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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New England -2.5 NE -2.5

New England 13 vs L.A. Rams 3
2/03
NE 13 vs LAR 3
2/03
WIN
Thu 1/31

The Patriots tend to play close Super Bowls, so from that standpoint I understand the line here. And the Rams have an elite defensive line. But where they're vulnerable, the linebacking corps, is where the Patriots love to attack. Look for New England to use its running backs as receivers a ton in this game. Back the Pats.

11-6-2 IN LAST 19 LAR ATS PICKS | +436

New Orleans -3 NO -3

L.A. Rams 26 @ New Orleans 23
1/20
LAR 26 @ NO 23
1/20
LOSS
Thu 1/17

This is a very unique game as the Saints and Rams have met thrice in two seasons. This game will be about the coaches more than anything. Adjustments will be key. Two big concerns in this game will be Saints guard Andres Peat?s injured hand, and the Rams offense without Cooper Kupp. Those are the biggest differences from the matchup earlier in the season to now. This Saints team felt as though last year was a Super Bowl season, look for them to realize that dream this season.

11-6-2 IN LAST 19 LAR ATS PICKS | +436

6-2 IN LAST 8 NO ATS PICKS | +370

Kansas City -3 KC -3

New England 37 @ Kansas City 31
1/20
NE 37 @ KC 31
1/20
LOSS
Thu 1/17

Rarely do we see the Patriots as underdogs in the playoffs, but here we are. Earlier in the season, the Chiefs got a good look at the Patriots personnel as they played a thriller that came down to the wire, resulting in a Pats win. Rematch games are all about adjustments, but the one constant is that you trust YOUR guys with the ball in big moments. Brady will be big, but Mahomes, at least today, will be bigger.

10-8 IN LAST 18 KC ATS PICKS | +139

New Orleans -8 NO -8

Philadelphia 14 @ New Orleans 20
1/13
PHI 14 @ NO 20
1/13
LOSS
Fri 1/11

Philadelphia returns to the Superdome a completely different team than the one that was blown out a few weeks ago. QB Nick Foles does make this offense a bit more efficient. Defensively, the inexperienced group of defensive backs is now playing well together, and are making plays. The only issue is that this is still the same Saints team that will have one addition than the previous matchup and that's WR Ted Ginn. It won't be another blowout, but the better team will take care of business.

6-2 IN LAST 8 NO ATS PICKS | +370

17-12-1 IN LAST 30 PHI ATS PICKS | +369

L.A. Chargers +4 LAC +4

L.A. Chargers 28 @ New England 41
1/13
LAC 28 @ NE 41
1/13
LOSS
Fri 1/11

Defensively, this is where I believe the Chargers have an advantage. They are multiple, they have depth and they can disrupt the pocket while also being able to effectively cover on the back end. The Patriots would have matched up better against Baltimore than Los Angeles. Philip Rivers could finally break through in this one.

5-3 IN LAST 8 LAC ATS PICKS | +175

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