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#170: NFL 2019 Week 1 Preview (with Hal Bent)

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By David Kromelow
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#172: NFL 2019 Week 3 Preview (with Hal Bent)
1. Week 2 Takeaways -Me: The NFL MUST make its officials full-time employees after a lot of disastrous missed calls on Sunday. Here are a few that stood out. Even though it didn’t make the difference in the game, Jared Goff’s arm clearly wasn’t going forward and Cameron Jordan should’ve had a fumble-six. And while most of the attention in that wild Bears/Broncos game is going to be on the roughing the passer call on Bradley Chubb that shouldn’t have been (and rightfully so), the game shouldn’t have been still in play late as a careless, inadvertent whistle robbed the Bears of a Kyle Fuller pick-six. Are officials mainly to blame for the final outcome in that thrilling finish at Mile High? Of course not. But the NFL clearly needs people willing to devote every second to improving their officiating craft so we don’t have as many of these mistakes in the future -Hal: Patrick Mahomes just keeps IMPROVING!!!! 2. 2-0 teams (Contender or Imposter) -Bills -Ravens -Packers -Seahawks -49ers 3. This or That -Which of these two NFC teams would you be more scared to face: Cowboys or Rams? -Which of these two teams should send the Jaguars two first-round picks for Jalen Ramsey: Eagles or Cowboys? -Who is more likely to win the NFC South: Bucs or Falcons? -Who would you rather have as your team’s head coach: Adam Gase or Eric Bieniemy? -Now that the Dolphins have the Steelers 2020 first-round pick courtesy of the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade, which QB-needy team should they fear the most in the #TankForTua sweepstakes: Bengals or Broncos? -Which QB would you rather have long-term: Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen? 4. GAME OF THE WEEK: Ravens at Chiefs -Last week, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals found some holes in the Ravens defense, particularly in the vertical passing game. How ominous of a sign is that for Baltimore going into Arrowhead and facing arguably the best QB in the NFL right now? What adjustments do the Ravens need to make from last week’s outing? -The Chiefs D had a much improved showing last week in Oakland compared to Week 1, but now they face the red hot Lamar Jackson and this explosive Ravens offense. What will they have to do defensively to slow down Lamar and company…and do they have the personnel to do it? -Game deciding matchups -Prediction -STAT OF THE WEEK: Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are the only QB’s in the Super Bowl era to have a 70+ completion percentage, 7+ passing TD’s and 0 INT through the first two games of a season (via NFL Research) 5. Set My Lineup (Will, 0.5 PPR) -QB: Lamar -RB: Damien Williams, Mack, Singletary, Jackson, Chris Thompson -WR: Davante Adams, Amari Cooper, Michael Thomas, DJax, ARob -Flex: -TE: Delanie Walker, Mark Andrews 6. Waiver Wire: Gem or Garbage? -Deebo Samuel -Demarcus Robinson -Mecole Hardman -A.J. Brown -Darren Waller -Ito Smith 7. Game Predictions -Titans at Jaguars -Lions at Eagles -Dolphins at Cowboys -Broncos at Packers -Raiders at Vikings -Bengals at Bills -Falcons at Colts -Jets at Patriots -Panthers at Cardinals -Giants at Buccaneers -Texans at Chargers -Steelers at 49ers -Saints at Seahawks -Rams at Browns -Bears at Redskins 8. BOLD PREDICTIONS ME: Gardner Minshew leads a 90-yard GW TD drive in the final two minutes HAL: Daniel Jones 300 yards passing 3 TD’s 9. Challenge Flags ME: Kirk Cousins. Make more plays, but DON’T TRY TO PLAY HERO BALL!! HAL:Steelers, Colts, Saints, Panthers, Jets….find that balance on offense without your star QB, step up on D and special teams. Make it happen!!!
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September 18, 2019
#171: NFL 2019 Week 2 Preview (with Hal Bent)
1. Week 1 Takeaways Me:  -Smaller (6’0” or under), faster wide receivers are the newest trend in the NFL….and Sunday showed you why, In recent years, the NFL seems to have preferred speed over size in the draft when it comes to WR. See John Ross in 2017, and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown this year. Both combined for 11 receptions, 305 yards and 4 TD’s in Week 1. Also, DeSean Jackson, in his return to Philly, went 8/154/2 and Redskins rookie Terry McLaurin went 5/125/1 in the same game, and could’ve had another long TD if not for a Case Keenum overthrow. -Titans D could be the NFL’s best this season Hal: 2. Truth/Exaggeration -If the Dallas Cowboys offense maintains the level of play they showed against the Giants all season long, Kellen Moore will be a head coach in 2020 -Dalvin Cook will be a serious contender for the 2019 NFL rushing title if he stays healthy -Gardner Minshew will steal the starting job away from Nick Foles in Jacksonville if he continues to play the way he did on Sunday and helps the Jaguars to 5-6 wins by Week 11 -The Bears drafting Mitchell Trubisky ahead of Patrick Mahomes AND Deshaun Watson will go down as one of the biggest mistakes in the history of that franchise 3. Saints at Rams -How concerning was the Saints defensive performance in the first half and on the final Texans drive of the game? What adjustments need to be made on that side of the ball for the Saints on Sunday? -Jared Goff posted a measly 4.8 YPA last Sunday against the Panthers. What do the Rams need to do in order to get the explosiveness back into the passing game? -Game-deciding matchups: Aaron Donald vs. Saints iOL, P.J. Williams vs. Cooper Kupp -Prediction 4. Set My Lineup Andrew (full-point PPR w/Bonus points for 40+ or 50+ plays and return yardage points) QB: Cam RB: Mixon, Ingram, Cohen, Burkhead WR: JuJu, Crowder, DJax, Cooks, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jakeem Grant,  McLaurin Flex: TBD TE: Hooper Alex (0.5 Point PPR) QB: Watson, Rivers, Stafford RB: Johnson, Michel, Guice (OUT) WR: Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen, Gallup, James Washington, D.J. Chark Flex: TBD TE: Mark Andrews, Vance McDonald, Kyle Rudolph 5. Waiver Wire This or That -Derek Carr or Jacoby Brissett? -Raheem Mostert or Ronald Jones? -Terry McLaurin or Tyrell Williams? -T.J. Hockenson or Darren Waller? -Titans D or Packers D? 6. Rapid Fire Predictions -Bucs at Panthers -Vikings at Packers -Chargers at Lions -49ers at Bengals -Seahawks at Steelers -Cardinals at Ravens -Bills at Giants -Cowboys at Redskins -Patriots at Dolphins -Colts at Titans -Jaguars at Texans -Chiefs at Raiders -Bears at Broncos -Eagles at Falcons -Browns at Jets 7. BOLD PREDICTIONS Me: Patriots lay a fifty-burger on the Dolphins (52-7), Bears sack Joe Flacco 12 TIMES (7 from Khalil Mack) Hal: Bills blow 16-0 halftime lead. Daniel Jones replaces Eli in second half to throw three TD’s 8. Challenge Flags Me: Mitchell Trubisky…restore the Bears confidence in you by playing as good or better than Derek Carr did against the Broncos Hal: Mike Zimmer and Vikings….you found a blueprint to maximize Cousins by minimizing him and riding Dalvin Cook. Stick to it!!!
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September 12, 2019
#170: NFL 2019 Week 1 Preview (with Hal Bent)
1. Truth/Exaggeration   -Given the Seahawks acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney, nobody should be surprised if the Seahawks either give the Rams a season-long run for their money in the NFC West or win that division altogether  -Regardless of how far the Dallas Cowboys go in 2019, they will regret in the long run not extending Dak Prescott before Zeke Elliott -With the Dolphins trading away Laremy Tunsil, one of the NFL’s rising young stars at a premium position, it screams to you that not only are they tanking 2019, they are tanking for a QB in the 2020 draft whether that be Tua Tagavoiloa or Justin Herbert -Houston Texans ownership must fire Bill O’Brien if the Texans don’t make it to the AFC Championship game this season 2. Packers at Bears -While most people are eager to see how Aaron Rodgers looks in this Matt LaFleur offense tonight (and rightfully so), I am even more eager to see how this Packers defense looks. Brian Gutekunst has quietly built a unit that I believe has the potential to surprise and take the league by storm this year. Up front, you have the UNDERRATED Kenny Clark on the inside hunting QB’s with new companions in Preston and Za’Darius Smith coming off the edge. And in the secondary, you have a rising young star at corner in Jaire Alexander, former Bear Adrian Amos, and freakish athletic rookie safety Darnell Savage. While flaws remain at ILB (especially in pass coverage), I think this can be a top-10 scoring defense this season. Do you? -The Bears made one of the best picks in the 2019 NFL Draft by potentially stealing RB David Montgomery in the third round. I foolishly lambasted them for trading Jordan Howard before the draft. Looking at Montgomery’s college tape and minimal, albeit VERY impressive preseason outing, this guy is already a better football player than Jordan Howard. Howard is just a two-down grinder who doesn’t offer anything in the passing game. Montgomery is PHENOMENAL in the passing game, both in receiving and in blitz pickup. It certaintly seems the Bears are counting on the rookie from Iowa State BIG TIME to help ease the burden off of Mitchell Trubisky. Do you think the Bears have found their new Matt Forte, and if so, would you be willing to give him a heavier workload than Jordan Howard ever had in his three seasons as a Bear?  -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 3. Steelers at Patriots -There is a bit of a concern on the Patriots when it comes to the OL. C David Andrews is likely out for the entire 2019 season after being hospitalized with blood clots. To fill the void, the Patriots acquired C Russell Bodine from Buffalo in a rare in-division trade. Bodine’s past tape has been below average at best. And in Week 1, he faces a STOUT Steelers interior front (Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt) plus the guy who I predicted to win NFL DROY in 2019, LB Devin Bush. Could this mismatch lead to a Steelers upset in a close game? -Last season, James Conner made Le’Veon Bell expendable, but little did we know at this time last season that Bell wouldn’t be the only major Steeler offensive weapon leaving town. The Steelers were fed up with Antonio Brown’s off-the-field antics (and he showed you why almost daily this summer) and thus shipped him to the Raiders. That said, shipping away a likely future Hall of Fame WR likely doesn’t improve your offense, but JuJu Smith-Schuster is a star in the making, Conner is back healthy, and Vance McDonald looks primed for a breakout season at TE. Do you think this Steelers offense still has more than enough firepower to keep up with the Patriots? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction
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September 5, 2019
#169: 2019 NFC South Preview (with Jordan Reid)
1. If the Bucs 2019 season can be summed in two words, those words are clearly Jameis Winston. This is the final year of his rookie contract and to give him his last best chance, the Bucs lured the QB whisperer himself Bruce Arians out of retirement to be their new head coach. Arians track record speaks for itself and if he can’t get the best out of Jameis, nobody can. If Jameis underwhelms this season, do you see the Bucs doing all they can to get the QB they want in the 2020 draft? 2. The fantasy appeal for this Bucs passing attack under Arians is mouth-watering. You obviously have Mike Evans (20.2 ADP) but Chris Godwin (43.4 ADP) is somebody the fantasy community and the Bucs are equally high on. Evans himself said he and Godwin are competing for that WR1 role. Would it surprise you if Godwin had as many or more receptions, receiving yards and TD’s as Evans?  3. Last year, the Bucs had one of the worst defenses in the NFL. While they may have added Todd Bowles, who is a fantastic DC, as well a potential DROY candidate in Devin White, still a lot of holes and question marks remain on this side of the ball. Jason Pierre Paul is likely out until November at the earliest, meaning their best pass rusher is Carl Nassib, a very solid, but not great player. Their much-maligned secondary is also young and unproven. Does this look like another bottom-five defense to you? 4. In 2018, Matt Ryan had the best season of his career outside his 2016 MVP campaign. He became just the fifth QB in NFL history to throw for 35 TD’s AND miss the playoffs. One of the two biggest reasons the Falcons missed the playoffs was their OL struggles. Outside of re-signing Grady Jarrett, the Falcons poured most of their offseason resources into upgrading the OL, signing guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown in free agency, and drafting G Chris Lindstrom and OT Kaleb McGary in the first round. How much better can we realistically expect this Falcons OL to be? 5. Last season, on 92 targets, Calvin Ridley caught 64 passes for 821 yards and 10 TD. His current ADP is 55.3, per FFC. Now with pass-first OC Dirk Koetter returning to Atlanta, do you see any room for statistical growth from Ridley this season even amidst a deep receiving corps? Keep in mind, Ridley was not 100% last season. 6. The other biggest reason the Falcons squandered an historically great season from Matt Ryan was injuries to key players on defense. Keanu Neal went down with a torn ACL early in the season and Deion Jones missed most of the season with a foot injury. If their defense is able to stay healthy and the offense continues to click, should we expect a return to the playoffs for the Falcons? How much does Dan Quinn calling the plays now help, if at all? 7. Cam Newton, coming off his second shoulder surgery in three years, told Peter King at the beginning of training camp that he is embracing a new play style. What kind of adjustments to Cam Newton’s game should we expect given his twice-repaired shoulder? 8. Which Panthers WR would you prefer to own in fantasy: D.J. Moore (64.1 ADP) or Curtis Samuel (79.6 ADP)? 9. This Panthers defensive front seven, even with Thomas Davis now gone, looks as scary as ever. You bring in Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy on a one-year deal to team up with KK Short inside. You also have a top-10 LB duo in Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson. AND…you draft the freakish athletic Brian Burns to replace Julius Peppers at DE. You had Burns as your sixth overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft. What kind of dimension does Burns add to this intriguing front and is he a dark-horse DROY candidate this season? Panthers also have some outstanding depth at edge?
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August 30, 2019
#168 2019 NFC East Preview (with Hal Bent)
1. No pick in the 2019 NFL Draft was panned by the media more than the Giants selection of Daniel Jones at six overall. And this preseason, Jones has looked like a man on a mission to prove all the doubters wrong as through three games, he is 25/30 (83.3% completion rate), 369 yards, 2 TD’s and 0 INT. Eli Manning will begin the year under center, but if the Giants offense struggles badly the first two weeks, should Jones be starting in Week 3 or sooner? 2. Outside Saquon Barkley, no player on this Giants offense has more fantasy appeal than Evan Engram. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, his ADP is currently around 58 overall, slightly behind O.J. Howard. Would you be comfortable taking Engram as your starting TE at that juncture, or would you wait a round or two to take Jared Cook (72.2) or Vance McDonald (77.9)? 3. On paper, this Giants pass rush is one of the most uncertain units in the league. They are counting on second-year player Lorenzo Carter (a 2018 third-round pick) to supply the pressure off the edge and rookie NT Dexter Lawrence, who moves exceptionally smooth for a 342-lb. man, to supply pressure from the interior. Do you think the Giants pass rush can be a pleasant surprise in 2019…or is it a tall order? 4. The Redskins are in a very similar situation at QB as the Giants are. They selected a potential franchise QB in Dwayne Haskins at 15 overall, yet journeyman Case Keenum will be starting Week 1 against the Eagles. If Keenum fails to get anything going the first two weeks, should Haskins be starting in Week 3? 5. In the preseason dress rehearsal, Derrius Guice (74.3 ADP) showed he’s almost (or already) fully recovered from the torn ACL he suffered last year. However, future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson (110.4 ADP) showed he still has more than enough juice left this preseason. Which Redskins RB would you prefer to own in fantasy…or would you avoid this backfield altogether? 6. This Redskins defensive front looks VERY promising. You have the ‘Bama boys on the DL in Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne, both capable of stopping the run and getting after the QB. And coming off the edge, you have the underrated Pro Bowl vet Ryan Kerrigan and freakish athletic rookie Montez Sweat. But the back end leaves much to be desired as Reuben Foster will miss the entire season with a torn ACL and the secondary is a mess outside of Landon Collins. Can this Washington front four be elite more often than not this season in order to mask the deficiencies they have at LB and DB? 7. With Carson Wentz more than a full year removed from that multi-ligament knee injury he suffered in his MVP-like 2017 season, is it reasonable to expect him to play close to that 2017 level this season if health permits? 8. The Eagles have a crowded backfield, but rookie Miles Sanders has been the star of training camp. His current ADP is 54.4 per FFC. Would you be comfortable taking Sanders at that spot as the third or fourth RB on your roster in a 10-team league? 9. This offseason, the Eagles parted ways with Michael Bennett via trade and Chris Long retired. The two accounted for 15.5 of the Eagles 44 sacks last season and had 121 of the teams 337 total QB pressures, per PFF. How do you see the Eagles replacing not only that production, but that efficiency as well? 10. This is like a “now or never” year for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott is on the final year of his rookie deal and the Cowboys have assembled one of the league’s most talented rosters. Jerry Jones is also 76 years old and Jason Garrett is also in the final year of his contract. Would you consider anything less than an image of the Cowboys hoisting that Lombardi Trophy at Hard Rock Stadium in February a failure? Who should the Cowboys pay first: Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott?
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August 30, 2019
#167: 2019 AFC East Preview (with Hal Bent)
Is Rob Gronkowski going to come back out of retirement? Does Sam Darnold have the supporting cast he needs for a breakout season? Is Brian Flores the right guy for the Dolphins? How good is this Bills defense? Our right-hand man Hal Bent joined us to answer these questions and a lot more about the 2019 AFC East!! Lots of great fantasy advice in here too!!!!
