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Random Acts of Podcast EP 202 - Real Spooky Hours

On this week’s episode of RAOP, Amp and Devin bring on the homie @RyRyDaDeala to chop it up about the smelly Jacksonville Jaguars, white people in black face on Halloween, old "work" trying to get back into your life and a ton more other topics.

Also we answer questions from the listeners. Remember to send in your listener questions to email us at MAIL@RAOPodcast.com or call 424-260-RAOP to leave a voicemail

Ball Don't Lie - "WTF is going on?"

Joe misses his first of an expected six episodes this season, but don't fret. Scott & Pierce hold it down for you on this TWO-HOUR edition of Ball Don't Lie.

Topics:
Sound Off
Jimmy Butler/KAT/Wiggins/Timberwolves Drama
NBA Media Day
Why ‘Kyrie to the Knicks’ makes no sense
Ending the ‘Everyone wants to be a Laker’ narrative
Expectations for the NBA season
NFL Week 3 recap
Jimmy G torn ACL
Rams injuries
Saints-Falcons
Carson Wentz return in Philly
Lions-Patriots
Patrick Mahomes & the Chiefs are 3-0
Can the Jags win the Super Bowl with Blake Bortles playing like mid?
NFL Week 4 predictions
First impressions of 'The Joker'
Can the DCEU, X-Men right the ship?
Mini-35th and Addison
The Cubs folding down the stretch
Grading the 2018 Chicago White Sox
The return of 'Red Shirt Tiger' sundays
Shoutouts
Goofy Mog of the Week

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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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AFC Playoff Outlook

This is a continuation of my 2018 NFL season outlook. You read my article on the NFC playoffs here

Tier 1: Locked In

New England Patriots
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh Steelers

The New England Patriots land at the top but there always seems to be the same wide range of outcomes with them. We saw them get crushed in the opener by Kansas City last year then still managed to find their way back in the Super Bowl. We're all still waiting for the Tom Brady drop-off. It's going to need to be pretty steep because we haven't seen any signs of it yet and Brady gets all his favorite weapons back this year.

The rest of the AFC East seems to have taken a step backwards so that's already six potential wins. I think the biggest question mark will be the defense. They'll be without Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator for the first time in six seasons. If they can overcome that then another playoff run is likely in their future.

If you play fantasy football then you've probably reached for the Jacksonville Jaguars defense early or seen someone else do it. I'm pretty envious of those people because I don't normally grab a defense early but I was captivated by what I saw last year. It's like they're the Monstars and they stole all the Seahawks' powers.

Their offensive line added Andrew Norwell who's one of the best graded guards in football. Now Leonard Fournette has even bigger holes to run through. The obvious concern is Blake Bortles. He's good enough to win games and made stars out of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns back in 2015. He now he has a wealth of receivers at his disposal and the league's best defense. If Jacksonville doesn't make it back to the AFC Championship game, they may look elsewhere for a quarterback next season. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a sleeper Super Bowl contender every season - they just can't put it all together. Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are the best players at their position in the NFL. They have a young and talented defense that continues to make strides every season. I've never been big on Ben Roethlisberger but his auxiliary pieces may finally take him back to the top this year.

Juju Smith-Schuster could have his sophomore season breakout. Rookie James Washington was last year's Biletnikoff Award winner (best WR in the country) in college football and he could be an upgrade over Martavis Bryant. Now that Vance McDonald has a full season with Pittsburgh under his belt, he should push Jesse James for the starting tight end job.

Sportsnaut

Sportsnaut

Tier 2: Not Far Behind

Los Angeles Chargers
Houston Texans
Kansas City Chiefs

The Los Angeles Chargers haven't made the playoffs since 2013 but they're one of my favorites to make it to the Super Bowl this year. Philip Rivers has thrown for at least 4000 yards and 27 TDs in nine of his last ten seasons. Receiver Mike Williams returns after an injury-plagued rookie season; he's the extra redzone threat Rivers needs to alleviate some of the pressure from Antonio Gates. It's a shame they lost Hunter Henry but Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon are still two of the best at their position in the league. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin round out the weapons as every quarterback needs a few deep threats.

This might be the best defense Philip Rivers has gotten to play with as well. The main ingredients of a great defense are two edge rushers (Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram) and a shut-down cornerback (Casey Hayward). They were third in passing touchdowns allowed, third in passing yards allowed, and sixth in total turnovers. However, they were the worst in the league against the run. If they could get even a little better in that department, the Chargers could be a serious threat to their conference.

