The Daily Outkick: Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Outkick’s Gambling Picks For Week 12 (Outkick) Last week we went 10-4 running our season total to 78-55 which is a 59% winning percentage for the Outkick picks on the year. At 59% winners we’ve set an incredibly high standard through 11 weeks — if you hit 52% you win money accounting for the vig — and we are white hot as we come down the close of the college football regular season.

Amazon’s Golden Fleecing: Company Takes New York Politicians For Subsidy Ride (WSJ) These handouts to one of the richest companies in the history of the world, with an essentially zero cost of capital, is crony capitalism at its worst.

Would Alabama Losing Really Cause College Football Playoff Armageddon? (Big Lead) If an Armegeddon scenario exists, it’s as follows: Clemson loss, Notre Dame loss, Ohio State wins Big Ten, Oklahoma wins out, captures Big 12, Washington State wins out, captures Pac-12, Georgia beats Alabama in SEC title game. That would leave zero undefeated teams, and six one-loss squads jockeying for the four spots.

Chiefs-Rams Is The Week 11 Super Bowl — But Probably Not The Actual Super Bowl (538) For a pair of teams coming into a midseason game with Super Bowl aspirations, it is striking how rare it is for both to ultimately make significant playoff runs.

Clay Travis: Seahawks Should Come Up Big Tonight Over Packers (Lock It In)

Le’Veon Bell’s Next Contract Could Justify RB’s Risk Management — But Likely Won’t (Sporting News) In deciding not to play this season, Bell ultimately is mitigating three risks: the chance of injury, the chance of ineffectiveness and the chance of overuse. Here we examine those three risks to determine whether Bell made the right decision from a financial standpoint.

Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, and the Rest of the NFL’s Rookie Running Backs, Ranked (The Ringer) With 10 weeks in the books, the hierarchy of freshman rushers doesn’t line up with their draft order

Here’s One Chaotic Scenario That Could Lead to College Football Playoff Expansion (Yahoo Sports) How many years do the other big conferences want to sit around and effectively play for nothing before they demand an eight-teamer with five automatic bids? How many times do they want to explain on a recruiting trail that their champion isn’t considered big time enough, but the SEC’s runner-up, or even third-place team, is.

Baker Mayfield Is Off to a Great Start in the Post-Hue Jackson Era (Sports Illustrated) In his second game running plays for new offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, the QB wasn’t asked to do a lot. But what he was asked to do, he did very well.

Clay Travis: Redskins Should Be Favored Over Texans (Outkick)

The Outspoken Voice of the NFL Player Protests—and It Isn’t Colin Kaepernick (WSJ) This season, the players’ demonstrations have become more muted. Only a handful of players across the league have continued to either take a knee or raise a fist during the national anthem.

Michael Avenatti Deserves Due Process and the Presumption of Innocence, But… (Mediaite) One can only wonder if now maybe Michael Avenatti would apply the same standard to himself that he had applied to Justice Kavanaugh. Or maybe tonight he would prefer the country give him due process and the presumption of innocence.

2018 NFL Playoff Picture: Here are the Projected Postseason Chances For All 32 Teams (CBS Sports) Here are the 12 teams we are projecting to make the playoffs, plus every team’s chances of getting in.

Game of Thrones Odds: Who Will Rule Westeros? (OddsShark) A new week brings a major shift in the betting odds for who will rule Westeros at the end of Game of Thrones season 8.

Here’s How Steelers Said Goodbye to Le’Veon Bell: They Ransacked His Locker (Washington Post) On Wednesday, Bell’s teammates removed the nameplate above the star running back’s locker and went through his belongings, divvying them up on a first-come, first-served basis.

How Warriors’ Punishment of Draymond Green Signaled Change For Steve Kerr (SF Chronicle) It is possible that, when basketball historians detail the demise of Golden State’s dynasty someday, they’ll start with Green being forced to watch Tuesday night’s win over the Hawks from home.

NFL Moves Chargers-Steelers Week 13, Rams-Bears Week 14 Into Prime Time (Sports Illustrated) The Week 13 AFC showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers was flexed from a 1 p.m. ET start time on CBS to the Sunday Night Football slot on NBC.