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Confirmation Bias in the NFL: Connecting Predictions with Reality


If you were all aboard the Raiders hype train Sunday proved their potential. If you doubted Oakland, a one point win over New Orleans doesn’t impress you much. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

– Jim Bearor

Every team has played one game so far, and people think they have answers. It has been a long offseason of discussing narratives, who went where, and why it’s all going to come together for Team X this year. That’s totally cool, summer – the driest season for sports – is when the juiciest hot takes blossom. I think of it like a Quentin Tarantino movie, where the long dialogue scenes have more weight to them because you know it’s only a matter of time until the fight starts. Then when there is action, its significance is amplified. But in the NFL’s case, we talk so much and for so long that the events of the prior season get reduced to statistics, and the memories of it start to fade. Because of this, and for reasons beyond my comprehension, the first few games of the season have such a disproportionate effect on all of our opinions, even if we think we know better than to jump to conclusions. Continue reading


The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 64

Victor Cruz scores in his first game almost two years. (Getty Images)

Victor Cruz scored in his first game almost two years. (Getty Images)

On an all new Hard Foul Podcast, Evan and Jim break down the first week of the NFL season. Jim’s very happy with his Giants. Evan’s very disappointed in his Bills. We then discussed winners and losers after a very exciting and surprising Week 1 of the season. How excited should Raiders and Lions fans be? And should Seattle start getting worried?

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Rapid Reactions: Stock Up, Stock Down

-Matt Haring 

Week 1: Bills vs Colts

It was an absolutely electric atmosphere on Sunday for the Bills home opener, and the team certainly appeared to feed off of that energy. The Indianapolis Colts walked directly into a buzz saw, getting outplayed badly in all three facets of the game. It was a fantastic team effort overall that showed the league the potential that this Bills team has to make this year. I’ll take a look at the best and worst aspects of the Bills performance week one.

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NFL Week 1 Pick ‘Em

– The Hard Foul Team

Throughout the course of the National Football League season, we at HFS are going to provide the best coverage we can. This week, the staff at Hard Foul Sports is giving you their Week 1 picks. During the year, we will keep a tally, for fun of course, and see how smart (or incredibly insane) we all are. Enjoy! 


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Who ya got?