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Posted on: September 25, 2012 5:26 pm
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2012/2013 NFL Week 4 Power Rankings

I am not going to do what everyone thinks I am going to do and FREAK OUT! Seriously, I hate to keep harping on this but these replacement referees are not prepared to officiate these games and it needs to be rectified immediately. Causing the game to be long is one thing, blatantly getting a call wrong which causes a team to lose is a whole can of worms that should never have been opened. I hope something gets figured out soon because this is getting tough to watch.

With that said, the games will go on. Interesting stat through three weeks that may only interest me: The Cardinals, Vikings, Seahawks and Bills are a combined 9-3. The Patriots, Steelers, Packers and Saints are a combined 3-9. Anyone see that coming? Only three undefeated teams left in the NFL after 3 weeks so which 2-1 teams will round out our top five? Let's find out!

1. Houston Texans - (3-0)

The Houston Texans went into Mile High Stadium on Sunday and took care of business. For the first 3 quarters they shutdown Peyton Manning and absolutely ripped the Broncos defense to shreds. This team is playing really good football right now on both sides of the ball. Hopefully Schuab will get his ear reattached in time to face the Titans this week. This is definitely a trap game for the Texans with the Jets and the Packers coming up in consectutive weeks after the Titans. As long as the Texans don't look beyond the Titans they should remain at the top of our rankings for the third straight week.

2. Atlanta Falcons - (3-0)

The Falcons are really making their case for the top spot in our rankings. They outplayed the Chargers on both sides of the ball and made San Diego look really bad. They have a bit of a soft schedule in the coming weeks with games against three teams under .500. This week the face division rival Carolina who is coming off of a really bad loss to the Giants and have had a few extra days to prepare. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Falcons at 6-0 heading deep into October.

3. Arizona Cardinals - (3-0)

The Atlanta Cardinals are third in our power rankings. I can't believe I just wrote that last sentence. This team didn't even name a starting quarterback until days before opening day and then watched as he was knocked out of the game. Last week they dominated the Eagles from start to finish and proved their defense is the real deal. I am not quite sure they can keep this up but their schedule definitely sets them up for a chance to keep the winning streak alive. This week they welcome in the Dolphins who are not the best team in the world. Ryan Tannenhill better be prepared to spend a good part of Sunday on his back.

4. New York Giants - (2-1)

The New York Giants started our power rankings as the number one team but promptly lost on opening night to the Cowboys. Despite some fairly significant injuries they have fought back to win the next two games and sneak in at #4 in our power rankings. Eli Manning continues his strong play at quarterback last week and two new possible stars emerged in Ramses Barden and Andre Brown. They travel down the Jersey Turnpike this week to face their hated rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. If Vick and company continue to turn over the ball at their regulary clip this game will be over really quickly.

5. San Francisco 49ers - (2-1)

The 49ers were the surprise upset last week losing in Minneapolis to the Vikings. I don't believe anyone saw this coming but in the NFL it is any given Sunday. I am going to assume this was more a bump in the road then a trend and I believe they will rebound nicely this week against the Jets in Northern New Jersey. The 49ers defense is too good to allow Sanchez to throw all over them and a steady dose of Frank Gore should lead to a victory.

There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 4 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.

You can watch our weekly picks video where we pick the top four games in the NFL each week against the spread by going to our site, www.moleandmeares.com or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/meares78.

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Posted on: September 4, 2012 2:49 pm
 

2012/2013 NFL Week 1 Power Rankings

It has been 212 days since we have seen a real football game and in about 24 hours the 2012/2013 NFL season will begin. I love this time of the year, every team has an equal chance (technically) to win the Super Bowl and every team's fanbase has hope. Of course, for about half the teams that hope will quickly fade after week 1.

Each week we will release our top 5 teams in the NFL. The season hasn't started but I am sure our rankings will get some people fired up, just remember, there are 17 regular season games and plenty of time to call us idiots.

Now lets get into the power rankings...

1. New York Giants - (0-0)

We do this every year, the previous year's Super Bowl champions get the honor of our top spot until they lose. The Giants have lost some pieces this off season and might not be as strong as they were in the playoffs last year but I think they will keep the top spot for at least one week. They kick off the regular season on Wednesday night at home against the Cowboys. Should be a great season opener.

