The Lions actually won a game! Plus, why the SEC teams are so favored in the College Football Playoff – CBSSports.com

Happy Monday morning, everyone. What a weekend of football (and basketball, and soccer, and golf and… yada yada yada). I’m still glued to my couch and don’t plan on getting up until Patriots vs. Bills ends later tonight. CBS Sports HQ Newsletter Your Ultimate Guide to Every Day in Sports We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. By submitting my email I agree to receive the “CBS Sports HQ Newsletter” and other marketing and promotional emails from CBS Sports, which may include information from our affiliates and/or partners’ offers, products and services. For more information about our data practices consult our Privacy Policy See All Newsletters Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. Thanks for signing up! Keep an eye on your inbox. Sorry! There was an error processing your subscription. Let’s get right to it.Good morning to everyone, but especially to… Getty Images THE DETROIT LIONS (AND DAN CAMPBELL, JARED GOFF, AMON-RA ST. BROWN … BASICALLY THE ENTIRE CITY OF DETROIT)It was happening again: the Lions were going to find a way to lose. A brutal interception. A questionable-at-best decision to go for it on fourth down deep in their own territory, which resulted in a fumble. A go-ahead score given up late.Lions fans, you’d seen this movie too many times. But this time the movie had a new ending. Jared Goff engineered a 14-play, 75-yard drive in one minute and 50 seconds, capped by a game-winning touchdown to Amon-Ra St. Brown as time expired.The Lions won for the first time this season, beating the Vikings 29-27.It was their first win since exactly one year ago today: Dec. 6, 2020. And it earned a well-deserved “A” grade from NFL scribe John Breech:Breech: “The win wasn’t just big for the Lions, it was also big for Goff and that’s mainly because this victory marked the first time in his career that he’s won a game without Sean McVay. Going into Week 13, Goff had been 0-16-1 in his career in games where he wasn’t coached by McVay.”Listen, it’s easy to make fun of the Lions. They’ve given us plenty of reasons to do so. But these guys care, and moments like these mean a lot. Listen to first-year coach Dan Campbell after a heartbreaking loss in Week 5… and then listen to him yesterday after the win.The Lions are 1-10-1. This is the first step in what may still be a long, long rebuild. But it’s an important step. It’s a winning step. And it’s a good — scratch that… — it’s a great morning for the Lions. Honorable mentions:If it hadn’t been for the Lions, the Chargers would have occupied the highly coveted Good Morning top spot after a statement 41-22 win over the Bengals in Cincinnati. Justin Herbert tossed three touchdowns and the Los Angeles defense forced four Bengal turnovers, including three from Joe Burrow. “Whatever got into the Chargers… they need to bottle it up and take it with them,” writes NFL insider Jason La Canfora.Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connected on two touchdown passes in Sunday’s 30-17 win over the Falcons. That makes it 90 career touchdown connections for the duo — good for second all-time behind Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison’s 112.Have yourself a weekend, Alabama! Shortly after Nick Saban’s football team demolished Georgia in the SEC Championship (more on that later), Nate Oats and the men’s hoops squad earned a similarly impressive win, topping Gonzaga 91-82. It prompted a big jump for the Crimson Tide — and a small drop for the Zags — in Gary Parrish’s latest Top 25 And 1.A month after winning the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba, Viktor Hovland won the Hero World Challenge. The win provided “confirmation that Hovland is one of the 10 best golfers on the planet,” writes golf reporter Kyle Porter. And not such a good morning for…THE MINNESOTA VIKINGSAs good of a morning as it is in Detroit, it’s an equally bad morning in Minneapolis. There are few other ways to put it: this is an awful loss for the Vikings.Already without Dalvin Cook (among several other starters), the Vikings saw Adam Thielen exit with an ankle injury.Minnesota sleepwalked through the first half and trailed 20-6 at halftime.Then it took the lead with under two minutes to go before giving up a game-winning drive to a team that had specialized in finding ways to lose games all season. The game-winning score they allowed was shockingly easy.And here’s a wild stat: the Vikings have led by at least four points in every single game this season — the only team to do that — and are 5-7. Sunday continued Minnesota’s befuddling tradition of being unable to do anything consistently except be inconsistent. They have now followed impressive mid-November wins against the Chargers and Packers with disappointing losses to the 49ers and now the previously winless Lions. Plus, the latest loss came on a day when fellow NFC Wild Card contenders Philadelphia and Washington both won. The Vikings face a short turnaround (they play the Steelers on Thursday), and their margin for error going forward is non-existent.Not so honorable mention:The Giants were already without Daniel Jones on Sunday, and fill-in starter Mike Glennon got hurt in New York’s loss to the Dolphins. Giants veteran defensive back Logan Ryan offered his services as emergency quarterback postgame, saying “I’m a lot like Tua [Tagovailoa], I can throw two-yard passes to the left.” It was an oddly timed swipe at the Miami quarterback, who had just finished going 30 for 41 for 244 yards and two touchdowns against Ryan and the rest of the Giants defense.Chiefs continue to dominate Broncos, run winning streak to five games

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