The Green Bay Packers pulled off a huge upset against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Coming in as 7.5-point underdogs, the Packers completely dominated the game from start to finish. One reason that Dallas has been so good is the play of Micah Parsons. Right tackle Zach Tom, along with the entire offensive line, completely dominated Parsons throughout the game.
The Packers held Micah Parsons to just 1 pressure on 19 pass rushes, his lowest pressure rate in a game in his career (5.3%).
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 15, 2024
Green Bay Packers Zach Tom Dominates Micah Parsons
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to Packers fans. According to the NFL Next Gen Stats, Tom was the best right tackle in the league this season in terms of pressure rate, only giving up pressure 5.5% of the time. On Sunday, Parsons and Tom matched up nine times, and the elite right tackle gave up no pressures. For the whole game, Parsons was only able to get one pressure. Neutralizing a team’s best pass rusher is usually a good way to win games.
Elite Offensive Line
The team as a whole has improved over the league, but the offensive line has had the most notable improvement. Early in the season, Jordan Love was under a lot of pressure. It caused him to make poor decisions, and drives ended due to poor offensive line play. In the second half of the season, this group has been elite. We’ve mentioned Tom, but left tackle Rasheed Walker has also been great on the other side. It has been a huge reason why the offense has been so good.
The Packers now head to San Francisco to take on the conference’s number-one overall seed. The team is playing with house money, but if they play like they did today, there is no one they cannot beat.