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August 27, 2019
#166: 2019 AFC North Preview (with Pete Smith)
Good morning, afternoon, or evening wherever (or whenever) you are ladies and gentlemen! This is Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. Just three weeks from the moment of this recording, the centennial season of the National Football League will kick off. And in that spirit, we continue with the sixth round of our 2019 NFL division-by-division preview series with a look at the AFC North. And to help us analyze all things Bengals, Browns, Ravens, and Steelers it is a pleasure to welcome back Pete Smith back to the program. He currently is the editor for Browns Maven, a source all Browns fans should check out. How are you Pete, it’s great to have you back! 1. The Bengals hired Zac Taylor mainly because he worked with Sean McVay. And when you look at this Bengals offense…the pieces just might be there to replicate what the Rams have done on offense the past two seasons. You have a legitimate bellcow RB in Joe Mixon who can play the Todd Gurley role. And you have a trio of WR’s in A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and John Ross that (as a group) have the potential to be as good or better than the collective of Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. However, the issues the Bengals have on the offensive line may put a damper on the potential of their skill players this season. Despite their efforts in the offseason to revamp the OL, 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams is likely out for the season with a shoulder injury and G Clint Boling retired. Without those two, just how bad is this Bengals OL? Is it like one of the five worst OL units in the league? 2. Joe Mixon’s current ADP is around 15th overall according to Fantasy Football Calculator. The talent, volume and the potential are there to finish 2019 as a top-three fantasy RB, which makes it totally understandable to take him at that point in your draft, or even earlier. However, given the fact the floor for the Bengals this season is very low, they could find themselves in a lot of lopsided games in which the game script won’t favor the running game. Thus, there’s a good argument NOT to take Joe Mixon at his current ADP. Where would you be comfortable taking Mixon in your fantasy draft? 3. Last season, the Bengals defense was just god-awful. They ended the year as the NFL’s lowest ranked total defense. But the Bengals apparently believe bad luck on the injury front was to blame last season, especially in terms of the pass rush where the underrated Carl Lawson suffered a torn ACL. With Lawson expected to be healthy and ready to go by Week 1 or shortly thereafter, how much does his presence improve that Bengals pass rush and the defense as a whole?  4. This is by far THE best Browns roster on paper since the franchise was reinstated 20 years ago. Offensively, you have Baker Mayfield, who clearly looks like the face of the franchise for the next decade-plus. You have an incredible one-two punch at RB with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and now you bring in arguably the most talented WR in football in Odell Beckham, Jr. to go along with a solid receiving corps. However, the OL, in its second season post-Joe Thomas, looks like a glaring weakness. The Browns also traded away their best OL Kevin Zeitler in order to land OBJ. If you were John Dorsey, would you be willing to part with your 2020 first-round pick in order to acquire disgruntled Redskins Pro Bowl OT Trent Williams? 5. With Kareem Hunt suspended for the first eight games of the season, Nick Chubb is one of THE most attractive options for fantasy owners as far as RB’s go. Chubb’s current ADP is around 11 overall, per Fantasy Football Calculator. Would you grab him at that juncture, or would you pass and select somebody like Dalvin Cook or Kerryon Johnson instead?
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August 22, 2019
#165: 2019 NFC West Preview (with Matt Barr)
Good morning, afternoon, or evening wherever (or whenever) you are ladies and gentlemen! This is Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow. 2019 NFL training camps are in the books and the 100th season of the greatest sports league in the world begins just three weeks from this Thursday night!!! And in that spirit, we continue with the fifth round of our 2019 NFL division-by-division preview series with a look at the NFC West. And to help us analyze all things Cardinals, Niners, Seahawks, and Rams, it is a pleasure to welcome Matt Barr to the program for the very first time. Matt is the co-host of the “4th and Gold” podcast, a MUST-listen for all 49ers fans. How are you doing Matt, it’s great to have you with us! 1. Kyler Murray may only be the second QB standing 5-10 or under in the Super Bowl era, but you can’t deny he has the potential to forever alter how the QB position is evaluated and scouted. As Kurt Warner pointed out during the draft, there are definitely similarities to Russell Wilson’s game that you get from the tape. What were your impressions of Kyler Murray during the pre-draft process, especially the tape? How much better do he and Kliff Kingsbury alone make the Cardinals offense, a unit that was historically bad last season? 2. Who is the better Cardinals WR to own in fantasy: Christian Kirk (73.2 ADP) or Larry Fitzgerald (88.2 ADP)? 3. Last season, the Cardinals had the fourth best defense against the pass, but were dead last against the run. They will open 2019 without Patrick Peterson, who will be serving a six-game suspension. While the addition of Jordan Hicks may improve their run D, can we be surprised if this defense actually plays worse this season (especially at the beginning) compared to 2018? 4. The 49ers can save $22.4 million next season by cutting Jimmy Garoppolo. Aside from staying healthy, what kind of season does he need to ensure he remains in red and gold in 2020 and beyond? 5. Is Dante Pettis worth it at his current ADP (68.2)? Who is the better 49ers RB to own in fantasy: Tevin Coleman (56.3 ADP) or Matt Breida (125.5 ADP)?    6. When fully healthy, just how good can this 49ers defensive front seven be? 7. Would it surprise you if D.K. Metcalf ends up being Russell Wilson’s #1 target in the passing game by season’s end or sooner? 8. Last season, Russell Wilson threw 35 TD’s on only 427 passes, good for an astonishing 8.2% TD rate. That rate is 2.2% higher than his career average of 6.0%, thus you can expect regression in TD passes. Would you be willing to draft Russell Wilson at his current ADP (104.6), or would you rather wait longer and take Jameis Winston (112.4) or Ben Roethlisberger (130.3)?    9. The Seahawks pass rush is very concerning. You trade away Frank Clark and you sign Ziggy Ansah, a clear downgrade, to a one-year deal. And worse, Jarran Reed, who had a breakout season last year with 10.5 sacks, is suspended the first six games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Where is this pass rush going to come from minus Clark and Reed? 10. Jared Goff is a completely different QB in a clean pocket (83.8 QBR, one of the best in the league) versus a muddy pocket (11.3 QBR, one of the worst in the league). This offseason, the Rams said goodbye to LG Rodger Saffold and C John Sullivan and will be counting on two second-year players (Joe Noteboom and Brian Allen, respectively) to replace them. How big of a concern is this OL turnover for the defending NFC champs? What is the biggest key for the Rams on offense this season: Protecting Goff, Todd Gurley’s knee, or Cooper Kupp returning to his old self?
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August 15, 2019
#164: 2019 AFC West Preview (with Nick Kendell)
1. Last season, the Raiders offense was pretty much unwatchable even before they traded Amari Cooper. Now they have Antonio Brown, arguably THE best wide receiver of the decade, whom they acquired in a trade from the Steelers. They also signed Tyrell Williams, an EXTREMELY underrated vertical receiving threat and they also drafted Josh Jacobs, a multi-dimensional RB from Alabama. However, if these new weapons are to take the league by storm and the Raiders are going to surprise some people this season, Derek Carr must play like he did in 2015 and his MVP-caliber 2016 season as opposed to how he has performed the previous two seasons. This is likely Carr’s final chance to cement himself as the Raiders franchise QB as the team can save $16.5 million by releasing him after this season. Do you think Derek Carr is still capable of being that QB we saw in 2016, or are his best days behind him?  2. FANTASY FOCUS: Antonio Brown may be getting a gold jacket one day, but from a fantasy perspective this season, he gets a steep downgrade at QB going from Roethlisberger to Carr. According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Brown’s current ADP is 2.09. Is Antonio Brown still a lock for a 1200+ receiving yard season with double digit TD’s as a Raider? Would you put WR’s with slightly lower ADP’s like Tyreek Hill and Mike Evans ahead of him on fantasy draft boards? 3. After trading away Khalil Mack, the Raiders pass rush was almost lifeless as they registered a league low 13 sacks. That’s why they used their first of three first round picks on a pass rusher in Clelin Ferrell. However, the selection of Ferrell was thought of as a reach by many, especially since there were better options on the board in Josh Allen and Ed Oliver. I understand GM Mike Mayock wanted to make a statement about character in the pick, but with questionable pieces around Ferrell on that DL, how much does he alone improve that anemic pass rush? 4. For the third time in four seasons, the Broncos have a new starting QB. With the Ravens eager to begin the Lamar Jackson era, the Broncos pounced and traded for his predecessor and Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco. While many (including you) believe Flacco is an upgrade from Case Keenum, Flacco’s stats last year weren’t that much different from Keenum’s, and he has been at the bottom of the league in overall QBR for the past few seasons. And FWIW, Flacco and the Broncos offense have had a very sluggish start to training camp. Based on tape alone, why is Flacco an upgrade over Case Keenum?
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July 26, 2019
#163 2019 AFC South Preview with Jake Arthur
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. NFL teams are already filing into training camp and today, the Denver Broncos just held the first training camp practice of the 2019 season. Football is officially back and in that spirit, we continue our 2019 division-by-division preview series with a dive into the AFC South. And joining us to analyze all things Colts, Jaguars, Texans, and Titans is our good friend Jake Arthur, who is currently a contributing writer for colts.com, the official website of the Indianapolis Colts.  1. I am one of a minority of people who is higher on Nick Foles with the Jaguars than most. The reason why? New Jags OC John DeFilippo coached Foles during his magical run in Philly in 2017. Is it realistic to think that we’ll get more of the good Nick Foles than the bad one this season given DeFilippo’s presence? 2. FANTASY FOCUS: Would you be happy taking Leonard Fournette at his current ADP (3.06 per Fantasy Football Calculator), or would you rather take Aaron Jones, Marlon Mack, or Derrick Henry at around the same juncture of your draft? 3. How much more lethal does Josh Allen make this Jaguars D? Despite the addition of Allen, the Jaguars will be without three key people on defense this season. They had to cut Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson due to cap issues and LB Telvin Smith will be taking the 2019 season off for unknown personal reasons. Which of those three will be missed the most? Do you think the Jags D will still be a top-five unit in 2019? 4. For the first few years of his career, Marcus Mariota looked like the real deal. The previous two years? Not so much. While not all Mariota’s struggles can be blamed on his health (he’s still yet to play a full season), you have to consider the possibility that his issues last season were in large part due to him being VERY VERY banged up (ulnar nerve issue in his throwing arm, neck stinger, cracked verterbra, broken rib, sprained AC shoulder joint, and a “significant” plantar fascia tear). Assuming he’s infinitely healthier this season, what kind of season does Mariota need to have to warrant a long-term contract extension? 5. FANTASY FOCUS: Delanie Walker has always been Marcus Mariota’s best friend in the passing game, but he’s 35 years old and coming off a major injury (fractured ankle with ligament damage). If he isn’t the same, Mariota is going to need another threat over the middle to target regularly. And based on last season, Jonnu Smith is not capable of being that guy. Enter rookie WR A.J. Brown, who many in the draft community compared to JuJu Smith-Schuster. He’s likely to be that “BIG slot” WR and he runs terrific routes. Do you see Brown becoming that threat over the middle if Delanie Walker’s play declines and Jonnu Smith remains inept?
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July 25, 2019
#162- 2019 NFC North Preview w/Jordan Reid
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. After a brief six-month hiatus, I am pleased to announce that we are back and ready to give you more exciting NFL content from all angles. Whether it be your favorite team, fantasy football, the NFL Draft or anything NFL-related, we will have you covered like never before. And how fitting is it that we return right now since the first of 32 NFL training camps begins in just a few days. In that spirit, we begin our 2019 NFL division-by-division preview series with a look at the NFC North. And to help us break down all things Bears, Vikings, Packers and Lions is our good friend Jordan Reid. Jordan is one of THE best football minds out there, especially when it comes to the NFL Draft. Over the past year, his career has taken off and he is becoming one of the go-to guys for NFL Draft information and analysis. He now writes for The Draft Network, my personal favorite NFL Draft site and hosts his own podcast “The Draft Board.” Jordan is also a wonderful friend of ours here at Sports Krunch, and it’s a pleasure to welcome him back to the program. How are you doing Jordan? 1. The Bears incredible 2018 season ended in the worst possible way, with a (partially blocked) “double doink” missed FG against the Eagles in the Wild Card round. And since then, the Bears situation at kicker is arguably a million times more uncertain than it was on that day. Cody Parkey might have been jettisoned but no kicker on the current roster has been able to distinguish himself from the pack during OTA’s. Which kicker (whether on the current active roster or open market) can you see providing some stability for the Bears at that position this season? 2. Jordan Howard was traded to the Eagles and to help replace him, the Bears traded up in the third round to select David Montgomery, a talented, multi-faceted back out of Iowa State. I personally was a HUGE fan of this pick. Do you think Montgomery is an upgrade over Howard in Matt Nagy’s offense? If you do, how so? (FANTASY FOCUS: Would you be surprised if Montgomery is the back getting most of the carries right off the bat?) 3. The Bears lost two underrated pieces of their top-shelf 2018 defense in nickel corner Bryce Callahan and safety Adrian Amos. Which of those players will be the hardest to replace? How does Chuck Pagano’s system fit the skillsets of the Bears defenders better than Vic Fangio’s? 4. The main thing that derailed the Vikings in 2018 was their porous OL play. To help fix that problem, the Vikings selected Garrett Bradbury, who was considered THE best center prospects in years, with their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network calls him “The Grim Reacher” because of his otherworldly reach blocks. Can you see Bradbury making at least somewhat of a similar impact on the entire Vikings OL as Quenton Nelson did with the Colts last year? 5. FANTASY FOCUS: With Gary Kubiak now in the Vikings building as essentially the Vikings co-OC, I am anticipating a lot more two-TE sets. The Vikings need a third pass catcher to emerge behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. And while the Vikings may have extended Kyle Rudolph, they selected Alabama TE Irv Smith with their second-round pick. Daniel Jeremiah compared him to Jordan Reed, who was Kirk Cousins’ absolute favorite target in Washington. Can you see Irv Smith becoming that third option in the passing game behind Thielen and Diggs by midseason or sooner? 6. Although the Vikings were fourth in total defense last season, it didn’t feel quite as dominant as their performance during their magical 2017 season. What is the most important thing that needs to happen this season for the Vikings defense to play closer to that 2017 level?
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July 21, 2019
#161 SENIOR BOWL 2019: NASIR ADDERLEY
One of the biggest potential steals of the 2019 NFL Draft was the Chargers selection of Delaware S Nasir Adderley in the second round (60th overall pick). I caught up with Nasir at the 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl and we discussed whether range or ball skills is the most important attribute needed to play safety in the NFL, his close friendship with his former college teammate and current Bears DT Bilal Nichols, the influence of Hall of Famer Ed Reed on the safety position and MORE!!!
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July 5, 2019
#160 Live From The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl w/Eagles beat writer Les Bowen
Eagles beat writer Les Bowen (Philadelphia Inquirer) joined us to  discuss a laundry list of potential cap casualties for the Eagles this  offseason, Carson Wentz’s health, and the possibility of the Eagles  trading Nick Foles, which is bigger than you may think
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January 27, 2019
#159 Live From The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl w/Dave Birkett - Lions coverage for Detroit Free Press
Our old friend Dave Birkett, who covers the Lions and the  NFL for the Detroit Free Press joined us again. He discussed the  puzzling hiring of new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Matthew  Stafford’s future, why the Lions are likely to let DE Ziggy Ansah walk,  and the Lions plans in the 2019 NFL Draft. Also,  Dave is on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors and we talk  about next week’s vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2019 class 
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January 24, 2019
#158 Live From The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl w/Buccaneers beat writer Greg Auman
Buccaneers beat writer Greg Auman (The Athletic) joins us to discuss  what Jameis Winston needs to do to earn a long-term deal from the Bucs,  reports suggesting the release of Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy, and Tampa’s plans for the 2019 NFL Draft
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January 24, 2019
#157 Live From The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl w/Ryan O'Halloran - Broncos Beat Writer (Denver Post)
Ryan O’Halloran - Broncos beat writer Ryan O’Halloran (Denver Post)  joins us to discuss the Broncos 2019 NFL Draft plans (QB or bust in  first round?), what Denver is getting with new head coach Vic Fangio,  and why the team was smart to let Gary Kubiak go elsewhere and opt for a  fresh face at Offensive Coordinator
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January 24, 2019
#156 Live From The 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl with Raiders Beat Writer Vic Tafur (The Athletic)
Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur (The Athletic) joins us to discuss the  Raiders plans in the 2019 NFL Draft, Derek Carr’s future, and how much  of a role new GM Mike Mayock will play
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January 24, 2019
#155 NFL Conference Championship Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
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 2. 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 3. 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 -Prediction 4. 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 -Prediction 5. Divisional Round Weekend Bold Predictions -Me: Patriots will gash the Chiefs for over 250 rushing yards -Hal: 6. 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.  In the mean time, 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 as usual, stay awesome. 
