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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 86

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Tom Savage is no Brock Osweiler, and for that, we are grateful. (Credit: Getty Images)

 

Evan and Jim are back at it again, discussing Giants, Bills, the NFL playoff picture, Christmas NBA games, and Star Wars in this holiday weekend edition of the Hard Foul Podcast. Continue reading

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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 83

Hoping your Thanksgiving is as good as John Madden's.

Hoping your Thanksgiving is as good as John Madden’s.

Evan and Jim fire some coaches, kill some NFL teams’ playoff hopes, chat about the Bills and Giants and everything in between. Happy Thanksgiving from Hard Foul Sports, enjoy the show!

Two Ways to Listen:

iTunes   SoundCloud

If you have an Android device and don’t want to use SoundCloud there are several apps on the Play Store that our show is available on. We recommend Podcast and Radio Addict. Continue reading

The Bills Survive and Advance in Cincinnati

The Bills celebrate sneaking out of Cincinnati with a win. (Getty Images)

The Bills celebrate sneaking out of Cincinnati with a win. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

Sunday was a uncomfortable viewing experience. After the Bills marched down the field on their first drive for a touchdown, picking up big chunks of yardage on the way, it seemed like the table was set for them to put their foot on the neck of the Bengals early. Combine that with AJ Green’s early exit and a weak turnout from Bengals fans and I was giddy. I thought the Bills were in for a romp.

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Hot Starts Extinguished: How Do These 4 NFL Teams Pull It Back Together?

A hobbled Big Ben struggled against Baltimore as Pittsburgh lost their third straight game. (Getty Images)

A hobbled Big Ben struggled against Baltimore as Pittsburgh lost their third straight game. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

At the end of Week 5 this season, the Eagles, Steelers, Packers and Vikings all had reason to feel great about themselves. With a combined 15-3 record their seasons were off to great starts, with a few of those teams (Eagles and Vikings) being bigger surprises than others (Packers and Steelers). In the ensuing weeks the wheels have fallen off each respective bandwagon. These 4 teams’ great expectations have come to a screeching halt, combining for a putrid 2-12 record since Week 5. What’s going wrong? And what chance does each team have of pulling things together and salvaging a playoff spot? Continue reading

A Moment Stolen in Seattle

An great Robert Woods performance is one of many that have been thrown in the background because of bad officiating. (Getty Images)

A great Robert Woods performance is one of many that have been thrown in the background because of bad officiating. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

In another world, I’d spend this column writing about how Tyrod Taylor just played the best game of his career. How he patiently was able to break down the defense taking what the they gave to him all night. How he did it against the league’s best defense on the road on Monday Night Football. I’d write about how the Bills offensive line spent the night shoving around Seattle’s defense. I’d write about how LeSean McCoy looked healthy and special again. About how Robert Woods just dominated the vaunted Seattle secondary as a lead receiver and put up 10 catches and 162 yards. I’d write about how the Bills offense finally looked like the embodiment of an efficient ground and pound offense we’ve all been waiting for. About how the defense, after giving up 28 points in the first half only gave up 3 in the second half and got pressure to Russell Wilson. About how Lorenzo Alexander just got his 10th sack in the 9th game of the season. Or about how Shaq Lawson just got another sack and looks really good. But I’m not. Because the officials just sucked the life out of the best Bills performance in years. Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 76

Jay Ajayi ran all over the Bills Sunday to the tune of over 200 yards. (Getty Images)

Jay Ajayi ran all over the Bills Sunday to the tune of over 200 yards. (Getty Images)

On an all new episode of the Hard Foul Podcast, Evan Sally and Jim Bearor review a win for the Giants over the Rams in London and a loss for Buffalo in Miami. They then debut a new segment “The Rundown”; we look at every NFL game in 20 mins before giving some preliminary NBA thoughts on the eve of the season.

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The Hard Foul Top 10: NFL Power Rankings Roundtable

Brady is back and Patriots are back to their typical place, best team in football. (Getty Images)

Brady is back and Patriots are back to their typical place, best team in football. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino, Jim Bearor and Evan Sally

The Hard Foul team presents the first edition of our NFL Power Rankings Roundtable. Jim Bearor, Bill Annechino and Evan Sally all created their ranking separately and averaged them together to get our consensus rankings. Continue reading

Four Takeaways From An Emphatic Bills Victory Over San Francisco

It's Shady McCoy's World and we're all just living in it. (Getty Images)

It’s Shady McCoy’s World and we’re all just living in it. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

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The State of the Bills Fan Week 5: The Tyrod Taylor Conversation

A 3 game winning streak has left fans wondering if Tyrod Taylor is holding this team back or if he's the right man for the job. (Getty Images)

A 3 game winning streak has left fans wondering if Tyrod Taylor is holding this team back or if he’s the right man for the job. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

There appear to be two opposing arguments when it comes to talking about Tyrod Taylor. The “he’s getting the job done” faction vs the “he’s not good enough” side. Some fans place themselves strongly on one side or the other, while the vast majority are somewhere in between. Depending on your perspective people from each side could watch a Tyrod performance and come away with differing opinions. In reality I believe both sides are correct, however they’re both answering different questions. Tyrod is getting the job done by not turning the ball over and not costing the Bills games, something that really shouldn’t be taken for granted in the NFL. However he’s not good enough when it comes to competing at the highest level. There are very few if any fans who feel confident that in a matchup with the league’s best quarterbacks that Tyrod will have the better day. Continue reading

NFL Quarterly Reports: 1st Quarter Grades

Von Miller's Broncos were one of a few teams to earn As. (Getty Images)

Von Miller’s Broncos were one of a few teams to earn As. (Getty Images)

Welcome to the first of three NFL Quarterly Reports. The grades are subjective, and I expect some disagreement. At the outset it’s important to note that the grades are not purely based upon team performance, but performance relative to their expectations. The Browns are graded on a different curve than the Packers for example. Let’s get to the grades.

NFC

Atlanta

B+

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