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#151 NFL Week 16 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent

December 22, 2018

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It’s hard to believe, but the 2018 NFL regular season is already down to its final two weeks. And usually at this point in the year, a single team or a tiny group of teams emerge as clear front-runners to win the Super Bowl. But this year, I don’t see such a front-runner right now.

 

Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01

 

  1. Week 15 Takeaways

-Bears might have broke the Rams, Cowboys might have broke the Saints

-Even though they might win one more Super Bowl with Tom Brady, the end of the Patriots amazing run seems closer than it’s ever been

 

  1. Truth/Exaggeration

-The Patriots won’t make it far in the playoffs if Rob Gronkowski is indeed declining

-The Cardinals should fire HC Steve Wilks AND GM Steve Keim in order to build the roster around Josh Rosen going forward

-Vance Joseph’s gutless decision on fourth-and-one has eliminated any remaining chances he has at keeping his job as head coach of the Broncos

-If the Jets end up with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, they should highly consider trading down given the holes on their roster and the fact they do not have a second-round pick this year

-Even though he probably won’t get the honor, Khalil Mack deserves robust consideration to be 2018’s Defensive Player of the Year

-The NFL must get rid of the Pro Bowl altogether in the next CBA

-The Vikings change at OC from John DeFilippo to Kevin Stefanski will make them the biggest sleeping giant in the playoffs should they get in

 

  1. Make The Case

-MVP: Drew Brees or Patrick Mahomes?

-Coach of the Year: Anthony Lynn or Matt Nagy?

-Comeback Player of the Year: Andrew Luck or JJ Watt?

-Most Disappointing Team: Jaguars or Eagles?

-Executive of the Year: Ryan Pace or Chris Ballard?

 

  1. Steelers/Saints

-Do you think Father Time is playing a role in Drew Brees’ performance these past three games?

-What does Jaylen Samuels bring to the Steelers offense that Le’Veon Bell and James Connor do not?

-Saints D has been cooking since Week 10. They are first in PPG allowed, third in YPG allowed, first in sacks per game, and tied for third in turnovers forced per game. That is a night and day difference compared to the first nine weeks of the season. What has been the biggest factor in this impressive turnaround?

-Game-deciding matchups

-Prediction

 

  1. Chiefs/Seahawks

-The Seahawks defense was just torched through the air by the 49ers last week. They gave up four pass plays of 20 or more yards. How ominous of a sign is that with Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs coming to town??

-Most important defensive player for the Seahawks not named Bobby Wagner in this game

-Who did the Chiefs offense miss more last week: Sammy Watkins or Spencer Ware?

-Prediction

 

  1.  Rapid Fire Predictions

-Redskins/Titans

-Ravens/Chargers

-Giants/Colts

-Jaguars/Dolphins

-Falcons/Panthers

-Bengals/Browns

-Buccaneers/Cowboys

-Vikings/Lions

-Bills/Patriots

-Packers/Jets

-Texans/Eagles

-Rams/Cardinals

-Bears/49ers

-Broncos/Raiders

 

  1. Week 15 Bold Predictions

-Me: Darius Leonard and Andrew Luck go HAM on Sunday. Luck throws for 4 TD’s and Darius Leonard registers 2 sacks, 4 TFL’s, and a forced fumble

-Hal: Foles throws for 30/40 370 yards and 3 TD

 

  1. Challenge Flags

-Me: Chargers…play your two best games of the season to close out 2018

-Hal: Chargers…home field advantage is there for the taking. Take it!

Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week to preview Week 17…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 a very Merry Christmas to all!

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