2. New England Patriots - (0-0)

The Patriots represented the AFC in last year's Super Bowl, losing to the Giants for the second time in less than 5 years. They still have Tom Brady and they still have Bill Belichick so they are always a threat to make it back to the big game. They had major question marks on their defense last year and had a really good draft. Will the young guys step up and help sure up that defense? If they do, watch out, could be another Super Bowl appearance for B squared.

3. Green Bay Packers - (0-0)

The Packers only lost 1 regular season game last season and looked like the best team in the NFL for a long time. Will Aaron Rodgers continue his MVP play this year? Has their defense improved over last year? These are some of the questions that need to be answered in order for them to regain our first spot and they will get a chance to do so right out of the box as they open their season against the 49ers. A win could solidify their spot in our rankings.

4. Houston Texans - (0-0)

The Texans finally made the playoffs last year for the first time in franchise history and they even won a playoff game with their third string quarterback at the helm. This year, Matt Schaub is back healthy and that defense is still nasty. They have a very soft division so I forsee them staying in the conversation for best team in the league for a quite a while. Will they be able to move to the top spot? Can they hang with the Ravens and the Patriots? Only time will tell.

5. San Francisco 49ers - (0-0)

The 49ers were the surprise team in the NFL last year and had one of the best defenses in team history. This team is still a question mark to me if they should even be in our top 5 due to their lack of superstar quarterback. Can Alex Smith continue his consistent conservative play this year? Will the young receivers step up and help him out? They will be tested quickly as they open up on the road against the Packers. A win at Lambeau will be a sure sign that the 49ers are for real.

There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 1 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.

You can watch our weekly picks video where we pick the top four games in the NFL each week against the spread by going to our site, [www.moleandmeares.com].

You can also keep up with us on twitter, [@moleandmeares], or on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/moleandmeares].
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:58 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 10

As each week in the NFL passes the season grows stranger and stranger.  This week we have a new number one team but a familiar one.  Our number one team last week lost to the Cleveland Browns convincingly and although you won't see the Browns in our top 5 or our honorable mentions, I am not sure if they are not the best team in the NFL today.  We have one new addition into our top 5 this week and it is from the NFC. Here we go...

1.  Baltimore Ravens (6-2) - The Ravens take over our number one spot this week after dismantling the best road team in the NFL, the Dolphins, at home this past Sunday.  Their defense played Ravens type football and their offense played well enough to win.  They have a short week this week as they will travel to Hotlanta to face the Falcons on Thursday night in the first of two matchups this week facing 2 of our top 5 teams.  This game will go a long way to showing us if the Ravens deserve to stay as our number one team.

2.  Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) - The Steelers beat Cincinnati on Monday night and took revenge against the team they lost to twice last season, although they tried to give this game away at the end.  If it wasn't for the early season loss to the Ravens they would be our number one team.  They have a chance to reclaim the spot next week as they will welcome the Patriots into Heinz field on Sunday night in a huge conference battle and what some may think maybe an AFC conference final preview.  This will be the game of the week with the loser perhaps falling out of our top 5.

3.  New England Patriots (6-2) - The Patriots are coming off their worst loss of the season as they got man handled in Cleveland against the Browns.  Perhaps they were looking ahead to their matchup this week against the Steelers, either way they need to sure up their defense if they want to compete with Pittsburgh on Sunday night.  Tom Brady has proven time and time again that the Patriots can win with less than "star quality" names on offense but the Patriots have never won without a stingy defense.  If they can find a way to play better on the defensive side of the ball they have a chance to stamp their name permanently in our top 5.

4.  New York Giants (6-2) - The New York Giants continue to impress on the defensive side of the ball as they held the Seattle Seahawks to 7 points on Sunday.  This game was over before half as the Giants ran out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter.  This week they invite the spiraling Dallas Cowboys into northern New Jersey in a divisional showdown that should be more one-sided than Cowboys fans would like to see.  As long as they aren't looking ahead to their week 11 showdown with the Eagles, the Giants should walk away with another easy victory.