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January 19, 2019
#154 NFL 2018 Divisional Round Weekend Preview w/Hal Bent
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well wild card weekend wasn’t as really wild as I expected it to be with the exception of the Eagles/Bears game, but divisional round weekend has a better chance to live up to such a description. Do you believe so Hal Bent? What makes this arguably the most exciting weekend on the entire NFL calendar? 1. Wild Card Weekend Takeaways -Bears fans should be giving Treyvon Hester FAR more credit than Cody Parkey hell -Hal: Went 0-4 on his picks last week 2. Head Coaching Hire Grades -Grading each team’s hire Browns (Kitchens): C/inc. Bucs (Arians): B Packers (LaFleur): B+ Broncos (Fangio): B Cardinals (Kingsbury): A- Bengals (Taylor*): A [just for not hiring Hue Jackson] Jets (Gase): C-  3. Colts/Chiefs -The Chiefs have to expect the Colts to pound the ball religiously in this game. Do you think the Chiefs can win without stopping the run? -Who is more likely to have a good game?: Chiefs DL and edge rushers versus Colts OL or Colts back seven versus Chiefs weapons  -Other game-deciding matchup -Prediction 4. Cowboys/Rams -Is this the worst possible divisional round matchup the Rams could ask for? -Should the Rams give CJ Anderson a healthy amount of touches even with Gurley back? Two-back sets with them to help compensate for Cooper Kupp’s absence since both backs are great receivers? -Can the Rams win without stopping the run? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 5. Chargers/Patriots -How concerning is the potential disadvantage for the Patriots OL going against that Chargers front? -Is there anybody in the league not named Derwin James capable of slowing down Gronk on a good day for Gronk? -What advantages do the Chargers offense have against the Pats D and vice versa? -Game-deciding matchup -Prediction 6. Eagles/Saints -The Eagles incredible run to this point began when Timmy Jernigan returned to the lineup. Just how important is he? -Wouldn’t you say the Eagles should be given a better chance to win given the Saints inconsistencies in the secondary?  -Is there a weakness for the Eagles DL to exploit against this rock solid Saints OL? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 7. Divisional Round Weekend Bold Predictions -Me: Nick Foles throws for 350 yards, 3 TD’s and 65%+ of his passes….and still loses -Hal: Andrew Luck throws for 400 yards and 4 TD’s and completes 75% of his passes…and still loses 8. Challenge Flags -Me: Chargers….this may be your lest best chance to win a Super Bowl with Philip Rivers. PLAY LIKE IT!  -Hal: Eagles….pull out all of the stops and prove me wrong. PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION AND GO DOWN SWINGING!!!! Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week to preview the Conference Championships…so stay tuned! I am also pleased to announce that Sports Krunch will be back on the ground in Mobile, Alabama for the second straight year covering the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl. Also, should things currently transpiring behind the scenes continue their course into these next few weeks, Sports Krunch will undergo a fascinating makeover…so stay tuned for a huge announcement if that happens.  In the mean time, 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 as usual, stay awe
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January 12, 2019
#153 NFL Wild Card Weekend (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
 Well the NFL playoffs are finally here with Wild Card Weekend about to commence and Hal Bent, I don’t think I’ve ever been excited for a Wild Card weekend like this one. Have you? Week 17 Takeaways -Kirk Cousins looking like a colossal waste of money -Teddy Bridgewater doesn’t look like the future in New Orleans Coaching Carousel -Jets are pursuing Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. Given college football’s increasing influence on NFL offensive scheming, this might be the best possible hire for the Jets. What do you think? -If the Jets hire Rhule, do you think Adam Gase should go to the Cardinals? -It’s been rumored for several months that Mike McCarthy would become the new head coach of the Browns. Given his previous relationship with John Dorsey plus Baker Mayfield likely only going to get better, how good of a fit would that be?  -Best coaching fits for each opening: Browns, Dolphins, Broncos, Cardinals, Jets, Packers, Bengals, Buccaneers Colts/Texans -How will the lack of receiving weapons outside of DeAndre Hopkins hinder the Texans offense? -DeAndre Hopkins announced on Thursday that he will be dedicating this game to Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year old girl killed in a drive-by shooting in the Houston area. Nuk will be donating this week’s game-check to the Barnes family in order to help pay for the funeral costs. If I’m the Colts, I would not discount the fact that this heartbreaking story that touched Hopkins so much has the potential to make him go absolutely gangbusters on Saturday. He’s playing for Jazmine’s memory and her family. Would you have that same mindset if you were the Colts secondary? -How big is the mismatch between the Colts receiving options and the Texans secondary? -Prediction Seahawks/Cowboys -Which battle will be most decisive in this game? The battle between QB’s, defenses, or ground games? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction Chargers/Ravens -Which is bigger: The Chargers advantage of playing the Ravens for a second time in three weeks or the disadvantage Chargers having to play a 1 PM ET game on the east coast? -What is the main thing the Chargers have to do on both sides of the ball better than their previous rendezvous with the Ravens in order to win? -Game-deciding matchup -Prediction Eagles/Bears -REGARDLESS of the outcome of this game, do you think the Bears were dumb to not bench their starters early in the game against the Vikings? -Who is more important for a Bears win on Sunday: Mitchell Trubisky or Jordan Howard? -Outside of Nick Foles, who has been the key to the Eagles late-season turnaround? -Does this seem to be a defensive battle to you given the fact both offenses run pretty similar systems? -Prediction Wild Card Weekend Bold Predictions -Me: Darius Leonard has 3.5 sacks, 1 extra TFL and a FF to set up the game-winning field goal…clinching himself DROY honors -Hal: Mitchell Trubisky throws 4 TD’s and for over 375 yards  Challenge Flags -Me: Bears...play with the “if you wanna BE the champs…you have to BEAT the champs” mindset. Prove Louis Riddick (and Hal) right and me wrong  -Hal: Andrew Luck, if you have to throw 50 times to win this game, DO IT! Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week to preview Divisional Round Weekend…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.
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January 5, 2019
#152 NFL Week 17 Preview (2018) w/Hal Bent
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?  2. Truth/Exaggeration -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 3. Colts/Titans -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?  -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 4.  Rapid Fire Predictions -Dolphins/Bills -Lions/Packers -Jaguars/Texans -Jets/Patriots -Panthers/Saints -Cowboys/Giants -Falcons/Buccaneers -Browns/Ravens -Raiders/Chiefs -Bears/Vikings -Bengals/Steelers -Eagles/Redskins -Chargers/Broncos -49ers/Rams -Cardinals/Seahawks 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!!!!
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December 29, 2018
#151 NFL Week 16 Preview (2018) with Hal Bent
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. 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.   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  2. 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 3. 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? 4. 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 5. 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 6.  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 7. 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 8. 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 pleas
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December 21, 2018
#150 NFL Week 15 Preview (2018) w/Hal Bent
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. The NFL playoffs might not have officially began yet (we still have three weeks left in the regular season), but it sure felt like they have after one of THE most dramatic Sundays of NFL football I can ever remember transpired just this past week…didn’t it Hal Bent? 1. Week 14 Takeaways -Defense still matters -Baker Mayfield is on fire and the future couldn’t be brighter in Cleveland 2. Truth/Exaggeration -Browns interim OC Freddie Kitchens should be a serious head-coaching candidate for the Browns and other teams with an HC vacancy -If the Steelers miss the playoffs, the clock has to start ticking on Mike Tomlin -Vic Fangio has all but earned Assistant Coach of the Year honors -Pete Carroll has made just as strong a case for Coach of the Year as anybody -The Jaguars should seriously consider trading Jalen Ramsey in the offseason -The Patriots are more likely than not going to miss out on the AFC’s #1 seed 3. Chargers/Chiefs -Whose absence (or potential absence) will hurt their respective team more: Melvin Gordon or Spencer Ware? -How pivotal can Eric Berry’s return be to a Chiefs victory? -Is this the best season of Philip Rivers’ career? -Game-deciding matchup -Prediction 4. Cowboys/Colts -If there is a potential weakness in the Cowboys defense, what is it and how do Frank Reich and the Colts exploit it? -Who is more deserving of DROY honors: Vander Esch or Leonard? -Who is more important for the Colts to slow down: Amari Cooper or Ezekiel Elliott? -Game-deciding matchup -Prediction 5. Patriots/Steelers -What makes the Patriots more vulnerable this season compared to the last two seasons? -Does it seem that Juju Smith-Schuster is becoming equally as important of a weapon for the Steelers as Antonio Brown is? -How deflated are the Steelers chances of winning this game if James Connor doesn’t play? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 6. Rapid Fire Predictions -Texans/Jets -Browns/Broncos -Packers/Bears -Lions/Bills -Buccaneers/Ravens -Cardinals/Falcons -Raiders/Bengals -Titans/Giants -Dolphins/Vikings -Redskins/Jaguars -Seahawks/49ers -Eagles/Rams -Saints/Panthers 7. Week 15 Bold Predictions -Me: Kirk Cousins throws for 400+ yards and 3 TD’s -Hal: Saquon Barkley runs for 250 yards and 4 TD’s, Derek Carr throws for 400 yards passing 8. Challenge Flags -Me: Saints…don’t get off to another slow start -Hal: Matt Patricia and Lions…FINISH STRONG and get to 8-8 Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week to preview Week 16…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 as usual, stay awesome!
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December 13, 2018
#149 NFL Week 14 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Hope all of you who are celebrating have had a Happy Hanukkah. Before we begin, I want to profoundly apologize for us being MIA last week. Thanksgiving hangover. Well, the 2018 NFL season is down to its final quarter…and it’s around this time of year we expect the playoff picture to become more clear…but because of what transpired last week, it’s still pretty murky as it currently stands, isn’t it Hal Bent? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 12/13 Takeaways -Aaron Donald MUST be HIGHLY considered for MVP -Watch out for the Seahawks 2. Truth/Exaggeration -If the Packers lose one of their next two games, Aaron Rodgers must be put on ice for the rest of the season -The Kareem Hunt saga will not only cost the Chiefs the AFC’s #1 seed, but the AFC West title as well -The Chargers and Texans have the AFC’s most talented rosters -Regardless of what happens down the stretch, the Broncos should bring back Vance Joseph for another season as they continue their gradual roster overhaul -We are witnessing the beginning of the end of the Steelers dominance in the Roethlisberger era 3. Who is the favorite to win the NFC North? BEARS VIKINGS Week 14: Rams Week 14: at Seahawks Week 15: Packers Week 15: Dolphins Week 16: at 49ers Week 16: at Lions Week 17: at Vikings Week 17: Bears 4. Who is the favorite to win the AFC North? RAVENS STEELERS Week 14: at Chiefs Week 14: at Raiders Week 15: Buccaneers Week 15: Patriots Week 16: at Chargers Week 16: at Saints Week 17: Browns Week 17: Bengals 5. Who is the favorite for the AFC’s #6 seed? -Ravens/Steelers loser -Colts -Broncos -Titans -Dolphins 6. Who are the favorites for the NFC’s Wild Card seeds? -Bears/Vikings loser -Seahawks -Eagles 7. Now it’s time for our Top Choice Athletics Trivia Question of the Week. The winner of this weekly contest will be the recipient of some of the best sporting equipment from Top Choice Athletics!! Here it is: Who currently holds the record for most rushing yards in a single game? 8. Rapid Fire Predictions -Ravens/Chiefs -Giants/Redskins -Saints/Buccaneers -Patriots/Dolphins -Colts/Texans -Falcons/Packers -Panthers/Browns -Broncos/49ers -Bengals/Chargers -Lions/Cardinals -Steelers/Raiders -Eagles/Cowboys -Rams/Bears -Vikings/Seahawks 9. Week 14 Bold Predictions -Me: Cam Newton throws six interceptions -Hal: Raiders beat Steelers 10. Challenge Flags -Me: Chargers…don’t get caught napping -Hal: Colts…put that loss to Jacksonville in the rearview mirror and FIND THAT RUN GAME Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week to preview Week 15…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 as usual, stay awesome!
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December 9, 2018
#148 NFL Week 12 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Well, Thanksgiving has arrived and NEVER have I been more thankful for this great game of football, ESPECIALLY after a game like the one we saw last night between the Chiefs and the Rams. Hal Bent, was that the best regular season game you’ve ever watched? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Week 11 Takeaways -Short-term and long-term, BEWARE THE COLTS! -Akiem Hicks may be the most underrated player in the NFL Truth/Exaggeration -Leighton Vander Esch is a serious contender for DROY -Alex Smith’s injury makes the Cowboys NFC East favorites down the stretch -The Chargers collapse against the Broncos is a sign of worse things to come for them down the stretch -The Bears should start Chase Daniel on Thursday against the Lions if Mitchell Trubisky’s shoulder is not 100% Who is the favorite for the NFC’s #1 seed? RAMS SAINTS Week 12: BYE Week 12: Falcons Week 13: at Lions Week 13: at Cowboys Week 14: at Bears Week 14: at Buccaneers Week 15: Eagles Week 15: at Panthers Week 16: at Cardinals Week 16: Steelers Week 17: 49ers Week 17: Panthers Who is the favorite for the AFC’s #1 seed? CHIEFS PATRIOTS STEELERS Week 12: BYE Week 12: at Jets Week 12: at Broncos Week 13: at Raiders Week 13: Vikings Week 13: Chargers Week 14: Ravens Week 14: at Dolphins Week 14: at Raiders Week 15: Chargers Week 15: at Steelers Week 15: Patriots Week 16: at Seahawks Week 16: Bills Week 16: at Saints Week 17: Raiders Week 17: Jets Week 17: Bengals Now it’s time for our Top Choice Athletics Trivia Question of the Week. The winner of this weekly contest will be the recipient of some of the best sporting equipment from Top Choice Athletics!! Here it is: Which Cowboys QB lead a stunning come-from-behind victory against the Redskins in relief of Roger Staubach on Thanksgiving Day 1974? Rapid Fire Predictions -Bears/Lions -Redskins/Cowboys -Falcons/Saints -Raiders/Ravens -Jaguars/Bills -Seahawks/Panthers -Browns/Bengals -Patriots/Jets -Giants/Eagles -49ers/Buccaneers -Cardinals/Chargers -Dolphins/Colts -Steelers/Broncos -Packers/Vikings -Titans/Texans Week 11 Bold Predictions -Me: Leighton Vander Esch picks off two passes and tallies three TFL’s on Thursday -Hal: Broncos will sack Ben Roethlisberger seven times Challenge Flags -Me: Chargers…make me believe again -Hal: Texans…you have a shot at the #1 seed…you can go 13-3. DO IT!! Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week to preview Week 13…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 to you and yours, a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
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November 21, 2018
#147 NFL Week 11 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. The 2018 NFL season is down to its final seven weeks, and this week contains several games that can prove to be very decisive the rest of the way. Two of them are in prime time…including a matchup NFL fans have had circled on their calendar for weeks. And Hal, even though seven weeks is an eternity, you can pretty much say it’s already crunch time as we head into the top of the 2018 season’s stretch, can’t you? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 10 Takeaways -Cowboys might have the best LB duo in the league going forward with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch -Barring a catastrophe, the road to Super Bowl LIII in the NFC is very likely going through New Orleans 2. Truth/Exaggeration -The Eagles are more likely to get a top-10 draft pick than to make the playoffs -Mike McCarthy will more likely than not get fired as head coach of the Packers after the 2018 season, whether they make the playoffs or not -George Kittle has made the case that he’s one of the five best tight ends in the NFL right now -If Justin Herbert declares for the 2019 NFL Draft, and should the Raiders have the first overall pick…the Raiders MUST take Herbert 3. Vikings/Bears -What kind of game are we most likely to see: Shootout, low-scoring defensive battle, or something in between? -What is the bigger mismatch: Vikings front four versus Bears OL or Bears front versus Vikings OL? -While Mitchell Trubisky has shown very good improvement this season, inconsistency is still a concern. While he has gone gangbusters against some of the NFL’s worst defenses (Tampa, Miami, last week vs. Detroit), he has struggled against some of the league’s better defenses (Buffalo). Can the Bears win this game if Trubisky finds somewhat of a middle ground? -What unit of the Vikings defense needs the most improvement in this game and for the rest of the season? How pivotal can Andrew Sendejo’s absence be? -Prediction 4. Chiefs/Rams -Since this game was moved to LA from Mexico City, how much of an additional advantage does this give the Rams? -With Cooper Kupp now out for the season, which Rams receiving option not named Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks or Robert Woods needs to step up the most? -Aaron Donald is arguably the best defensive player in football right now, but the Chiefs have somebody that should be a household name after this game…and that is Chris Jones. Jones has seven sacks this year. And the last game the Rams were without Cooper Kupp (against Green Bay)…Kenny Clark absolutely FEASTED against the interior of the Rams OL. Do you expect Chris Jones to have as good a game (or even better) than Aaron Donald on Monday night? -Who has the better defense: Chiefs or Rams? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 5. Now it’s time for our Top Choice Athletics Trivia Question of the Week. The winner of this weekly contest will be the recipient of some of the best sporting equipment from Top Choice Athletics!! Here it is: How many yards was Vikings DE Jim Marshall’s infamous wrong way run? 6. Rapid Fire Predictions -Cowboys/Falcons -Bengals/Ravens -Panthers/Lions -Titans/Colts -Buccaneers/Giants -Texans/Redskins -Steelers/Jaguars -Raiders/Cardinals -Broncos/Chargers -Eagles/Saints 7. Week 11 Bold Predictions -Me: Eagles allow 200+ yards on the ground to the Saints -Hal: Five games go to OT 8. Challenge Flags -Me: Bears OL and Vikings OL…I dare ONE of you guys to dominate on Sunday night -Hal: Bengals owner Mike Brown…it’s time to clean house!!!! Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back right before Thanksgiving with a look at Week 12…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
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November 17, 2018
#146 NFL Week 10 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
We are already halfway through the 2018 NFL season, and just like many 2018 election races, countless games have gone down to the wire and many (if not most) division titles are still up for grabs. However, the last few weeks of games haven’t had quite as much drama as the first seven or so…and this week’s slate of games looks pretty bland. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Week 9 Takeaways -The Pittsburgh Steelers are the team nobody wants to face right now -Redskins are in trouble; Falcons still very much alive Mid-Season Awards AWARD DKROM HAL MVP Patrick Mahomes Patrick Mahomes Offensive POY Adam Thielen Todd Gurley Defensive POY Aaron Donald Aaron Donald Offensive ROY Saquon Barkley Saquon Barkley Defensive ROY Bradley Chubb Darius Leonard Comeback POY J.J. Watt/Andrew Luck J.J. Watt Coach of the Year Anthony Lynn Andy Reid Truth/Exaggeration -The Chargers are a more balanced football team than the Chiefs and have even more of a legitimate chance at winning the AFC West than they did a few weeks ago -The Rams made a catastrophic mistake by trading for Marcus Peters -The Bears are a serious threat to win the NFC North -Jason Garrett will inevitably get fired as Cowboys head coach at the end of the season Saints/Bengals -There are pretty much only two ways to beat the Saints right now. Pressure Drew Brees up the middle constantly…and keep him off the field. That arguably makes Geno Atkins and Joe Mixon the two biggest keys to an upset win for the Bengals. Which of the two do you think is more important in Sunday’s game? -Before the Saints offense re-awakened in the fourth quarter, the Rams did a great job of putting the clamps on them in the third quarter. What should the Bengals take from that film schematically? -Game-deciding matchup -Prediction Now it’s time for our Top Choice Athletics Trivia Question of the Week. The winner of this weekly contest will be the recipient of some of the best sporting equipment from Top Choice Athletic!! Here it is: Who is Patrick Mahomes’ godfather, what sport did he play, what position did he play, and what teams did he play for? Rapid Fire Predictions -Lions/Bears -Falcons/Browns -Jaguars/Colts -Cardinals/Chiefs -Bills/Jets -Redskins/Buccaneers -Patriots/Titans -Chargers/Raiders -Dolphins/Packers -Seahawks/Rams -Cowboys/Eagles -Giants/49ers Week 10 Bold Predictions -Me: Golden Tate will catch two TD’s and go over 100 receiving yards in his debut as an Eagle -Hal: Matt Ryan throws six TD’s this week against Cleveland Challenge Flags -Me: Bears…don’t get caught napping against a wounded Lions team. A wounded animal is the most dangerous -Hal: John Harbaugh...play Lamar Jackson!!!!! Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week for Week 11…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 as usual, stay awesome!!!
