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79th and Halas - "It's Go Time"
79th and Halas - From Worst to First

The Bears go worst to first! Flows and Scott talk about Sunday’s season-ending sweep of the Vikings before looking ahead to the Bears’ first playoff game in eight years this Sunday against the defending champion Eagles!

79th and Halas - Pick your poison

Flows and Scott get you ready for Sunday’s season finale with the Vikings. Join them on 79th and Halas throughout the Bears playoff run!Celebrate your division champs by grabbing one of the NEW shirts straight from The Barber's Chair merch store!
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Ball Don't Lie Ep. 33 - The Kings of the North

It's been eight long years, but the Chicago Bears are once again the Kings of the NFC North! Pierce and Scott talk about the division champs and more from Week 15 of the NFL Season.

Topics:
Are the Bears legitimate Super Bowl contenders?
Changing the national perception of this team
Re-drafting the 2017 NFL Draft
Can Nick Foles write the sequel and take Philly to the playoffs?
Did the Seahawks miss a golden opportunity to go into the playoffs hot?
Do you trust the Vikings to win out?
Who wins the AFC West?
Are the Steelers back?
Do you trust the Patriots to win two playoff games on the road?
Does a bye give the Texans a shot in the AFC
Week 16 predictions
Avengers: Endgame trailer
Goofy Mog of the Week

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Post Trade Deadline Fantasy Outlook

We will be diving into the three offensive-centered trades made at Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. Excluded are the trades of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Ziggy Hood and Dante Fowler because those don’t affect your fantasy teams. Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys were going to be discussed here but I’m sure you’ve already formed your own opinion on that.

Houston Receives: WR Demaryius Thomas, 7th round pick
Denver Receives: 4th round pick, 7th round pick

Winner: Courtland Sutton
Loser: Keke Coutee

This makes sense for both teams but I do question the long-term outlook for the Texans. Will Fuller is out for the season and DT helps but he’s not as fast so I question how he’ll mesh with that role. Thomas has definitely lost a step and is still on a $14 mil/yr salary. Hopefully he’s willing to restructure his deal next season or the Texans may have made a mistake.

Fantasy Spin: Keke Coutee was poised to hop into that #2 receiver spot opposite of DeAndre Hopkins but he’s dealing with a hamstring injury and Thomas will surely command that role for the rest of the season. Deshaun Watson was about to have nobody to throw to on Sunday but this move helped prevent a potential offensive implosion. The biggest beneficiary of the week is Broncos rookie WR Courtland Sutton. Some of you did the right thing and grabbed him last week because all signs were pointing to this trade going through. He’s flashed enough potential this year for the Broncos staff to go all-in on him. Some sucker in your league probably put a claim in for Keke Coutee a week ago but I need you to run to your waiver wire right now to see if Sutton is somehow still there.

Philadelphia Receives: WR Golden Tate
Detroit Receives: 3rd round pick

Winner: Carson Wentz
Loser: Matthew Stafford

Although Golden Tate is 30 years old, he still has some years left in him. I loved him in Detroit’s offense so I’m glad they didn’t settle for a late round pick. Tate is a definite upgrade over Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews. Carson Wentz has been perfectly fine but Tate should help the offense be more efficient and maybe even open up the struggling run game.

Fantasy Spin: When you look at Matthew Stafford’s career stats, his interceptions went down right after Calvin Johnson retired. He wasn’t airing it out fifty times a game anymore and started throwing shorter passes. Unfortunately, I think those interceptions could be coming back unless they really commit to running the ball more. Golden Tate has tallied at least 90 receptions in each of the last four seasons. Those balls have to go somewhere. Expect an uptick in targets for Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Brandon Powell and TJ Jones have been mentioned as possible replacements in the slot but don’t be surprised if Theo Riddick starts lining up at receiver again.

Baltimore Receives: RB/WR Ty Montgomery
Green Bay Receives: 2020 7th round pick

Winners: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams
Loser: Javorius Allen

I didn’t realize how much the Packers didn’t like Ty Montgomery. Fumbling in the final two minutes of a game doesn’t help but this must have been brewing for awhile. They might as well have payed for his flight out of Green Bay. We should assume that Montgomery will be the backup running back to Alex Collins but the Ravens’ WR corps has some room to squeeze in if he wants to turn the clock back.

