GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS - 19-10 ATS...66%NCAA: 9-0 - NFL: 4-7 - Teasers: 6-3 - Hotties: 77-0
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Moving along and skipping ova the idiocy of Coach Linehan making Marc Bulger a scapegoat for his own inefficiencies, I present to you:
Greg Gamble's ATS Sunday Funday Play O the Day!
ATLANTA FALCONS @ CAROLINA PANTHERS (-7)
I know investing on Fox last week burned me worse than a dirty college Beaver, but the home-cooking in Carolina should be a perfect remedy following the Panthers first loss. Especially with the feisty Stevie Smith looking to prove his return to the line-up can make them a legit Super Bowl contender, look for Del-Spaz-Homme to get the explosive WR and fans going early with plenty of passion!
While the Falcons look nice in the morning paper sitting at 2-1, considering both wins came at home against the dreadful Lions & and the embarrassment that is the KC Chiefs, a trip outdoors to face a riled-up Panthers squad is probably not what a rookie QB needs. Against an average Bucs squad on grass in week 2, Matt Ryan completed under 40% of his passes as the offense only musted 234 total yards w/out scoring a TD (L 24-9). As for how their D faired, considering E. Graham only gained 16 yards on 12 carries against the Bears last week, you think Fox & Co. circled the 6.1 ypc average Graham & Dunn combined for against Hot-Lanta? Especially after playing against arguable the best run defense in the league (Minny), the thunder & lightning combo of Williams & Stewart should find bigger holes than those young ladies employed at Vivid Entertainment.
As for Carolina’s defense, while it’s never a good sign when you lose to a guy named Gus, the Panthers held the Vikings lethal rushing attack to a 3.7 average. While they did look a little surprised on some of Minny’s deep balls & their new look under center, the Falcons run a similar run-dominated offense with the threat of a HR-pass so look for Carolina to look much more comfortable this week. And considering Julius Peppers is way overdue for a monster game, look for the former Tar Heel to make the rookie QB pay for holding onto the ball too long.
And finally back to the Carolina O, Greggy G guarantees Stevie Smith is pointing to the sky after at least one TD. Back on their home grass w/ a 2nd week of Stevie in the offense, I expect Del-Spaz-homme to come out throwing to loosen-up the defense before looking to J. Stewart to gash the middle of the defense. Overall, ATL has been spoiled by playing two terrible teams on their turf & a Bucs squad in the middle of a QB-change (Griese). Especially with Carolina coming off a loss, Fox will have his boys riled-up to take the lead in the division as they easily handle an overmatched young Falcons squad.
Remember the intensity from these 2 outside the stadium & in a Tampa washroom? If you do, u know what I mean!
Final Score: FALCONS 13 PANTHERS 27
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ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS @ TEXAS A&M AGGIES (-28)
For all the depression in College Station after opening the season 1-2, including a home-loss to Ark St., nothing spells relief like N-A-V-Y…except maybe vicodin & a shot of tequila. With a new headmaster for the Knights, Navy has scrapped their pro-style offense & moved back to the option attack. Unfortunately, they don’t have the recruits yet for the attack and have looked abysmal against below average defenses thus far (New Hampshire, Akron, & Temple) amassing a total of 20 points ova 3 games…all at home. Defensively, the undersized & playmaker-less Knights already are showing signs of wear & tear, and that was developed playing some of the smaller schools.
Despite their early struggles, the A&M offense has looked better of late w/ So. QB Jerrod Johnson (last week vs Miami FL: 19-32, 275 yrds, 3 TDs, INT) taking ova for the injured Stephen McGee, while the OL & skill position players are just too strong & athletic for Navy to prevent them from marching up-n-down the field. In the past, I would’ve been reluctant taking the Aggies minus anything ova 20, but there is no such thing as a letdown for a team looking to regain their swagger and stop the hate mail. Throw-in a special teams advantage that will result in great field position all day, at least one blocked punt, and probably a TD, and I expect the A&M to be in the 40s by the 4th quarter.
"No problem Greg, the final will be BLACK KNIGHTS 6 AGGIES 48"