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Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:13 pm
 

2011 NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

Do you remember the last Thanksgiving day NFL game you watched that was interesting? I don't, but guess what, if the Packers and the Lions can find a way to win all their games between now and Thanksgiving we will have one for the ages. That is right folks, the Packers travel to the Lions on Thanksgiving day and we could have a battle of unbeatens. Now I know this is a long way off and is definitely a long shot, but with my Eagles basically crapping the bed it is all I have left to look forward to this season.

Not much movement in this weeks rankings although we do have one new returning team. Think differently? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

Now lets get into the power rankings...

1. Green Bay Packers - (5-0)

The Packers went into Atlanta, spotted the Falcons 14 points and still won the game. It appears they may have found something on the defensive side of the ball and just shut down the Falcons in the second half. That is very scary for the rest of the league because if the Packers defense starts playing well I am not sure how you beat this team. This week they welcome the winless St. Louis Rams into Lambeau field. I am going to go out on a limb and say the Packers will still be our number one team heading into week 7.

2. Detroit Lions - (5-0)

The Lions played host to the Bears on Monday night football last week and showed the entire nation why they are now a team to be reckoned with this season. Their defense had Jay Cutler playing hop scotch behind the line of scrimmage all night long. Calvin Johnson only had one touchdown catch in the game after having two in each of the previous 4 and became the first NFL wide receiver to catch 9 TD passes in the first 5 games of a season. Oh, and the Lions are at 5-0 for the first time since the 50s. This week they play host to the surprisingly good San Francisco 49ers. Will Detroit keep their "dream season" going or will the 49ers prove they are for real?

3. Baltimore Ravens - (3-1)

The Ravens had a bye last week and I thought about dropping them down the rankings but realized that just wouldn't be fair. I mean, they didn't get any worse during the bye, right? So here they sit at number 3 getting ready to host the Houston Texans in an AFC showdown this Sunday. The Texans will be without their star wide receiver, Andre Johnson, and for that reason I give them a 0 percent chance of winning this game. The Ravens defense is just too good and the Houston defense isn't. I expect to see the Ravens back in our top five next week.

4. New Orleans Saints - (4-1)

The Saints pulled out a victory in Carolina last week but again their defense left something to be desired. No one can argue their offense isn't one of the best in the NFL and rookie running back Mark Ingram is really performing well but can they continue to outscore their opponents week in and week out? The will travel to Tampa Bay this weekend to face the Buccaneers who were embarrassed by the 49ers last week in the worst defeat in the NFL in a long time. I think the Bucs will be ready for the Saints and this could be an upset in the making. Will the Saints find a way to stop the Buccaneers and remain in our top 5?

5. Buffalo Bills - (4-1)

The Bills jump back into the top 5 of the Mole & Meares power rankings after beating up on the "Dream Team" last week and this time they didn't have to come from behind. I really like the way this team is playing as a team and not relying too heavily on any one player. The Bills have the most heart of any team right now in the NFL but will that be enough to continue their winning ways? This week they travel down state and into New Jersey to face the NY Giants. In my opinion, the Bills are the better team and if they continue their streak of returning an interception for a touchdown in every game they should walk out of New York/New Jersey with a W.

There you have it, the NFL power rankings after week 5 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.

Make sure to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see all of our picks each week and enter your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:49 am
 

2011 NFL Week 5 Power Rankings

After four weeks in the NFL we are down to two unbeaten teams and they are both in the same division! If the Lions and the Packers can find a way to win all of their games leading up to Thanksgiving then we would have the best Thanksgiving football game in recent memory as they would face each other in a battle of the undefeateds.

For those of you that watch our weekly picks show, The Mole & Meares Show, you are in for a special treat this week. Playboy model, EaglesGirl, is featured on our show and makes her picks for the top four games of the week. Make sure to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see this week's episode.

Now lets get into the power rankings...

1. Green Bay Packers - (4-0)

The Packers had a dominate victory this week over the Denver Broncos. The offense on this team is incredible, they are scoring the most points per game in the league and have the 5th best offense in yards per game. Aaron Rodgers is just on fire, there is no other way to describe it. The defense is still missing something, perhaps Cullen Jenkins? This week they travel to Atlanta to face the sometimes good, sometimes bad, Falcons. Green Bay isn't going undefeated this season but this won't be their first loss.

