The Daily Outkick: Monday, January 7, 2019

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Legend Of Nick Foles Grows; Becomes Highest-Rated NFL Playoff Passer (Philly) At this point, long strings of fancy adjectives aren’t necessary to represent what Nick Foles is and what Nick Foles does.

NFL Playoffs Ratings: Viewership Skyrockets For ESPN, ABC, Fox Games (Deadline) With the networks’ new-found focus on football rather than politics, ratings for the first round of NFL playoff games are up strongly year-over-year.

Tua vs. Trevor Biggest Sell of CFP Title Game (Sporting News) Both players, undefeated as starters, have their programs in position to win the national championship on Monday.

Netflix Opens Eyes in Hollywood as ‘Bird Box’ Soars (Wall Street Journal) The company said a record-setting 45.3 million of its 137 million accounts watched at least 70% of the movie in the first week of its release.

Rare Rulebook Explanation Creates Controversy in Eagles-Bears Game (CBS Sports) A ref recovered a fumble and as a result no one knows what happened.

‘Gaming Leads To More Engagement’: PGA Commish Wants Sports Betting ( PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan doubled down on his support for the legalization of sports gambling.

ESPN Apologizes For Playing “Dixie” On Andrew Luck Graphic (Awful Announcing) “It was a mistake to use this song. We regret having done so and we apologize.”

Hated Stock Market Will Show Soon Whether Its Latest Comeback Is For Real (CNBC) Level of pessimism has reached readings comparable to prior big setbacks outside of a recession.

The Chargers Solved Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (Washington Post) They gave Jackson nowhere to run, and he could not summon the passing accuracy from the pocket needed to make the Chargers pay.

Comcast, Dish, AT&T Raise TV Prices to Counter Cord-Cutting (Bloomberg)  Higher bills target cost of broadcast, local sports; will likely speed subscriber losses.

Alabama’s Toughest Competition Might Be Its Second String. Or Its Third. (New York Times) Of all the work that has positioned Alabama to secure its sixth national title in 10 seasons the most unheralded might be the program’s extraordinary depth.

The First Footage for Season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones’ Is Here (The Ringer) Seemingly out of nowhere, HBO gave us a solid five seconds of new footage during the Golden Globes.

Steelers Will Move Antonio Brown Despite Massive $21M Cap Hit (CBS Sports) The financials of the Antonio Brown deal will not stop the Steelers from trading Antonio Brown.

Shaun King, Once Again, Pushed False Narrative In Jazmine Barnes Murder (Daily Caller) This is not the first case in which King has made false allegations in racially charged cases.