No. 11 — rookie first-round pick Micah Parsons — had one of the best games of his young career against a Kansas City squad that is slowly finding their footing offensively. He recorded two sacks — one of which was a strip-sack — and two tackles for loss against the Chiefs. Parsons was one of the lone bright spots for a Cowboys team that struggled during their second loss in three games.
Despite feasting on him during the game, Parsons found Mahomes after the game and asked for a special request, one to which Mahomes agreed to under one condition.
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Parsons, Mahomes Exchange Jerseys
The rookie phenom shared his conversation with Mahomes regarding his request to get Mahomes’ jersey.
“He said, ‘As long as I get one back.’ I said, ‘You got it, bro.’ I’m going to give that to my son one day. It’s probably going to be his most prized possession ever, and he doesn’t realize it yet,” Parsons said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.
As they saying goes, “game respects game,” which is why Mahomes wanted to get his hands on Parsons’ jersey if he was going to give up his own jersey.
Parsons had made his admiration of Mahomes known prior to Dallas’ matchup against Kansas City, noting how the Chiefs’ star quarterback was his go-to player in Madden.
“[Mahomes’} throwing power. His ability to throw no-looks. I mean, this is a guy I like on Madden. So my first time playing him, I’m really excited to see what he does in person. He’s just a terrific player, future Hall of Famer,” Parsons told John Machota of The Athletic on Wednesday, November 17.
Mahomes Calls Parsons ‘Special Player’
After the Week 11 victory, Mahomes talked about his impression of Dallas’ star defender after having to face him at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
“Yeah, he’s a special player. I mean to be that good of a linebacker and be able to play defensive end, there’s not a lot of guys like that in this league,” Mahomes said during his press conference on Sunday, November 21. “He has a high motor, he chased me down on that sack, the strip-sack, and the whole game, he was in there the whole time battling and battling. Like I said, they have great players on that defense, and I thought our guys did a great job especially early and then we battled through at the end of the game.”
Despite the win, Kansas City’s offense only put two touchdowns on the board, both of which came from rushing attempts by running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and tight end Travis Kelce. So even while riding a four-game win streak as they enter their bye, Mahomes and the defending AFC champions know what they need to work on offensively over the next couple of weeks before they face the Denver Broncos in Week 13.
“I think when you get in those third-and-medium areas, where teams are playing that man/thief coverage, just finding ways to beat that,” Mahomes explained. “A lot of teams are playing it to us. We have to be better there. We have to stop the self-inflicted wounds, whether it’s the holdings or the interceptions or the fumbles, or whatever that is. Whenever we don’t have those, we usually drive the ball and score – or at least get in range to kick a field goal. Just execution on that part. And then finding ways to beat coverages that have given us some funks here and there throughout the season. At least you know what they’re going to play, so you can try to find ways during this bye week.”