The Daily Outkick: Thursday, December 13, 2018

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NFL Moving Closer to Entering Sports Betting Business (The Action Network) While the NFL has staunchly opposed sports gambling publicly, preferring to wait for federal legislation, the league began to take steps on Wednesday behind closed doors to capitalize on the business.

Zion Williamson Is The Best College Basketball Player In At Least A Decade (538) Ten games into what will almost certainly be his lone season in Durham, Duke’s Zion Williamson has treated college basketball like a rim on a breakaway. Which is to say, he has left it trembling.

Defending Kareem Hunt Inquiry, N.F.L. Says It Won’t Pay for Video Evidence (New York Times) After more than a week of criticism over its handling of an investigation of another player caught on video assaulting a woman, the N.F.L. on Wednesday doubled down on its policy of refusing to pay for footage or other evidence when investigating off-field conduct.

Clay Travis: Sports Illustrated’s Idiotic Decision to Have Christine Blasey Ford Present Sports Award (Outkick) Between ESPN and Sports Illustrated, we have a Woke-Off going on.

Why the Packers Should Take a Quarterback in the First Round of the Draft (The Big Lead) Selecting his potential successor now would a) light a fire under Rodgers, who would definitely infer the move as competition, b) set them up for the transition like the one from Favre.

College Football Administrators Are Reportedly Starting to Show Interest in an Eight-team Playoff (Awful Announcing) So many people are in favor of expansion that they feel they don’t need to wait out the original deal.

Las Vegas Officially Named Host for 2020 NFL Draft (CBS Sports) Vegas will the fifth host city in the past six years for the draft.

Clay Travis: Eight Team College Football Playoffs is Good Idea (Outkick) Just take the top eight teams in the college football rankings and give them a spot.

The Saints Defense Is Good Again, and That Should Terrify the Rest of the NFL (The Ringer) After collapsing early in the year, New Orleans has put in a string of solid performances on the defensive side of the ball.

How Thursday Night Football Home Favorites Have Turned The NFL Upside Down (The Action Network) Where home favorites have performed the best is during Thursday Night Football, where they are 59-36-2 ATS (62.1%) and 19-3 straight up and 14-7-1 (66.7%) against the spread in December or later.

Chaos Theory: The Most Absurd NFL Playoff Scenarios Still Possible (The Ringer) Aaron Rodgers dragging Green Bay to the playoffs? Baker Mayfield on wild-card weekend? Mark Sanchez starting a playoff game? It’s all still on the table.

Clay Travis: College Football Authorities Made Huge Mistake Giving Expanded Playoffs Story to The Athletic (Outkick)

Monday Night Football: Has Jason Witten Ruined a US Television Institution? (The Guardian) The former Cowboy has been a disaster since he joined the most storied broadcast in American sports, but he’s not the show’s only problem.

Redskins Are Unraveling Amid Four-game Losing Streak (Associated Press) The Washington Redskins have lost four in a row, are down to their fourth quarterback and are mired in criticism from several players.

NFL Playoff Picture: All Scenarios for Week 15 (Sports Illustrated) With just three weekends of regular season play remaining in the 2018 season, here are the playoff scenarios for Week 15.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis On Amari Cooper: ‘It Just Didn’t Work Out In Our System’ (Yahoo Sports) The trade looks a lot worse for the Raiders now than it did at the deadline. And Raiders owner Mark Davis didn’t have a great explanation for it.