5.  Atlanta Falcons (6-2) - The Falcons proved on Sunday that they belong in the top 5 of our power rankings by beating a surprisingly good Tampa Bay Buccaneers team at home.  This team is by far the quietest 6-2 team in the NFL and should be a team to watch out for come January.  They can prove that they belong as the will have a chance to take down our number one team on Thursday night when they face the Ravens at home.  If they can stick to their game plan of running the ball with Michael Turner down opposing teams throats they must just pull off the upset.

Honorable Mentions:  New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 9. Thoughts or opinions?  Feel free to leave a comment!  Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 10 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares

Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:10 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 9

There was some major shakeups in our power rankings after week 8.  I thought that the AFC was far and away the better conference in the NFL and then two NFC teams beat 2 of our top 5 teams on Sunday.  There is only one team left in the NFL with one loss and they occupy our top spot for the first time this season...here we go...

1.  New England Patriots (6-1) - The Patriots won an impressive game over the Vikings on Sunday in a game where the Vikings had to win.  The Patriots defense seems to be playing much better over the last couple of weeks, if they keep improving this team is going to be tough to beat come January.  This week the Patriots travel to the dog pound to face the improving Cleveland Browns who are coming off their biggest victory in the past 5 years.  For the Patriots sake, I hope they aren't looking forward to the week 10 match up with the Steelers and forget to show up against the Browns.

2.  Baltimore Ravens (5-2) - The Ravens were on a bye last week and had some time to get some players healthy and rested.  They move up the rankings this week by default since the teams above them lost.  This week they will face the Dolphins at home and so far this season the Dolphins are the best team in the NFL on the road.  This should be a very good matchup and if the Ravens can pull out a win they can prove that they belong in the number 2 spot in our rankings.

3.  Indianapolis Colts (5-2) - Even with the injuries to some key players the Colts continue to find a way to win.  Peyton Manning continues to show everyone why he is the most valuable player in the NFL.  They got revenge on the Texans for the week 1 loss and now are in first place in the very competitive AFC south.  This week they will travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles who are coming off of a bye and will have Michael Vick back behind center.  The Eagles are undefeated coming off of a bye under Andy Reid but have never played the Colts well.  Should be an interesting matchup and one the Colts should be able to win.

4.  Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) - The Steelers are the only team in our power rankings who lost on Sunday.  They ran into a buzz saw in the New Orleans Saints who were desperate for a win after being embarrassed at home against the Browns the week before.  This week they will travel to Cincinnati for a divisional matchup against the Bengals who swept the Steelers in '09.  This Steelers team is better than last year and this Bengals team is no where near as good as they were in 2009.  The Steelers will continue their winning ways this week, that is a guarantee.

5.  New York Giants (5-2) - The Giants have finally cracked their way into our top 5 and did so being idle during week 8.  Their defense has been playing out of their minds the past few weeks and if Eli Manning can stop throwing interceptions this team looks to be the one to beat in the NFC.  The Giants have to travel across the country to face the Seahawks on Sunday in a game in which they should win but it depends on which Seahawks team shows up this week.  If the Giants can figure out a way to beat the Seahawks they may have a chance to move up our power rankings.

Honorable Mentions:  New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 8. Thoughts or opinions?  Feel free to leave a comment!  Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 9 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:50 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 8

For the first time all season there are no changes in our power rankings after this past week's games.  The only differences come in our honorable mentions with a couple of additions and subtractions but they couldn't find a way to crack into our top 5.  Here we go...

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) - The Steelers went on the road to Miami on Sunday and squeaked out a victory against the Dolphins.  Some how the Steelers ended up on the correct end of a weird call by the referees, it seems this is a regular occurence for the Steelers.  Big Ben fumbled at the goal line and because the play was blown dead for what was determined at the time as a touchdown, there was no clear evidence of a recovery.  The Steelers got the ball back and kicked the winning field goal.  Tough loss for the Dolphins.  The Steelers will travel to New Orleans on Sunday night to face the struggling Saints.  The Steelers need to gear up to play the '09 Saints, not the current Saints if they want to win.

