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#60 Which version of Blake Bortles will we see in the playoffs? w/Hal Bent, NFL writer Scout media

January 02, 2018

Happy New Year everybody! We hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. Well, the 2017 NFL regular season has ended and that means it’s playoff time. The final lap to Super Bowl LII officially begins this Saturday as Wild Card weekend commences. And to help us break down all four Wild Card playoff matchups, we are joined once again by our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for,, and Scout media. Happy New Year Hal!! Ready for some playoff football??

1. What were your big takeaways from the 2017 regular season??

2. Titans/Chiefs
-How should the Titans game plan in order to best set up Marcus Mariota for success on Saturday?
-Which of the Chiefs three biggest weapons (Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill) will be the most important for the Titans D to contain?
-In a matchup of team strengths, which unit has the edge: Chiefs pass rush or Titans OL? Do you think the Titans can run the ball to mitigate that pass rush against an inconsistent Chiefs run defense?
-Who wins and why?

3. Falcons/Rams
-It was announced today that Falcons G Andy Levitre will go on IR. Can that absence be the difference between a win and a loss for the Falcons, especially going up against Aaron Donald?
-How much of an advantage does the Falcons prior playoff experience give them, and how much of a disadvantage does the Rams playoff inexperience give them?
-Which scenario gives the Falcons their best chance of winning: Matt Ryan having his best game of the year or the Falcons defense dominating like they did against Carolina last week?
-Who wins and why?

4. Bills/Jaguars
-The last few weeks, Blake Bortles has played more like the 2016 version of himself after playing like a Pro Bowler in early December. Which version of Blake Bortles do you expect to see on Sunday?
-If LeSean McCoy (game-time decision) cannot go, how can Buffalo win?
-Fill in the blank: Blake Bortles has to throw the ball ? times in order for the Jaguars to win.
-What will be a more decisive factor: Turnover battle or field position battle?
-Who wins and why?

5. Panthers/Saints
-Cam Newton enters this game have completed only 50 percent of his passes the last two weeks. How concerned should the Panthers be?
-Since 1950, only 17 times has a team beat the same team thrice in the same year. What are some reasons the Saints WILL be the 18th team to do so? What are some reasons they WON’T be the 18th team to do so?
-Who wins and why?

6. Which teams playing this Wild Card weekend are the closest thing to Super Bowl contenders in your view?

That’s all for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. Be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine 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.

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

Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01

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