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November 10, 2018
#145 NFL Week 9 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
NFL Week 9 is upon us, and that means we will officially reach the halfway point of the 2018 season at some point on Sunday. Week 8 didn’t bring us quite as many exciting finishes as we’ve been used to seeing on a weekly basis this year, and Thursday night’s Raiders/Niners game was a classic stinker. But with Rams/Saints and the battle for NFC supremacy plus Rodgers vs. Brady Part II on tap for Sunday, I think Week 9 should provide us with far more heart-palpitations than Week 8 did. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 8 Takeaways -The Jameis Winston experiment in Tampa must end…and end NOW -Why did it take THIS long for the Browns to fire Hue Jackson? 2. Trading Deadline Recap -Which of the following three contenders made the best deal: Texans, Eagles or Rams? Who made the worst deal? 3. Rams/Saints -The Packers defense last week gave the perfect blueprint for slowing down the Rams offense, and you can expect the Saints to follow suit. However, Cooper Kupp is expected to return for the Rams this week. How much easier does Cooper Kupp make it for the Rams to execute against such a defensive game plan? -Meanwhile, the Saints will be without an underrated piece on defense. Rookie DE Marcus Davenport appeared to be hitting his stride, but he is out at least a month with a toe injury. How limited will the Saints be from a scheming perspective on defense without his services this Sunday? -Game-deciding matchups (Donald/Suh vs. Saints OL) -Prediction 4. Packers/Patriots -How difficult a test will Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels be for the Patriots interior OL? -Do you think Tom Brady will be tempted to avoid throwing to Jaire Alexander as much as humanly possible? -Whose absence affects their team the most in this game: Geronimo Allison or Sony Michel? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 5. We have a new feature here on Sports Krunch…our Top Choice Athletics Trivia Question of the Week. The winner of this weekly contest will be the recipient of some of the best sporting equipment from Top Choice Athletic!! This week’s trivia question is simply to name the birthplace (city and country) of HOF kicker Morten Andersen. Winner will be announced on next week’s show!!! Post your answer in the comments section of the post pinned to the Sports Krunch Facebook page. This first one to answer correctly wins! 6. Rapid Fire Predictions -Chiefs/Browns -Steelers/Ravens -Bears/Bills -Lions/Vikings -Jets/Dolphins -Buccaneers/Panthers -Falcons/Redskins -Texans/Broncos -Chargers/Seahawks -Cowboys/Titans 7. Week 9 Bold Predictions -Me: The Texans and Broncos defenses combine for more than 12 sacks -Hal: 8. Challenge Flags -Me: Rams…if you want to be the man….you have to beat the man. Play the game of your lives on Sunday!!! -Hal: Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week for Week 10…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 as usual, stay awesome!!!
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November 3, 2018
#144 NFL Week 8 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
It is hard to believe we are almost halfway through the 2018 NFL season. It’s been a wild ride so far, so wild it seems like a year has gone by. But if you think what we just went through these past seven weeks was wild….you ain’t seen nothing yet. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 7 Takeaways -After getting EMBARRASSED in the “TNF Stinker Bowl”…the clock has to start ticking on Steve Wilks in Arizona -Jaguars will forever regret drafting Leonard Fournette over Mahomes and Watson…and extending Blake Bortles instead of signing Teddy Bridgewater 2. Trade Tsunami -At this time (on paper), how historically horrendous does the Cowboys trade for Amari Cooper look? How many All Pro (or Pro Bowl) campaigns does Cooper need to have with the Cowboys in order to meet the value of this trade? -If you were a contender like the Chiefs who need all the defensive help they can get, would you be willing to trade a first-round pick for Patrick Peterson? -What trade value, if any, does Le’Veon Bell have? -If you’re the Broncos, do you trade Demaryius Thomas for anything you can get (even a seventh-round pick) so you can clear 2019 cap space and get Courtland Sutton more snaps? 3. Packers/Rams -Does anything about this Packers defense, who had trouble with C.J. Beathard and the 49ers, make you confident that they can contain this Rams offense? -Given the Rams D’s vulnerabilities against TE, would you try to target Jimmy Graham 8-10 times (or more) if you’re the Packers? -With Cooper Kupp doubtful to play again, how much can that potentially limit the Rams offense? -Game-deciding matchups -Prediction 4. Saints/Vikings -With the Vikings likely without their shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes, LB Anthony Barr and Everson Griffen (even though he’s back) and the Saints having problems with Joe Flacco last week…do you see a shootout that exceeds the over of 52.5 points? -Marshon Lattimore vs. Adam Thielen….who has the edge and why? -Other game-deciding matchups -Prediction 5. SET MY LINEUP Matt Fleischer (PPR) -QB: Goff, Stafford -RB: Gurley, AP, Hines, Malcolm Brown -WR: Shepard, Edelman, Demaryius, Kupp, Callaway -TE: Kelce -Flex: 6. Rapid Fire Predictions -Dolphins/Texans -Eagles/Jaguars -Redskins/Giants -Seahawks/Lions -Jets/Bears -Ravens/Panthers -Buccaneers/Bengals -Browns/Steelers -Broncos/Chiefs -Colts/Raiders -49ers/Cardinals -Patriots/Bills 7. Week 8 Bold Predictions -Me: The Browns and Steelers will go to OT again…and it will end on a last-second FG by Boswell -Hal: Rams will be 7-4 headed into their bye week 8. Challenge Flags -Me: Eagles…play with urgency for 60 minutes!!!! -Hal: Jay Gruden….keep your eye on the prize. Jon…trade ANYONE with value Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week for Week 9…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 as usual, stay awesome!!!
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October 25, 2018
#143 NFL Week 7 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
Every single week of this 2018 NFL season has consisted of more heart-palpitating finishes to start a season than I can remember. We have had games go to OT every single week, and even though this Week 7 slate of games doesn’t look quite as delicious as those of previous weeks, we should expect even more near-heart attacks this week and for the rest of the season. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 6 Takeaways -Buffalo Bills….talk about an historical difference between offense/defense. Per Football Outsiders, the Bills defense is third best in total DVOA, but their offense is the second worst ever through six games in total DVOA behind only the 2004 Miami Dolphins -All the Patrick Mahomes doubters/haters can zip it 2. Truth/Exaggeration -The era of dominant NFL defenses is over -Despite the Bears heartbreaking loss last week, their fans should be very optimistic about Mitchell Trubisky going forward -The Los Angeles Chargers are a serious threat to win the AFC West…and the AFC -The Minnesota Vikings are the current favorites to win the NFC North 3. Saints/Ravens -The Ravens have had Drew Brees number during his career as a Saint (Brees is 0-3 against Baltimore in that capacity). The Saints enter this game third in total offense, and the Ravens number one in total defense. How well does this Ravens D match up with the Saints? How is this Saints offense better equipped to attack such a physical defense compared to years past? -This game can turn out a lot of different ways. Do you expect a high-scoring affair, a low-scoring defensive struggle, or something in between? -Game-deciding matchup? -Prediction 4. Bengals/Chiefs -Who should be the key focal point of the Bengals offense in this game: Andy Dalton and the passing game, or Joe Mixon and the running game? -Geno Atkins has been absolutely outstanding this season and the Chiefs interior OL is decimated by injury headed into this game. How possible or likely is it that this mismatch can be the big difference between a win and loss for the Chiefs? -Game-deciding matchup -Prediction 5. SET MY LINEUP Raj Chandra (non-PPR) -QB: Mahomes, Bortles -RB: Elliott, Hunt, Freeman, Crowell, Ito Smith -WR: Gordon, Gabriel, Marvin Jones, Davante Adams (on BYE) -TE: Howard, Reed -Flex: 6. Rapid Fire Predictions -Broncos/Cardinals -Titans/Chargers -Patriots/Bears -Lions/Dolphins -Vikings/Jets -Bills/Colts -Texans/Jaguars -Browns/Buccaneers -Panthers/Eagles -Cowboys/Redskins -Rams/49ers -Giants/Falcons 7. Week 7 Bold Predictions -Me: The Broncos will yield another 200-yard rusher as David Johnson sets the single-game rushing yardage record tomorrow night!!! -Hal: Brees throws for less than 150 yards 8. Challenge Flags -Me: Matt Nagy…keep the ship steady -Hal: Mike Vrabel…toughen up the Titans and make it a game against the Chargers Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week for Week 8…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 as usual, stay awesome!!!
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October 18, 2018
#142 NFL Week 6 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent, of FullPressCoverage.com
Week 5 in the NFL brought us some more dramatic action. With two more OT finishes in Cleveland and Houston, an amazing last-second finish in Carolina, plus another gutsy play call in crunch time by Sean McVay, the NFL delivered once again in Week 5…as it has done every week this season. And now Week 6 arguably brings THE most exciting matchup of the season to date as a rising star QB battles the greatest QB of all time in prime time. And what better guest is there to preview that game plus the rest of the NFL’s Week 6 slate than my buddy and right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com!! Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 5 Takeaways -Jason Garrett = GUTLESS -Drew Brees and Tom Brady make history in tremendous fashion 2. Truth/Exaggeration -The NFC East is the worst division in the NFL right now -The Saints defense has turned a corner and will play more like the unit they were last season the rest of the way -Mike Tomlin and Mike McCarthy should get fired if their respective teams don’t make the playoffs -If Fletcher Cox is neutralized, the Eagles defense can’t stop anybody 3. Chiefs/Patriots -Rodney Harrison said today on a conference call with the New England-area media that he doesn’t believe in either the Chiefs or Patriots defense. Do you believe in any of them in this game? -The over/under for this game is 58.5…and only one such game has closed with such an over/under since 2003. Would you bet the over or under in this game…and why? -This Andy Reid offense gave the Patriots defense FITS last year. Are they better equipped to stop it this time around? -Should we expect to see Josh Gordon’s heaviest workload as a Patriot to date this Sunday? -As bad as their defense is, the Chiefs currently lead the league in third-down defensive efficiency. Is that a mirage…or do they do some things right in that situation? -Most important player in this game for each team not named Mahomes or Brady -Prediction 4. SET MY LINEUP BeeJay Strickley (non-PPR) -QB: Newton, Wentz -RB: Carson, Lindsay, Howard, L. Murray -WR: Beckham, Julio, Edelman, J. Brown -TE: Cook, Njoku (if applicable) -Flex: Julian Edelman 5. Rapid Fire Predictions -Eagles/Giants -Steelers/Bengals -Chargers/Browns -Bills/Texans -Bears/Dolphins -Cardinals/Vikings -Colts/Jets -Seahawks/Raiders -Panthers/Redskins -Buccaneers/Falcons -Rams/Broncos -Ravens/Titans -Jaguars/Cowboys -49ers/Packers 7. Week 6 Bold Predictions -Me: Mitchell Trubisky will throw six INT’s -Hal: Mayfield, Darnold, Allen and Rosen will go 4-0 combined for the second straight week 8. Challenge Flags -Me: Denver Broncos….EMBRACE THE TANK!!!! -Hal: Marvin Lewis/Bengals…PROVE ME RIGHT!!! Thank you Hal…and that’s it for today here on Sports Krunch, but we’ll be back next week for Week 7…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 as usual, stay awesome!!!
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October 11, 2018
#141 NFL Week 5 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
It’s hard to believe…but we’re already one quarter of the way through the 2018 NFL season. And Week 4 gave us some amazing performances. Career games for Jared Goff and Mitchell Trubisky, an impressive debut and “coming of age” game for Patrick Mahomes, three OT games plus two last-second finishes in regulation were a fitting conclusion to the first month of the season…and what we saw this past week is likely just a preview of what awaits us these next 13 weeks. And the journey begins tonight with the beginning of Week 5…and it’s a pleasure to bring back my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com to help us preview what should be another exciting weekend of NFL action. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 4 Takeaways -I owe the Jaguars AND Titans an apology -Doug Pederson has revolutionized the game for the better 2. QUARTER-POLE AWARDS Patrick Mahomes Jared Goff Khalil Mack...
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October 4, 2018
#140 NFL Week 4 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
As unpredictable as the NFL was in the first two weeks of its 2018 season, week three emphatically yelled: HOLD MY BEER! In week 3, we witnessed the third largest upset in NFL history as Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills went into Minnesota as 16.5 point underdogs and absolutely HUMILIATED the Vikings…the same Vikings team I predicted to win Super Bowl LIII. Also, Baker Mayfield was forced into action and led the Browns to their first victory since December 2016 in remarkable, come-from-behind fashion. And after three weeks, who would’ve thought that the only three 3-0 teams would be the Rams, Chiefs…and the Miami Dolphins? You truly can’t predict the NFL…and that’s what makes it the greatest thing in sports. And this ride is only about to get more bumpier and unpredictable in Week 4…and what better person is there to preview Week 4 with than my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 4 Takeaways -Jaguars played down to their...
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September 27, 2018
#139 NFL Week 3 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
Two weeks into the 2018 NFL season, unpredictability remains king of America’s real pastime. Who had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ryan Fitzpatrick starting the year 2-0 having the league’s top offense? Who had the league on pace to have 16 games end in a tie two weeks in? What more exciting twist and turns await the NFL in Week 3? And what better person is there to give us an answer then my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com! Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 2 Takeaways -Nice job of responding to my challenge flag last week Atlanta Falcons!! A perfect 4/4 in the red zone. -The decision making of the Cleveland Browns has hit a new low... and I’m not talking about the Josh Gordon trade. How on Earth did the Browns not waive or IR Zane Gonzalez before Week 1? Had they done that and signed a proven veteran kicker, they’d likely be 2-0 now. Instead they do it two weeks too late and sign an unproven journeyman 2. FOUR QUESTIONS -Which of these 2-0 teams is the...
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September 20, 2018
#138 NFL Week 2 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
The NFL couldn’t have delivered a better product for opening week of its 2018 season. The drama, several amazing finishes (including a tie and a comeback for the ages), and amazing performances by stars and future stars showed why the NFL has been missed badly these past seven months…and why it’s great to have it back. Now, it’s on to Week 2…and once again, what better person can we have on the program to help me preview another fun week of pro football than my great friend Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Week 1 Takeaways -Stellar QB performances by present and future stars: Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Darnold, Mahomes -Pass rush clinics by Von Miller, Khalil Mack 2. Vikings/Packers -Based on Aaron Rodgers’ press availability today, he sounded like he is more likely than not going to play on Sunday, albeit at less than 100%. But as he showed last Sunday against the Bears (and in 2016), a wounded Rodgers is just as dangerous (if not even more...
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September 13, 2018
#137 NFL Week 1 Preview (2018) w/ Hal Bent
I have been waiting seven months to say these seven words: “NFL football is officially back in action.” Tomorrow night, the 2018 season of the National Football League, the greatest reality TV show every conceived, begins in earnest as the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. And we here at Sports Krunch couldn’t have been more excited for 22 weeks of the non-stop, unpredictable drama that is the NFL and me and my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com will have you covered every step of the way. It’s absolutely wonderful to cover yet another intriguing season of pro football with you, Hal. What makes the 2018 NFL season potentially more intriguing than these past seven seasons or so? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Falcons/Eagles -With Nick Foles under center and Alshon Jeffery sidelined, what is the best way for the Eagles to attack this freakishly fast and athletic Falcons defense? -How much will the Eagles be missing LB...
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September 5, 2018
#136 NFL News/Notes + 2018 Season Predictions & Picks w/ Hal
The preseason has concluded and we are less than a week away from the real beginning of the 2018 NFL regular season. Right now, the NFL is in the midst of its most brutal 48-hour period of the year as all 32 clubs are in the process of cutting down their rosters from 90 to 53, which they must do by 4 PM ET today. However, as much as I feel the pain of many of those players getting their dreams deferred right now, I would rather devote the time to discussing the excitement surrounding the National Football League this season…and that’s why today, we are doing our annual “NFL Predictions” episode. And once again, is there any better guy to do it with than my buddy Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. This week, the New York Jets did exactly what you recommended they do as they traded Teddy Bridgewater and a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Saints for a 2019 third-round pick. While you cannot ignore Mike Maccagnan’s brilliance in the QB market this...
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September 1, 2018
#135 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive III: QB’s w/ Mark Schofield
One of the most interesting dichotomies between fantasy football drafts and the actual NFL Draft involves the QB position. In the NFL Draft, if teams want to draft a bona fide starting franchise QB, not only are they highly unlikely to find one outside the first round, but outside the top-10 picks as well. On the flip side, when it comes to your fantasy draft, you can wait as long as possible to draft a legitimate starter at QB. And in no year does that sentiment ring truer in fantasy than this year. In most mock drafts I’ve done, I’ve been waiting until rounds 9 or 10 to draft a QB…and you’ll be giddy when you see how many good signal-callers are still available at that juncture of your draft. Thus the focus of the third and final edition of our 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive series will be QB’s that can be absolute bargains for your fantasy team on draft day. And to help us break down those QB’s and a lot more QB-centric fantasy topics, is there any guest more appropriate than my man Mark...
