GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS - 24-14 ATS...63%
NCAA: 10-2 - NFL: 7-8 - Teasers: 7-4 - Hotties: 518-0
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One of the most ridiculous trends I dug-up this season is how horrific teams play offensively following their date/win against Detroit. Opponents average 37 ppg against the pathetic lil Lions, but the following week, those teams average a measly 14 ppg…and did I mention they’ve lost each and every one of those games?!
Just like having your 1st bump-n-grind experience w/ a slutty chick tryin' to gain your attention, and then following it up by dating a prude that acts like it tickles when you touch her ova her jeans…suddenly you don’t fell like Casanova anymore. The stats are so staggering you have to believe teams are overconfident after dismantling a defensive that would struggle to stop a John Moxon led West Canaan Coyotes squad.
While I believe Chicago's defense has the ability to buck the losing trend, their young offense might be in for a culture shock…and not only because the Falcons have been fierce up-front, but because of the noise & hype in Hot-Lanta. From all reports, Lovie’s squad received more cheers last week than Kitna’s crew as the crowd had more fun mocking a team that might be the only NFL or NCAA squad better suited having not fired Marty Mornhinweg…and that’s not a compliment Marty. As a result, I’m heading to the ATS window w/ this lil gem…
CHICAGO BEARS @ ATLANTA FALCONS (unda 43.5)
Two teams many gurus, including yours truly, thought would struggle to reach six wins face-off for a Sunday Funday battle with playoff implications. While the artist formerly know has Krazy “Drunk on the Internet” Kyle seems to have matured into a legitimate NFL QB, my guess is Ron Turner dials down the offense in the loud-azz Georgia Dome and keeps the ball in Forte’s hands. With two powerful rushing attacks, field-position will be huge on Sunday so expect the clock to be rolling twice as fast as normal…perfect for an unda play!
While Michael The Bowling Ball Burner Turner has been a game changer and Jerious Norwood is a perfect compliant, the Bears rank 4th in the NFL against the rush and do not allow many big plays (longest run allowed – 25 yards). The scariest aspect of the Falcons offense has been the deep-play threats of Roddy White & Michael Jenkins after teams have been lulled to sleep by the run. Luck for Chicago, with the big pulsating-brain of Mike Brown running the show in the secondary, I’m confident they’ll keep those two speedsters in-front of them.
And finally, while special teams always is an ova/unda killa, Devin Hester doesn’t seem to be the same threat in the return game. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still capable of the HR, but he's been a lil tentative of late & might be concentrating more on his WR-play. Considering the monetary incentives he receives for catching the pigskin, maybe the reckless abandon he ran w/ in the past has been tempered. As for ATL, they’ve yet to return a kick/punt for a TD & rank dead last in punt return average. I know, I know…my analysis is sick so feel free to tell your friends about the legend that is Greggy MFin G!
Final Score: FALCONS 20 BEARS 17
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CLEMSON TIGERS (+3) @ WAKE FOREST D. DEACONS
Every year I make a play on Clemson, & every year I flip to Showtime by halftime to see if Emmanuelle is in Bangkok (phenomenal film). While most ATS-cats would’ve learned their lesson, like Heather Locklear I just can’t stay away from the sexy style of those partying rockers! Tiger RBs C.J. Spiller (6.6 avg, 5 TD) & James Davis (6.1 avg, 5 TD) might be the best tandem in the nation, while 6-4 Sr. Cullen Harper eventually has to show the skills that made him one of the top QBs in the nation last year (2007: 65 comp%, 27 TD, 6 INT). While he’s struggled mightily this season & the cat-calls for young phenom Willy Korn (now that’s a f*cking name!) have been abundent, maybe a road-trip is what the veteran needs considering Clemson has played every game at home thus far...I know, that’s kind of a stretch.
Coach Tommy Bowden knows tonight’s contest might seal his fate, but just like each of the past three seasons, Bobby’s kid always seems to pull-out the wins he needs to keep employment. With two weeks off since the disappointment loss versus Maryland (20-17 L), which is somewhat surprising since they out-gained the Terrapins by almost 100 yards, I expect the Tigers to come-out with a swagger and defensive game-play to rattle QB Riley Skinner. The normally dominate rushing attack from the Deacons has been abysmal this season ranked 112th in the country, so look for Clemson to use their gigantic future-NFL lineman (DE Ricky Sapp is redonkulous) to cause only kinds of problems for an OL completely revamped from last year. Against an undersized Navy squad last week, Wake still couldn’t run the ball and forced Skinner to throw…which led to 4 INTs in a 24-17 home loss.
I know this doesn’t mean shiznit to you guys, but if Clemson kicks me in nutz again this year I’m done with their azz! That being said, one of these years they have to come through for me…right?!
Final Score: D. DEACONS 16 TIGERS 20