In Dallas, the conversation around the Cowboys usually centers on the offense. People talk about the passing of Dak Prescott. The running of Ezekiel Elliott. The pass-catching of Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.

But in 2021, the conversation is changing. A defensive player has stolen the spotlight. Fans and pundits alike have been dazzled by the versatility, athleticism and ferociousness of the 12th overall pick in the 2021 draft. Barring catastrophe, linebacker Micah Parsons is a lock to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year at the NFL Honors on February 10.

But we need to start having another conversation. A talk about a different accolade for the former Penn State standout. DROY may not be the only award that Parsons wins in Los Angeles.

At this rate, Parsons could be the 2021 Defensive Player of the Year as well.

The Cowboys moved to 8-4 on the season and added to their lead on 5-6 Washington in the NFC East with Thursday's 27-17 win over a short-handed New Orleans Saints team. But on a night when the Cowboys offense couldn't run the ball consistently and managed a relatively modest (by its standards) 377 total yards, it fell to the Dallas defense to carry the day.

Carry it they did. Dallas limited the Saints to a lone touchdown in the first 57 minutes while forcing four turnovers (one of which was returned for a score) and notching two sacks. As has been the case so many times this season, Parsons was the star of the show.