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August 26, 2018
#134 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive II: RB’s w/ Mike Dente
Tonight, NFL regular season dress rehearsals commence and that likely means many of you have your fantasy football league drafts in only a matter of days. And if you do so and as a result tuned to us for last minute advice…congratulations! Joining us for our second edition of our 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive series (which covers the RB position) is a man who will give you the insights needed to help you knock your draft out of the ballpark. He is my good friend and mentor, Mr. Mike Dente of FantasyPros.com, Rotoballer.com and ArbourPro.com. Mike’s Twitter handle: @1stStopFantasy 1. This season, would you prefer taking two RB’s with your first two picks, or a RB and WR with your first two picks? 2. Who is the most overvalued RB in your view? The most undervalued? 3. Question from Patrick (@Mauty480) Is Alvin Kamara worth taking with the fifth overall pick in PPR leagues? 4. Question from Jacen (@JacenMiller) Who are two late round sleepers you’re targeting and in what rounds? Are...
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August 23, 2018
#133 2018 NFL Preseason Week 2 Recap + Week 3 Preview w/ Hal
2018 training camps are in the books and we are halfway home in the 2018 NFL preseason. This week all 32 teams will prepare for preseason game #3, which is essentially the dress rehearsal for the regular season. There were also a ton of interesting stories to take away from the “prequel” to that dress rehearsal. To recap what we saw this past week and preview what to look for in these all-important third preseason games, what better person is there than my main man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Should Josh Allen start for the Bills in Week 1, or is it too soon to throw him to the wolves by then? 2. Isn’t this textbook organizational malpractice by the Browns by not giving Baker Mayfield reps with the first-team offense? 3. If nobody comes forward with an offer of a second-round pick or higher for Teddy Bridgewater, should the Jets just hang on to him and get a high 2020 compensatory pick for him instead? 4. If Chad Kelly shows more...
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August 22, 2018
#132 Minnesota Vikings 2018 Season Preview w/ Myles Gorham
As I’ve mentioned several times on this program in recent weeks, the Minnesota Vikings are my pick to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIII. Last season, despite having a journeyman caretaker under center and losing their star rookie RB to an early season-ending injury, the Vikings rode their supremely-talented, championship level defense and brilliant coaching all the way to the NFC Championship, where their hearts were broken by the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles. This spring, GM Rick Spielman made the necessary moves to help ensure that the Vikings will take that next step. They drastically upgraded the QB position by signing Pro Bowler Kirk Cousins in free agency, re-signed several key pieces of their talented young core to long-term deals, and potentially made their defense even scarier in both free agency as well as the draft. For the Vikings to win their first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, it’s clearly now or never. Joining me tonight to give us a preview of the...
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August 17, 2018
#131 2018 Fantasy Deep Dive: WR’s and TE’s w/Jeff Haseley
Three weeks from Thursday night, the 2018 NFL season officially kicks off and that means many of you have your fantasy league drafts right around the corner. We here at Sports Krunch are more committed than ever to not only helping you get ready for draft day. Tonight, we start our annual Fantasy Deep Dive series with a look at which WR’s and TE’s to target or not to target when you’re on the clock. And joining us tonight to answer your questions on this matter is Jeff Haseley. Jeff is a lead writer and weekly columnist for the acclaimed fantasy football website footballguys.com. Jeff’s Twitter handle: @JeffHaseley 1. Is it a safer strategy to wait on drafting a WR given the depth at the position? 2. Who is the most overvalued WR in your view? The most undervalued? 3. The consensus top four WR’s are Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Jr., DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones. While Brown is the near-unanimous top WR on the board, the latter three are interchangeable. In what order do you...
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August 15, 2018
#130 2018 NFL Preseason Week 1 Recap + Other News w/Hal Bent
With training camps concluding this week, the 2018 NFL season is rapidly approaching us like a freight train. And on and off the field, the roar of the train that is the NFL sounds like its already in midseason form. With numerous clues gathered through week 1 of the preseason and some key developments around the league, there is a lot to talk about today. And what better person is there to do it with than my right hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. After a 29-day standoff, the Bears and Roquan Smith finally came to an agreement on his rookie contract. Now, the challenge for the Bears is getting the promising young LB ready to play by Week 1. Is the best bet to have Roquan Smith play during the preseason or not having him play and instead spend these next three and a half weeks getting him in 100% football shape before the season opener at the Packers? 2. There’s a lot brewing around the injury front as far as the defending Super Bowl...
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August 15, 2018
#129 2018 NFL Preseason Week 1 Preview w/ Hal Bent
24 NFL teams have started the 2018 preseason play and the remaining eight join the fun over the weekend. While exhibition games do not count in the NFL…they matter. The preseason is a chance for NFL teams to see how well young players or players coming off injury fare in live game settings, and are central to the decision making process as teams assemble their final 53-man rosters. And to help give you an idea of what to look for around the league as the games (unofficially) commence this week is my right-hand man Hal Bent of FullPressCoverage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. What did you think of Lamar Jackson’s performance in the Hall of Fame game? 2. What things stood out with the Bears? 3. Giants/Browns -With Corey Coleman traded and Antonio Callaway busted again…which Browns WR has the biggest opportunity to prove himself worthy of a starting job in this game? -FWIW, the Browns listed Nick Chubb as the third RB on the depth chart. Do you really think he’s that...
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August 9, 2018
#128 NFL Training Camp Week 1 Recap/HOF Game Preview w/Hal
It is officially August, we are a week into 2018 NFL training camps…and tonight, the preseason kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game between the Ravens and the Bears. And a week from tonight, the rest of the league will join in the preseason festivities. We will talk about the Hall of Fame game later on in the program, but first, we’re going to discuss some of the major storylines of the first week of training camp. And joining us to do just that is my right-hand man, Hal Bent of BostonSportPage.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 1. Not only is Khalil Mack holding out of Raiders camp….but a: the Raiders have not held any talks with his camp since February and b: when asked if the defense can function without Mack, Jon Gruden said “our defense wasn’t good last year, even with Khalil Mack.” While that may be true, I personally believe that that comment reflects tealeaves on this front…and those tealeaves suggest to me that Khalil Mack’s days as a Raider might be numbered.
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August 2, 2018
#127 2018 Denver Broncos Preview w/Zac Stevens
Three years removed from winning Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos have entered an era of uncertainty. This uncertainty goes above and beyond the drama surrounding the ownership succession plan and the elusive search for a stadium naming-rights partner. After a dismal 5-11 campaign in 2017, the Broncos have equipped themselves to remain competitive in the short term and also assembled a 2018 rookie class that should give fans some long-term optimism. However, the two most important components of an NFL franchise, the head coach and QB, remain somewhat of a mystery in the Mile High City. Thus, aside from a playoff berth, what, for the sake of the franchise’s long-term future, would be the most ideal scenario to unfold for the Broncos in 2018? Joining me to answer that question and a lot more is Zac Stevens, who covers the Broncos for BSN Denver. It’s a pleasure to we
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July 22, 2018
#126 2018 Chicago Bears Preview w/Chris Shanafelt
It is the belief of many that the Chicago Bears were the winners of the 2018 offseason. Not only did they surround QB Mitchell Trubisky with a new coaching staff that can get the most out of his potential, they drastically upgraded the weapons around Trubisky AND might have had the best draft class on paper. Today, the Bears reported to training camp where they will begin to put this promise into practice. How much of that promise can be harnessed this year? Well, to help us answer that question and many others about this 2018 Chicago Bears team is our good friend Chris Shanafelt of NFLDraftBible.com. Chris’s Twitter handle: @ChrisShanafelt Bears fans should start to panic if Roquan Smith’s contract isn’t done by what date? Who should be the bigger priority to extend: Adrian Amos or Eddie Goldman? How will a more physical training camp benefit a Bears team that’s been devastated by injuries in recent years? Does the complexity of Matt Nagy’s scheme make you worry that Trubisky might...
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July 21, 2018
#125 2018 NFL Training Camp Preview w/Hal Bent
It is great to be back after a month-and-a-half break and it is even greater to do so now because the first 2018 NFL training camps begin this week! The Ravens and Bears will have their first summer practice this Thursday, exactly two weeks before they kick off the 2018 preseason with the Hall of Fame Game. Technically speaking, football is back and in that spirit, it is a pleasure to welcome back my weekly in-season compatriot Hal Bent of BostonSportPage.com back to the program for our 2018 NFL Training Camp Preview. Welcome back Hal! How are you doing? I. Contracts and Holdouts 1. Today, as the franchise tag deadline passed, Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers could not come to a long-term agreement for the second straight year. This obviously means that not only will Bell play under the tag again, but a: this is likely his final season as a Steeler
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July 18, 2018
#124 Dash To The Draft XXIX: NFC West Draft Recap with Jordan Reid
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June 5, 2018
#123 Dash To The Draft XXVIII: NFC South Draft Recap with Brian Bosarge
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May 25, 2018
#122 Dash To The Draft XXVII: NFC North Draft Recap with Aaron Leming
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May 19, 2018
#121 Dash To The Draft XXVI: NFC East Draft Recap with Cole Thompson
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May 19, 2018
#120 Dash To The Draft XXV: AFC South Draft Recap with Jake Arthur
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May 19, 2018
#119 Dash To The Draft XXIV: AFC North Draft Recap with Pete Smith
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Today we continue the final leg of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series with a look at the draft hauls in the AFC North. Round one of the 2018 NFL Draft began with the 2017 Heisman trophy winner landing in the AFC North, and ended with the 2016 Heisman winner landing in the AFC North. Joining us today to analyze that plus a lot more on the draft classes of the Browns, Ravens, Bengals and Steelers, is our good friend Pete Smith, Browns and NFL Draft analyst for NFLSpinZone.com. Great to have you back on the program Pete, how are you?
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May 19, 2018
#118 Dash To The Draft XXIII: AFC West Draft Recap with Nick Kendell
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is our second of eight division-by-division recaps of the 2018 NFL Draft and we continue today with the AFC West. This division saw two of the draft’s best defenders land on its turf as well as arguably the most head-scratching class of the year. And to help us break it all down, it’s a pleasure to welcome our good friend Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com back to the program. How are you Nick?
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May 19, 2018
#117 Dash To The Draft XXII: AFC East Draft Recap with Connor Rogers
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. The 2018 NFL Draft is in the books, but there is no way we stop our 2018 Dash To The Draft series without a recap of each team’s draft haul. Just like our draft previews for each team, these recaps will be done on a division-by-division basis. We begin these recaps with the AFC East and it was a pleasure to have Connor Rogers join us to help break it all down. Along with renown NFL draft analyst Matt Miller, Connor co-hosts “Stick To Football”, one of THE best football podcasts out there, and he also contributes to Bleacher Report. Without further ado, here is Connor’s take on the 2018 draft classes of the Jets, Bills, Dolphins and Patriots.
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May 19, 2018
#119 Dash To The Draft XXIV: AFC North Draft W/Pete Smith
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Today we continue the final leg of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series with a look at the draft hauls in the AFC North. Round one of the 2018 NFL Draft began with the 2017 Heisman trophy winner landing in the AFC North, and ended with the 2016 Heisman winner landing in the AFC North. Joining us today to analyze that plus a lot more on the draft classes of the Browns, Ravens, Bengals and Steelers, is our good friend Pete Smith, Browns and NFL Draft analyst for NFLSpinZone.com. Great to have you back on the program Pete, how are you? 1. Why was Baker Mayfield your favorite QB in this draft class and why should Browns fans be optimistic about him as the potential face of the franchise? When at the earliest should we expect to see him start this season? 2. Did Denzel Ward’s talent and upside meet the value of the fourth overall pick or do you think the Browns should’ve traded down with Buffalo and
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May 14, 2018
#118 Dash To The Draft XXIII: AFC West Draft w/Nick Kendell
1. The Broncos reportedly only had three targets in mind with the fifth overall pick: Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Bradley Chubb. If none were there, they were prepared to trade down with the Bills. When Chubb unexpectedly fell into their laps, they couldn’t resist passing on him, and rightfully so. What does Bradley Chubb bring to the Broncos pass rush that was missing since DeMarcus Ware hung up his cleats? 2. In the second round, the Broncos looked toward the very near future. With the roster spot of Demaryius Thomas in question after the 2018 season given his age and 2019 cap hit, the Broncos picked a near carbon copy of Thomas in SMU WR Courtland Sutton. Although Sutton is projected to be Thomas’s long-term replacement at the ‘X’ receiver position, he has similar holes in his game that Thomas had coming out of college, must notably the lack of a route tree. Thus, Broncos fans shouldn’t expect that big of an impact from Sutton this year. However, it should be incumbent upon the
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May 14, 2018
#117 Dash To The Draft XXII: AFC East Draft Recap with Connor Rogers
We begin these recaps with the AFC East and it was a pleasure to have Connor Rogers join us to help break it all down. Along with renown NFL draft analyst Matt Miller, Connor co-hosts “Stick To Football”, one of THE best football podcasts out there, and he also contributes to Bleacher Report. 1. The Jets had to be praising the heavens that Sam Darnold, the top QB on their board as well as on most other boards around the league, fell in their lap with the third overall pick. Now that the celebration is over, the main issue with Darnold is when should he see the field this season. Regardless of how he progresses with his mechanics these next few months, would it be better for him to be the starter week 1, or would it be better for him to spend the first 4-8 weeks of the season on the bench? 2. Another thing I really liked about this Jets draft is how they reloaded their defensive line…and that front three is a crucial staple of Todd Bowles’ scheme. In round three, they drafted Nathan
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May 14, 2018
#116 Dash To The Draft XXI: Final Mock Draft (War Room Simulation) with Owen Riese
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are just one day away from the 2018 NFL Draft…and that means it is time to do one more mock draft. Two weeks ago, we gave you a mock draft based on what we think SHOULD happen. Last week’s mock was done based on what we think WOULD happen. This mock draft combines both of those schools of thought in a war room simulation, which should also help give you somewhat of an idea of what goes on behind closed doors on draft day. I will be playing the role of the scout/coach trying to justify to the GM picks I think WILL happen, while the GM (who will be portrayed by our special guest) will either accept or reject each of my picks based on what he believes SHOULD happen. These are basically two mock drafts rolled into one. And to help us with DKrom’s Ultimate Mock Draft of 2018, it is a pleasure to welcome Owen Riese to the show for the very first time. Owen is a contributing NFL Draft analyst for i
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April 25, 2018
#115 Dash To The Draft XX: “What We Think” Mock Draft (including trades) with Jordan Reid
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are now just one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft! And I can’t wait even one more second for all the smoke to clear. But, since we do have to wait one more week…we’re going to do another mock draft. Last week’s mock was based on what teams SHOULD do. This mock will be based on what we think teams WILL do on the night of April 26. Once again, please keep in mind that A: mock drafts aren’t real and B: as long-time NFL scout Greg Gabriel said on this program a couple weeks ago…”Don’t believe anything you hear.” That said, we have no choice but to take the intel that’s currently out there to heart in order to give you our most educated guess as to how the first round will unfold. And to help us with DKrom Mock 4.0 is our good friend Jordan Reid, a rising star on Draft Twitter who is the host of the “Climbing the Pocket” podcast. You can also find written content of his at climbingthepocket.com.
