The Daily Outkick: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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On Russell Wilson’s Worst Night, Seahawks’ New-look Defense Delivered Its Best Game (Seattle Times) It was a watershed moment for fans who once cheered on Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor. For the first time all season, they forgot they weren’t around.

ESPN2 Falls All the Way to Fourth Place Among Sports Networks (Awful Announcing) Most troubling is the fact that ESPN2 will not finish second. That’s actually never happened before; since the launch of ESPN2 in 1993, the two networks have always finished first and second, respectively, among sports networks.

Beautiful Schadenfreude for Patriots Haters (Wall Street Journal) Was the ending to Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game one of the most hilarious and deeply satisfying moments in sports history? Patriots haters think so.

A Weird NFL Weekend Leaves Us Even More Confused (538) It was definitely startling to see the Rams’ offense be held in check so thoroughly. Jared Goff was terrible. Todd Gurley did next to nothing. The Rams’ offensive expected points added in the game was -23.5. That was 29.6 points worse than their second-worst offensive game of the season.

Clay Travis: Tua Tagovailoa Deserved Heisman, Not Kyler Murray (Outkick)

NBA to Start Selling League Pass by the Quarter (The Action Network) The league is announcing on Monday its plans to make League Pass games, which currently cost $6.99, available to be purchased by the quarter.

Stephen Curry Doubts Moon Landings. NASA Offers to Show Him the Rocks. (New York Times) The space agency invited the Golden State star to visit the Johnson Space Center, “perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets.”

‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Rise As L.A. Rams Take A Fall (Deadline) Week 14 SNF of the 2018-2019 season is also up 12% in metered market ratings over the 2017-2018 Week 14 matchup between the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

USA Today Gets Blasted For Hit Piece on Kyler Murray’s Adolescent Tweets (Daily Wire) The best part about the absurd USA Today piece was the widespread scorn, mockery, and backlash it invoked on social media.

Clay Travis: Kyler Murray’s Tweets Should Be Ignored (Outkick)

Raiders Fire GM Reggie McKenzie, Ideally Giving Jon Gruden Unlimited Power (Deadspin) Oakland fired general manager Reggie McKenzie after almost seven seasons, creating an opportunity for Grudes to gain even more power.

NFL Week 14 Grades: Patriots get a ‘D’ for self-destructing, Redskins get an ‘F’ for Sanchizing (CBS Sports) Here are the Week 14 grades for every team that played on Sunday.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa is Sporting News’ 2018 Player of the Year (Sporting News) He didn’t throw his first interception until November, and threw just eight passes in the fourth quarter all season. For his efforts, Tagovailoa is the 2018 Sporting News Player of the Year.

WR Amari Cooper Calls His Trade To Cowboys A Dream Come True (Dallas Morning News) He’s been the centerpiece of the team’s transformation during this five-game winning streak that is near certain to lead to the NFC East title.

Clay Travis: Amari Cooper Trade is the Best In-Season Trade in History of NFL (Outkick)

What Are the 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers, and Where Do They Go From Here? (The Ringer) Mike Tomlin’s team dropped its third straight game on Sunday, losing to the lowly Oakland Raiders, and is now on the verge of being knocked out of the AFC playoff race.

Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Smashes Streaming Records (Wall Street Journal) In taking the top spot, the song pulled ahead of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Guns N’ Roses’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and its “November Rain, as well as A-ha’s “Take on Me.”

Josh Johnson Used Madden to Learn His Names of Co-Workers (The Big Lead) The NFL’s retread, emergency quarterback market is fascinating. One never knows which blast from the past is going to pop up next. Half of these guys are like bank robbers who retired from the game only to be convinced to come back for one last score.

Baker Mayfield Is A Different Quarterback Since Hue Jackson Was Fired (Yahoo Sports) Mayfield is one of the best quarterbacks in football in the five games since Gregg Williams took over as head coach and Freddie Kitchens took over as offensive coordinator.

Clay Travis: Tennessee Ranked No 2 in Country; They Could Make Big Run If They Stay Healthy (Outkick)