GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS - 19-9 ATS...68%
NCAA: 9-0 (3-0) - NFL: 4-7 (0-1) - Teasers: 6-2 (2-2)
And congrats to TEASIN' T-BONE for a perfect ATS Sunday
Why would you pay a dime for expect picks when Greggy G continues to dominate the Pigskin World for free! Seriously, a documented 9-0 ATS on the College Gridiron & winning nearly 7 of 10 overall, better take advantage before the gambling world gets their filthy rich hands on my services. And the thing about this past Saturday, I have to admit it was almost too easy…Angry Gators easily ova Fulmer’s fading program, Nick Satan’s hyped-up Tide ova the new era in Hogland, and pass-happy Zona all over UCLA’s rebuilding mess (touch me here for proof). Throw-in a Baylor/Florida teaser started on Friday Night & the weekend party expenses were null-in-void for yours truly. As for my results at the professional level, if you count my NFL Teaser results, I’m actually sitting at .500 & poised for a nice lil run. But before we get the ATS pimp-ride revved-up for tonight’s Monday Nighter, let’s take a quick look at some interesting NFL notes from yesterday.
1. For Derek Anderson’s sake…at least he got paid!
When teams were taking the Browns lightly early last year, Anderson jumped out the gate with some gaudy numbers as Braylon Edwards & Kellen Winslow found plenty of mismatches against the NFL defensive bottom feeders (Bengals, Rams, Dolphins, & Raiders). But as the season wore-on, teams began to crash the pocket on the immobile QB and forced him to throw underneath. As result, the 6-5 former Beaver struggled with his touch and looked extremely pedestrian the final weeks of the season (last 3 games: 53 comp%, 3 TDs, & 4 Ints). Fast forward to 2008 following an off-season where management grossly overpaid DA and expectations for the Dawg Pound were sky high, and the Cinderella of last season seems unable to handle the pressure and appears to be looking for her glass slipper while getting double-teamed from behind (2008 stats: 135 yrds/gm, 46 comp%, 2 TD, 5 Int). The Brady Quinn Era should have started during the 3rd quarter yesterday, but just like the reason Romeo will probably be around next year, money seems to be running this show.
2. Bears Rush as useful as Travis Henry’s Sex Ed Teacher?
While the vibe in Chicagoland has Bear fans looking to castrate Peanut Tillman following his ridiculous personal-foul penalty, the reason Lovie’s squad pissed away another double-digit lead was Brian Griese dropped back 70 times yesterday and was sacked zero times! I know most of the plays were quick reads, but seriously, that’s like failing to score at a Pool Party hosted by T.T. Boy. The ball has bounced the Bears way early this season and they’ve still found ways to loose…and my guess is the gridiron gods won’t be too helpful from here on out. I’ve already circled the Eagles this week as I fully expect a Chicago-native to abuse a secondary without much depth, while Jim Johnson’s blitz packages will be a nightmare for the Bears patchwork line!
3. The former “Greatest Show on Turf” will be winless in 08!
While Matt Millen’s a fool and the Lions D is awful, at least a couple weeks this season they’ll throw a few bombs that Calvin Johnson or Roy Williams will come down with to eek out a victory or two. As for the Rams, nobody in the league has a worse collection of talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball, while the few veterans left already seem to be preserving their body for next year. Watching a Seahawks squad use grocery store employees at WRs dissect the Rams Sunday was an embarrassment, and I’d be shocked if Coach Linehan is still manning the sideline by next week.
So far this season the Rams are allowing a league-worst 456 yrds/gm, allowing opponents to rush at a plus-five average, and have only mustered 3 sacks without a single pick thru 3 games. As for the offense, considering they needed a 15-yard run from Stephen Jackson yesterday to finally move their ypc average above 3 and are only averaging 200 total yards a game (which is even more ridiculous considering they’ve been down huge in each contest), my guess is a lil turf-toe might be in Stephen Jackson’s future sometime soon.
With that, time for my MONDAY NIGHT ATS PLAY
Even though Sproles might be shorter than these shorts...
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NY JETS (teased +14.5) @ SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
NY JETS @ SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (OVA 38.5)
If you want to call me a BEEATCH for teasing, feel free but don’t call me till 3:30…I’ll be busy at the bank depositing my teaser cash (6-2 ATS thus far). While I told you early last week I was looking forward to watching a desperate Chargers squad put a damper on Grandpa Favre’s Monday Night Mystic, the more I looked at San Deigo’s D without Merriman and an offensive with LT & Gates banged-up had me slipping into some Jets luv. The Chargers only rank ahead of the Rams in total yards allowing, and while playing the Broncos had a little something to do with that last week, the Panthers almost eclipsed 400 yards in the opener without Stevie Smith.
While their starting corners have looked solid in coverage, their D’s been absolutely destroyed in the middle of the field by the opponents TE and 3rd WR…a Brett Favre specialty, right?! In addition, look for scatback Leon Washington to be even more involved in the pass game (screens, dump-offs, etc) this week as the Broncos try to shore-up the middle of the field. As for Thomas Jones (86 ypg, 4.4), while he rarely makes the highlight reel, his disciplined approach and ability to get what the defense gives him should keep things balanced for Favre as the Lightning Bolts are allowing the opponent 5.4 per carry.
On the offensive side of the ball for the Chargers, even without LT (quest.) Phillip Rivers has plenty of talent (Chambers, Gates, V. Jackson, & Sproles) and is throwing the ball better than ever. The Jets do have some nice size up-front and can stuff the inside runs, but struggle when their spread-out so look for Sproles to be involved early on some quick tosses. If anything, the absence or limited use of LT might turn this thing into a high-flying track meet which falls right into the hands of our OVA play. As for how this thing ends up, tough to see how a desperate Chargers squad at home doesn’t pull this out, but look for the Vicodin Veteran to keep things within reason against the over-rated SD defense.
Final Score: JETS 20 CHARGERS 27