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April 19, 2018
#114 Dash To The Draft XIX: NFC East Draft Preview with Emory Hunt
Dash To The Draft XVIX: NFC East Draft Preview Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are less than 10 days away from the 2018 NFL Draft and in that spirit today, we conclude our seven-episode-in-eight-day Dash to the Draft marathon…with the finalinstallment of our division-by-division draft previews. Our eight division pre-draft journey concludes with the NFC East. What do the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys have to do in this draft in order to give the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles a run for their money? What do the Eagles have to do in this draft in order to not only repeat as NFC East champions, but Super Bowl champions as well? Joining us to help us answer those questions is our good friend Emory Hunt, FANTASTIC NFL Draft analyst for footballgameplan.com. It’s a pleasure to have you back on the program Emory, how are you doing? 1. The Giants are the biggest wild card in this draft. There is absolutely no certainty as t
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April 18, 2018
#113 Dash To The Draft XVIII: AFC West Draft Preview with Carl Dumler
Less than three years after winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos are beginning what should eventually be a large roster retool, and the question is how does that retool take shape with this draft class. Just a year or two before they head off to Vegas, the Raiders brought back Jon Gruden to rebrand the identity of the franchise, but how can be blend his old-school football philosophy with new age talent? In a very weak conference, the Chargers and their stacked roster have a golden opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl, but they also must consider getting Philip Rivers long-term successor as immediately as possible. And last but not least, how do the Chiefs smoothen the transition from the Alex Smith era to the Patrick Mahomes era on both sides of the ball? Joining us now to discuss what these four teams ought to do in the 2018 NFL Draft is Carl Dumler. Carl is an NFL draft analyst for MileHighHuddle.com, same place where friend of the program Nick Kendell resides. Broncos fans can ca
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April 17, 2018
#112 Dash To The Draft XVII: NFC North Draft Preview with Aaron Leming
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the fifth edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our division-by-division draft previews with a journey through the NFC North. The NFC North might be the most talented division in terms of QB play in 2018. With the return of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, the arrival of Kirk Cousins in Minnesota, the continued high-level play of Matthew Stafford in Detroit and the expected second-year leap for Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago, the race for the NFC North crown could be a very competitive one. But are there any pieces in this 2018 NFL Draft that can put one of these teams over the top? Joining us now to help us answer that question plus analyze the draft plans of the Bears, Packers, Lions and Vikings is our good friend Aaron Leming of bearreport.com. It’s a pleasure to have you back on the show Aaron,
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April 15, 2018
#111 Dash To The Draft XVI: 2018 Draft Class Fantasy Outlook with Matt Waldman
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, This is the fourth edition of our Dash To The Draft marathon, which will bring you seven episodes in an eight-day span. One of my favorite things to do during draft season is to determine if there are any rookies skill position players that can be the difference maker for my fantasy football team in both the short and long-term. And THE best resource to help you in that endeavor is Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio (RSP), 1700+ pages of original, in-depth content that will give you what you need to dominate your league on a consistent basis. A big reason why I know the RSP will give you such an advantage is the fact that Matt’s counsel is constantly sought by NFL front offices throughout the draft process. It is a pleasure to welcome Matt Waldman back to the program to discuss his recently released 2018 RSP. 1. An amazing part of your RSP is that it goes against the grain of conventional wisdom both on Draft Twitte
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April 13, 2018
#110 Dash To The Draft XV: NFC South Draft Preview with Trevor Sikkema
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the third edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our division-by-division draft previews with a look inside the NFC South. The NFC South was the NFL’s most competitive division last season, but each team has some serious questions to answer in the draft. Do the Saints use their picks to go all-in on 1-2 more years with 39-year old Drew Brees…or do they do all they can in order to secure his heir apparent? How should the Panthers reload an aging roster with several soon-to-be retiring cornerstones around Cam Newton? Who do the Falcons need to draft in order to help recapture their Super Bowl level of play from 2016? And last but not least, what is the best plan for the Buccaneers in this draft that will let them become a playoff-caliber team? It was a pleasure having Trevor Sikkema on the prog
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April 12, 2018
#109 Dash To The Draft XIV: AFC North Draft Preview with Jeff Risdon
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the second edition of our Dash to the Draft marathon this week, which will bring you seven new episodes in eight days…and today, we continue with our divisional draft previews with a trip to the AFC North. And to help us break down the draft plans of the Browns, Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers, it is a pleasure to welcome Jeff Risdon to the program for the very first time. Jeff covers the NFL Draft for RealGM.com and is also the Managing Editor for USA Today’s Browns and Texans fan sites, thebrownswire.com and thetexanswire.com respectively. And that’s not all…you can also catch Jeff on ESPN radio (96.1 FM) in Western Michigan. It’s a pleasure to have you here Jeff, how are you doing? 1. Despite all of this Josh Allen buzz that’s rapidly growing by the day, I remain extremely confident that the Browns will select Sam Darnold with the first overall pick. However, what they do at four over
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April 11, 2018
#108 Dash To The Draft XIII: Mock Draft (no trades) with Joe Marino
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are now 16 [hopefully] good night sleeps away from the 2018 NFL Draft…and I obviously can’t wait even 16 more minutes. But we need to find some way to pass the time, and we plan to do so this week by recording seven more Dash To The Draft episodes in an eight-day span. Today, we would like to start this party off with a little mock draft. Here are three things to keep in mind about this mock as well as mock drafts in general: Mock drafts aren’t real. They are just exercises in the hypothetical and most picks in the vast majority of these mocks will turn out to be wrong on April 26. Although I personally like to combine my beliefs of what a team should and will do in my mocks, the mocks we will be doing these next few weeks will be more based on what a team SHOULD do since most of the intel we are hearing at the moment will likely be proven false when the picks are made in real time. Althoug
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April 10, 2018
#107 Dash To The Draft XII: NFC West Draft Preview with Josh Forrest
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. We are now less than 20 days away from the 2018 NFL Draft and in that spirit, we continue our division-by-division draft previews today with a look at the NFC West. As we sit now, the Rams have assembled a “Super Bowl or bust” roster, the 49ers are a young team on the rise eager to take that next step, and both the Cardinals and Seahawks are in the midst of roster makeovers. To help us analyze how each team can get better in this 2018 draft, it’s a pleasure to welcome Josh Forrest of Tyrant Scouting back to the program. How are you Josh? 1. I see four players that are realistically in play for the 49ers at nine: Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds, Harold Landry, or Derwin James. If you were John Lynch, who would you have as the highest of those four on your board? 2. Would you be willing to trade the Giants this and next year’s first for Odell Beckham, Jr. if you were the Niners? 3. 49ers ideal
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April 7, 2018
#106 Dash To The Draft XI: AFC East Draft Preview w/Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com
As we know, the 2018 NFL Draft is one of the most anticipated in recent years due to the expected quarterback bonanza at the top of round one. And apparently all four teams in the AFC East want to get their hands on one of these promising young signal-callers. A few weeks ago, the Jets moved up to the third overall pick, guaranteeing them that one of their two favorite QB’s will end up in their lap. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills, the team with the largest amount of valuable draft capital this year, are feverishly planning a move up the board from number 12 overall, to potentially as high as 2 overall. And as a result of trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams yesterday, the Patriots now own two firsts and two seconds. And it was reported earlier today that they are plotting a massive move (or two) up the board to secure the heir to Tom Brady. And the Dolphins, despite not having as much capital as the former two, are expected to try to move up as well. Joining us today to preview the 2018 NFL
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April 5, 2018
#105 Dash To The Draft X: 2018 DL/EDGE Class w/Nick Kendell NFL Draft analyst
Well, the 2018 NFL Draft is just over three weeks away and the table is being set for what should be a dramatic night on April 26. And in that spirit tonight, we conclude the positional breakdown installment of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series with a dive into this defensive line and edge rushing class. And we have just the guy to help us analyze this crop of talent…he is our good friend Nick Kendell, NFL Draft analyst for MileHighHuddle.com. And since he is one of the best specialists when it comes to OL, DL, and Edge play, we like to call him “Dr. Trenches.” Welcome back to the program Dr. Trenches…how are you? 1. Many view Bradley Chubb as a surefire, blue chip prospect. However, based on conversations we’ve had before, you don’t seem that high on him. Why is that? 2. How big of a gap is there between Chubb and Harold Landry? If you’re the Browns at four, is that gap small enough for you to trade down with say Buffalo at 12 and let Landry fall to you instead? 3. This edge class
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April 5, 2018
#104 Dash To The Draft IX: The 2018 Running Back Class with Bill Carroll
Today, we bring you the second to last position group break down break down of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series. Last year’s RB class is shaping up to be one to remember. Although two RB’s, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery went in the first round and went on to enjoy productive seasons, the 2017 league rushing champion (Kareem Hunt) and the 2017 offensive rookie of the year (Alvin Kamara) were steals in the third round. In addition, the electric Tarik Cohen, who was selected in the fourth round, is turning out to be a special playmaker. But as I’ve been saying for months on this program, this 2018 RB class boasts very similar value and potential to last year’s, and to help us analyze this gifted crop of runners, it is a pleasure to welcome our good friend Bill Carroll back to the program. Bill writes for ProPlayerInsiders.com, and NutsandBoltsSports.com and also runs his own scouting service, Consensus Draft Services. 1. Many believe Saquon Barkley is both the best overall
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April 2, 2018
#103 Dash To The Draft VIII: AFC South Draft Preview with Jake Arthur
With our previews of every position group in this draft class almost finished, we begin another segment in our Dash To The Draft series today. This is the first of an eight-part preview that gives you a division-by-division look at the major needs of every team and what an ideal, yet realistic draft haul would look like for all of them. Tonight we look at a division that was viewed as the worst in the NFL a few years back, but is now becoming one of the most competitive, the AFC South. And to help us preview the potential plans of the Colts, Texans, Titans and Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Jake Arthur, who covers the NFL and the Colts StampedeBlue.com back to the show. How are you Jake? 1. Under what circumstances do you see the Colts trading down again? 2. The Colts are in the midst of a massive roster turnover under second-year GM Chris Ballard. They have a ton of needs, but not all of them can be addressed in this draft alone. Out
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March 31, 2018
#102 Dash To The Draft VII: The 2018 OL Class with Cole Thompson from draftwire.com
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. Today, with the 2018 NFL Draft officially four weeks away, we continue with our seventh installment of Dash to the Draft. It’s a pleasure to welcome our good friend Cole Thompson of draftwire.com back to the program to break down this deep OL class, which could see as many 8-10 members selected in round one. How are you Cole? 1. While right tackle is arguably equally as important as left tackle these days, teams still tend to put a slightly higher premium on blindside protectors. Connor Williams and Mike McGlinchey, arguably the top two tackles in this class, are believed to project better to the right side. And due to the lack of quality left tackle prospects in this class, many will get drafted a lot higher than they should. One name getting a lot of first-round buzz is UCLA’s Kolton Miller, despite the belief that he is a proverbial athletic project. What are your thoughts on Miller’s tape
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March 29, 2018
#101 Dash To The Draft VI: The 2018 LB Class with Pete Smith from nflspinzone.com
We are officially less than one month away from the 2018 NFL Draft, and next week, NFL clubs will start to finalize their draft boards. In that spirit, we are planning an absolute blitzkrieg of our Dash to the Draft series from now until draft day with as many as 3-4 episodes per week. And we kick off that final sprint tonight with a look at this very deep and talented class of linebackers. And just FYI: by “linebackers”, I don’t mean edge rushers who line up as outside ‘backers in a base 3-4 defense, I mean linebackers who play off the ball, which means their job is to either stop the run, blitz up the middle, or drop into coverage. Here to help give us a glimpse of this promising linebacker crop is our good friend Pete Smith, who covers the NFL Draft and the Cleveland Browns for nflspinzone.com. 1. The guy many expect to be the first linebacker off the board is Georgia’s Roquan Smith. Several have him as a top 5-10 prospect. Do you share that view? Do you think he’ll be selected in
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March 28, 2018
100th Episode Special: Inside The NFL Scouting World with Greg Gabriel
Welcome to the 100th episode of Sports Krunch with DKrom. I’m your host David Kromelow. To commemorate this special occasion, we have decided to give you a glimpse inside the NFL scouting world. Scouts are the unsung heroes of NFL franchises. Behind every Super Bowl winning team, you will find the fingerprints of their scouts’ tireless work. Our special guest, Greg Gabriel, spent 30 years in NFL scouting, where he helped lay the bricks of Super Bowl teams including the 1987, 1991 and 2000 New York Giants and the 2006 Chicago Bears. Today, Greg is a contributor to Pro Football Weekly, 670 The Score in Chicago, and BuffaloSportsPage.com, where you can catch his coverage during football and NFL Draft season. But for now, sit back, relax, and enjoy this journey through the life and mind of an NFL scout with the one and only Greg Gabriel. Greg’s Twitter handle: @greggabe 1. Give us an insight of a typical day in the life of an NFL scout while he’s on the road evaluating prospects. (Miles
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March 25, 2018
#99 Dash To The Draft V 2018 WR + TE Class w/Kevin Brown, NFL Draft analyst profootballdraftzone.com
We are officially less than five weeks away from the 2018 NFL Draft, and the jockeying has already begun. These past five days, two trades that will likely effect what happens on the night of April 26 have gone down. Late last week, the Jets traded their two second-round picks this year plus their 2019 second-rounder to the Colts to move up to the third spot and select a QB. And earlier today, the Giants, who own the 2nd overall pick, traded away DE Jason Pierre-Paul and their 2018 fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for Tampa’s 2018 third and fourth-round selections. I can’t remember seeing this much movement at such a point before a draft…and this is only the beginning. While we await the next trade, we shall continue with the fifth installment of our 2018 Dash To The Draft series. Today, we will be analyzing this year’s WR & TE classes with the help of Kevin Brown, who is an NFL Draft analyst for profootballdraftzone.com. Kevin’s Twitter handle: @nfldraftnik It has
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March 23, 2018
#98 Dash To The Draft IV: The DB Class w/Jeff Barnes, the lead writer for Cover2Draft.com
The 2018 NFL free agency frenzy is mostly in the rear view mirror and that means the attention of the NFL universe now shifts to the 2018 draft, which is just over five weeks away. As a result, you can expect our Dash To The Draft series to kick into overdrive from now until draft day as we bring you the latest insight and analysis to keep you distracted from all the smoke and mirrors teams will throw at you over this next month. Tonight, we bring you the fourth edition of our 2018 draft series with a dive into this talented DB class. And joining us to break these DB prospects down is Jeff Barnes, the lead writer for Cover2Draft.com. Jeff’s Twitter handle: @Cover2Draft 1. Let’s begin with a prospect that is apparently viewed differently within the NFL as opposed to the media and Draft Twitter, and that is super-versatile Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. While many on our side of the fence still see him as a top-five, can’t miss prospect, NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein tweeted ou
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March 20, 2018
#97 Where will Kirk Cousins end up? NFL Free Agency Special 2018 and Insider Buzz with Erick Trickel
In a so-called “NFL offseason” that has had more drama than any other, the intensity is only about to get crazier within the next 72 hours. On Monday at noon ET, the NFL free agency frenzy essentially begins as teams can start to negotiate with representatives of free agents. And from then until the 2018 League Year officially begins at 4 PM ET on Wednesday, expect many deals to be struck along with many unexpected twists and turns. And to give us all a preview of what to expect and anticipate these next few days is NFL insider extraordinaire Erick Trickel. Erick covers the NFL, the NFL Draft and the Denver Broncos for MileHighHuddle.com. Not only is he one of THE most wired-in people to the inner NFL world that I know, he is also an amazing friend and mentor.  Let’s start with what makes this year’s free agency period so unique and that is the amount of serviceable QB’s hitting the market. As you tweeted out last night, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the crown jewel of
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March 12, 2018
#96 Dash To The Draft III: Dissecting The Post-Combine Buzz w/Eric Galko @OptimumScouting
Well, the Combine is over and the lying and smoke screening have begun in earnest. And in our third edition of our “Dash To The Draft” series, we have a very special guest that will do his best to help separate the signal from the noise coming out of the Combine. He is Eric Galko, one of the best and most well-connected figures in the NFL Draft industry. He is the owner, director (and founder) of Optimum Scouting, a consulting service that writes scouting reports for several professional football teams. He also hosts his own podcast called “Scanning the Field,” a podcast I would HIGHLY recommend to all of you, and he also writes for Sporting News. It was a pleasure meeting Eric down in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl, and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the program for the very first time. 1. Let’s begin with arguably the best overall prospect in this draft class, and that is Saquon Barkley. There was a lot of chatter coming out of Indy that he will be highly considered by the
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March 7, 2018
#95 Dash To The Draft II: The 2018 QB Class w/Mark Schofield of InsideThePylon.com
This is part two of our “Dash To The Draft” series for 2018. When it comes to evaluating prospective NFL quarterbacks in this day and age, I’m often reminded of what Winston Churchill once said of the then-Soviet Union: “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”  It has always been difficult to find that safe, sure-fire QB prospect a la Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. And the proliferation of spread, option-based offenses in college football has made that task even harder, thus the riddle even more puzzling. While the 2018 QB draft class is sizzling with potential, it lacks that sure thing. And as noted NFL draft analyst Matt Miller (Bleacher Report) suggested a few weeks back, he doesn’t remember a quarterback class with such a high ceiling that has also had such serious flaws. And joining us tonight to address these quarterbacks and the intrigue, shortfalls, and mystery surrounding them is one of THE best quarterback analysts in the business. He is Mark Schofield of In
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March 6, 2018
#94 Analyzing the Vikings QB situation w/World-class NFL draft analyst Jordan Reid
While the official beginning of NFL free agency is March 14 at 4 PM ET, free agency really begins on March 12 when teams can contact the representatives of impending free agents to negotiate potential deals. In other words, we are exactly two weeks away from NFL free agency. Above all, this promises to be one of THE most dramatic free agent periods we’ve ever seen given the rather unprecedented game of quarterback musical chairs that’s about to commence. A team squarely in the center of that game is the Minnesota Vikings. With one of the deepest and most talented rosters in the NFL, the Vikings are widely viewed as a legitimate franchise QB away from winning their first ever Lombardi Trophy. But what exactly are their options at QB and why is this looming decision more complicated for the Vikings brass than many may initially think? Joining us to discuss the Vikings QB situation plus their plans elsewhere in free agency and the draft is Jordan Reid. Jordan is a big Vikings fan, a world
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February 27, 2018
#93 How will Blake Bortles' new contract affect the QB carousel and the Jaguars offseason plans?
Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. And welcome to the first ever episode of “The Weekly Krunch”, a once-a-week segment in which I break down the top NFL stories of the week and my take on them. The week of February 19, 2018 in the NFL can be summed up in three simple words: tags, trades, and quarterbacks. Tags. While the deadline for teams to administer franchise or transition tags is March 6 at 4 PM ET, the window for doing so opened this past Tuesday February 20. And in stark contrast to traditional tagging practices, the Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on WR Jarvis Landry on Tuesday. Most teams wait until closer to the deadline to apply tags, so why did the Dolphins do so right off the hop? According to Dolphins beat writer Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, while the Fins remain “open” to signing Landry to a long-term deal, the “likeliest outcome” is that they trade him. Potential suitors for Landry could be the Bal
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February 26, 2018
#92 Can Free Agency + the Draft make the Bears Contenders? w/Chris Shanafelt NFLDraftBible.com
With the combine and free agency right around the corner, all 32 teams in the NFL have a golden opportunity to get better…and get better fast. A team that, in my opinion, can quietly enter playoff contention in 2018 with a good haul in both free agency and the draft is the Chicago Bears. With a promising young QB entering his second season in Mitchell Trubisky, a bright, young and innovative offensive mind in Matt Nagy taking over as head coach, and some underrated talent on both sides of the ball, the Bears have the potential to take a giant leap forward this year. Joining us to talk about the Bears and their “offseason” priorities is our good friend Chris Shanafelt, a big Bears fan himself, who writes for nfldraftbible.com and hosts his own podcast “The Chris and D.J. Show” with former Bears CB D.J. Moore. 1. As I have said many times on this program, I am very impressed with the new coaching staff the Bears have assembled. What are your thoughts on Matt Nagy and the new coaches?
