NFL Sunday Slate – Week 8, 2017

Sup boys, it is Skol, here with your Sunday Slate.

This is one of those slates where you got rewarded for staying on your couch all day.  The early slates were weak, I won’t lie, but the 4:00 games were unreal.

I almost hate to let you know what happened in the 4:00 games, since I earned them and you didn’t, but that is just the nature of the blogging business.

Hop on, and lets go.

The Morning Slate – From Across the Pond

Vikings 33 – Browns 16

As much as I love the early games from across the pond, it fucking sucks when your team actually plays in London.  It is tough to get up for a 9:30am game vs the Browns in London, and that showed, as the Browns led this one at half.   However, the Vikings offense figured it out and their D continues to prove to be the best in the NFL.  My Skoldiers sit at 6-2 heading into the bye week.  Teddy back soon.  Life is good.

The 1:00 Slate

Bills 34 – Raiders 14

This is just weird, as the Bills are now 5-2 and the Raiders are now 3-5.  Just as we all expected.  The Bills run the ball and play defense.  That is how you win in the NFL.  I don’t care how many yards Derrick “bum” Carr throws for.  You run the ball and play defense, you win football games.  Just look at the Vikings.  Anyways, the Bills got a huge game from Shady McCoy and picked off Carr 2 times.  Big win for the Bills, who are firmly in the thick of things in the AFC.

Bengals 24 – Colts 23

As you know, the GSJ supports Jaccoby Brissett.  He is our guy.  We love him.  So this one hurts.  Here is the pick 6 that Brissett threw in the 4th Quarter, basically giving the Bengals the game.

Bengals now sit at 3-4 and look to gain any sort of consistency.

Patriots 21 – Chargers 13

I love Phil Rivers and love when Phil is working against the clock, it is football heaven.  This Sunday was no different than any other Sunday.  Phil had a chance, but his last second 30 yard Hail Mary simply did not make it to the endzone.  Classic. Patriots have not been pretty, but they continue to win games, and now sit at 6-2, and their defense seems to be getting better and better each week. Scary.

Saints 20 – Bears 12

Bears D has looked very good, and Trubisky looks like he could develope into a nice QB, but they simply do not have the weapons to consistently win games yet.  The Saints have won 5 straight and, surprisingly, it has been because of their defense.  Here is likely DROY clinching the game yesterday.

Falcons 25 – Jets 20

It wasn’t pretty, but the Falcons are able to squeak out a win vs the Josh McCown led Jets.  I honestly have no idea what to write about for the Falcons.  Have no idea if they are good or not, but their two headed RB in Coleman and Freeman can be very effective.  As for the Jets, who are now 3-5, I know they are bad.  We all knew they were bad.  So that is that.

Eagles 33 – the 9ers 10

Sources are telling me that Jay Ajayi has been traded to the Eagles for a 4th round pick.  This is breaking news and I, Skol, am the first to report it.  In this one, the Eagles proved that they can win even if Wentz isn’t playing at an MVP level.  The OL looked shaky without Peters, but the defense stepped up with two interceptions, including this pick 6.

Panthers 17 – Buccaneers 3

Not much to say for Cam, as he only completed 18/32 for 150, a TD, and a pick.  However, the defense in Carolina was able to step up and shut the Bucs down.  Winston threw 2 INTs and the Bucs look like the biggest bust that Hard Knocks has ever produced.  Classic.

The 4:00 Slate

Seahawks 41 – Texans 38: The Gatorade Game of the Week

This was the game of the year, by far.  I am not going to go through every single scoring play because, like I said, you have to earn that.  Deshaun Watson had an unbelievable game in Seattle.  The 12s were out, but this rookie has proved that he is the real deal, and him and Billy O’Brien seem to have a bright future together.  The Texans probably had the most real moral victory in the history of football in this one.  What a showing from Deshaun Watson.  As for Seattle,  Russell Wilson continues to quietly be a top 5 QB in this generation.  He just answered and answered all day long.  Here is the game winner to Jimmy Graham.

Cowboys 33 – R Words 19

Breaking News: Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension has been upheld.  I, Skol, am the first to report this news.  Zeke got to play in this one, though, and he put up 150 and 2TDs.  It was simply too much for the banged up R-Words to keep up with.  Dak didn’t wow, but he protected the ball and let his horses eat.  The boys are back on track with 2 straight dubs, and look to close the gap on the Eagles division lead.

The Night Slate

Pittsburgh 20 – Detroit 15

I think it is safe to say that JuJu Smith Schuster is the most electric player in the NFL.  The Steelers seem to be playing well, as they just continually feed their playmakers.  JuJu had 7 catches, Bell had 25 carries, and AB had 5 catches.  When this Steelers offense is clicking, they are a tough team to beat.  That is clear here because Stafford threw for 423 yards, but could not find the endzone all night.  Bend don’t break strategy works for the Steelers defense here and they now sit at 6-2.  Lions are now at 3-4 and clearly on the outside looking in in the NFC Ndeshaun watson blogorth race.

