By Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page

Record by week 9-8-1 overall 41-40-8

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Chris Likes:
Under 41 Pittsburgh/Jacksonville
Big Ben threw 5 interceptions in their first contest a 30-9 win for the Jaguars. Pittsburgh has more playoff experience than Jacksonville. Jacksonville has limited 10 foes under 300 total yards a game this year. Frigid temperatures should limit the points.

Minnesota -5 over New Orleans
Saints survived past Panthers last week barely. Vikes are 7-1 at home this year. Minnesota is now the favorite to win the NFC. Minnesota number one defense in points and yards allowed.


Our Man in Stripes
Indiana +4 over Cleveland Cavs
Cavs second game of back to back. Cavs have a tough game Thursday against Toronto. Pacers 2-0 vs Cavs this year SU. Cavs are 12-27-1 ATS this year. That’s worst in the NBA. They are 3-13 ATS in their last 16, 7 losses in a row on the road. Take the home dog! Cavs will be tired!

Under 46.5 Saints/Vikings
This will be a defensive battle. Minnesota has the best defense in football. The Saints have what I think is the most improved defense in football. The Saints defense allowed less than 300 yards of offense 7 times this year. The Vikes have the number one defense in football. Both teams will struggle to get to 20 points.

Slick and Brutal Double Down
Philly Atlanta Under 41.5
Two really good defenses here. Everyone is selling Philly short. Atlanta defense is better than their offense. The weather maybe a factor as well that will help the under. Nick Foles hasn’t been moving the offense so they should play it conservative. Can’t see Atlanta putting up too much on Philly. Philly needs to focus on limiting Matt Ryan. Both teams lean on the run. Atlanta shutdown good Rams defense last week. See a game in the 20-17 range.

Minnesota -5 over New Orleans
Vikings have one of the best home edges in the NFL. Vikings 7-1 at home this year. The Vikings defense is the real deal, best in the NFL. Case Keenum is playing great this year. Pat Shurmur, the Minnesota offensive coordinator, has had a great year and is the leading candidate to become the Arizona Cardinals Head Coach.


Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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