Cowboys Star Micah Parsons Relishes the Opportunity to Face Patrick Mahomes in Real Life After Throwing Touchdowns With Him on ‘Madden’
The Week 11 NFL slate features one of the most highly-anticipated matchups of the 2021 season. The Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs will draw plenty of eyes, so hopefully, the game lives up to the bill. Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons is ready for the challenge of chasing Patrick Mahomes.
The rookie will finally get a chance to see him in the flesh instead of in a video game.
Micah Parsons plays with Patrick Mahomes in ‘Madden’
Defensive Rookie of the Year frontrunner Micah Parsons has been waiting for the opportunity to compete against Patrick Mahomes on the football field.
The closest that Parsons has gotten to the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback for the past few years is playing as him on Madden.
The Penn State product loves playing the classic NFL video game. He revealed that Mahomes is one of his favorite players to use to dominate his opponents.
“I mean, this is a guy I like on Madden,” Parsons told The Athletic. Mahomes earned a 99 rating from the Madden creators for the third season in a row. The 99 Club is only for the best of the best, and the Chiefs’ superstar is in that mold.
The Cowboys’ linebacker enjoys connecting with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on big-time throws in the video game. Now it’s his job to make sure that doesn’t happen when the teams meet in real life.
The Cowboys LB is excited to face the Chiefs QB in real life
Even though he struggled to begin the 2021 NFL season, Patrick Mahomes is still one of the most dominant players in the game today.
Micah Parsons understands how dangerous Mahomes is and recently raved about the Chiefs’ signal-caller. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native noted that No. 15’s unique skill set makes him stand out among the league’s best quarterbacks.
“His throwing power. His ability to throw no-looks,” said Parsons. These skills help set him up for success on the gridiron and in the virtual realm, too.
The rookie will need to avoid getting starstruck when he sees Mahomes step onto the field.
“So my first time playing him, I’m really excited to see what he does in person,” added Parsons. “He’s just a terrific player, future Hall of Famer.”
The Dallas Cowboys’ rising star thinks highly of the three-time Pro Bowler, but he must now focus on stopping him and the high-powered Kansas City offense.
Dallas’ pass rush will be a key to victory against Kansas City
There’s not a lot that Micah Parsons can’t do. He’s making all of the teams that passed up on him regret their decisions.
The Cowboys drafted the 22-year-old as a linebacker, but he’s proving to be more than just a one-trick pony.
With DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory sidelined with injuries, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has sometimes opted to use Parsons at defensive end. The former Nittany Lions standout is versatile and possesses elite athleticism. He can line up anywhere.
Parsons has recorded six sacks and 15 quarterback hits through the first nine games. The Cowboys have used him to blitz the quarterback 58 times, and he’s notched 20 pressures.
Patrick Mahomes picks defenses apart when he has time to throw, and the Chiefs’ offensive line has played well over the past few weeks. He just lit the Las Vegas Raiders up for five touchdowns in Week 10.
Dallas will need to apply pressure on Mahomes early and often, or it could be a long day for the defense. If Parsons can get after the quarterback and make life difficult, the door could open for another Trevon Diggs interception.
Arrowhead Stadium is going to be rocking thanks to a raucous Kansas City crowd. Micah Parsons and the crew will try to silence it.
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