2. Detroit Lions - (4-0)

Two weeks in a row the Lions come back from more than 20 points down? Are you kidding me? Calvin Johnson is just a freak of nature and continued his record setting pace of touchdown recpetions with 2 more against the Cowboys. Eventually, falling behind by too many points is going to catch up with this team but at the same time their confidence level has to be at an all time high. They welcome in the Bears to Ford Field this week and believe it or not, could be poised to start out the season at 5-0.

3. Baltimore Ravens - (3-1)

The Ravens defense is just good, just plain good. They had three defensive touchdowns on Sunday night against the Jets. Right now they are the best team in the AFC despite their week 2 loss to the Titans, who actually look like they might have a decent squad. If the Ravens can continue to pound the ball with Ray Rice and Flacco can make better decisions at times, this team could be ready to make a run come January. The first week of byes is here and the Ravens will sit on the sidelines this week and rest up for their week 6 matchup with the Houston Texans.

4. New Orleans Saints - (3-1)

The Saints offense continued its dominant ways last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. What was even more impressive, though, was their defense who held the Jags to only 10 points and under 300 yards of total offense. The Saints are second in the league in offensive yards per game and seem to be able to score at will on most opponents. This week they will travel to Carolina to face Cam Newton and the Panthers. It will be interesting to see if the Saints defense can continue its solid play and find a way to shutdown Cam Newton.

5. Houston Texans - (3-1)

The Texans break into our top 5 power rankings for the first time this season. When Peyton Manning went down, everyone assumed that Houston would be the team to represent the AFC South in the playoffs this season and they are trying to prove everyone right. The played a great game last week against the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers. If Arian Foster and Andre Johnson are healthy, this team will be tough to beat, but with their status uncertain moving forward they will have to keep a close eye on the improving Tennessee Titans. This week they host a hungry Oakland Raiders team fresh off a home loss to the Patriots. Houston better be prepared or this could be a short stint in our top 5.

There you have it, the NFL power rankings after week 5 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.

Make sure to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see all of our picks each week and enter your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:28 am
 

2011 NFL Week 4 Power Rankings

After three weeks in the NFL we are down to only three unbeaten teams and if anyone out there would have thought that two of those teams would be from Buffalo or Detroit then they should start their own NFL blog.

If you didn't catch our show last week, Meares correctly predicted the Bills would upset the Patriots at home. Make sure to check out all of our week 4 picks this week at www.moleandmeares.com and watch our weekly NFL picks video that will be live on Wednesday 9/28.

Now lets get into the power rankings...

1. Green Bay Packers - (3-0)

For the third straight week the Packers found a way to win and this time it was on the road against a fierce division rival. I am still not impressed with their defense, out of the three remaining undefeated teams the Packers have allowed the most points. They need to find a way to shut down the other team's offense if they are going to want to play in Indianapolis in February. They get an easy game this week as they will play host to the offensively incompetent Denver Broncos.

2. Detroit Lions - (3-0)

And the Lions continue to impress. This team is young, hungry and wants to win, now. Calvin Johnson, or as most people know him, MegaTron, is on pace for 36 receiving touchdowns. They have scored the second most points in the NFC and what is more impressive, have given up the least amount of points. They came back from a 20-0 deficit against the Vikings last week and this week will face off against the 2-1 Cowboys in Dallas. This will be a good test to see exactly how good this 2011 Lions team really can be.

3. Buffalo Bills - (3-0)

Most improbably victory of the year, the Bills coming back from 21 points down to the team of the millenium, the New England Patriots. The Bills are the first team ever to come back from more than 18 points in two consecutive weeks. This team is for real and Ryan Fitzpatrick is as cool as a cucumber. This week should be interesting as they have to travel to Cincinnati to play a dangerous Bengals team in what could possibly be a letdown game. With their recent string of comebacks I wouldn't ever count the Bills out of a game though.

4. Baltimore Ravens - (2-1)

The Ravens have managed to claw their way back into our top 5 this week after an absolute demolishing of the St. Louis Rams. Surprise, surprise, the Ravens have allowed the least amount of points in the NFL through three weeks and their offense is looking solid. Welcome to the NFL Torrey Smith, whose first three NFL catches were for touchdowns, I have a feeling he might get the starting job this week against the New York Jets. The Jets are coming off a bad loss on the road to the Raiders and will be looking to exact some revenge, just not sure if Baltimore is the best team to be playing for that reason.