Fantasy Spin: Hopefully this means the Packers have finally realized what a talented pair of running backs they have in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. Ravens RB Javorius Allen plays his role well whether it may be in the receiving game or at the goal line but he’s not the type to break a game open. Ty Montgomery isn’t an overly dynamic player either so it’ll be interesting to see how they use him. The Ravens essentially acquired him for free so he may not be on the team long if they can’t figure out how to maximize his strengths. We just saw it happen with Brandon Marshall. Alex Collins shouldn’t be affected but I’m not touching Allen or Montgomery.

Ball Don't Lie - I Ain't Scared of You Mothafuckas

Pierce & Scott are back while Joe is already a third of the way to meeting our over/under of shows he'll miss this first half of the season. Alas.... we got a soundboard! So just know this show was shenanigans.

Topics:

Sound-Off
Smug media members
Derrick Rose getting his jersey retired in Chicago
Favorite games/stadiums to go to
KD potentially leaving Golden State after 2018-19
Conor McGregor-Khabib UFC madness
Jordan Howard trade rumors
Bears upcoming schedule
NFL week 5 recap
Blake Bortles still trash
Laughing at the NFC East
More Julio Jones slander!
Drew Brees touchdown record
Patrick Mahomes performance vs. Jaguars
Yankees-Red Sox watch party
Pierce rants on the disappointing Cubs season
Top 5 QBs of all-time
LCS preview
Week 6 NFL predictions
Goofy Mog of the Week
Shoutouts

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Ball Don't Lie - "Starting Nick Foles Is Like Trying Coke Once"

Ball Don't Lie returns to recap week 2 of the NFL season! What's going on in Pittsburgh with Mike Tomlin and Antonio Brown? How long will Fitzmagic last in Tampa? Are the Eagles rushing Carson Wentz? Is Patrick Mahomes the real deal or should we wait it out? Can Blake Bortles be consistent enough for the Jaguars to make a real run at the Super Bowl? We'll also talk about the Packers/Vikings tie, Josh Gordon to the Pats, and Vontae Davis quitting the Bills at halftime. PLUS D-Wade's last season, Kanye’s fufu-ass apology tour and the Captain Marvel trailer!

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From Nightmares to Dreams: Eagles are ringless no more

I'm putting my Eagles slander to bed.

For years I got such satisfaction from ringless jokes, my favorite of which the one of Donovan McNabb chilling next to a trophy case with a single can of Campbell's Chunky soup inside. They were the NFL's punching bag, and punching the Eagles when they were down felt fun for fans of fellow mediocre teams.

(Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

(Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

But the Eagles aren't mediocre anymore. In the wonkiest football season in recent memory, Philly overcame early-season injuries to their kicker (Caleb Sturgis), third-down running back (Darren Sproles), a leader in the defense (Jordan Hicks) and their All-Pro left tackle (Jason Peters) to surge towards the best record in the league & an NFC East crown. But when would've-been MVP Carson Wentz injured his ACL late in the season, everyone wrote the Eagles off.

Insert Nick Foles. 

Foles is only four years removed from a Pro Bowl season where he led the NFL in passer rating and set the best TD-to-INT ratio (27-2) in history. He'd since fallen out of favor in an ugly Chip Kelly-led mess in Philadelphia, gotten shipped off to St. Louis for Sam Bradford and benched by the Rams, only to back up Alex Smith the next year in Kansas City. He contemplated calling it quits, and then Doug Pederson's Eagles called him back.

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles fans couldn't have predicted they would be on this stage with this quarterback. None of us did two months ago when Foles was thrusted into the starting job. Even less when he struggled mightily against New York and Dallas towards the end of the season. The Eagles were 13-3 and the top seed in the NFC, but they were anything but favorites.

The Falcons were favored to roll through Philly on their revenge tour. The Eagles defense held them to 10 points.  The Vikings were practically given the NFC Championship after their stunning win over New Orleans the week before. Their fans even hit the Skol chant in front of the Rocky sign. The Eagles delivered the knockout blow.