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February 23, 2018
#91 Dash To The Draft I: 2018 NFL Scouting Combine Preview w/Cole Thompson of draftwire.com
We are just one week away from the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine and in that spirit, we kick off our 2018 Dash To The Draft series here on Sports Krunch. This weekly series will give you a look at each position group in this draft class, plus team needs on a division-by-division basis. But today, as I alluded to earlier, we will discuss what to watch out for at the combine. Next week, the entire NFL descends on Indianapolis along with 336 individual prospects. These prospects will undergo medical evaluations, have personal interviews with teams, and of course participate the proverbial “Underwear Olympics.” Joining us today to discuss all of that is a good friend who I met down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, he is Cole Thompson of draftwire.com. What is the bigger red flag for Josh Rosen to address in Indy: His medical history or his character/personality? What would be an ideal result in arm length measurement for Connor Williams? Can his other strengths overcome his short arm-length or
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February 21, 2018
#90 The Colts Hiring of Former Eagles OC Frank Reich w/Jake Arthur - StampedeBlue.com
The saying that there is no “offseason” in the NFL was proven once again this week. Just days after Super Bowl LII, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels shockingly backed away from an agreement to become the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. That agreement had been in place for weeks. Still, the Colts and GM Chris Ballard did not panic and immediately resumed their search. That search came to a swift end today as they reached an agreement with now former Eagles OC Frank Reich on a five-year deal to become their new head coach. Some of you may know Reich mostly as the engineer of the largest comeback in NFL playoff history when he was Jim Kelly’s backup in Buffalo, but last week he helped engineer one of the best offensive game plans in Super Bowl history which helped the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl championship. Joining us now to break down this hire and the challenges facing the Colts over the next few months is our good friend Jake Arthur, who covers the Co
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February 12, 2018
#89 Recap of Best Super Bowl Ever? Non-Playing Season Discussion w/Hal Bent FullPressCoverage.com
Thank you football gods for answering our prayers!!! The 2017 NFL season concluded with one of the most memorable playoffs and Super Bowls I have ever seen. It all culminated over the weekend with Super Bowl LII, a game that set the record for most combined total yards (1,151) and went back and forth until the final minutes, resulting in the first ever Super Bowl championship for the Philadelphia Eagles, as they upset the New England Patriots 41-33. Joining us to recap this classic Super Bowl plus what lies ahead on the NFL calendar is our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the NFL and Patriots for FullPressCoverage.com. 1. Super Bowl Game Recap a. Can you name another coach in recent NFL history not named Bill Belichick that did such a masterful, championship-winning job as the one Doug Pederson just did? b. Do you think the Patriots would have won SB LII had Malcolm Butler played?? Or is it unfair to blame the Patriots loss solely on this one variable? c. Aside from Nick Foles, wh
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February 8, 2018
#88 Super Bowl LII Breakdown with Hal Bent NFL and Patriots writer for FullPressCoverage.com
Well, this is it. In just six days, the 2017 NFL season will culminate in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. This is a week to not only anticipate this fascinating matchup of this century’s NFL dynasty against a promising insurgent, but to celebrate this game of football that we all love. And joining us once again to discuss all things Super Bowl LII is our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the NFL and Patriots for FullPressCoverage.com. 1. If you were on the Pro Football HOF Board of Selectors, which five modern-era nominees would you vote for and why? 2. Patriots Questions a. The last time the Patriots faced the Eagles in a Super Bowl, both OC Charlie Weis and DC Romeo Crennel left the team for head coaching jobs. Fast forward 13 years later, and the Patriots find themselves in the exact same situation, poised to lose both offensive and defensive coordinators to head coaching jobs after a rendezvous with the Eagles in a Supe
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January 30, 2018
#87 Senior Bowl Day 6 with S Jeremy Reaves, G Will Hernandez, WR Michael Gallup, + Phil Savage
Jeremy Reaves: One of the stars of Senior Bowl Saturday was South Alabama safety Jeremy Reaves. I caught up with him after the game and asked him how it felt to deliver a spectacular performance in his final game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (where he played his college ball). He also broke down the 4th-and-1 okay where he swallowed up Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage before Ballage could make it past the sticks. We also discussed his favorite NFL safeties and the best trait he’ll bring to an NFL team. (Disclaimer: Friend of the show Jonah Tuls LOVES this kid and expects his draft stock to skyrocket) Will Hernandez: A player who made himself a lot of money this week was UTEP guard Will Hernandez. I got a chance to talk to him again after the game. We discussed the scouting report on him posted on NFL.com this week that compared him to one of his heroes, Bills Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito. Will also talked about the increasing importance of the guard position and his plans for the upcoming
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January 28, 2018
#86 Reese’s Senior Bowl Day 5 with Cecil Lammey (FootballGuys.com and 104.3 THE FAN in Denver)
Cecil Lammey (FootballGuys.com and 104.3 THE FAN in Denver) joined me on Day 5 of the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. We discussed why the stellar performance of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield during the week of practice should make the Broncos reconsider how hard they go after Kirk Cousins in free agency. Cecil also told us why it’s unlikely 3+ interior OL go in the first round, despite one of the best classes at the position in years. Finally, Cecil explained why we shouldn’t take the Combine as seriously as the Senior Bowl and why the Patriots will win their sixth Super Bowl title next Sunday Twitter: @CecilLammey
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January 27, 2018
#85 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with WR Allen Lazard, WR DaeSean Hamilton and TE Mike Gesicki
Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Iowa State WR Allen Lazard, Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton and Penn State TE Mike Gesicki after the final North Team practice during Senior Bowl week. They talked about the NFL players at their position they look up to the most, the traits that would make them indispensable to an NFL team, and a whole lot more!!! Twitter: Lazard: @AllenLazard Hamilton: @SkeeterMills_ Gesicki is not on Twitter
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January 26, 2018
#84 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with OL Austin Corbett, WR Marcell Ateman + WR D.J. Chark
Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Nevada OL Austin Corbett, Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman and LSU WR D.J. Chark after the conclusion of the final South Team practice. Corbett discussed the rising importance of the guard and center positions in the NFL. Ateman discussed which CB’s stood out to him during the week and Chark talked up his college teammate Derrius Guice, one of the top three RB prospects in this draft class. They also talked about the NFL players at their position they look up to the most and the best contribution they would make to an NFL franchise. Twitter: Austin: @BigCorbs73 Ateman: @ItsMarcell Chark: @DJChark82
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January 26, 2018
#83 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cole Thompson of Draftwire.com
Before he had to catch a flight home, Cole Thompson (draftwire.com) joined us once again and discussed whose draft stock rose and whose draft stock fell during Senior Bowl week. @MrColeThompson
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January 26, 2018
#82 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Josh Norris: Rotoworld.com NFL Draft and Fantasy analyst
Josh Norris of Rotoworld.com discusses two small-school prospects that could rise up draft boards due to their Senior Bowl performances, who “won” the QB duel between Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, and a Senior Bowl WR that could provide value in your fantasy league in 2018. @JoshNorris
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January 26, 2018
#81 Day 4 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Steve Atwater: Former Broncos All-Pro safety
Steve Atwater joined me to discuss the safety talent that has stood out at the Senior Bowl, how safeties must be coached in college in order to become successful pros and his hopes that more safeties (including him) will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame sooner rather than later. @SteveAtwater27
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January 26, 2018
#80 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Andy Benoit: X’s and O’s expert at The MMQB and SI
Andy Benoit (Sports Illustrated and The MMQB) joined us for a conversation about quarterbacks. He talked about the mandatory traits (such as pocket passing) in a QB draft prospect, what Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky needs to do in order to be successful and whether accuracy or arm-strength is more important (@AndyBenoit)
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January 25, 2018
#79 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Calvin Watkins: Jets reporter for Newsday
Calvin Watkins - Jets reporter for Newsday discusses his thoughts on how the Jets should address the quarterback position this offseason, the similarities and differences between new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and previous OC John Morton, and other areas the Jets should address via free agency and the draft (@CalvinWatkins)
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January 25, 2018
#78 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cole Thompson of Draftwire.com
Cole Thompson of draftwire.com joined us to recap the second day of Senior Bowl practices. He discussed the main standouts of the day, why Baker Mayfield won the QB duel with Josh Allen again, and an exciting small-school OT prospect (@MrColeThompson)
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January 25, 2018
#77 Day 3 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Mary Kay Cabot: Browns beat reporter
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer joined us to discuss the Browns plans at QB with the first pick in the draft (yes UCLA QB Josh Rosen is in play), why Browns fans should feel very hopeful about the new front office under GM John Dorsey, and why the presence of new offensive coordinator Todd Haley is good for head coach Hue Jackson (@MaryKayCabot)
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January 25, 2018
#76 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Adam Beasley - Dolphins reporter for the Miami Herald
Adam Beasley, Dolphins reporter for the Miami Herald joined me to discuss the Dolphins quarterback quandary and their agenda in the 2018 NFL Draft (Adam on Twitter: @AdamHBeasley)
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January 24, 2018
#75 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cole Thompson - Draftwire.com
Cole Thompson (draftwire.com) and I recap the first day of Senior Bowl practices. We discuss the risers and fallers, who won the QB duel between Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen and a lot more!!! (Cole on Twitter: @MrColeThompson)
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January 24, 2018
#74 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Will Hernandez - Guard UTEP
Guard Will Hernandez of UTEP is arguably the best prospect at his position in this draft class sans Quenton Nelson. He DOMINATED practices on Tuesday. I spoke to him earlier in the day and we discussed his playing style and the NFL guards he looks up to, how he’d feel playing for his college coach Sean Kugler (now the Broncos OL coach) again at the pro level, and why his sense of loyalty is the best thing he would bring to an NFL team (Will on Twitter: @willhernandez76)
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January 24, 2018
#73 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Fred Warner - LB of BYU
A player who quietly stood out at Tuesday’s practice was LB Fred Warner of BYU. I caught up with Fred earlier in the day and asked him about the NFL linebackers he admires most and what the biggest asset he would bring to an NFL team is (Fred on Twitter: @Fred_Warner)
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January 24, 2018
#72 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Albert Breer - Sports Illustrated and The MMQB
NFL insider Albert Breer (Sports Illustrated and The MMQB) kindly joined me for a brief moment to give me the latest on the situation with Kirk Cousins and contract negotiations between the Rams and All Pro DT Aaron Donald (Albert on Twitter: @AlbertBreer)
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January 24, 2018
#71 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Cameron Wolfe - ESPN NFL Nation Titans reporter
Cameron Wolfe, ESPN NFL Nation Titans reporter joined me to talk some Titans. We discussed new head coach Mike Vrabel, the team’s search for a new offensive coordinator to help Marcus Mariota take the next step, and the positional needs for the Titans to address via free agency and the draft. Cameron on Twitter: @CameronWolfe
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January 24, 2018
#70 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Terez Paylor - Chiefs reporter for the Kansas City Star
I talked with Terez Paylor, Chiefs reporter for the Kansas City Star. We discussed the Chiefs QB situation headed into 2018 (Alex Smith or Patrick Mahomes), the impact new offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy will have on the offense, and the Chiefs plan of attack in the 2018 NFL Draft. Terez on Twitter: @TerezPaylor
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January 24, 2018
#69 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Matt Musil of KHOU-TV in Houston
Matt Musil of KHOU-TV in Houston joined me to provide some Texans news. We discussed the health statuses of Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt and the issues the Texans need to address in the draft. Matt on Twitter: @KHOUSportsMatt
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January 24, 2018
#68 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Dave Birkett - Lions reporter for the Detroit Free Press
Dave Birkett, Lions reporter for the Detroit Free Press joined me to discuss next week’s vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 (Dave is one of the voters on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors). We also talked about New Lions head coach Matt Patricia and the areas of need for the Lions to address in the 2018 draft. Dave’s Twitter: @davebirkett
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January 24, 2018
#67 Day 2 from The Reese’s Senior Bowl with Charles Davis (NFL Network, NFL on Fox)
I talked with Charles Davis (NFL Network, NFL on Fox). He provided a basic summary of the 2018 draft class and discussed the increasing influence of college schemes on NFL offenses and how it helps quarterback development. Charles’ Twitter: @CFD22
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January 24, 2018
#66 Live from Reese's #SeniorBowl interview with legendary NFL reporter Vic Carucci
Live from Reese's #SeniorBowl interview with legendary NFL reporter/columnist @VicCarucci of The Buffalo News. We spoke about the 2018 QB draft class, the Bills intentions at QB, and the players we’ll be watching this week. His Twitter handle is @VicCarucci.
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January 23, 2018
#65 Live from Reese's Senior Bowl interview with Brad Biggs - Bears reporter for the Chicago Tribune
Live from Reese's Senior Bowl interview with Brad Biggs, the Bears beat reporter for the Chicago Tribune. We talked about the Bears new coaching staff and their plans for the 2018 draft. His Twitter handle is @BradBiggs.
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January 23, 2018
#64 How concerned should Patriots fans be about Tom Brady’s thumb injury W/Hal Bent
The 2017 NFL season is boiled down to three games and four teams as we get ready for Conference Championship weekend. Who would’ve thought that this year’s penultimate round in the NFL would consist of Tom Brady, Blake Bortles, Case Keenum and Nick Foles?? That list of QB’s sans Tom Brady might not sound appealing, but the overall quality of football teams knocking on the door of Super Bowl LII is more than appealing and full of intrigue. Joining me once again to break this all down is honorary friend of the program, Hal Bent who covers the NFL and the Patriots for MusketFire.com and FullPressCoverage.com. 1. Jaguars/Patriots a. On a scale of 1-10, how concerned should Patriots fans be about Tom Brady’s thumb injury? b. If there has been any person who has known how to beat Tom Brady and succeeded, it’s Tom Coughlin. And looking at this Jaguars roster, it is similarly constructed (albeit without a proven franchise QB) like those Giants teams that upset the Patriots in two Super Bowl
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January 20, 2018
#63 Most appealing head coaching job: Cardinals or Titans? w/Aaron Leming of BearReport.com
Now that the 2017 NFL season has reached conference championship week, it means that 28 of the 32 NFL teams are now looking ahead to the 2018 season. Several teams have already undergone significant changes to their coaching staffs, and most (if not all) are getting ready for free agency and the draft. And to give us the news and analysis on this front, it is a pleasure to welcome back to the program our good friend Aaron Leming of bearreport.com. Aaron’s Twitter handle: @AaronLemingNFL Of the two remaining head coaching vacancies, which job is the most appealing, Cardinals or Titans? (Did the Titans handle the Mike Mularkey situation poorly? If so, if you were a head coaching candidate, would the way the Mularkey firing went down make you hesitant to accept the job?) Of all the new head coaches hired so far, which is the best hire and which is the worst hire and why? What are your thoughts on the Seahawks coaching staff shakeup and do you think it foreshadows an upcoming roster purg
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January 17, 2018
#62 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl Pre Show with Pete Smith of NFLSpinZone.com
From January 22-27, Sports Krunch will be hitting the road and going to Mobile, Alabama to cover the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl. It is something I have been meaning to do for quite a while, and I cannot wait to bring you all non-stop coverage that week of one of the big events in the lead-up to the NFL Draft, as the entire NFL universe will be descending on Mobile, Alabama to get a glimpse at the next crop of potential stars. And to break down this exciting week, it is an honor to welcome back another friend of the program who will also be down in Mobile bringing terrific coverage, Mr. Pete Smith (NFLSpinZone.com). 1. Obviously, people’s eyes in Mobile will be primarily on the quarterbacks, especially 2017 Heisman winner Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. Has Mayfield already done enough to solidify himself as a top-five pick, if not the first overall pick? What does he need to do during the week to quiet the doubters? 2. There are a lot of mixed reports about Josh Allen. Some people still
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January 13, 2018
#61 How well does Nick Foles have to play for Eagles to upset the Falcons?
Our prayers to the football gods were answered as Wild Card weekend delivered an unbelievable product, with three games decided by a touchdown or less. And I certainly hope the Divisional Round, which is usually the most exciting weekend on the NFL calendar, brings us some more heart-palpitating finishes. And to help us break down this weekend’s games and the NFL’s Elite 8, it is a pleasure to bring back once again our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com. 1. Is the slate of divisional round games more or less interesting than the Wild Card round, and why? 2. Falcons/Eagles -Despite losing Carson Wentz and finishing the season poorly on offense, the Eagles feel disrespected being the underdog at home. How do you feel about the Eagles chances of pulling off the upset against the Falcons? (How well does Nick Foles have to play and how should the Eagles game plan to help him succeed?) -The Falcons have hit their stride defensivel
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January 13, 2018
#60 Which version of Blake Bortles will we see in the playoffs? w/Hal Bent, NFL writer Scout media
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 Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, 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
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January 3, 2018
#59: Can the Falcons upset the Saints in WK 16? W/Hal Bent - NFL and Patriots writer for Scout media
Merry Christmas everybody! Well, they’re only two more weeks left to go in the 2017 NFL season, and the playoff picture is quickly coming together. Despite the lack of appeal regarding the matchups this weekend, a LOT of playoff seeds could be locked up after Monday. And to break it down for us, we once again would like to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, and Scout media, to the program. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 15?? 2. Who do you think will be the Wild Card seeds in the AFC? In the NFC? 3. Falcons/Saints -What do the Falcons need to do the most in order to pull off the upset? Do you trust them to finish strong? -What matchup will determine the outcome of this game the most? -Who wins and why? 4. Rams/Titans -Even though there is a lot at steak (playoff-wise) in this game for both teams, is this matchup somewhat of
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December 23, 2017
#58 Are the Jaguars a Legitimate Super Bowl Contender w/Hal Bent - Patriots reporter for Scout Media
Happy Hanukkah everybody! Well, we are down to the final three weeks of the 2017 NFL season and the road to Super Bowl LII took another unpredictable turn this past week. The turn consisted of devastating injuries and poor performances, resulting in a more wide open race for both the NFC and AFC titles. And our good friend Hal Bent, NFL and Patriots writer for Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, and Scout media, is here to help us analyze where it all stands right now, and where it’s likely heading.   Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE   1. What were your big takeaways from Week 14??   2. With Carson Wentz out for the season, who would you say is the favorite to win the NFC Championship right now? How far can the Eagles go without him?   3. How concerned should Patriots fans be based on last night? On a scale of 1-10, how badly do they need home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs?   4. Are the Jaguars a legitimate Super Bowl contender?  