5. New Orleans Saints - (2-1)

The Saints are rounding out our top 5 this week and are appearing for the first time this year. Their offense is looking very explosive and they have the most points scored in the NFC. On the other hand, like the Packers, their defense has left much to be desired. If Sean Payton can find a way to turn this defense around, the Saints could be a team to keep an eye on come playoff time. This week they will travel to Jacksonville to face the struggling Jaguars. I have a feeling that after week 4 the Saints are going to be 3-1.

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

Make sure to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see all of our picks each week and enter your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:12 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 4:02 pm
 

NFL Wildcard Playoff Picks

The playoffs are finally here!  This is my favorite time of the year, there is nothing like playoff NFL football.  Wildcard weekend will feature 4 games, 3 of which have a spread of 3 or less points.  The home teams are favored in all but one of the close spread games and normally Vegas gives the home team three points so Vegas is basically saying those two games are pick'ems.  I finished the season above .500 against the spread but barely.  This is my time to shine and I am predicting I will have a better than .800 record during the playoffs.  Let's get down to business...here we go...

Saturday, January 8th - 4:30 PM - New Orleans Saints (-10.5) at Seattle Seahawks - Mole & Meares Show Pick - Seattle Seahawks

At first blush this line seems really big, especially considering both Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory are done for the season.  The Saints running game will have to rely heavily on Julius Jones and Reggie Bush to step up or they will become one dimensional for the entire playoffs.  The Saints will win this game, especially considering the quarterback situation with the Seahawks.  Both Hasselbeck and Whitehurst have been sharing reps in practice this week meaning they have yet to decide on who will start the game.  I am not confident that the Saints will cover the spread though, mainly due to Seattle being at home and the Saints having to rely heavily on the pass.  I will take the points and take the Seahawks to cover.

Saturday, January 8th - 8:20 PM - New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) - Mole & Meares Show Pick  - New York Jets

This game is a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game where the Colts came out on top.  This is a completely different Colts team who, although they have won four straight games, is no where near the caliber of team they were last year.  Injuries have taken their toll on both sides of the ball and if it wasn't for Peyton Manning the Colts would have been 4-12 this year.  I like the matchup of the Jets defense against a depleted Colts offense and although I don't think the Jets will put up many points I believe they will put up enough to win this game outright.  I will take the two and a half points and take the Jets to win on the road.

Sunday, January 9th - 1:00 PM - Baltimore Ravens (-3) at Kansas City Chiefs - Mole & Meares Show Pick - Baltimore Ravens

There are a lot of factors going in the Chiefs favor in this game.  First they are 7-1 at Arrowhead stadium this year which is a very difficult place for opposing teams to play.  Second, they are basically playing with house money as no one expected them to be in the playoffs this year let alone host a first round game.  Third, they have the leading rusher in the NFL this season in Jamal Charles.  With all of that said I believe experience is going to play a huge role in this game.  The Ravens have been here before and they know how to win a road playoff game in a hostile environment.  The Ravens offense is much improved from a year ago with new weapons at the wide receiver position and Ray Rice can bruise opposing defenses with the run.   The Ravens defense will need to find away to shut down Charles and force Cassel to beat them through the air which I don't believe he can do.  I will give the three points and take the Ravens on the road.

Sunday, January 9th - 4:30 PM - Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5) - Mole & Meares Show Pick - Philadelphia Eagles

This is the marquee game of the weekend.  The Green Bay Packers were a lot of people's preseason pick to represent the NFC in the Superbowl.  Since then they have been decimated with injuries but have found a way to make it to the playoffs.  Aaron Rodgers is having a great season when he is able to stay healthy and on the field.  The Packers have absolutely no running game and are basically a one dimensional team.  The Philadelphia Eagles, on the other hand, were not on anyone's radar before the start of the season, they were supposed to be in a rebuilding year.  But Michael Vick has proven he can still play quarterback and is perhaps playing better than when he was in Atlanta.  Even though the Eagles defense has been brutal this year I believe they can game plan accordingly for a team that is only going to throw the ball.  The x factor in this game is Vick, can the Packers contain him and keep him bottled up?  I like the Eagles to pull this one out at home so I will give the two and a half points and take Philadelphia.

