By Bob Gaughan

Weekly Record 0-0-1, Overall Record 3-3

MR. Over/Under: Carolina/Atlanta Under 44.5

Week 2 is one of the 3 hardest weeks to pick against then odds, in the NFL, because the Vegas odds makers have a tendency to over compensate from the results of week one, which can be deceiving. Is Tampa’s offense really that good? Is New Orleans defense really that bad? And what about those J-E-T-S? I do think the Rams are really good and I wouldn’t be afraid to give the 12 points against the Cardinals, which is the biggest spread of the week, but one other game caught my eye. 

Last year, in both games the Falcons and Panthers went under with totals of 37 in Carolina and 32 in Atlanta. Last week the two teams combined scored 28 points. This is a divisional game, so I expect each team to play tight. Take the under 44 1/2


Man in Stripes: New England Pk over Jacksonville

Tom Brady vs Blake Bortles.  You can’t be serious right? Enough said. I don’t have to give any points. I know the Jags defense is great, but these are the games early in the year that Brady and Belichick feed off of. New England gets enough offense and the Jags have trouble moving the ball. I’ll take the Pats in a pick’em game. Good Luck!!

Mono: Syracuse +3 over Florida State

Florida State hasn’t looked good in either game they have played. They barely got by Samford at home last week. The program not even close to where it was under Jimbo Fisher. Willie Taggert after two games is in trouble. Syracuse is very strong offensively with QB Eric Dungey. Dungey has picked up right where he left off last year. SU has posted scores off 55 and 62 points in their first two games. I have to take the free field goal with the well-coached program at home. Syracuse has a history of taking down a big fish at the Carrier dome.

Slick: Steelers -4 over KC

The Chiefs defense is bad.  Phillip Rivers last week threw for over 400 yards and he was quoted as saying he should have thrown for over 600 yards.  I see Big Ben feasting on this secondary after having five turnovers last week. Antonio Brown and Ju Ju Schuster have big games as well. Chiefs may score some but won’t keep up with a mad Steelers team at home.

Mr. Brutal: Toledo +11 over Miami Florida

Toledo was winning 16-10 at halftime last year in Miami.  Turnovers turned the tide in the second half.  But Toledo showed they have the physical ability to play with the Hurricanes. I give Miami credit for going to the Glass Bowl.  The Glass Bowl is sold out. Miami is a little down after a horrible performance against LSU.     

Bob Gaughan: New England Pick over Jacksonville (Double down)

I’m not a fan of Jacksonville this year.  I think they got a ton of breaks last year by playing Indy without Luck and the Texans without Watson.  Blake Bortles is horrible.  This line is down because the Jaguars played the Pats so tough in the AFC title game. I watched the Patriots game last week and I believe the Pats defense is better than it was last year. I get the much better team and have to lay under a field goal.  I love it!

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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