By Bob Gaughan

Weekly Record 11-6-2, Overall Record 65-45-3

MR. OVER/UNDER: Kansas City -3 over New England

New England showed me last week, that as long as Brady & Belichick work together, no matter how they looked during the regular season, you can’t  count them out, especially at home,  when it comes to the playoffs. However this week they’re not at home. They’ll be playing in the almost kind of frozen tundra of Arrowhead Stadium, which has a natural grass field. I expect this game to remain close, but nowhere near as high scoring as the 43-40 game in week 6. Give the Chiefs 3 points for Home Field, the fans 2 points for noise and Andy Reid 1 point for coaching a team that has more speed. KC deserves to be in the Super Bowl. I like the Chiefs minus 3.

Man in Stripes: UB -15 over Eastern Michigan (Friday Night)

UB slept through Tuesday night’s game at Western Michigan. Nate Oates wasn’t pleased.  Look for the Bulls to come out guns a blazing.  UB is averaging 90 points a game at home winning by 27 per game. They beat Eastern by 16 on the road a couple of weeks ago.  Eastern is coming off a loss at Akron while scoring only 49 points. They average only 60 points a game on the road. If that happens Friday, there will be extended garbage time at Alumni arena. Massinburg, Perkins and company roll at home. My bonus picks are the Saints and KC -3 at home Friday. Brees at home and KC gets the monkey of their back.

Mono: Chiefs and Patriots over 55

This game will be an instant classic. Neither defense is going to be able to stop the other offense.  Don’t worry about the arctic blast.  This has brought the line down.  I’ll take it. I believe this will be a shot for shot game.  Whatever team can get a stop will win the game. Put your feet up and enjoy this one!

Slick: Rams +3.5 over New Orleans 

I think this game is decided by a field goal either way.  I love the hook here. This game will be different since Talib is on the field at corner for the Rams.  Saints won’t be able to take advantage of Peters like they did the first game.  Aaron Donald will dominate from the inside and cause Brees problems.  I love the Rams in this spot.

Mr. Brutal: Denver Nuggets minus the points over Cleveland (Saturday NBA)

Cleveland is the worst team in the NBA.  Cavs have only won nine games all year. They are on the longest road trip of the year.  Only win on the road trip was over the Lakers without Lebron.  Their last game on the road trip is against a mad Denver team.  Cleveland plays Utah on Friday.  They play a back-to-back Saturday against a very good and angry Denver team.  The Warriors spanked Denver earlier this week.  They have something to prove.  Cavs have given up 140, 141, 129 in three of their last four games. Nuggets roll!

Bob Gaughan: Rams/ New Orleans Under 56.5

The first time these two teams played earlier in the season it was a shootout.  New Orleans won 45-35.  I see a totally different game this time around.  First of all the Rams defense will be better.  Aqib Talib didn’t play the first time around and the Saints were able to pick on Marcus Peters with Michael Thomas.  Talib will do a better job on Thomas. Second both offenses aren’t the same.  The Rams offense isn’t the same since Cooper Kupp went out.  They will run the ball more with Anderson and Gurley.  The Saints offense has only scored 30 points once in the last six weeks.

Look for a much lower scoring game than that first contest.

Kevin Sylvester

Kevin Sylvester has over 20 years of experience in media, working for stations, professional sports teams, leagues, and national broadcast entities. This experience includes being an announcer for NHL, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Hockey, and The PGA Tour. Kevin also served as the producer for the Buffalo Sabres post-game show, executive producer for a Sabres radio show, and started his own media production company, All Square Media LLC in 2008. All Square Media serves as the executive producer of the Tee 2 Green TV and Radio shows (created by Kevin), handling distribution, sponsorship sales, fulfillment, and production of the shows.

Kevin's business background extends beyond broadcasting. He served as the Director of Amateur Athletics for WNY Arena LLC (Key Bank Center in Buffalo), procuring major amateur sporting events for Buffalo, NY. The major highlights include two sold out NCAA Tournaments First and Second Rounds (2007, 2010), and the 2011 IIHF U20 World Championships (Kevin co-wrote the winning bid, and served on the organizing committee for USA Hockey). Kevin created The Duster Challenge in 2016, a local 18 hole putting competition, and serves as an advisor to WNY golf ball company, OnCore Golf.

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