2. Micah Parsons won’t get a sack
Parsons surprised fans and scouts alike by becoming his team’s best pass-rusher as a rookie. Nonetheless, he’s expected to move back from defensive end to linebacker in his sophomore campaign.
He’ll still see snaps at edge rusher on obvious passing downs but he won’t get as many bites at the apple in Week 1 as he did down the stretch last year. That, coupled with the challenge of going up against Tristan Wirfs and Donovan Smith will prevent Hooker from notching a sack against Brady in this game.
Dallas’ inability to move Brady off his spot in the pocket will make it impossible to keep the Buccaneers from lighting up the scoreboard. Simply put, they need Parsons to generate a lot of pressure if they’re going to emerge victorious.
The Cowboys’ front seven is going to be overmatched by Tampa Bay’s talented front on Sunday night. Parsons may make some nice plays in space, but he’s not going to win battles in the opposing backfield. His inability to get to Brady will be a big reason why his team starts their 2022 season off with a loss.