran out onto the practice field.

“The lion is always hungry, he said.

Dallas’ 2021 defense is not yet nearing legendary status just yet, but Parsons isn’t shy when referring to his unit.

“We’re a lion pack now. There is no more lone lion,” Parsons said, according to the team website. “It’s the pride now. Everybody’s got to get a piece of the gazelle.”

The Cowboys are oh so close to hunting in the playoffs

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Malik Hooker #28 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammates after making an interception during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants | Sarah Stier/Getty Images

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At 10-4 and with a substantial lead in the NFC East, the Cowboys should be soon punching their ticket to the NFL playoffs. In fact, there’s a good chance they lock up the division in Week 16.

Playing the 6-8 Washington Football team, a squad the Cowboys just beat on the road, 27-20, in Week 14, Dallas only needs to pick up its 11th win of the season in order to clinch the division.

After the Washington game, Dallas plays an Arizona Cardinals team that has been reeling as of late, most recently losing to the Detroit Lions. The regular season ends with a game in Philadelphia. The Cowboys beat the Eagles earlier in the season, 41-21.

Especially if Dallas keeps playing a high level of football, there’s a realistic possibility the Cowboys enter the playoffs at 13-4 and on a six-game win streak. They’ve got a few gazelles left to eat this season in order for that to happen, but especially on defense, this is a team that’s hungry.

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. Contract information via Spotrac.