After showing promise in 2015, can Derek Carr and Amari Cooper finally lead the Raiders back to the playoffs? (Getty Images)
On an all new episode of the Hard Foul Podcast, Jim Bearor and Evan Sally chat about the Giants/Bills preseason game, Olympic basketball and continue their NFL preview 32 Teams, 32 Questions, this time examining an uncertain AFC West.
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Kansas City at Houston Saturday 4:30pm
Alex Smith and the Chiefs enter the playoffs on a 10 game winning streak. (Getty Images)
Both Wild Card Weekend and my preview starts with the most lackluster game of the opening weekend of the playoffs. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some interesting storylines to examine here. Both of these teams have had odd seasons that parallel each other in certain ways: both lost star running backs for the season due to injury (Arian Foster for Houston, Jamaal Charles for KC); each had horrible starts to the season (Houston started 2-5, KC 1-5) before finishing strong (Houston was 7-2 down the stretch, KC finished the year on a remarkable 10 game winning streak). Each team’s turnaround was sparked by their dominant defense returning to form (Houston gave up 13 points per game during their 9 game run to end the season, KC gave up 13 per game during their 10 game streak), and a dominant receiver making just enough plays on the outside to get each offense going (DeAndre Hopkins for Houston, Jeremy Maclin for KC).
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