2.  New York Jets (5-1) - The Jets were the hottest team in the NFL going into their bye week, winners of 5 straight.  They should be well rested and healthy for their matchup this week against the struggling and hurting Green Bay Packers at the new Meadowlands stadium on Sunday.  Can they continue to play well and extend their winning streak to 6 games?  It should be an interesting match up for them on Sunday and I would expect the Jets to come out with a win.

3.  New England Patriots (5-1) - The Patriots traveled to San Diego this past Sunday to face the under performing Chargers.  They jumped out to an early and comfortable lead before having to hang on as the Chargers made a late comeback.  The Patriots avoided an overtime game when the game tying field goal doinked off the right upright.  I am still not 100% on board with the Patriots this year, their defense has been suspect at times and I am not sure if they can hold up for the entire season.  This week they face the Vikings in Foxboro.  Will Brett Favre play?  Does it matter?  I like the Patriots to win easily at home.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (5-2) - The Ravens played one of the toughest games of the week against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, yes, you read that correct, the Buffalo Bills.  The Bills took the Ravens to overtime but a great defensive play by who else, Ray Lewis, got the Ravens the ball deep in Bills territory for the game winning field goal.  The Ravens get a bye this week which will be needed after their difficult opening 7 games. 

5.  Indianapolis Colts (4-2) - The Colts have been battling injuries all season so the bye week came at just the right time for them.  They have a huge divisional game this week against the Texans in a rematch of week 1 where they lost in Houston.  This time it will be in Indianapolis, on Monday night, off of a bye week, against a Texans defense who has forgotten how to stop opposing teams.  I would put my money on Peyton Manning.

Honorable Mentions:  Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 7. Thoughts or opinions?  Feel free to leave a comment!  Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 7 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: October 11, 2010 12:40 pm
 

NFL Week 5 recap and thoughts

This post used to be called thoughts on week 5 but it didn't get much traction so I have changed the name to hopefully garner more interest.  I will give you my perspective on each game from yesterday.

1.  I thought the Bills might get there first win this week, then I woke up from my dream and remembered they were the Bills.  216 rushing yards allowed isn't going to win you any games.

2.  The Lions are winless no more.  When was the last time that a team had less yards of offense but won a game by 38 points? 

3.  I figured out this weekend why Kyle Orton is leading the league in passing yards, the Broncos don't have a running game, 39 total rushing yards???  Welcome back to the league Ray Rice and thank you for showing me why I drafted you second in my fantasy league, you were about to be benched.

4.  Maybe the Kansas City Chiefs are good?  They held the potent Colts offense to only 1 touchdown.  Matt Cassel is not a good quarterback and that will be their achilles heal for the season.

5.  What happened to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense?  13 points against the Redskins?  This team looks out of sorts and they need to get the train back on the tracks or they are going to dissappoint a lot of Wisconians. 

6.  Explain to me how you win a game when your starting quarterback goes 6-16 for 32 yards and throws 4 interceptions?  Oh wait, you play the Carolina Panthers, thats how.  By the way, Matt Forte, you are a beast.

7.  Up 7 points with the ball with 3 minutes left in the game and your opponent has 1 timeout left.  How can you possibly lose in regulation?  I know, have Carson Palmer throw not one, but two interceptions.  Not a good loss for the Bengals.

8.  In the most boring game of the week, the Falcons beat the Browns.  Did anyone watch this game?  The Falcons are now the best team in the NFC but can they beat any of the top 5 teams in the AFC?

9.  The New York Giants defense has finally woke up.  They allowed less than 200 yards of offense to one of the best offensive teams in the NFL.  Eli Manning needs to stop throwing interceptions if this team is going to be a contender.

10.  Drew Brees, what happened?  New Orleans Saints, what happened?  You lost to an undrafted rookie quarterback?  How is that even possible?  The Cardinals had less than 200 yards of offense but yet beat the defending Superbowl champions.

11.  There is trouble in Big D.  Dallas is now 1-3 and at the bottom of the NFC East which really isn't the strongest division in the league this year.  Tony Romo, you are supposed to be a veteran quarterback but yet you keep making rookie decisions.  Not good.