There you have it, my wildcard playoff game picks against the spread.  I have a good feeling that I am going to get off to a great start in this year's playoffs.  Do you see the games going differently?  Let me know by leaving a comment below.  Also, on my site, www.moleandmeares.com, we are running a playoff contest for a chance to win a great prize.  You have to pick the participants in both the AFC and NFC championship games, the teams in the Superbowl and the eventual Superbowl winner.  Make sure to sign up before Saturday and Good Luck!

Mole & Meares
Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 1:21 pm
 

NFL Week 17 Playoff Predictions

Normally I make my picks against the spread at this time but i am going to forgo that option this week as their are so many games that are not going to be played with starters, etc.  What I am going to do this week is make my playoff predictions.  I will tell you what three teams will lock up playoff spots on Sunday and which teams will make it to the Superbowl.  At the beginning of the season, I predicted the Packers vs the Ravens in the Superbowl and it appears as though both of those teams will make the playoffs.  Lets see how far away from my beginning prediction I end up now.  Here we go...

NFC Playoff seeds

1.  Atlanta Falcons (bye)

2.  Chicago Bears (bye)

3.  Philadelphia Eagles

4.  St. Louis Rams

5.  New Orleans Saints

6.  Green Bay Packers

With the above seeds in place the wild card round of the playoffs will feature the Packers traveling to Philly and the Saints going into St. Louis.  I like one road team in these games and that would be the Saints.  

Divisional playoff weekend will feature the Eagles at the Bears and the Saints at the Falcons.  This would make for two great games and I believe we will see the home teams come out victorious in both situations setting up a Bears/Falcons NFL Conference Championship.

I like the way the Falcons are playing this year, they can run the ball effectively and Matt Ryan has progressed as a starting quarterback and is having the best year of his short career.  I believe he is ready to take the next step and lead his team to the Superbowl so I will take the Falcons to top the Bears in a close, hard fought game.

AFC Playoff seeds

1.  New England Patriots

2.  Pittsburgh Steelers

3.  Kansas City Chiefs

4.  Indianapolis Colts

5.  Baltimore Ravens

6.  New York Jets

With the above seeds, the wild card weekend in the AFC should feature some interesting games as the Jets will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs and the Ravens will go into Indianapolis to face the Colts.  Again, I like one road team in this situation with the Ravens shutting down Peyton Manning and company.

Divisional playoff weekend would then feature the Ravens going into New England and the Chiefs traveling to Pittsburgh.  Tough to go against the home teams in either of these situations.

The AFC championship would then feature the Steelers traveling into New England to face the Patriots.  Tom Brady has owned the Steelers in his career and I am not sure how this game is going to end up differently.  I like New England to come out on top and return to the Superbowl.  

That would set up a Falcons/Patriots Superbowl which would be a great game featuring the two top teams from each conference.  I will not bet against Tom Brady to lose another Superbowl so I will take the Patriots and their high powered offense to win the game.

Do you have a different opinion?  Let me know by leaving comments...also don't forget to visit my website, www.moleandmeares.com, where we have a weekly NFL picks video that was featured on Showtime's Inside the NFL.  

Meares

Posted on: December 29, 2010 9:06 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 17

Going into the final week of the NFL regular season, the playoff picture is almost completely set.  Their are only three spots available, one in the AFC and two in the NFC, which will be determined this Sunday.  The Patriots have locked up home field advantage in the AFC and Atlanta is all but guaranteed home field advantage in the NFC.  Some teams have backed into the playoffs (Eagles & Jets) and some teams will enter the playoffs on a roll.  With how crazy this NFL season has been I would expect some surprises in the playoffs.  Here are the top 5 teams entering week 17...

1.  New England Patriots (13-2) - The Patriots have won 7 games in a row and haven't scored less than 31 points since November 7th.  I would venture to say that this offense is rolling right now.  New England is not known for resting their starters much, even in games where nothing is on the line so I believe we will see the Patriots roll out to an early lead on Miami at home this week and then coast through the second half and enter the playoffs on an 8 game win streak.  It is tough to envision a Superbowl in February that won't include the Patriots.

2.  Atlanta Falcons (12-3) - The Falcons finally lost at home and showed they aren't unbeatable in the Georgia Dome.  Matt Ryan only lost for the second time at home in his career.  With that said the Falcons face the lowly Panthers this week at home and a win gives them the number one seed in the NFC and forces the road to the Superbowl to go through Atlanta.  I like Atlanta to win this week and force teams to beat them on their own turf but we now see that is not an impossible task. 

