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Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 39

Brady and Manning will meet in the AFC Championship for perhaps the last time. (Getty Images)

Brady and Manning will meet in the AFC Championship for perhaps the last time. (Getty Images)

Zack El-Sharif joins Evan and Stich this week filling in for Mike Tolsma. We start this week taking a break from the negativity of the Bills  season to celebrate the positive. Each of the guys shares their top 3 favorite moments of the Bills season. We then talk about the biggest needs for the Sabres right now and what direction this team should go in. We finish the show talking NFC and AFC Championship games, joined by HardFoulSports.com NFL writer Jim Bearor.

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NFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Green Bay Goes Back to the Desert

Evan Sally

Green Bay @ Arizona 8:15pm Saturday

Aaron Rodgers is praying this playoff game isn't a repeat of Week 16. (Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers is praying this playoff game isn’t a repeat of Week 16. (Getty Images)

Green Bay visited the desert 3 weeks ago and got rocked. There’s no other way to put it. They lost 38-8 and it’s wasn’t even that close. Arizona is not a team known for it’s blistering pass rush and yet they sacked Packer quarterbacks 9 times in their week 16 matchup. It was a nightmare for Green Bay. Their receivers couldn’t get open, their offense gave up 2 fumbles returned for a touchdown and turned the ball over 4 times total. The offensive line was so bad that Rodgers had to be taken out of the game for his own safety. It was complete Cardinals domination. So what will make this game any different? Continue reading

Hard Foul NFL Playoff Predictions

Zackary El-Sharif


What a time to be alive. The country has Powerball fever and the sports world’s excitement for the NFL playoffs is heating up, luckily for the people of frigid Minnesota. That’s right it’s the time of the year where Tom Brady sits on the throne and the Buffalo Bills stay at home. Tom Brady is going into the month of January searching for his 5th Super Bowl ring, while the Seattle Seahawks hope to return to the Super Bowl for the 3rd consecutive season. Have no fear, there are some interesting teams that could pose a threat to the teams that have reigned supreme the past few seasons. Continue reading

Stars Will Shine: An AFC Wild Card Weekend Preview

Kansas City at Houston Saturday 4:30pm

Alex Smith and the Chiefs entering the playoffs on a 10 game winning streak. (Getty Images)

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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