Skol

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College Football Week 10

Alright gotta make this pretty quick I’m heading to the Georgia Florida game but I got a light card this week, hopefully it’s better than last week.

Washington -17

UCLA just has a terrible defense and Washington I think is gonna look to get right after a loss I think they can name the score.

South Carolina -6.5

Vanderbilt’s defense is a mess right now and South Carolina just finds a way to win games plus they’re looking for that bowl eligible win number 6.

NC St +7

Love this pick. ND is coming off its biggest win of the season and NC St is coming off a bye. ND can really only run the ball Wimbush isn’t a good thrower and NC ST has a tremendous d-line I think they can really slow down the run (re-create the uga formula for victory). Don’t be surprised with an outright upset.

North Texas -11

Coming off a blowout loss in which they were honestly the better team I think they’re looking for a bounce back. The coach even said they got too complacent and didn’t take FAU seriously enough so I think they look to get on track vs. ODU.

Thanks for reading and lets make some money.

Oh Zone Week 7 NFL Best Bets

Due to technical difficulties, there will be no video for this weeks edition of the Oh Zone.  Last week we went 3-2 and are now 7-3 overall on the year. I feel great about these picks so lets get into it. Continue reading Oh Zone Week 7 NFL Best Bets

College Football Picks Week 9

Alright so my last article wasn’t so hot went 2-4, can’t always be outstanding weeks. Didn’t help that fucking Harbaugh decided to throw the ball 40 times in pouring rain, I guess somehow that sounded like a good idea which lead to 5 turnovers. I was going to post Miami -14.5 but now it’s at -17 (humble brag) so I won’t include it just because I don’t think I would play it at that number.  Anyways let’s hope this card goes better (ironically a lot of these spreads are 7)

Friday Night:

Marshall -3

I’ve posted before about how I really like this Marshall team, definitely the best defense in that conference plus MTSU isn’t very good on offense without their QB Stock-still.

Colorado St -7

I think they’re able to score at will here.

Saturday:

Wake Forest +7

Wake has had a bye to prepare for the triple option plus Georgia Tech is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Miami. In a game with a low total give me the points.

Ok St -7

I hate going against Tom Herman as an underdog but that Texas defense gives up a lot of big plays which is what Ok St specializes in (believe me I was at the Pitt Ok St game) I think they hit enough of them to cover.

FSU -7

I will actually be in attendance for this game so that’s pretty cool can’t wait to get my chop on. Anyways Louisville’s rush defense is terrible I think FSU runs wild and Derwin James contains Lamar Jackson plus revenge spot from last year.

Auburn Team Total Over

Arkansas is terrible on defense and I think Auburn is trying to bounce back after the loss last week.

LSU -7

This is a bad spot for LSU after a big win and with Alabama coming up in 2 weeks I think. But I think that’s being priced into the game too much and you know Coach O is going to want this one bad plus Ole Miss is just a dumpster fire so I’m willing to lay the points.

San Diego St -7.5

While Fresno St has been surprisingly very good on offense this year I think SDSU will want to bounce back after the loss to Boise St last week because they’re still trying to play for a New Year’s Six bowl.

UCF -7

How about coach Scott Frost (future coach of a struggling power 5 school coming to theaters near you) being the practice qb coach practicing against the option. I think that really fires a team up and honestly UCF might be the biggest surprise in the country in terms of how good they’ve been. I kind of hate playing against an option but I don’t think they’ll be able to stop UCF’s offense.

Eastern Michigan +3

Gotta love the good ol’ fashion Eastern vs. Western Michigan rivalry, so you know Eastern being a home underdog has gotta fire them up. Plus Western is terrible at throwing the ball and Eastern is actually a pretty good team I like them to pull off a win.

Other Leans/Picks:

North Texas +3.5

If Cal got to +3.5 (maybe at +3)

USC if it got to +4 (maybe at +3.5)

La Tech -2.5

 

NBA Season Win Totals

Hello readers Dirty Mike back at it and finallyyyyyyyy the NBA season is back after what felt like forever. This offseason was fucking wild honestly the NBA is by far the most entertaining sport to just follow with all the drama and moves. We saw we felt like an incredible amount of stars change teams and frankly change conferences with the West somehow becoming even more dominant. And of course with the start of the season presents plenty of opportunity to make money with season win totals that I like. Also for bonus I’m going to throw in a future to consider, I haven’t really dabbled in futures just because the league seems so set essentially but with futures a lot of the times it’s just about the team getting far enough and then you start hedging and make profit no matter what. So without further adieu here are the bets I like for this season.