12.  Congrats to the Raiders for beating the Chargers for the first time since 2003.  The Chargers need to spend a week figuring out how to hold onto the ball, three lost fumbles sealed their fate.

13.  LeSean McCoy is a tough cookie, playing this game with a broken rib and putting up 138 yards from scrimmage.  At the same time you earn the Idiot of the Week award for diving like a quarterback 2 yard short of the first down marker and almost losing the game.  Congrats!

Check back next Monday for my week 6 recap and don't forget to check out our site at www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly picks video show and submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Meares
Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:35 am
 

Thoughts on Week 2 in the NFL...

1.  The Packers are good...I know they played the Bills but they didn't miss a beat without Ryan Grant.  If the trade rumors regarding Marshawn Lynch are true then I would hate to be in their division.

2.  Brett Favre is old...and hurt.  I am not sure what brought him back this year, his ego, his pride, his will to win, but he is not 100% and it shows.  The Vikings pass game looks terrible and I don't see it improving any time soon.  I wouldn't be surprised to see an early exit for Brett this year by week 9.

3.  I predicted a surprise team this year in the AFC west but not the Chiefs.  I am not sure how good they really are quite yet but that was a heck of a road win on a short week where they could have easily had a let down.  Could this team be the surprise of the year?  Is Matt Cassel good enough?

4.  The Cowboys look lost in all facets of the game.  They allowed the Bears to come into their house and lay the smack down on them.  Jay Cutler has had two solid weeks behind center and if he continues to improve the Bears could definitley be a team to watch.  As for the Cowboys, two games does not make a season but it might be time to change some things up. 

5.  The Cardinals might have made a mistake letting Matt Leinhart leave.  They are a brutally bad team this year.  The Falcons scored at will and made them look like a bad college team.  Matt Ryan is starting to come into his own and will become an elite quarterback in the NFL within the next 3 years.

6.  Tampay Bay is 2-0...really?  Who is their quarterback again?

7.  Michael Vick looked good...scary good against the Lions.  The Eagles defense was still in Philadelphia and forgot to make the trip to Detroit.  It will be an interesting game next week with Kevin Kolb back in at quarterback...wondering how long that leash is going to be?

8.  The Bengals won this weekend on 5 field goals and no touchdowns against the Ravens.  Makes you think back to the season where the Ravens won the Superbowl and they won 5 games without score a touchdown.  Here is the difference, the Bengals D is no where as good as that Baltimore D and Carson Palmer is much better than Trent Dilfer...or so I thought.

9.  Pittsburgh has started the season 2-0 without Big Ben.  Their defense is really good...seriously...really good...they have allowed 1 touchdown in the first two weeks and only 20 points.  I didn't think this was their year...I am starting to have second thoughts.

10.  Did anyone outside of Seattle or Denver watch the Seahawks vs Broncos?  Does anyone care about either of these teams or think that either one of them have a chance to make the playoffs?  I don't.

11.  St. Louis vs Oakland...see #10.

12.  In the best game of the week, in my opinion, the Texans beat the Redskins in Washington in overtime.  I don't think either team played their secondary in this game, there was over 900 yards combined in passing between the two teams.  The Redskins seemed to have this locked up until the Texans offense went into overdrive and erased a 17 point deficit in the second half.  Could this really be the year the Texans finally make the playoffs???

13.  The Chargers rebounded well after their loss to the Chiefs last week and trounced the Jaguars at home.  But seriously, this is the Jaguars.  They have Jones-Drew and that is about it.  Since they scored 38 points I guess Philip Rivers isn't going to whine and cry this week, we can only hope that will happen again next week.

14.  The Jets offense last week looked like a high school football team.  This week they looked like Patriots from '08.  Randy Moss might be a slouch as Revis said but that might be on of the best catches I ever saw...how did he even see the ball?

15.  Manning vs Manning II...Petyon wins...really?  Did anyone actually think that the Giants would win this game?

Check in next Monday to see my week 3 thoughts and don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com where you can see our weekly NFL picks video and submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Meares
 
 
 
 
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