I have been waiting seven months to say these seven words: “NFL football is officially back in action.” Tomorrow night, the 2018 season of the National Football League, the greatest reality TV show every conceived, begins in earnest as the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. And we here at Sports Krunch couldn’t have been more excited for 22 weeks of the non-stop, unpredictable drama that is the NFL and me and my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com will have you covered every step of the way. It’s absolutely wonderful to cover yet another intriguing season of pro football with you, Hal. What makes the 2018 NFL season potentially more intriguing than these past seven seasons or so?
Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01
-With Nick Foles under center and Alshon Jeffery sidelined, what is the best way for the Eagles to attack this freakishly fast and athletic Falcons defense?
-How much will the Eagles be missing LB Nigel Bradham in this game?
-What does Calvin Ridley bring to the Falcons offense that was missing last season?
-The last time these two teams met, it was an offensive shootout that was decided in the final minutes. Do you see a similar kind of game unfolding on Sunday?
-How much has the Patriots defense improved from last year and what improvements should we expect to notice on Sunday against that high-powered Texans offense?
-Who will be the most important weapon for Tom Brady to turn to in this game outside of Gronk and Hogan?
-Who is the most important Texans defensive stud in this game based on matchups: Clowney, Watt, or Mercilus?
-Who do you think has the upper hand in this game?: Chiefs receiving corps (including Kelce) or Chargers secondary? What individual matchup within that battle will decide the outcome of this game the most?
-More important defender for the Chiefs in this game: Justin Houston or Kendall Fuller?
-The Bears were a top-10 total defense last season…and now you add Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith to a front seven that has Akiem Hicks terrorizing QB’s from the inside and Leonard Floyd coming off the opposite edge. How much more dangerous can this Bears D be in 2018, and even though neither Mack nor Smith played a preseason snap, should Aaron Rodgers be shaking in his shoes for this game just a little bit?
-If you are Matt Nagy, who would you make as the focal point for the offense in this game: Trubisky and the passing game (especially Trey Burton and Anthony Miller over the middle) or Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and the running game?
-In what ways can Jimmy Graham make this Packers offense more dangerous?
-Most important player for the Packers defense in this game: Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews or Jaire Alexander?
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- SET MY LINEUP
-QB (1): Cousins, Garoppolo
-RB (2): Gurley, Henry, Ajayi, Duke Johnson
-WR (3): Diggs, Evans, Sanders, Watkins, Lockett, Miller
-TE (1): Ertz
-Flex (1): Ajayi
-QB (1): Cousins
-RB (2): Drake, K. Johnson, Ingram, D. Lewis, Penny, Morris, Sproles
-WR (2): Hopkins, Beckham, Tate, Funchess, Agholor, Meredith
-TE (1): Rudolph
-Flex (1): Tate
-QB (1): Brees, Garoppolo
-RB (2): Fournette, McCaffrey, J. Williams, Burkhead, L. Murray
-WR (2): Diggs, Baldwin, Juju Smith-Schuster, Kupp, Golladay
-TE (1): Burton, Kittle
- Rapid Fire Predictions
- Week 1 Bold Predictions
-Me: Shaquem Griffin will win Defensive POY
- Challenge Flags
-Me: Eli Manning, please reward the faith the Giants front office and coaching staff placed in you against a tough Jaguars defense
-Hal: Tyrann Mathieu
Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week for Week 2…so stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as my blog at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Hal.
For Hal Bent our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as usual, stay awesome!!!