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#145 NFL Week 9 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of

November 03, 2018

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NFL Week 9 is upon us, and that means we will officially reach the halfway point of the 2018 season at some point on Sunday. Week 8 didn’t bring us quite as many exciting finishes as we’ve been used to seeing on a weekly basis this year, and Thursday night’s Raiders/Niners game was a classic stinker. But with Rams/Saints and the battle for NFC supremacy plus Rodgers vs. Brady Part II on tap for Sunday, I think Week 9 should provide us with far more heart-palpitations than Week 8 did.


Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01


  1. Week 8 Takeaways

-The Jameis Winston experiment in Tampa must end…and end NOW

-Why did it take THIS long for the Browns to fire Hue Jackson?


  1. Trading Deadline Recap

-Which of the following three contenders made the best deal: Texans, Eagles or Rams? Who made the worst deal?


  1. Rams/Saints

-The Packers defense last week gave the perfect blueprint for slowing down the Rams offense, and you can expect the Saints to follow suit. However, Cooper Kupp is expected to return for the Rams this week. How much easier does Cooper Kupp make it for the Rams to execute against such a defensive game plan?

-Meanwhile, the Saints will be without an underrated piece on defense. Rookie DE Marcus Davenport appeared to be hitting his stride, but he is out at least a month with a toe injury. How limited will the Saints be from a scheming perspective on defense without his services this Sunday?

-Game-deciding matchups (Donald/Suh vs. Saints OL)



  1. Packers/Patriots

-How difficult a test will Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels be for the Patriots interior OL?

-Do you think Tom Brady will be tempted to avoid throwing to Jaire Alexander as much as humanly possible?

-Whose absence affects their team the most in this game: Geronimo Allison or Sony Michel?

-Game-deciding matchups



  1. We have a new feature here on Sports Krunch…our Top Choice Athletics Trivia Question of the Week. The winner of this weekly contest will be the recipient of some of the best sporting equipment from Top Choice Athletic!! This week’s trivia question is simply to name the birthplace (city and country) of HOF kicker Morten Andersen. Winner will be announced on next week’s show!!!

Post your answer in the comments section of the post pinned to the Sports Krunch Facebook page. This first one to answer correctly wins! 


  1. Rapid Fire Predictions












  1. Week 9 Bold Predictions

-Me: The Texans and Broncos defenses combine for more than 12 sacks



  1. Challenge Flags

-Me: Rams…if you want to be the man….you have to beat the man. Play the game of your lives on Sunday!!!



Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week for Week 10…so stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as my blog at!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at 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!!!

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