And then with history, Tom Brady and the mighty New England Patriots staring them in the face, the underdogs rose to the occasion again. And it was the quarterback no one thought could pull it off leading the way.

Nick Foles played as outstanding a game as you could ask. He outplayed the greatest of all time in Tom Brady, throwing for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns; all on perfect strikes to Alshon Jeffery, Corey Clement and Zach Ertz to win the game. But it was the trick play to cap the first half that everyone will remember. Pederson and Foles fooled the Patriots defense all game, but none moreso than Trey Burton's touchdown PASS to Foles. It was a testament to the balls of Pederson and Foles to take risks in order to beat the best team of our generation.

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Patrick Smith/Getty Images

It took a lot of risks to get the Eagles to this point, not counting the trick plays and fourth down gambles. The Eagles took a risk in bringing back an Andy Reid-coordinator, all of whom except one (John Harbaugh) have hoisted a Lombardi before. Alshon Jeffery took a risk on himself when he declared a Super Bowl victory without having a team last offseason; he signed a one-year deal, parlayed that into a new contract, and then made good on his promise. LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long bet on themselves as well, leaving the Patriots after capturing a ring to go play together in Philly.

And Nick Foles took a risk by not hanging them up when it felt all was lost. Now, the Super Bowl MVP is ready to cash in big time.

Eagles fans, your 365 days of uninterrupted shit talk begins now. Enjoy it. It was well earned.

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Fairly Odd Football Family Super Bowl preview

It's the Saturday before the Super Bowl, and Pierce and Jordan talk about Jordan's nerves, what this game means as an Eagles fan, and who will be the MVP of the Big Game.

Patriots, Eagles battle for immortality in Super Bowl LII
C.J. Gunther / EPA / Shutterstock

C.J. Gunther / EPA / Shutterstock

The Patriots vs who? It's become a preseason expectation to see the Patriots in Super Bowl. On Sunday, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will team up for their 8th Super Bowl appearance together, having won it an astonishing five times. This level of dominance is unlike anything we’ve seen before in pro football, but it nothing out of the norm for the Patriots.

When comparing the experience of the team's leadership, the Eagles seem to be overmatched. Bill Belichick is coaching in his record-11th Super Bowl as a coach (twice as an assistant with the Giants, once as a Patriot assistant); Doug Peterson is in his first as a head coach. Nick Foles is in also starting in his first Super Bowl.

On paper, the Eagles match-up stat for stat with the Patriots and have just as much talent if not more, but the experience factor is what gives the Patriots an edge. Tom Brady, at 40 years old, has maintained his excellence and will look to hold up his sixth Super Bowl trophy which would undoubtedly establish him as the greatest quarterback ever, as if that hasn't already been done.

JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF

JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF

The Patriots excellence can be credited to Bill Belichick and his program that he has built for success. Belichick put this roster together from top to bottom and led this team back to the promised land with 18 undrafted players on the roster. The Eagles have nine. Every single player was handpicked by Belichick to run his system to perfection, and it has paid off tremendously. Belichick is the only coach in the league with full roster control, a trust that he has built with owner Robert Kraft.

It's easy to count the Eagles out of the game before it even starts, but the Eagles are playing their best football. Nick Foles proved that he is not just a backup in the conference championship game and silenced all doubters who believed the Eagles wouldn't make it this far. The Eagles managed to overcome adversity after losing their MVP candidate in Carson Wentz, and still have been clicking on all cylinders.

This Eagles team is solid, and would probably be favored in this game if Carson Wentz was starting. Tom Brady will once again have his hands full against a tough defense that has only surrendered two touchdowns this playoff season. The Eagles have a solid attack, efficient in the run game with Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount, a passing attack that showed it could flourish against the number defense in the league by carving the Vikings secondary, and a defense that is playing at its best.

Despite being overlooked in this matchup, the Eagles players are incredibly confident going into the game. “Right now, at this time of the season, I don’t think anybody can call us underdogs,” starting cornerback Jalen Mills said. “Two teams left, about to play in the Super Bowl… No way we’re underdogs right now.”

