Sunday, January 6, 2013

Behind Enemy Lines on a Wild Card Sunday

Yo this is Nicky and we split Wild Card Saturday after dropping the Bengals by a half-point and frankly we were lucky to get that close as that was the ostentatious display of anemic offense I’ve ever seen, all -6 first half passing yards included. Conversely, the Pack was so easy I actually fell asleep at half as the Vikings were never in it, even when they were up 3-0 they weren’t in the game. So we lost the vig on Saturday but I see some value on Sunday so let’s get to it. In the early game I like the Colts +7.5 (buy the hook) to hang with struggling Ravens. I think the Luck learning cure is steep and he’s not playing like a rookie any more. If he doesn’t make a game changing mistake in the form of Pick-6s they’re defense is more that capable of shutting down Joe Flacco. I think the Ravens will have a tough time scoring in this one and the ghost of playoff games past, mainly last year, will raise its ugly head. This one will be close, so I like the lumber and look for the amazing Indy karma and momentum to possibly win this one on the field. That’s the morning cup o’ chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Behind Enemy Lines on Wildcard Saturday

In the second game I like the Packers -10 to hold serve against the Vikings. Christian Ponder was a late scratch and now it’s Joe Webb at the helm which does make Green Bay have to re-scheme defensively but other than that all of the advantage goes to the Pack as the combination of a quarterback that hasn’t thrown a pass all season going to the Tundra, outdoors, in Winter, in the playoffs, adds up to a big GB win. That’s the late Saturday chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up! Yo this is Nicky and although the playoffs can sometimes be unpredictable, it’s also the time of year where we should picking the best as we have 18 weeks of data to analyze. I know sometimes we have to throw the records out the window but in the playoffs but team trends continue. On Wildcard Saturday morning I like the Bengals +5 buy the hook to keep it close against the Texans. The Bengals who have won 7 of their last 8 games, never allowing 21 points during that stretch and playing their best ball of the season, while the Texans have lost 3 of their last 4 giving up over 21 points in all of them. Schaub may have had his confidence shaken and has been a shell of the QB that at one point was 12-1. The crowd will be behind them but this one will be close I like the number. That’s the early game chowder, back with the late game soon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Behind Enemy Lines on New Year's Day

Yo, this is Nicky back on New Year’s Day and we’re coming off a big win with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Cap One Bowl so we’re looking to keep the Mo’ going as move on to the afternoon games. In the Granddaddy I like Stanford (-3 buy the hook) to beat the coachless Wisconsin Badgers. No doubt Barry Alvarez was once a great champion and his teams pulled off some memorable wins in Pasadena but this isn’t his team, his players, or his style. The AD coming out of the cush office seat to the front lines of a BCS Bowl doesn’t sound like a comeback, more like desperation. Stanford still isn’t getting any respect for some reason but these guys can play particularly on defense and I look for the Badgers to struggle big time. That’s the afternoon chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!
12-5 college for the year, 9-3 in pro. If you have comments, questions on a game, or need injury and weather reports, list your question in the blog for answers. ‘Nikki the Fish’ in the Player’s Club chat room every Wednesday.