Saturday, September 6, 2014

Behind Enemy Lines on opening weekend

Yo, this is Nicky and we didn’t get the new year off to a good start as Michigan State simply ran out of gas against the Oregon Ducks yesterday in the fourth quarter and dropped us to 0-1 on the young season but no doubt this is a marathon and not a sprint so let’s get to it. In the early NFL games I like the Chicago Bears (-6.5 buy the hook) to win at home against the Buffalo Bills. Aside from the circus that is their front office and the ownership of the team, they’ve go a ton of questions on both sides of the ball. Whether or not the Bills will be able to pass efficiently will come down to whether or not they can establish the run. The Bears know it's coming based on Buffalo's tendencies and how bad they were in that area a year ago. The Bills know the Bears know it's coming. That battle of wills will determine whether or not the Bears have to commit extra defenders to stopping the run, thereby opening themselves up to deep shots and the play-action (Chicago gave up an abysmal 8.6 yards per play against play fakes last season), or if they'll be able to drop seven into coverage and force Manuel to play darts all afternoon. If the Bills are going to compete in this game, they're going to have to run the ball extremely well and that will be a problem against the new look Bears defense. Lay the lumber as being at home will be the difference in this one. That’s the morning chowda’ I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up! ****************************** Yo, This is Nicky and let me be the first to wish all of you a Happy New Year!! Its that time of year again and after a long hibernation I’m ready to jump back into fray. I know it’s tough to call em’ during the first couple of weeks of the season as the schools don’t even have two games under their belt but there is also some value there if you do your homework so let’s get to it. In the afternoon games I like Michigan State +12 to keep it close against Oregon in a huge game for both schools and both conferences. The Big 10 lost it’s flagship team when Ohio State dropped 5 spots in the rankings even though they won their opening game, but with no Braxton Miller they’re not foolin’ anyone that they’re going to the final four so a State victory would be huge for the conference. You can really look at any stats other than returning starters but the club the defending Rose Bowl champs are sending a big team out West that will be physical with the Ducks and if they can slow the pace of that offense by keeping it off the field Oregon will have a tough time getting that juggernaut going down hill. This one should be close, and remember the ‘dog’ rule… never bet on a dog you don’t think can win on the field, so you’ll never see my taking 30+ point pooch, and these dawgs in green and white are capable of going into sea of yellow and coming out with a w. That’s the first of many bowls of chowda, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up! Back with the NFL later tonight.

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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.