GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 45-30 ATS...60%
NFL 15-13 - NCAA 17-10 - Teasers 13-7 - Happiness 75-0
Following last Sunday’s loss to the Titans, numerous Bear defenders responded to specific breakdowns by the defense with: “That’s where I was supposed to be” or “Talk to the Coaching Staff”. The following Monday at Lovie’s press-conference, when asked about the players complaints regarding the defensive scheme, Lovie acted as if the reporters made-up the claim and stated that nobody on the team disagreed with the scheme. And then yesterday, as the Packers marched up-n-down the field with ease, multiple shots showed Urlacher shaking his head as he walked into the huddle while the secondary seemed happy to conceded every completion underneath. Just like I father can pretend it’s not his fault his daughter rides a pole for employment, Lovie's lying to himself and making matters worse by subtly throwing his players under the bus!
I know the anchor of the D-Line, Tommie Harris, has been absolutely invisible while Urlacher still hasn’t figured-out how to shed a block, but please, the Bears pass defense ranks 30th in the league and every player claims they’re in the right position when asked about a specific scoring play. In my opinion, Lovie has his head in the sand and doesn’t seem to realize over the last few years teams have adjusted to the Cover-2 (Tampa-2). And let’s not forget who the fiery leader of the D was when the Bears went to the Super Bowl…Ron Rivera.
Instead of utilizing Rivera’s talents, Lovie felt the beloved former Bear was taking too much credit and wanted to prove he was the mastermind of the D and promoted his ole fishing buddy Bob “Lovie’s Puppet” Babich. I know they're still in the playoff hunt and have the luxury of playing the hapless-Rams next week, but trust me on this, the Bears are falling faster than Paris Hilton in a hotel room and I don’t see how things can get resolved when the coaches & players are pointing fingers at each other. With that, let's make some MFin $$$!
GREGGY G'S MONDAY NIGHT TEASER SPECTACULAR
CLEVELAND BROWNS @ BUFFALO BILLS (teased unda 48)
CLEVELAND BROWNS (teased +11.5) @ BUFFALO BILLS
*The lines have moved since this morning as the weather conditions change...and after Vegas receives their daily Greg Gamble email.
To start, the combination of two struggling teams in must-win situations & lousy weather conditions, means we’ll see some conservative game-plans for two teams ranked in the bottom third of points scored per game. While Brady’s numbers looked solid in his first start, there was a reason Romeo (or should I say GM Phil Savage & the fans) started the Golden Domer last week…Denver's defense is frickin’ atrocious! Tonight, they face a displined Bills D (ranked 13th overall) that should be fired-up for Monday Night and will have a great 12th man if Mother Nature cooperates for Greggy G (50% chance of snow/rain).
While the Browns defense has given-up a ton of yards, they’ve actually kept teams out of the endzone (26th in yards allowed, 15th in points) and should benefit from Buffalo’s offense lacking confidence of late. With one of the largest offensive lines in football and Marshawn Lynch, the Bills were supposed to have a lethal rushing attack, but surprisingly, rank 29th in ypc (3.6) and have been even worse of late (90 total rushing yards the last two games). Considering the O-Line has been lousy in pass protecting and they have limited weapons at WR (Josh Reed-out), the Bills offense is simpler than a Pee Wee League team and should be even more conservative with the crappy conditions.
As for why I like the Browns, (KEEP READING & DROOLING)
As for why I like the Browns, I don’t, but teasin'em up to 11 seems easier than releasing the swimmers at a Vivid Entertainment pool party. TE Kellen Winslow (10 rec, 111 yrds, 2 TD last week) should continue to thrive with Quinn’s efficiency on shorter routes and will be instrumental in keeping the chains moving. As for the running game, while RB Jamal Lewis doesn’t have the burst he once did and is simply a between the tackles runner, the quickness of RB Jerome Harrison (5 carries for 48 yrds) has been a perfect compliment once teams begin to crowd the middle, so expect a healthy dose of both of them tonight.
Overall, I know some think teasers are for pussy-whipped bitches, but just like my Homeboy Mr. Jackson from Boomerang, I’m not pussy-whipped…I whip that pussy! Feel free to try to predict who wins the battle between two underachieving teams in shitty weather 2night, but don’t blame when you shart in your Zubaz when the Browns are at the Bills 12 yard line, down seven with a minute to go…cause I’ll be watching Emmanuelle in Bangkok on Cinemax knowing I won either way!
Final Score: BROWNS 13 BILLS 20
Baron should be strutting with confidence tonight knowing he's facing George Hill & Jacque Vaughn!
SAN ANTONIO SPURS @ LA CLIPPERS (-1)
I know this looks crazy on paper, but did you see the Spurs starting line-up last night in Sacramento? Rookie PG George Hill, SG Roger Mason Jr., SF Michael Finley, PF Timmy D, & C Fabricio Oberto, with a deadly bench of Matt Bonner, Jacque Vaughn, & Bruce Bowen. Even though they rallied for a 2-point win against a bad Kevin Martin-less squad, I just don’t see how they pull-out a miracle two nights in-a-row. While the Clippers have been awful thus far, Baron Davis has vowed to turn this around and should have a huge night against the undermanned backcourt of the Spurs…Clippers win by 5-9 points