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#57 Breaking down the 2017 NFL playoff picture w/Hal Bent – NFL and Patriots writer for Scout media.

December 06, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 NFL season has already entered the top of the stretch, and the playoff picture became even more interesting given the results in Week 13. With many consequential matchups looming ahead this week, the picture could get even more fascinating. And to help us break it all down, it is a pleasure to welcome back yet again our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for,, and Scout media.

Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01

Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE

  1. What were your big takeaways from Week 13??
  2. Do you see the Seahawks sneaking by the Rams to win the NFC West??
  3. Who is the favorite for the NFC’s #1 playoff seed?
  4. Which of these under-the-radar teams would you be the most shocked by if they made the playoffs?: Packers, Cowboys, Lions, Bills
  5. Saints/Falcons
  • How does Desmond Trufant’s presence in this game help give the Falcons a better chance to win??
  • How can the Falcons move the ball better against the Saints D than they did against the Vikings??
  • What matchup will decide this game?
  • Who wins?
  1. Seahawks/Jaguars
  • How much will the Seahawks inability to run the ball hurt their chances against this Jaguars defense?
  • How can the Jaguars “hide” Blake Bortles if the Seahawks strong front seven contains their ground attack?
  • What will be the deciding factor in this game?
  • Who wins?
  1. Eagles/Rams
  • Given the Rams vulnerabilities in stopping the run, would it be wise for the Eagles to lean on the run game even more than they appeared to against Seattle? Or should they just cut Wentz loose from the start?
  • Is there any LB or S on the Eagles D that can go toe-to-toe with Todd Gurley?
  • Is this a “whoever has the ball last wins” type of game? Who would you trust more with the game on the line: Goff or Wentz?
  • Who wins?
  1. Ravens/Steelers
  • What did the Ravens do offensively that worked so well last week and how can they deliver a repeat performance against the Steelers?
  • Which loss hurts their team more: Ryan Shazier or Jimmy Smith?
  • Who wins?
  1. Rapid Fire Picks for the rest of Week 14

-Packers/Browns, Colts/Bills, Vikings/Panthers, Bears/Bengals, 49ers/Texans, Raiders/Chiefs, Lions/Buccaneers, Cowboys/Giants, Titans/Cardinals, Jets/Broncos, Redskins/Chargers, Patriots/Dolphins

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For Hal Bent, our producer Chris Brodhead, I’m David Kromelow saying so long and of course, stay awesome!!!


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