Why Our Experts Picked the Bills to Annoy Team Leaders, plus a Weekend Preview of a Big College Basketball Game

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NFL FANS

We’re one step closer to finding out what teams will face Super Bowl LVI. This weekend, we have four very exciting matches:

Our NFL Experts John Breech and Pete Prisco predicted all four of those playoff competitions. Something I’m a bit surprised by: Both Breech and Prisco take Bills to annoy the Chiefs on the road.

Here’s what they both have to say about why a Bill of Exchange can solve a nasty problem (hint: it will come down to defense):

  • Barrel lock: “In an offensive game, I really think he’s going to have to defend. Josh Allen has played so well this year that he is overshadowing the fact that the Bills have one of the best defences in football. The Bills have given the fewest yards per game this year AND the fewest points per game. Their biggest weakness is defending too quickly, but the Chiefs don’t really control the ball that much, so that probably won’t be much of a problem. “
  • Prisco: “The Bills have the top-ranked defense in the league and built their passing pass during the season to beat Mahomes. The Chiefs’ defense wasn’t as good, but it played much better throughout the half. Later in the season, the Chiefs love to play blitz, which will give Allen the freedom to run and make throws on the track.I think that will be the difference here.The Bills behind Allen will win. Win in a fun gunfight for all ages.”

Personally, I’m siding with Breech and Prisco when it comes to Bills. While the chiefs seem to have restored their offense, Josh Allen looked absolutely perfect last week compared to a very chubby person Patriots defense.

If Allen ends up defending the Chiefs on Sunday, it won’t be much of a surprise in my book.

Honorable mention

And not a good morning for…

PURDUE BOILER

There was a huge disappointment in the college basketball world last night with Indiana beat No. 4 Purdue 68-65. Guards Xavier Johnson and Rob Phinissee led the way for the Hoosiers when the two combined to score 38 points.

Here’s what happened during the period:

  • Phinisee is connected on one pass three with only 17 seconds left put Indiana in the lead
  • Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis makes a pair of free throws with only five seconds left extended the lead of the Hoosiers to three points
  • The team’s star defender Jaden Ivey hit a three-second ball that ultimately could have forced the game, but it failed to give Indiana its first signature win of the season.

It marks the third loss of the 2021-22 season for the team’s side, who have after a two-overtime win over Illinois on Monday. Purdue dropped out of a Big Ten competition to then place 23rd in Wisconsin at home and also lost to Rutgers last month.

With this latest loss, it Chances are Purdue will slip out of the top 5 of an Associated Press poll.

Not to mention honor

Preview a great college weekend

While a lot of the sports talk this weekend will revolve around the NFL’s knockout games, there will be Lots of incredible college basketball games going on around the country.

To get you ready for the weekend, CBS Sports college basketball scribe Matt Norlander published his latest edition of the power rankings where he ranked No. 2 Auburn as the nation’s top team.

  • Northerner: “As expected, Auburn overcame Georgia on Wednesday night to remain flawless in the SEC. Last time Auburn won 6-0 in the SEC, the year was 1959. For this team to be able to play against that team, they’re going to need to. won six. in a row played more in the league I doubt it will, but it was still the hottest/best team in the college rounds in January. Auburn led the nation with 152 tackles. Breaking. An impressive home game awaits against Kentucky on Saturday on CBS.”

Will have two matches on friday and saturday will feature two top shows. As Norlander mentioned, the match the whole country will be watching will be No. 2 Auburn to host No. 12 Kentucky. Auburn and Kentucky are the top two teams in the SEC with just one conference win separating the two teams.

Aside from Kentucky/Auburn, there are several other big time games to keep an eye on:

  • 14 Michigan State at 8 Wisconsin (Friday, 9 p.m.)
  • 12 Kentucky at No. 2 Auburn (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)
  • Baylor #5 in Oklahoma (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
  • 13 LSU at 24 Tennessee (Saturday, 6 p.m.)
  • Northwest at 4 Purdue (Sunday, 1pm)
  • #3 Arizona in California (Sunday, 3 p.m.)

It’s crazy to think we’re less than two months away from March Madness kicking off. With the conference game in full swing, there’s a lot at stake this weekend.

The Bucks are still the team to beat in the Eastern Conference

The Milwaukee Bucks won the first NBA title in franchise history last season. However, the Bucks didn’t exactly have the stellar start to the season as many envisioned during their title defense. However, CBS Sports NBA scribe Jack Maloney believes that the Bucks are still the “team to beat” in the Eastern Conference this season.

The Bucks currently hold a 28-19 record, which is good for fourth in the Eastern Conference. They have only gone 3-6 in their last nine games, but had a claimed victory in a 126-114 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. As Maloney explains, one of the biggest reasons for confidence in the Bucks is the return of veteran keeper Jrue Holiday.

Holiday, 31, has been out for most of the 2021-22 season as he faces multiple ankle injuries. He’s missed 13 of the team’s 46 games, so seeing him in the squad isn’t too far-fetched throughout the campaign. Holiday scored just nine points in the 2/8 shootout, but his presence on the field made a huge difference.

  • Maloney: “With Holiday in the lineup, and Giannis and Khris Middleton also healthy, the Bucks’ big trio are back together once again. Due to various injuries and COVID-19 related absences, that trio just played 20 games together. In those games the Bucks are 17-3 and they have a net rating of plus 9.1 with their stars on the floor together.”

During the way to win the NBA championship, the trio of Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Holiday continuously flourished. With Holiday back on the roster, it’s hard not to like where the Bucks could be headed.

What we’re watching this weekend

Friday

🏀 Clippers at 76ers, 7pm on NBA.TV
🏀 Bulls at Bucks, 8 p.m. on ESPN

Saturday

🏀 Number 12 Kentucky at Number 2 Auburn, 1:30 p.m. on CBS
🏈 Bengals at Titans, 4:30 p.m. on CBS and Supreme +
🏀 LSU number 13 at 24 Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 49ers at Packers, 8:15pm on FOX

Sunday

🏈 Rams at Buccaneers, 3 p.m. on NBC
🏈 Bills at Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. on CBS and Supreme +
🏀 Jazz at Warriors, 8:30 p.m. on NBA TV

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