The NFL trade deadline came and went without any action from the Cowboys—but Odell Beckham Jr. is firmly on Dallas’ radar. Meanwhile, the Mavericks carried their playoff mastery of the Utah Jazz over to the new NBA season while a Jamie Benn hat trick led the Stars to a resounding 6-2 victory over Conor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
Here’s what I’m watching this week.
Monday, 11/7 through 11/13—The first week of Rangers free agency—All week long, The Internet
The World Series is over, and MLB teams are free to open up their checkbooks. The Mets have already made the first splash move, re-signing star closer (and premier entrance man) Edwin Diaz to the first-ever nine-figure contract for a reliever. Will Texas follow with an early deal of their own? If nothing else, Jamey Newberg will have fresh words for you on Wednesday about what the Rangers should prioritize during hot-stove season.
Saturday, 11/12—TCU at Texas—6:30 p.m., ABC
The undefeated Horned Frogs are firmly in the College Football Playoff picture, and their stiffest remaining test should come on the road this weekend. On paper, this should be another TCU triumph: Sonny Dykes’ crew does offense better than the Longhorns do anything, and they’re as resilient late in games as Texas is fragile. That said, this is a night game in Austin for a Texas team coming off its best win of the season at Kansas State, and no team this side of Alabama has shut down star running back Bijan Robinson all season. But get through this, and the Big XII title game should be TCU’s last big hurdle on the way to the first playoff appearance in school history.
Sunday, 11/13—The Cowboys’ defense versus Aaron Rodgers’ freefall—3:25 p.m., FOX
Has the end come in a hurry for Rodgers, the NFL’s two-time reigning MVP and supreme weirdo? Green Bay has lost five in a row in no small part due to the much-celebrated 38-year-old, who is averaging a career-low in passing yards per game (225) and who played one of the worst games of his career in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Now he’ll face the scariest pass rush in the NFL and do so without promising rookie wideout Romeo Doubs, who will miss four to six weeks with a high-ankle sprain. Tally it up, and Dallas should have a field day … right?