The Eagles know exactly what challenges they are facing going up against the highly favored Patriots, but don't expect them to back down. “It’s pretty funny, but it’s definitely motivation," said Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry. "If people want to call us underdogs, so be it. You can call us anything you want to call us, but you still have to line up against us Sunday and play. Since we’ve been called underdogs, we’ve been winning. So, keep calling us that.”

Tom Brady knows not to take his opponent in this game lightly. "They're well-coached. They're good in all three phases. They play complementary games. They do a great job. There's no underdogs in the Super Bowl," Brady said. "They're the first seed in the NFC. Man, they're 13-3. They had an incredible season. I don't buy into any of that. I think they're as dangerous as any team in the league. It's going to come down to whoever plays the best, and hopefully it's us.”

Ultimately, this game will come down to which defense plays the best. Both offenses have proven capable to put up points in bunches, and Foles will look to go tit for tat with Brady. The Eagles managed to jump out to a comfortable lead against the Vikings, but if they do establish a lead, don't count the Patriots out; Brady has already earned his stripes in second half comebacks (refer back to last year’s 28-3 halftime deficit where Brady led them back to victory.) Even with all of the experience that the Patriots have, the Eagles are fully capable to pull off the upset.

Prediction: 21-17 Patriots win.

NFL Conference Championship preview
(Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

And then there were four. This has been one of the most exciting postseasons in recent years, and this week’s matchups look to keep the entertainment rolling with the conference Championships set to kickoff.

(Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

(Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

AFC Championship: Jacksonville at New England, Sunday, Jan. 21, 3:05ET CBS

"I ain't got too much to say, but make sure you all bring that same energy out next week and the week after,” Jalen Ramsey said in front of Jacksonville fans after the Jaguars win over the Steelers. ”We are going to the Super Bowl, and we're gonna win that bitch. We're gonna win that bitch."

The Jaguars have every right to be confident after putting on two strong performances this playoff season, but the last time they beat the Patriots was in the 1998 playoffs…and that is the only time. The Jags are 1-10 all time against the Pats, 0-7 in New England, and 0-6 in the Brady/Belichick era. They are underdogs to say the least,  but the Jaguars aren’t looking to back down against the reigning Super Bowl champs. A win in New England solidifies an amazing turnaround season, from nine straight losing seasons to the Super Bowl.

The Patriots are used to big-game situations. However the Jaguars are not, and the bright lights and cooler temperatures could factor into their performance.

The Patriots will need to prepare for a physical game as the Jaguars ranked number one in the regular season in rushing yards, averaging 141.4 yards per game. Expect the Jags to rely heavily on rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who torched the Steelers last week with 109 yards and 3 touchdowns.

As well as the Jaguars have been playing, it’s tough to pick against the Patriots in the playoffs. Brady is the most successful quarterback in postseason history, taking ownership of just about every statistical category a quarterback can have in the postseason. The most passing yards, touchdowns, and wins in NFL postseason history all belong to Brady, the G.O.A.T.

Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars will have their hands full this weekend, but expect this to be a hard fought gritty matchup that could very well come down to the end of the game.

Prediction: Patriots 30 Jaguars 24

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NFC Championship: Minnesota at Philadelphia, Sunday, Jan. 21, 6:40 ET FOX

Both teams barely slipped their way into this conference championship game, but have proven to be two of the NFL’s toughest teams this season. This is the Jeff Fisher Bowl(HOW did Jeff Fischer not win with either of these quarterbacks???) One of these teams will advance to the Super Bowl with their backup quarterback taking the lead.

The one big difference between the quarterbacks is Case Keenum has had all season to work out his kinks and receive plenty of game time reps, while Nick Foles was thrust into the starting role at the very end of the season. Keenum went undrafted after college but has managed to have the best season of his career.

Despite losing MVP contender Carson Wentz to a season-ending ACL injury, the Eagles have advanced to their first conference championship since 2008. Quarterback Nick Foles appeared a bit shaky at times during last week’s win over the Falcons but managed to go 23 for 30 with no interceptions. He can manage the game, but just managing the game may not be enough this week going up against a stout Vikings defense.

