“I’m sure you get asked this question behind closed doors a lot, but I would be remiss if due to the nature of our friendship and just as a Clevelander if I did not insert this question personally,” began the rapper-turned-rocker, calling in to New Heights with a surprise request.
“I will give you $500,000 cash upon arrival just for shopping or whatever you want,” he continued. “As well as matching that same amount as a donation to both of our high schools — both Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights — as well as every
day breakfast and coffee delivery from my restaurant, if you would just come home and put on these colors right here.”
“Come on home, Trav!” added the “My Ex’s Best Friend” musician. “Come home, put these colors on and rock the city.”
3 - Patrick Mahomes
Everyone can agree it’s been a down year for the reigning MVP, who’s often had to single-handedly propel K.C. alongside middling wideouts. Yet he still ranks fourth in TD passes (21) and is on pace for career marks as a scrambler.
1. PATRICK MAHOMES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Previous Ranking: 1
Patrick Mahomes can always count on the Raiders for a get-right game (or two).
After a slow start in the first quarter, Mahomes became surgical. He didn’t deliver as many strikes down the field as he does in his best moments, but he was ruthlessly efficient in the short to intermediate area. Mahomes peppered Travis Kelce and, in mildly surprising fashion, rookie Rashee Rice.
Rice’s 10 targets, eight receptions and 107 yards were career-highs for the young receiver. If Mahomes can continue to foster that relationship with Rice, who should be the team’s best receiver, then the Kansas City Chiefs might be OK come January.
11 - Isiah Pacheco
Kansas City Chiefs · Year 2
2023 stats: 11 games | 158 att | 669 rush yds | 4.2 ypc | 5 rush TD | 30 rec | 196 rec yds | 1 rec TD | 0 fumbles lost
While the Chiefs navigate who will step up at the wide receiver position, Isiah Pacheco has been solid out of the backfield. In their latest win, a victory over Las Vegas after a slow start, the second-year back had his first career game with two rushing touchdowns (a pair of 1-yard runs) and made big plays in the pass game, including a 14-yard catch-and-run to set up his second score, which gave the Chiefs their first lead of the game.
Xavier Legette WR
SOUTH CAROLINA • SR • 6’3” / 227 LBS
Legette is the gritty YAC monster the Chiefs would love in their offense.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the best defenses in the league, and second-year cornerback Trent McDuffie looks like a star in the making. The one problem is that the Chiefs don’t have a great option opposite their young superstar. Just like with the Ravens, Marcus Peters has a history with this team, so we know he’ll fit the defense. Additionally, opposing teams will be throwing early and often to keep up with Patrick Mahomes, so Peters’ ball-hawking tendencies make this pairing even better.
The podcast’s growth was helped by the Chiefs playing the Eagles in last year’s Super Bowl. It also went to another level around the time the 2023 NFL season started and we learned that Kelce was dating Taylor Swift.
Just how dominant was New Heights in 2023?
According to Spotify, New Heights was the Top Sports Podcast Globally, the Top Sports Podcast in the U.S. and the Top American Football Podcast in the U.S.
What sticks out from that hat trick of victories is Top Sports Podcast Globally. Spotify didn’t pass along month-by-month data, but I’d be willing to bet good money that New Heights began to secure its global dominance over the past three or four months thanks to interest from Swifties.
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Johnson addressed the sequence on Wednesday.
“I addressed the situation to my teammates,” Johnson said. “They know how I feel and how I should go about the situation the next time it occurs. I own up to it. I’m not perfect. All I can do is move forward and keep playing football.”
Rodgers was cleared for “functional football activity” but not contact, according to coach Robert Saleh, who called this “a progression in his rehab.” Saleh said it’s too soon to say whether Rodgers will play again this season.
By rule, the Jets have 21 days to decide whether to activate Rodgers from injured reserve. The period expires Dec. 20, four days before they face the Washington Commanders — the game he’s targeting for a return.
On a 36-degree afternoon, Rodgers, wearing a red quarterback jersey, participated in a series of quarterback drills during the open portion of practice — relatively light work. He did dropbacks, threw passes to receivers (without defenders) and jogged lightly between periods to different areas of the field. Understandably, his footwork wasn’t as aggressive as the other quarterbacks’.
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2. Mix it up
Earlier in the season, Kansas City’s rushing attack sometimes seemed stale. It was relying far too much on offset zone and other similar looks. The team has often tried to pound the football by lining up in heavier formations that were packed tight to the line of scrimmage.
But in the last few weeks, the Chiefs have made an effort to mix up their personnel, running more looks in lighter 11 personnel groupings (one back and one tight end) which is also helping expand their play-calls.
KC is running trap again out of 11 personnel. Light and loose box from the Raiders. Smith and Thuney avoid the 3tech and Trey Smith delivered the contact. Good job working to the second level by DSmith and Thuney. Pacheco hits the hole with a head of steam. pic.twitter.com/sG44uoB9Ey— Caleb James (@CJScoobs) November 28, 2023
On this rep from Sunday, the quick-hitting nature of the trap play was a perfect way to gash the Raiders’ loose defensive front. The play is designed to quickly get things rolling downhill — which fits Pacheco’s running style (and the athletic interior offensive linemen) just perfectly.
They were also able to use power out of 11 personnel.
A tweet to make you think
Patrick Mahomes makes his debut at Lambeau Field this Sunday. pic.twitter.com/VeZTmeRGHo— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 29, 2023