Dallas Cowboys studs and duds: Micah Parsons shines in Week 14 win

Dec 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) reacts after a sack against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) reacts after a sack against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) passes the ball under pressure from Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) during the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Football Team and the play of Micah Parsons stood out, making him one of the Week 14 studs

Coming into the weekend, the Washington Football Team had a ton of momentum thanks to reeling off four wins in a row. They were starting to gain some ground on the Dallas Cowboys, who headed into FedEx Field for a Week 14 showdown.

Dallas came out fired up and took a commanding lead early, led by their defense which was all over Taylor Heinicke. Washington fought back to make it a close game but in the end, the Cowboys defense sealed the deal.

Here we look back over their ninth win of the season and identify who stood out as studs and duds for America’s Team.

Dallas Cowboys stud: DeMarcus Lawrence

For this first time since Week 1, DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, and Micah Parsons were on the field together. And not one of them disappointed.

Lawrence, the veteran leader of the group, was credited with just two tackles but each went for a loss including a sack that lost Washington 10 yards. One of the hardest defensive ends to block, Lawrence was a problem all day in D.C.

Dallas Cowboys dud: La’el Collins

It wasn’t that La’el Collins played poorly but he had an error in judgment late in the game. With a 27-8 lead, Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a first down on third-and-eight. However, Prescott also took a hit from William Bradley-King which Collins took exception to.

Collins went after Bradley-King and even threw a punch. He was ejected from the game and wiped off the first down. Dallas then had to punt the ball and Washington cut the lead to 24-8, giving them a lot of momentum.

Making the disqualification worse, Tyron Smith was already out of the game due to injury. While it’s nice that Collins wants to defend his quarterback, he needs to make sure he’s on the field doing so — not in the locker room.