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December 13, 2017
#57 Breaking down the 2017 NFL playoff picture w/Hal Bent - NFL and Patriots writer for Scout media.
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 Cover32.com, MusketFire.com, 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 4. 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 bette
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December 6, 2017
#55: Should Vikings keep starting Case Keenum? An All things NFL football discussion w/Jake Marsing
On this edition of the program, we are pleased to have our good friend Jake Marsing join us again for a special “all things football” discussion. Jake left Denver and the 5280 Sports Network (where he covered both the Broncos and the Nuggets) this summer for Fayetteville, Arkansas where he currently covers Arkansas Razorback football. We plan to discuss some of the big storylines surrounding the NFL and college football as well. Jake’s Twitter handle: @JakeDMarsing 1. Why are the Broncos here (as you have been foreseeing for quite some time)? 2. In some of our prior conversations, you were adamant you weren’t sold on Dak Prescott given the fact he was in the PERFECT situation for a rookie QB. Given the struggled mightily last week without Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith, yet still looked impressive with them on the field this year, where do you stand now on Dak? 3. Should the Vikings keep starting Case Keenum as long as Keenum continues to play well? Do they need to go to Teddy Bri
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November 18, 2017
#54: Big takeaways from NFL Week 10 w/Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season is upon us, and it’s good to have our great friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media back on the show to break down this week’s slate of games. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 10?? 2. Rams/Vikings What has been the secret to the Vikings astonishing offensive success this year? Which unit has the edge: Rams OL or Vikings DL?? What individual one-on-one matchup will you be watching the most in this game? Who wins and why? 3. Redskins/Saints Does this Redskins offense have what it takes to exploit the Saints defense and why? The Saints have astonishingly transformed offensively into a run-first attack. If this game is a shootout and Brees needs to throw more, who needs to step up in the passing game the most aside from Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara? Who wins? 4. Eagles/Cowboys What do the Cowboys have to do to help Dak Prescott av
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November 18, 2017
#53: NFL 2018 DB Class Draft preview series with Josh Forrest of Tyrant Scouting
There are only two weeks left in the 2017 college football season before it’s conference championship and bowl game time, which means that NFL scouting departments will likely be watching the final snaps of (and assigning final grades to) many, if not most of the 2018 NFL Draft prospects. And in that spirit, we would like to continue our 2018 NFL Draft preview series with a look at this DB class. And to help us break down where it stands at the moment, it’s a pleasure to welcome to the program for the very first time, Josh Forrest of Tyrant Scouting. Josh’s Twitter handle: @jpfscouting Other handles: @Tyrant_Scouting 1. This is a draft class lacking in surefire star power, but one of the few such players coming in is versatile Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. What makes him such a special player and is he worth a top-five overall pick in your view? 2. Another S people were high on coming into this year was Florida State’s Derwin James. Although he is still likely to be a first-round
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November 15, 2017
#52 NFL Week 10 Breakdown + the playoff race w/Hal Bent of MusketFire, Cover32 + Scout media
The first half of the 2017 NFL season is officially in the books and the second half begins in earnest Thursday night as the Seahawks meet the Cardinals. And to help us break down these week 10 match ups plus the playoff race going forward is our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE What were your big takeaways from Week 9?? What current division leaders would you say are locks to win their division? Who is more likely to win their division? -Jaguars or Titans? -Vikings or Lions? -Saints or Panthers? -Seahawks or Rams? Is there any team few or nobody are expecting to make the playoffs right now that you think will wind up playing in January? Saints/Bills Which defense has the edge in this game and why? What can the Bills offense do to exploit the Saints D, and vice versa? Who wins? Cowboys/Falcons Assuming Ezekiel Elliott w
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November 9, 2017
#51 Breaking down the trading frenzy rarely seen in the NFL w/Hal Bent of Scout Media
It’s week 9 in the NFL, meaning we have officially reached the halfway point of the 2017 season. And that halfway point was marked with a trading frenzy that we have rarely seen in the NFL. And to help us break down these blockbuster trades and week 9 matchups plus hand out our midseason awards, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. What’s up Hal? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 8?? 2. What grades would you give the big trades that went down and why? -Marcel Dareus to the Jaguars -Duane Brown to the Seahawks -Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers -Jay Ajayi to the Eagles -Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills 3. Midseason Awards -OPOY: (Alex Smith) -DPOY: (Calais Campbell) -OROY: (Deshaun Watson) -DROY: (Marshon Lattimore) -Most Improved Player: (Akiem Hicks) -Comeback POY: (Earl Thoma
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November 4, 2017
#50 Examining the 2018 crop of OL/DL/EDGE w/Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com
We are down to the final five weeks of 2017 college football season and after that, we have conference championship games, bowl games, and of course, NFL scouting departments completing their initial reports on 2018 NFL Draft prospects. And to give us a glimpse at how the 2018 crop of OL/DL/EDGE looks at this point, it’s a pleasure to welcome back to the program our good friend Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com. What’s up Nick? Nick’s Twitter handle: @NickKendellMHH Texas HC Tom Herman announced yesterday that OT Connor Williams, still viewed by many as a first-round prospect, can return from his knee injury as soon as November 11, when Texas plays West Virginia. Even before he got hurt, Williams play seemed to regress. What do you think was the main culprit of that? Do you still think he declares for the draft? As of today, how many OT do you see going in the first round? Can this class be better than the 2017 class?? Many people believe Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is a surefir
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November 1, 2017
#49 NFL Week 8 Matchup Breakdown with Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
It’s week 8 in the NFL, meaning we’re almost at the halfway point of the 2017 season. And to help us break down these week 8 matchups, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 7?? 2. Do you expect any trades to come down before the deadline on Tuesday? If so, what trade would you like to see happen and why? 3. Chargers/Patriots How bad is the Dont’a Hightower injury (on a scale of 1-10) for the Patriots defense not just in this game, but going forward as well? Do you think the Chargers pose more of a challenge to the Pats on both sides of the ball than the Falcons did? What matchup will decide the game and why? Who wins? 4. Texans/Seahawks Will Bob McNair’s comments be an unwelcome distraction or extra motivation for the Texans? How can Deshaun Watson pass the biggest test of his
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October 28, 2017
#48 NFL Week 7 Action Report with our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire, Cover32 and Scout media
It’s week 7 of the 2017 NFL season and it began last night with one of the wildest endings to a football game I’ve ever seen as the Raiders picked up a HUGE, last-second win against the Chiefs 31-30. And to discuss this and the rest of the week 7 action, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. What’s up Hal? Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your big takeaways from Week 6 and last night?? 2. Do you remember a season where it seemed this wide open?? 3. Cardinals/Rams Can Adrian Peterson help lead the Cardinals back to the playoffs? Was last week a fluke? What do the Rams need to do offensively to recapture some of their early-season mojo? Who wins and why? 4. Bengals/Steelers I smell a low-scoring, defensive struggle in this game, do you? What matchup are you watching the most? Who wins and why? 5. Falcons/Patriots What are the main symptoms
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October 21, 2017
#47 Glimpse of the 2018 NFL QB/RB/WR/TE Draft Prospects with Jonah Tuls of DraftBreakdown.com.
We are already at the halfway point of the 2017 college football season and that means that NFL scouting departments have already completed a significant number of player evaluations that will go a long way in determining who lands where in the 2018 NFL Draft. And to give us a glimpse at how the 2018 crop of QB/RB/WR/TE looks at this point, it’s a pleasure to welcome back to the program Jonah Tuls of DraftBreakdown.com. Jonah’s Twitter handle: @JonahTulsNFL 1. There have been mixed reports as to whether or not Sam Darnold will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft. Do you think he declares? Would it be a bad idea for him to stay at USC for one more year? 2. Two polarizing QB prospects getting a lot of buzz recently are Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Josh Allen (Wyoming). For what reason do you think some NFL decision makers view them as first-round talents aside from the fact that they play the most important position in sports?? 3. How many QB’s do you see going in the first round a
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October 14, 2017
#46 NFL Week 6 Preview with our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
It’s week 6 of the 2017 NFL season and it began with another entertaining finish Thursday night with the red hot Philadelphia Eagles hanging on to beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 to move to 5-1 on the season. And to discuss this and the rest of the week 6 action, it is a pleasure to welcome back our good friend Hal Bent of MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media to the show. 1. What were your four big takeaways from Week 5?? 2. Is it time to climb aboard the Eagles hype train?? 3. Packers/Vikings With no Sam Bradford, Stefon Diggs or Dalvin Cook, what is the best thing for this Vikings offense to do in order to move the ball efficiently and score points against a suspect Packers defense? What specific matchup are you watching between the Packers offense and Vikings defense? Who wins and why? 4. Rams/Jaguars It’s hard to find a weakness on this Jacksonville defense. If you can spot one, what is it and how can the Rams exploit it? How does Brandon Linder being out change the
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October 14, 2017
#45 NFL Week 5 Preview w/Hal Bent, Patriots writer for MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media
Well, we are already a quarter of the way through the 2017 NFL season (can you believe it?) and for the second week in a row, the NFL brought us some more exciting, heart-palpitating finishes. And Week 5 brings us a slate that promises more of such quality entertainment, beginning this Thursday night as week 5 kicks off with the Patriots meeting the Buccaneers for what could be a shootout in Tampa. And to help us preview that and the other intriguing week 5 contests, let’s bring in our good friend Hal Bent, Patriots writer for MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media, to the show. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What were your four big takeaways from Week 4?? 2. Patriots/Buccaneers What is the bigger problem for the Patriots defense: Lack of pass rush or communication issues in the secondary? Is it fair to expect the Patriots to show dramatic improvement on defense in just four days or should we expect a shootout? Who wins an
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October 4, 2017
#44 NFL Week 4 Preview w/Hal Bent Patriots reporter for Scout Media
It’s hard to believe we’re already almost a quarter of the way through the 2017 NFL season as week 4 began Thursday night with the Packers embarrassing the Bears 35-14. And to help us preview the remaining games left before we reach that quarter pole, it’s a pleasure to welcome back yet again our good friend Hal Bent, Patriots writer for MusketFire.com, Cover32.com and Scout media, to the show. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. Should Danny Trevathan be suspended, and if so, for how many games should the suspension be? 2. Is there any reasons for the Bears to NOT start Mitchell Trubisky next week against the Vikings? 3. Rams/Cowboys Do you see this game coming down to who has the ball last? Are the Rams capable of fixing their run defense enough to contain Ezekiel Elliott? Who’s this game more important for: Dallas or LA? Who wins and why? 4. Bills/Falcons The Bills are currently the only team ranked in the top ten in both run
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September 30, 2017
#43 NFL Week 3 Preview W/Hal Bent Patriots reporter for Scout Media
NFL Week 3 began last week with an unexpectedly entertaining barn-burner between the Rams and 49ers with LA escaping an admirable San Francisco comeback by a score of 41-39. We arguably saw the best game of this young 2017 NFL season last night, but hopefully it is a sign of exciting games to come this weekend. And to help us preview those contests, it is a pleasure to welcome our good friend Hal Bent back to the program. Hal covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com.     Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01   Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE   1. Does the Rams offense make them a legit playoff contender??   2. How encouraged should 49ers fans be about the long-term future under the Lynch/Shanahan regime??   3. Contender or Pretender?   • Lions • Falcons • Panthers • Ravens • Steelers • Broncos • Chiefs • Raiders • Would it surprise you if it turns out to be a three-team race for first in the AFC West until the very end?   4. Falcons/Lions   • Which
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September 24, 2017
#42 NFL Week 2 Preview with Hal Bent who covers the Patriots for Scout Media.
Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the Texans knocking off the Bengals 13-9 in a game that was infinitely more boring than the score indicates. Only two games went down to the wire in week 1, but week 2 will hopefully bring more entertaining games. And to help us preview those games, it is a pleasure to welcome our good friend Hal Bent back to the program. Hal covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE 1. What did you think of Deshaun Watson’s first NFL start? Can he grow into a pocket passer? 2. Is this the final season for Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton in Cincinnati? 3. Patriots/Saints How much harder will it be for the Pats to stop Brees without Dont’a Hightower? Do you expect the Pats to pepper Brandin Cooks with even more targets than usual given his return to NOLA? What’s the matchup that will decide this game? Who wins and why? 4. Eagles/Ch
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September 17, 2017
#41 Sports Krunch Fantasy Week 1 Breakdown w/Jody Smith the Senior Writer for GridironExperts.com
Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season is officially in the books and many fantasy owners came away disappointed, myself included. However, there’s no need to frown. There is still a ton of football to be played and Sports Krunch is here all season long to help you win a fantasy league championship. Tonight, we begin our Sports Krunch Fantasy Breakdown series, a weekly installment to help you dominate your matchups for Week 2…and beyond. And to provide us all with such world-class advice today, it is a pleasure to welcome Jody Smith to the show for the very first time. Jody is the senior writer for the fantasy football website GridironExperts.com and was also the most accurate fantasy expert in 2012. Jody’s Twitter Handle: @JodySmithNFL Other handles: @GridironExperts 1. Which of these QB’s should QB-needy teams sprint to the waiver wire for this week? Alex Smith, Sam Bradford, or Jared Goff? 2. Buy or Sell: Tarik Cohen, Cooper Kupp, Nelson Agholor, Kenny Golladay 3. Overreaction/Not Over
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September 13, 2017
#40 NFL Opening Week Preview with Hal Bent the Pats writer at Scout Media
NFL football is officially back as the 2017 season kicked off last night with the Chiefs pulling off a remarkable upset victory over the defending-Super Bowl champion Patriots. Today, we will recap that game and preview the rest of the action in what promises to be an exciting opening week in the National Football League with our good friend Hal Bent, who covers the Patriots for Scout media, MusketFire.com and Cover32.com. Hal’s Twitter handle: @halbent01 Other Twitter handles: @MusketFire, @Cover32_NE Does Eric Berry’s season-ending Achilles injury put more pressure on the Chiefs defense or offense? Last night was an off night for the Patriots on both sides of the ball (and I would say defense even more so than offense), but a lot of Twitter was hopping on the “Tom Brady is done” bandwagon. Brady might have shown some signs of age last night, but he also showed he’s far from done (in my opinion). Do you blame his struggles last night more on age, the injuries to Edelman and Amendol
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September 8, 2017
#39 Final Tips To Ace Your Fantasy Draft W/Jake Arthur 'Director of Fantasy' at ProFootballSpot.com
By the time you hear me say those words, we will officially be ONE WEEK AWAY from the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season. But before that, we here at Sports Krunch want to give all you fantasy owners some final pieces of advice to dominate your league as you finalize those draft boards. And to help us do that, it’s a pleasure to welcome back a great friend of the show who’s now the director of fantasy content for ProFootballSpot.com, Jake Arthur!! Jake’s Twitter Handle: @JakeArthurNFL 1. With the Patriots losing Julian Edelman for the season with a torn ACL, Brandin Cooks has been bumped up draft boards, and rightfully so. But after talking with Ari Ingel of Footballguys.com on Twitter about this, he told me to not discount Chris Hogan either. He said that although Cooks is the far more dynamic player, it’s fair to wonder if Hogan ends up out-producing him? How possible is it that Hogan out-produces Cooks? When is the earliest you would draft Chris Hogan? 2. Two other Patriots that cou
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August 31, 2017
#38 The Annual NFL Season Preview (Biggest Episode Yet!!!) W/Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report
Just one week from Thursday, the 2017 NFL season kicks off with the Patriots hosting the Chiefs. In that spirit, we would like to start a little tradition here on Sports Krunch…an annual NFL season preview!!! Tonight, we will give you a division-by-division breakdown of the NFL with pressing questions for each team and predict how this 2017 season (the NFL’s 98th) will pan out. And to help us do so, it is a pleasure to welcome back to the program one of the best football minds in the business, Ian Wharton of Bleacher Report. Before we begin, I want our listeners to know that Ian lives in the great city of Houston, and that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and everybody of southeast Texas as you begin the long recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Here is the link to the American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey Ian’s Twitter Handle: @NFLFilmStudy AFC East Other teams told Albert Breer (MMQB) that they are not counting on the Edelman’s season-endin
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August 29, 2017
#37 Way-too-early look at potential 2018 NFL draft prospects w/Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com
In just 2 days, the 2017 college football season kicks off and that means the work of NFL road scouts will kick into high gear as they look for the building blocks that will take their team to the next level and beyond. And in that spirit, we bring you the second edition of our initial, way-too-early look at potential 2018 draft prospects. This edition covers where football games are won, the trenches. And we have the perfect guest here tonight to help us break down the OL, DL, and EDGE players that are likely to hear their names called next April. He is Dr. Trenches himself, our good friend Nick Kendell of MileHighHuddle.com. Nick’s Twitter Handle: @NickKendellMHH 1. The top two edge rushers on most boards I’ve seen are Arden Key (LSU) and Harold Landry (Boston College). In addition, both often crack the top ten overall. What are your early impressions of both players? Similarities/differences? Who do you have rated higher and why? 2. Another EDGE prospect that was flying under
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August 24, 2017