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Season 3,

#155 NFL Conference Championship Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of

January 19, 2019

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Well, and then there were four. NFL Conference Championship Weekend is here with only the Rams, Saints, Patriots and Chiefs alive in the race to Super Bowl LIII. Do you think these were the four best teams in the NFL this year, Hal?


  1. Divisional Round Weekend Takeaways

-Chiefs DL over-powering Colts OL and Rams ground game gashing the Cowboys on the ground are things nobody expected…and that’s what makes football so great

-Hal: Saints had weakest rushing attack last weekend


  1. Truth or Exaggeration

-The Bears didn’t downgrade as much as some think at DC with their hire of Chuck Pagano

-The Broncos did themselves a favor by not keeping Gary Kubiak as their OC and going with a more fresh face and modern scheme in former 49ers QB coach Rick Scangarello

-Gary Kubiak is exactly who Kirk Cousins needs to take that next step for the Vikings

-Mike Mayock is an upgrade over Reggie McKenzie for the Raiders at GM


  1. Rams/Saints

-Should the Rams keep that same run-first approach this weekend given the season-ending injury to Sheldon Rankins?

-The Saints offense didn’t have to do much last week. I think they’ll have to do a lot more this week, do you?

-Most important player for each team on offense and defense in this game

-Game-deciding matchups



  1. Patriots/Chiefs

-Why can the Patriots have more success on the ground against the Chiefs than the Colts did last weekend? Why can this Patriots OL contain this Chiefs pass rush unlike the unit that went against the Broncos pass rush on the road in the 2015 AFCCG?

-Based on watching the film of their previous meeting this season, what concepts will the Patriots D use to try to contain and pressure Mahomes?

-Does the change in weather forecast alter your prediction somewhat?

-Most important player for each team on offense and defense in this game

-Game-deciding matchups



  1. Divisional Round Weekend Bold Predictions

-Me: Patriots will gash the Chiefs for over 250 rushing yards



  1. Challenge Flags

-Me: Chiefs…don’t be afraid to beat the Patriots at their own game by running the ball and playing keep-away from Tom Brady

-Hal: Rams…don’t abandon the run even if the Saints jump out ahead early


Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but tomorrow through Thursday, we will be back in Mobile, Alabama for the second straight year covering the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl. Stay tuned for daily updates and interviews throughout our stay down in Sweet Home Alabama.

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For Hal Bent our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long…and as usual, stay awesome.

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