GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS - 31-23 ATS...58%
NFL: 8-11 - NCAA: 13-6 - Teasers: 10-6 - Hotties: 763-0
While my NFL pick sucked, my TEXAS TECH and Teaser picks rolled!
GREG GAMBLE'S MONDAY NIGHT ATS SPECIAL
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS @ TENNESSEE TITANS (-4)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS @ TENNESSEE TITANS (ova 40)
Before we get to the importance of soft skin, here's my picks!
Just like Alex Sanders role in Whoriental Sex Academy 4, sometimes you're forced into a lil Menasha Twa even if you don't want to double-dip on a Monday. While I too'v been waiting for Eli’s bro to finally take control of Dungy’s lifeless squad, the Titans have quietly become the most physical, smash-mouth football team in the NFL. And with tonight’s Monday Night stage, I expect the intensity to be off-the-charts as Coach Pornstache Fisher has an already aggressive crew convinced they can embarrass and overpower the undersized, banged-up Colts.
Even though most feel Kerry "For some reason I'm rooting for u" Collins & the offense simply manage the game not to make mistakes, with an O-Line dominating the line-of-scrimmage, double TE sets to keep safeties from cheating, and a thunder n lighting duo in the backfield, Tennessee has scored more the 30 points three times this year and has continued to dominat the time-of-possession in the 2nd half since. Especially with the catalyst of the Colts rush D sidelined (Bob MFin Saunders), Indy's been forced to overload the box (fyi, overloaded boxes are dangerous) and been extremely susceptible to play-action & TEs roaming down the middle
As a result, the Penn State alumnus should look even sharper tonight with the probable return of his lengthy possession WRs 6-2 Justin McCareins & 6-4 Justin Gage, while he’s already found a nice rhythm with Ronny Mexico’s former TD machine Alge Crumpler and the unassuming athleticism & playmaking ability of TE Bo Scaife.
As for the LenDale White/Chris Johnson-combo, the former Trojan has pounded teams with his husky FB-frame, which has made Johnson look even faster than his 4.3 speed once he enters the contest. Johnson was unstoppable last year at ECU rushing for 1423 yards, 17 TD, at a 6.0 clip, as well as, averaging 14.3 per reception on his 37 catches. This year, with a minimum of 100 attempts, nobody in the league has a higher rushing average (5.3) than my future Hall-of-Famer Chris Johnson, while he’s also snagged at least two receptions in each game this season. Look for this combo to dominate the Colts & for Collins to continue his efficient play as the Titans start to march up-n-down the field in the 2nd half…especially off the right side behind the most underrated Tackle in the game Michael Roos.
On the Colts side, while Manning is still capable of a TD pass on every possession...(READ & SEE MORE MAGIC FROM GREGGY G)
On the Colts side, while Manning is still capable of a TD pass every possession, he’s looked tentative on the recently-repaired knee & doesn’t have confidence in his banged-up O-Line. In year’s past, the Colts offense was extremely balanced & kept opponents from heading straight to the QB giving Wayne & Harrison time to set-up their routes downfield...but now, with the injuries up-front & a rushing attack ranking dead last, the Colts find themselves on their heels with Peyton thowing as he backpedals. Making matters even worse, the Titans 4-3 scheme has put a ton of pressure on opposing offenses without having to blitz, which means Fisher’s boys will be dropping seven & keeping everything underneath.
While Colts S Bob Sanders might be the best pound-for-pound football player in the league when healthy, nobody has been as dominate or disruptive as DT Albert Haynesworth. Especially with C Jeff Saturday still not 100% from a preseason knee injury, look for Haynesworth to command a double team every possession and still force Peyton to roll outside more often than not…which probably is not a great move with his bum wheel and Vanden Bosch & Kearse coming from the outside.
Considering my hype on the Titans D, one might question my Ova call for tonight, but my theory deals more with the Colts playing catch-up early in this contest and forced to pass all night as the rushing attacks is non-existent. As a result, plenty of 3-n-outs and short drives for Indy leading to an already struggling defense forced back on the field tired. In addition, not that many of you want to hear this, but the Ova call basically protects my Tennessee play. Considering it’s hard to image how the Colts can stop the Titans with consistency tonight, the only way they pull an upset is if they explode for some big-plays…which means I push on the night. But most likely, the Titans move the ball with ease, while the Colts play flag football in the 2nd half and pick-up a few scores late against Fisher’s prevent D.
And finally, back to the Monday Night home-field advantage (and cause I wanted to share our lady orange...cause that's the kinda guy I am!). For all the praise they received from the so-called experts, nobody outside of Tennessee has really seen them play that much. Tonight, they’ll have an opportunity to showcase their skills, while the crowd should be rocking (especially since theor beloved Volunteers suck) to disrupt the Colts banged-up O-Line even more.
Final Score: COLTS 20 TITANS 31