3.  Baltimore Ravens (11-4) -  The Ravens are quietly on a 3 game win streak.  Three of their four losses this year came against the Patriots, the Falcons and the Steelers, all playoff teams.  Their fourth loss was at the Cincinnati Bengals who they face at home this week with a chance to avenge their earlier loss and perhaps sneak into the two seed in the AFC.  If the Ravens continue to pound the ball down their opponents throat and can find a way to capture their defense of years past they could be the team to give the Patriots some trouble come late January. 

4.  Chicago Bears (11-4) - The Bears just continue to impress, taking down the Jets last week at home after falling behind 21-10.  I have doubted this team all year, waiting for Jay Cutler to become the turnover machine we are all accustomed to seeing.  That hasn't happened and now with the Vikings upsetting the Eagles last night, the Bears have clinched a first round bye in the NFC.  They face the Packers this week in Lambeau with nothing to play for whereas the Packers need a win to make the playoffs.  More than likely, the Bears will rest most of their starts and the Packers will cruise into the playoffs. 

5.  New Orleans Saints (11-4) - What an impressive win in Atlanta last week.  As I alluded to earlier, the Falcons had not lost at home all season and yet the Saints managed to go into the Georgia Dome and take down the best team in the NFC.  This keeps the Saints slim hopes alive of winning their division and securing the number one seed in the NFC.  This scenario is highly unlikely with the Falcons facing the worst team in the NFL and the Saints welcoming in the upstart Buccaneers who believe they still have a chance to make the playoffs.  But that is why they play the games, you never know!

Honorable Mentions:  Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 16. 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 17 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: December 23, 2010 10:07 am
 

NFL Week 16 Picks

Well...I just cannot get on track with my picks against the spread.  I went 8-8 last week which marks the third time in a row I haven't been able to go above .500.  On top of that, my online NFL picks show, The Mole & Meares Show, was supposed to be featured in a segment on Inside the NFL last night but the segment was postponed again!  I am not going to make any promises on when it is going to air anymore so as to not jinx myself.  Two weeks left in the NFL regular season in order to get my overall record to be respectable.  I have done extra homework this week to hopefully put up some decent numbers.  Here we go...

Record to Date - 74-68-3

Carolina at Pittsburgh (-14) - Pittsburgh Steelers - The Thursday night game couldn't be much more of a bore than watching the Steelers decimate the Panthers.  If you don't have the NFL network it really isn't that big of a deal.  14 points is a lot to give in an NFL game but I am willing to give the points in this one because I don't think the Panthers are going to score.

Dallas at Arizona (+7) - Dallas Cowboys - Another boring game on the NFL network on Christmas day.  Don't worry about turning it on, enjoy the time with your family and opening gifts.  This game isn't going to be close as the Cowboys will be way too much for the Cardinals to handle.  I will give the seven and take the Boys on the road.

New England at Buffalo (+7.5) - Buffalo Bills - Let me be clear, I, in no way, believe the Bills are going to win this game.  I do, however, believe that Buffalo is going to play them tough and keep it close for much of the game.  The elements in Buffalo, combined with the fact that the Bills have played many opponents tough this year, makes me think this will be closer than 7 points.  Give me the 7 and a half and I will take the Bills to circle the wagons at home. 

NY Jets at Chicago (-1) - NY Jets - The Bears clinched their division last week and although they would like to lock up the second seed I think they are primed for a let down game.  The Jets on the other hand are clinging to a playoff spot and need a victory this week to solidify their post season hopes.  They are coming off an enormous win at Pittsburgh last week and should be playing with a renewed confidence.  I will take the one measly point and take the Jets on the road.

Baltimore at Cleveland (+3) - Baltimore Ravens - The Cleveland Browns are a team that I just can't get a read on.  This game should be a battle but after the loss that Cleveland suffered last week and the win the Ravens had at home against the Saints, I think this line is too small.  I like the Ravens to punch the Browns in the mouth for 60 minutes so I will give the points and take the Ravens.

