30 NFL records that could be broken this season

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15): Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Cowboys, Micah Parsons
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11): Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

24. Micah Parsons, Cowboys single-season sacks

Sticking with the Cowboys, Micah Parsons is probably the best defensive player in the league. If he stays healthy, he might have a chance at breaking records across the board. For the first few seasons of his career, he was used as a traditional linebacker, but that is going to change this season. Parsons is clearly better used as a pass rusher, and he will have that focus this season.

He had 72 pressures on true pass sets, according to PFF. That led the league, and again he wasn’t a true standup pass-rushing linebacker. Parsons is adding some bulk to his body in order to survive a full 17 games in this new role.

The Cowboys have had some great pass rushers. Demarcus Ware, Demarcus Lawrence, and Too Tall Jones are names that come to mind immediately. Ware was the best in blue, and he had 20 sacks in 2008. While he wasn’t able to break Michael Strahan’s record, he did break Jim Jeffcoat’s record by six sacks. This season, Parsons is going to break that record.

We predict Parsons will fall short of the NFL record (more on that in a moment), but he will get past 20 sacks for the first time in his career. He’s already getting to the QB at an incredible clip, and we predict the schedule will help his question. Two games against Daniel Jones and Sam Howell, Jalen Hurts sometimes waits just a little too long to make a play, and the Cowboys schedule also has Bryce Young, Mac Jones, and Colt McCoy. Parsons is going to have a field day for most of this season.