Emory Hunt

The Czar of the Playbook

Emory is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. Born and raised in New Orleans, Hunt played running back at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and coached high school football before starting Football Gameplan. Hunt joined SportsLine in 2016 and promptly displayed his expertise, going 53-33-2 (plus $1,663) to close the college football season. For Emory Hunt media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Philadelphia +4.5 PHI +4.5

Philadelphia 41 vs New England 33
2/04
PHI 41 vs NE 33
2/04
WIN
Mon 1/29

This game will come down to the passing game. Expect both teams to stop the run well and it'll put both QBs in the crosshairs to make plays via the air. That also puts onus on the secondaries as well. With the way the Eagles can apply pressure, their secondary in my opinion can pose the bigger threat. And as with most Patriot games in the Super Bowl, they tend to come down to the final possession. Expect this one to be the same. Take the Eagles and the points.

11-7-1 IN LAST 19 PHI ATS PICKS | +341

5-2 IN LAST 7 NE ATS PICKS | +272

Minnesota -3 MIN -3

Minnesota 7 @ Philadelphia 38
1/21
MIN 7 @ PHI 38
1/21
LOSS
Wed 1/17

This game features two teams that mirror one another. Both have great defenses and the ability to run the ball. The Eagles are a bit better in that capacity, but the passing game edge goes toward the Vikings. This one will go back and forth, which is why the line makes sense. It also makes sense that Minnesota has the edge on the perimeter to make a few more plays than the Eagles.

11-7-1 IN LAST 19 PHI ATS PICKS | +341

Jacksonville +9 JAC +9

Jacksonville 20 @ New England 24
1/21
JAC 20 @ NE 24
1/21
WIN
Wed 1/17

There is something special about this Jaguars team. On the field, especially defensively, they match up better versus the Patriots than they did against Pittsburgh. Plus, on the other side of the ball, they are the most likely team to dance with the person they brought to the party. Both of those will make this one a tight, one-possession game.

5-2 IN LAST 7 NE ATS PICKS | +272

2-1 IN LAST 3 JAC ATS PICKS | +100

New Orleans +4 NO +4

New Orleans 24 @ Minnesota 29
1/14
NO 24 @ MIN 29
1/14
LOSS
Tue 1/9

This game will come down to whether Saints coach Sean Payton remembers the formula for Saints success: running the football. In the first matchup, the game was close until the Saints got pass-happy and had turnovers and quick three-and-outs. Look for the Saints' defense to get off the field on third downs this time around.

3-1 IN LAST 4 NO ATS PICKS | +190

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