Tennessee at Kansas City (-4.5) - Kansas City Chiefs - There is no doubt that when Matt Cassell is behind center for the Chiefs they are a good football team.  They need a win this week to put a strangle hold on the AFC West and Tennessee is only playing for pride.  Kansas City is a tough place to play for good teams and Tennessee is not a good team.  I will give the points and take the Chiefs at home.

San Francisco at St. Louis (-2.5) - St. Louis Rams - This is a huge game in the worst division in the NFL.  San Francisco, who is 5-9, holds their own playoff destiny in their hands which is incredible.  With that said, the Rams are the better team and if Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson can find a way to get the ball in the endzone the Rams should have no problem taking this one at home.  I will give the points and take the Rams to win at home.

Detroit at Miami (-3.5) - Detroit Lions - The Lions are coming off a big win in Tampa Bay last week.  Perhaps they enjoy playing in Florida in December.  The Dolphins lost a heart breaker against the Bills at home last week ending any chance of making the playoffs.  The Lions are a young team that is hungry to win  and I think they are going to want this game more the Dolphins.  I will take the points and take the Lions in Florida.

Minnesota at Philadelphia (-15.5) - Philadelphia Eagles - Was there a better game last week than the Eagles coming back from 21 points with less than 8 minutes to go in the game?  The Eagles confidence has to be at an all time high and they get to face an Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre-less Vikings team at home this week with a chance to lock up the NFC East.  The line could be 21 and I would still take the Eagles.  

Seattle at Tampa Bay (-5.5) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tampa Bay's playoff hopes took a huge hit at home last week when they lost to the Lions.  With that said, this team is young and hungry and still thinks they have a chance.  The Seahawks are absolutely brutal on the road and traveling across country from west to east never works out well for the west coast team.  I will give the five and a half points and take the Bucs.

Washington at Jacksonville (-7) - Jacksonville Jaguars - The Redskins are in complete turmoil, McNabb has been benched, Haynesworth suspended, Rex Grossman is starting at quarterback, none of this sounds good.  The Jaguars need a win to keep pace with the Colts for the AFC South.  I have no problem giving the 7 points here and taking the Jaguars at home.

Indianapolis at Oakland (+3) - Indianapolis Colts - Peyton Manning willed the Colts to victory last week against the Jaguars and now holds the playoff hopes of the entire city of Indianapolis in his hands; he usually doesn't disappoint.  Oakland has been playing well this year and is much improved from last season but I think this is where the dream ends for them.  I will give the three points and take the Colts on the road.

Houston at Denver (+3) - Denver Broncos - Tim Tebow made his first NFL start last week and played better than many expected.  Look for Denver to loosen the leash a little more on him this week and allow him to throw the ball around more.  The Texans have just had a brutal season and I don't think it is going to get any better this week.   I like the Tebow led Broncos to win this game outright so I will take the 3 points and take the Bronocs at home.

NY Giants at Green Bay (-2.5) - Green Bay Packers - The Giants will not win another game this year after their horrific collapse in the new Meadowlands this past week.  Tom Coughlin is now on the hot seat and when they don't make the playoffs for the second consecutive year he will no longer be employed.  The Packers get Aaron Rodgers back this week and if they can win out they can still make the playoffs.  I like the Packers in Lambeau in December no matter who they are playing so I will give the points and take the Packers.

San Diego at Cincinnati (+7) - San Diego Chargers - The Cincinnati Bengals ended their 10 game skid last week but will be ready to start another losing streak this week.  The Chargers till believe they can make the playoffs and they have had a few extra days to prepare for the Bengals.  Philip Rivers will rip apart the weak Bengals secondary and the Chargers will easily cover the 7 point spread.

New Orleans at Atlanta (-2.5) - Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons just continue to win and impress me at the same time.  I keep waiting for the let down game but it seems as though it will never come.  The Saints are coming off a loss to the Ravens on Sunday and would love to go into Atlanta and win but unfortunately that is not going to happen.  The Ravens exposed the Saints defense last week and I guarantee you the Falcons coaching staff was paying attention.  Look for Michael Turner to have a monster game and the Falcons to cover the two and a half point spread.

