Sunday, December 29, 2013

Behind Enemy Lines on The Final Week of the NFL Season

Yo, this is Nicky and I know it looks like straight forward week in the NFL as you gotta’ pound the teams with something to play for when their going up against a team headed for a pick in the first ten of the draft (ie; Pats vs. Bills), also fear the afternoon games as the team you place on could be DOA come kickoff (ie; Arizona Cardinals) but therein lie the bear traps so check the ice before you skate and let’s get to it. I know in the early games Carolina and New England look attractive and why would we even get involved in a ‘do-or-die” game like the Ravens v. Bengals, but the that’s one of the only games that will be playing true to form. True, the Bengals are in regardless and the Ravens need a win for a chance to defend their title so this screams take the points, but…. the Bengals are 7-0 ATS at home this season, and 8-2 ATS on turf, and still have a chance at home field if the Pats don’t handle their business against the Bills. So, yes the second half could be duress if the Pats get off to a 24-0 lead but don’t forget about what the Bills and that run defense did to the Fish who beat New England just the week before. Obviously that’s why I’m laying off the Pats -8, so take the Bengals -6.5 buy the hook and I’ll talk to you before the afternoon games. That’s the morning chowda’ I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Behind Enemy Lines on Championship Saturday

Yo, This is Nicky and if you’ve been following us we’ve worked our way back up the ranks of the Showtime “Beat the Insiders” poll and we’re back in the top 15, #15 out of 41,000 just 4 games out of the top spot so look for me there as well. Ok, the Cards made us sweat on Sunday but came back to backdoor cover our 3.5 to give us a nice 3-0 Thanksgiving week. We’re back in business on a week later on championship Saturday I like the Stanford Cardinal (+3.5) to go into Sun Devil Stadium and either win on the field or keep it close. The Cardinal are 18-2 over their last 20 games, including 7-2 on the road, while the Sun Devils are only 4-8-1 ATS their last 13 when playing Stanford. When viewing like opponents (UCLA, Notre Dame, Utah) and a previous matchup earlier in the year where Stanford won by 14 points we don’t think playing in Sun Devil Stadium should make that big change in the line. Stanford has been here before and we expect them to play like it. That’s the Saturday chowda’ I’m Nicky, we’ll see ya again tomorrow, in the meantime stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Behind Enemy Lines to start the last month of the year

Yo, this is Nicky, we’re coming of a split as Clemson with right with South Carolina stride for stride after 100 meters (17-17), but unfortunately for us it was a 200 meter race and then they got left in the dust. But Stanford delivered in grand fashion to give us our split for the day. I’m sure we all need to catch our breath after the other college games even if we didn’t have a stake in them but money never sleeps so let’s get to it. On Sunday the meat is cut really thin as several lines are close to zero, making for an excellent teaser day if that’s your game but dealing with the straight line in the early games I like the Arizona Cardinals (+3.5 buy that hook) to play well on the road and hang with the Eagles. I know the Eagles have been playing well but so have the cards and I think Philly is due to come back to earth. The Cards are 4-1 their last 5 and more importantly have the pass D to slow down the Eagles offense. That’s the early chowda’ back with the afternoon games later. 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.