The Daily Outkick: Monday, January 14, 2019

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New England Patriots And Tom Brady Are Underdogs For First Time In 68 Games In AFC Championship (Forbes) According to BetDSI sportsbook, Brady has been favored in 67 straight starts including the playoffs. The streak as betting favorite has been alive for 174 weeks or 1,218 days.

Kyler Murray Has Two Sports Hanging on His Unique NFL Draft Decision (SI) The confluence of these two things—Murray’s spectacular junior season and the NFL getting yanked into a new era offensively—has created one of the most fascinating leverage plays in sports history.

NFL’s Top 4 Scoring Teams Reach Conference Title Games ( Scoring is the name of the professional game these days, and one needn’t look further than Championship Weekend for proof.

Hedge-Fund-Backed Media Group Makes Bid for Gannett (Wall Street Journal) Digital First is known for its contentious history with the newspaper industry in part because of its penchant for slashing costs. It said it has over the past few years made multiple approaches to Gannett about a deal but has been rebuffed.

Chiefs Finally End A Playoff Drought At Home, Burying The Colts (New York Times) In his grand playoff unveiling, Patrick Lavon Mahomes II purged a quarter-century of Arrowhead futility.

Democrats’ Support For Foreign Wars Has Jumped Under Trump (Axios) New polling data on Syria shows “that the vast bulk of support for keeping troops there comes from Democratic Party voters, while Republicans and independents overwhelming favor their removal.”

You Called A Run On First Down. You’re Already Screwed. (538) True believers think that if you abandon the run too early, you make your team one-dimensional and forfeit an important edge in toughness.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Date Officially Set (Variety) HBO announced that the megahit series will debut its eighth and final season on April 14.

How Marshon Lattimore Gave The Saints Life And The Plays That Explain The Divisional Round (The Ringer) The four teams left standing are the four top seeds—and each won their weekend matchups in ways that showcase their strengths.

Netflix’s $45 Billion Rally Sets Up Earnings Showdown Next Week (Bloomberg) An explosive rally in shares of Netflix Inc. is stoking interest in the streaming company’s financial results due next week, setting up the potential for volatile trading as bullish and bearish investors dig in.

Alshon Jeffery Recently Claimed He Had The ‘Best Hands In The League’ (For The Win) Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had the most disappointing drop of his career turn into a season-ending interception on Sunday.

Fox Won’t Bid to Reacquire Its Regional Sports Networks From Disney (Wall Street Journal) Disney is required to sell 22 Fox sports channels for Justice Department to sign off on $70 billion-plus deal

Steve Sarkisian Heading Back To Alabama After Turning Down NFL’s Cardinals (CBS Sports) Sarkisian previously served under Nick Saban for one season in 2016

Travis Scott Won’t Play Super Bowl Halftime Show Without Charitable Commitment From NFL (Billboard) Travis Scott has signed on to perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl LIII — but only after the NFL agreed to join him in donating to a cause for social justice

Homeless Man Gets Tickets to AFC Championships After Helping Chiefs Player (SI) Thanks to Twitter, Chiefs OT Jeff Allen was able to find the man who helped him get his car out of the snow.

Joe Lieberman Ramps Up Feud With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York Post) Former Sen. Joe Lieberman doubled down on his suggestion that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not the future of the Democratic Party.