Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well, the 2018 NFL regular season comes to an end this weekend with three playoff teams and 11 seeds still yet to be determined. But as we’ve been saying for weeks, just as it appears the ride is ending, it’s really just beginning. Isn’t it Hal Bent?
1. Week 16 Takeaways
-Jets have opened a GOLDEN window of opportunity with Sam Darnold…and they CANNOT afford to squander it. Firing Mike Maccagnan must be SQUARELY on the table
-Nick Foles blew Hal’s bold prediction out of the water
-Chargers laid an egg at the worst possible time. Can they bounce back?
-Regardless of what happens this Sunday, John Harbaugh has earned another contract extension as head coach of the Ravens
-Injuries and/or lack of depth in the defensive back seven will lead to one-an-done playoff performances for the Chiefs and Texans
-The Ravens and Colts are the two main teams NOBODY will want to face in the playoffs
-If there were an award for unsung hero of the year, it would be given to Saints DT Sheldon Rankins this season
-Aaron Donald will break Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record this weekend
-Even though the Bears ended up winning last week, the tape their defense put up against the 49ers proves why Eddie Jackson is arguably the third most important person on their defense behind only Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks
-Whose absence will hurt their team more: Ryan Kelly or Jurrell Casey?
-How much of a downgrade is Blaine Gabbert from Marcus Mariota? Is the Titans O a better unit than the Colts D with Mariota? Without him?
-This game has a feel to it that whoever runs the ball better will win. Doesn’t it?
4. Rapid Fire Predictions
5. If you had to predict today, who would face off in Super Bowl LIII, and who would win?
-Me: Patriots and Saints with the Saints winning 30-27
-Hal: Saints and Chiefs with the Saints winning 31-13
6. Week 17 Bold Predictions
-Me: Teddy Bridgewater punches his ticket to a mega-deal in free agency by going 20/25 for 275 yards and 3 TD’s
-Hal: Ravens enter fourth quarter with a 13-3 lead, and Mayfield throws three 4th quarter TD’s to pull off the upset
7. Challenge Flags
-Me: Kirk Cousins…this is your biggest chance to change the narrative on your career. Prove the doubters wrong!!
-Hal: Bengals, Jets, Broncos, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Lions…do NOT be afraid to start over
Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week to preview Wild Card Weekend and break down the looming NFL coaching carousel…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 see you next year! Happy New Year everybody!!!!