Deshaun Watson returns to the Houston Texans and I can't remember the last time I saw so much hype for a quarterback in their second season. Watson set the world on fire in his six starts last year before an ACL tear ended his season. The potential peak of Watson is all we've seen; that's equally exciting and worrisome, although I'm not too concerned. DeAndre Hopkins can bail any QB out of a play, Will Fuller is one of the best deep threats in the league, and Bruce Ellington is back to cover the intermediate routes. They also added receiver Keke Coutee in the draft who reminds me of Tyreek Hill.

Running back D'Onta Foreman will start the season on the PUP list but he should overtake Lamar Miller's starting job when he returns. Not only did they add Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, but JJ Watt is returning from his injury and you guys know what they can do.

The Kansas City Chiefs' playoff hopes come down to Patrick Mahomes. Alex Smith looked like the league MVP at times last season but they still felt comfortable enough to let him go so Mahomes could take over. If you're unfamiliar, go look at his college game logs; you would think he was playing Madden on rookie level.

My main concern is that he's definitely going to turn the ball over more than Alex Smith. Mahomes is still learning and Smith has always been one of the best in the league at maintaining possession. However, we could be seeing the types of games Deshaun Watson was putting together last year. With all the offensive talent surrounding him, he's one of the players I'm most looking forward to watching this season.

Zimbio 

Zimbio 

Tier 3: Don't Be Surprised

Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum went from being a backup QB to leading the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs. Some people still aren't sold on him but I think he's an incredible improvement over the quarterbacks they've had the last few seasons.

Rookie running back Royce Freeman is also a refreshing upgrade over CJ Anderson. CJ still managed to have a 1000 yard season in a mediocre offense so Freeman has plenty of room for opportunity. Their defense hasn't been as scary recently but now you get the best pass-rusher in the draft in Bradley Chubb opposite of Von Miller. If both the Chiefs and Broncos hover around eight or nine wins then Denver could sneak past Kansas City for a Wild Card spot.

The Tennessee Titans made the playoffs last year though I didn't think they belonged. They didn't make the playoffs in 2016 even though I thought they could have been poised to upset a few people. I was sour on them all offseason after Marcus Mariota took a giant step back last year. However, I'm starting to come around.

I'm not as high on Derrick Henry as other people but Dion Lewis could bring out the best in him. Lewis gives the offense the jolt and change-of-pace that DeMarco Murray couldn't. When Murray hit his slump last year, the whole offense went with him. The offensive coordinator for last year's Rams is now on board with Tennessee. That's the same Rams team that led the league in points scored in 2017. Similar to the Broncos, if the Texans don't live up to the hype then an improved Titans team could find their way back into the playoffs.

The Cincinnati Bengals were pretty hard to watch last year. They were at the bottom of the league in offensive plays ran and couldn't string anything together. Last in total offensive yards, 31st in 1st downs, and 31st in rushing yards is what the Bengals were last season. It's easy to say things are looking up because that's the only direction they can go.

Tyler Eifert is back and healthy (for now at least). When he scored 13 times back in 2015, Andy Dalton was in the discussion for MVP. He could be what keeps drives alive. I wasn't a big fan of Joe Mixon coming out of college, but he has a chance to tap into his true skillset now that Jeremy Hill is gone. The offensive line suffered after LT Andrew Whitworth joined the Rams, but they've addressed some of the problems. They added Cordy Glenn to fill the left tackle position. He's no Andrew Whitworth but it's much better than what they had last year. Their 1st round pick was also spent on center, Billy Price. All they need to do is stay on the field a little longer then they can let AJ Green and Geno Atkins can do the rest.

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

 

Random Acts of Podcast Ep.166: "RIP Bourbon Ball Ben"

In this weeks episode of RAOP, after a weeks hiatus we bring Eric back onto the podcast. And we chop it up about the upcoming NFL Playoff games, cooking on the 1st date, women's reactions to men showing emotions, Eric's terrible taste in women and a ton more other topics. Also we answer questions from our listeners. Remember to send in your listener questions, #TheyNeedTheirAssBeat or #RealNiggaOfTheWeek submissions, email us at MAIL@RAOPodcast.com or call 424-260-RAOP to leave a voicemail. 
 

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