The Vikings have one of the toughest defenses in the league and will need to play physical all game to stop Eagles running backs Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount, who are punishing runners and have the ability to wear a defense down and move the chains. A key factor in this game could be the Vikings forcing Nick Foles to use his check downs as these two running backs have only accounted for 18 catches combined all season. This is where rookie running back Corey Clement, who has been a versatile addition to the team, could come into play. Clement has caught 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns this season out of the backfield and was a factor last week with 5 receptions.

This game could be decided between the Vikings receivers and the Eagles secondary. Eagles corners Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills played well against the Falcons but will have their hands full once again this week matching up with wideouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Thielen has been the go-to-guy all season for the Eagles but Diggs provides a tough matchup for any corner and has big play ability as seen last week when he scored the walk off touchdown to win the game.

Don’t expect this game to be high scoring game and don't expect it to be a blowout either. This will be an old school, grind it out defensive battle.

Prediction: Vikings 20, Eagles 17

 

Will The Falcons Ever Live Up to the Hype?
(Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

(Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

You would think after blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons would be ready to redeem themselves. “Can't get right” should be their new nickname. But it’s not just the Falcons; the Georgia Bulldogs failed to capitalize in a crucial moment last week also. How do you let a true freshman quarterback who never started a game step in at halftime and lead a comeback in the national championship game?

We need answers. The only explanation is this: football in Georgia is cursed.

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

2018 was supposed to be the year football fans in Georgia could celebrate something. The cards were laid out for championships, but the state of Georgia have been left with nothing but disappointment. The Bulldogs were playing a de-facto home game in Atlanta, with a comfortable lead at halftime, but just like their big brothers in the NFL, they let it slip away on the biggest stage. Its not often that you get the two most popular teams in the same state playing for the championship in a year’s span, and both teams blowing the game in excrutiating fashion.

The Falcons basically looked like the team to beat in the wildcard round this year, going on the road to Los Angeles and manhandling a solid Rams squad. They were a virtual lock in the divisional round in Philadelphia, facing an Eagles team who was without their best player in Carson Wentz.

10 points. That's it? That's all the Falcons could muster up against the Eagles?

The Falcons let Nick Foles win a playoff game without throwing one touchdown pass.

Not one.

So who’s to blame? 4th and 2 on the goal line to win the game, and you throw a fade to Julio Jones, who went 1-for-18 this season on passes in the end zone. 1 for 18. He caught 1 PASS…out of 18 attempts…the entire season on passes thrown to the endzone, and the Falcons choose this play call.

Falcons fans can blame Steve Sarkisian for this outrageous play call. Sarkisian, an alleged offensive mastermind, owes Atlanta an apology for that one

Nonetheless, the ball was catchable, and it was a ball Julio Jones should have come down with, but in typical Falcons fashion…they came up short.

The Falcons led the NFL last season in scoring averaging 33.8 points per game, but under Sarkisian they fell to just 22.1 points per game. They fell off. "There are a lot of things that Sark has brought to our team that we really like," coach Dan Quinn said post-game. "I can take a long time to go through different spots, so it's easy to place blame all onto one person, and that's a shared responsibility when we don't achieve at the level that we would like to. There are a lot of really good things that we've done, and it was highlighted certainly [Saturday night] where we didn't get the job done at the end of the game.”

Talent isn't the issue in Atlanta; they are loaded with players. The Falcons just can't seem to get over the hump and become the team the city needs them to be. What happened to the swagger the Falcons used to play with? The confidence, the cockiness of the old school dirty birds?

“The problem is, I don’t know what Falcon is going to show up," Falcons great Deion Sanders said before the playoffs. "That bird ain’t dirty no more. I need that bird to get nasty. I need that bird to be undeniably one of the dogs in the league.”

You never know what Falcons team is going to show up when they hit the field. One week they're dominating, the next week they look like the Little Giants without Ice Box. Garbage.

The Falcons will need to take this off season to address some major issues, like revamping the offense. A huge emphasis on FINISHING should be the thrown around in every practice, and meeting room. The Falcons have built themselves back up into a respectable franchise with two straight playoff appearances, but they will be associated with the word “ALMOST” until they can find a way over the hump.

Fairly Odd Football Family episode 17 - playoff confidence picks