Denver Nuggets Over 45.5 wins

Would’ve liked it at a little lower number but I’m a pretty big fan of this team. They could have the best front court in terms of +/- with Jokic and Millsap playing together and they’re both just incredible passers. I LOVE Jokic and he’ll be starting all year I think he’s a star pair him with Millsap who’s just a very good efficient player and I think they’re going to shine together. You pair them with a backcourt that’s only getting better with Jamal Murray and Gary Harris which creates a great, very spaced offense. Not to mention the Nuggets are underratedly a very deep team that goes 2, even 3 deep at some positions. This team was almost the 8th seed last year and now I legitimately think they could make the jump to a top 5 seed.

Miami Heat Over 43.5 wins

Let me start this by saying that this Heat team probably should’ve made the playoffs last year with a team that was like half D-League players. Erik Spoelstra is a phenomal coach honestly thought had they made the playoffs he should’ve won the coach of the year. With every Spo-coached team they play very good defense and now with Dragic running the team they play more of suiting fast-paced offense. Now this year Rodney McGruder is starting off hurt which doesn’t help but they’ll have Waiters (hopefully) healthy the entire year who crazily was actually the best scorer when they went on that crazy run last year. They’ll play very good defense like I said and once again they’re another very deep team (they added Olynyk in the offseason too) and I think they hit that 45 win mark.

Minnesota Timberwolves Under 47.5 wins

I know this seems like a questionable one and I think the Wolves will come very close to this but I see them in the 45-46 win mark. Adding Butler and another year in Thibodeau’s system seems like they’ll make the leap but I think they fall just short of this win total but still make the playoffs. My one main concern is that they really don’t have much shooting    you can honestly say in their starting lineup they don’t have one guy you consistently have to worry about from long distance so because of that I’m going to take them under.

New Orleans Pelicans Under 39.5 wins

I know everyone loves Boogie and AD together on the same team which makes them a trendy pick to make the playoffs. But in a loaded west conference this team is going to get exposed and with that frustration I think that duo is going to fail. This team was horribly built the rest of the team sucks no other way to get around it, no depth, honestly some of the starters shouldn’t even be starters. I did really like the Ian Clark addition for the price they got him at which was one of the more underrated offseason acquisitions but besides Jrue Holiday they really don’t have much else on this team. So with the lack of talent I think they could struggle and possibly trade Boogie which I think would assure the under.

Los Angeles Clippers Over 43.5 wins

Call me crazy but I LOVE the Clippers this year I think they’re gonna sneak into the playoffs and possibly get as high as a 6th seed. This is definitely health dependent with Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari but people forget 2-3 years ago when CP3 was out Blake finished 3rd in the MVP voting. The CP3 trade also gave them something they’ve never had while Doc has been there…Depth. The Clippers always had one of the best starting lineups but it was the bench that always killed them and now they have those pieces. Plus on a side note Doc Rivers was the worst fucking GM ever thank god they got Jerry West to run the front office because Doc was brutal (Please lookup the Amin Elhassan video on how Doc got players it’s hysterical). I think Blake could have a potential MVP season if he stays healthy and the Clippers hit the over.

Here are some other leans that almost made the list:

Celtics Under 55.5 wins- I think they’re getting a little too much hype considering they have a lot of new pieces and they lost Bradley and Crowder who were very key pieces defensively.

Blazers over 42 wins- They were a completely different team once they got Nurkic and if he can stay healthy the entire year I think they can get over this since they only had him for after the trade deadline and were at 41 wins so I think they could hit a couple extra wins.

Jazz over 40.5 wins- Quin Snyder is a fantastic coach and his teams always play great defense and they have another deep team. I think Donovan Mitchell has a chance to be very good and potentially rookie of the year plus Ricky Rubio is another really good +/- guy who plays great defense.

Lakers under 34 wins- A little queasy on this one but I think the hype has gone a little too far to make an 8 win jump and they will not be a good defensive team at all I think so hopefully they finish in that 32-33 wins.

My 1 Future to Consider:

Bucks +6000 to win it all, if Giannis can take another step and become a legitimate MVP candidate plus another step from Thon Maker who also is gonna be really good. They will play very good defense and have a solid bench so with that if they could just get into the eastern conference finals or hell even the 2nd round you can start hedging and make money.

Thanks for reading and lets make some money this season.

NFL Sunday Slate – Week 6, 2017

Recently, I wrote a blog about how the NFL would be popular forever.

Doesn’t matter if OL coaches are ripping blow with strippers or if Mrs. Goodell  is using twitter accounts to protect her bum husband.  The NFL always responds.  Always.

What a week of action.

Let’s get into it.

Continue reading NFL Sunday Slate – Week 6, 2017

Oh Zones Week 6 NFL Best Bets

We had a great debut week going 4-1 on our NFL Best Bets. I love this weeks card. When I first looked at it, it reminded me of Christmas morning.

Here we go: Continue reading Oh Zones Week 6 NFL Best Bets