With Kirk Cousins Outplaying Aaron Rodgers, Packers — and Maybe Mike McCarthy — are Just About Done (Washington Post) A second straight season out of the playoffs for the Packers, this one with Rodgers in the lineup for every game so far, could persuade Team President Mark Murphy that a coaching change would be in order.
Which Team Actually Deserves Final Spot in College Football Playoff? (Yahoo Sports) The built-in tension associated with the College Football Playoff is that not all the power players are invited to the party. There are five elite conferences and four playoff bids.
Marcus Mariota Posts 2nd-Most Accurate Performance in NFL history in Loss to Texans (The Comeback) On Monday night, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 22-of-23 passes (95.7%) for 303 yards, threw two touchdown passes, threw zero interceptions, and had a passer rating of 147.7. Mariota also completed his first 19 pass attempts.
Netflix for Conservatives? Fox News Introduces Fox Nation, a Streaming App (New York Times) Fox Nation may be the id of Fox News, but it is also a potentially shrewd bet for the Murdoch family, which is testing the digital waters ahead of news rivals CNN and MSNBC.
Clay Travis: Analysis on Teams Which Can Make the College Football Playoffs (Outkick)
Amazon, With Little Fanfare, Emerges as an Advertising Giant (WSJ) Amazon handles nearly half of all online sales in the U.S., giving it a popular platform and a wealth of consumer data. Now it’s on track to become the next juggernaut of online advertising, and its rise threatens to upend Silicon Valley’s ad titans and change the way business is done on Madison Avenue.
Thanks to Alabama, Expanded Playoff is Coming (Saturday Down South) The championship game that fueled the league’s rise from a regional power to a national behemoth, the game that Roy Kramer built and Mike Slive energized and Greg Sankey adores, is on the verge of succumbing – like everything else in college football — to big, bad Bama. Now, the good news: This could lead to true expansion of the Playoff.
ABC to Broadcast All Three Days of 2019 NFL Draft; Will Use College GameDay Crew (Awful Announcing) New ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro has made no secret of his plan to repair ESPN’s relationship with the NFL and based on Monday’s news that ABC will replace Fox as the league’s broadcast network partner for the 2019 Draft, it might be working.
Baker Mayfield Takes Another Shot at Hue Jackson (Cleveland.com) Baker Mayfield threw more shade at Hue Jackson on Monday in response to First Take analyst Damien Woody telling him he needs to grow up for his post-game anti-Hue Jackson remarks.
Clay Travis: Michigan – Ohio State is Not a Rivalry, Michigan Doesn’t Deserve It (Outkick)
NFL Championship Windows Are Shorter Than Ever — Just Ask the Jaguars (The Ringer) Ten months ago, Jacksonville seemed poised to begin a new, winning era. But the team’s struggles this year illustrate how difficult it is to build a consistent contender.
Viewer Interest in Tiger vs Phil Beats Forecasts (WSJ) Viewer interest in AT&T Inc.’s pay-per-view telecast last Friday of a golf match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson far exceeded the company’s expectations, with sign-ups that may reach as high as one million across multiple pay-TV providers
Everything You Need To Know About The Mississippi Senate Runoff (538) Today the final U.S. senator of the 116th Congress will be chosen, determining whether Republicans have 52 or 53 seats come January.
N.F.L. Is Full of Quarterbacks Who Are Off the Mark, or Even Off the Street (New York Times) The gaudy statistics from a limited pool of elite quarterbacks — such as New Orleans’ Drew Brees, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck and the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff — tend to overshadow a wider field of weekly dreck, with some surprising highlights and awkward news conference moments mixed in.
Clay Travis: How Is Marvin Lewis Still Employed? (Outkick)
Experience Can Only Take Mack Brown’s Second Stint at UNC So Far (Sports Illustrated) Mack Brown is heading home. Not to the state of Tennessee, where he was born, nor back to Texas, where he had his greatest coaching success leading the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship, but to the University of North Carolina, where his coaching career took off as the architect of three 10-win seasons in Chapel Hill during a 10-year run from 1988 to ’97.
Darren Rovell Leaving ESPN Early for Gambling Website (New York Post) ESPN is letting sports business reporter and social media provocateur Darren Rovell out of his contract early to join the upstart gambling platform The Action Network.
“Jeopardy” Roasts Detroit Lions (The Big Lead) The Lions are nothing if not low-hanging fruit and the answer-writers at Jeopardy really let them have it in a 2030-themed category Monday night.
Clay Travis: Politics and Sports, Keep Your Hands Off My Football (Prager U)