There are my week 16 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

Don't forget to visit my NFL picks site at www.moleandmeares.com where we have a weekly video talking about the four biggest games of the week.  We also have a place for you to submit your picks for week 16 straight up for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:13 am
 

NFL Week 15 Picks

The only thing I can say about last week is...ouch!  I went 6-10 and it was by far my worst week of the year.  It isn't going to get any easier this week as we have a ton of games with major playoff implications which usually means close games.  I need to give a quick plug to my online NFL picks show, The Mole & Meares Show (www.moleandmeares.com), which will be featured on Showtime's Inside the NFL on December 22nd.  Our show this week was shot on the set of Inside the NFL and professional edited by NFL Films.  I want to thank NFL Films, Jason Weber and Susannah Collins for making all of this possible.  Okay, enough self promotion, on to the picks.  Here we go...

Record to date (66-60-3)

San Francisco at San Diego (-10) - San Diego Chargers - This game features two teams that are fighting for their respective playoff lives.  A loss will virtually eliminate each team from playoff contention.  With that said, San Diego is clearly the better team and with this game being at home I like the Chargers to win big so I am okay giving the 10 points.

Cleveland at Cincinnati (-1) - Cincinnati Bengals - One of the few games that features two teams with absolutely nothing to play for but pride.  The Bengals have lost 10 games in a row so something has to give and I think this is one of those divisional games they will step it up for and show some pride.  I like the Bengals at home and giving a point is fine by me. 

Washington at Dallas (-6) - Dallas Cowboys - Another game with absolutely no playoff implications.  Dallas has been vastly improved since the firing of Wade Phillips and Washington has been playing brutally bad of late, losing a game last week due to a botched extra point.  Witht his game being in Dallas, I like that explosive Cowboys offensive to take care of business so I will give the points and take the Boys at home.

Houston at Tennessee (-1.5) - Houston Texans - The last of the games featuring two teams with no chance of making the playoffs.  Houston started the season with so much promise being the Colts at home for the first time.  Since then they have really struggled and came up short last week against the Ravens.  With that said I think they are a better team than the Titans and will win a road game for the first time in a long time.  I will take the little bit of points and put my money on the Texans.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis (-5) - Jacksonville Jaguars - One of the biggest games of the week.  If Jacksonville wins they all but lock up the AFC South and their first division crown in a long time.  Peyton Manning is still playing with players from the JV team but never count him out.  I think the Colts will pull this one out but it will be too close for me to give 5 points so I will take the points and take the Jaguars.

Kansas City at St. Louis OFF - St. Louis - This game is off the board due to the uncertainty surrounding Matt Cassell's playing status for Sunday.  If he plays I think the Chiefs have a chance to win, unfortunately I don't think he is going to be able to suit up so I will take the Rams to win this game and move one step closer to a division crown.

Buffalo at Miami (-5.5) - Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins still have the smallest glimmer of hope of making the playoffs...they would have to win out and hope everyone else loses but stranger things have happened.  They are coming off arguably their biggest win of the season against the Jets.  The Bills are also coming off a win but I think Miami's rushing attack is going to be too much for them to handle.  I will give the points and take the Dolphins at home.

Detroit at Tampa Bay (-6) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Buccaneers are fighting for a playoff spot and still have an outside chance of getting in if they can win out.  Detroit is coming off their biggest win of the season when they took out both Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week.  I think Tampa Bay is definitely the better team here and is out to prove they deserve to play in January so I will give the 6 points and take the Bucs at home.

Arizona at Carolina (-3) - Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals are still alive, albeit barely, in their division even though they have looked like a high school team at times this season.  Carolina is the worst team in the NFC and probably the entire NFL.  Even though the Cardinals have been absolutely dreadful on the road this year I think they will want this game more than Carolina so I will take the points and pray the Cardinals find a way to pull this out on the road.

New Orleans at Baltimore (-1) - Baltimore Ravens - Another one of the featured games of the week.  New Orleans has quietly returned to their Superbowl champion form over the past few weeks and travels into Baltimore to face the stingy Ravens defense.  If this game was played in New Orleans I would take the Saints and put my mortgage payment on it but since it will be in Baltimore, played outside in wintry conditions, I like the Ravens rushing attack and their defense to hinder the pass happy Saints offense.  I will give the point and take the Ravens at home to end the Saints run of 6 games in a row.

Philadelphia at NY Giants (-3) - Philadelphia Eagles - Ok, I will admit, I am a little biased in this pick being a diehard Eagles fan, but at the same time I think the Eagles can win this game.  The Giants did contain Michael Vick the last time these two teams met and they will probably do the same this time.  With that said the Eagles have been running the ball much better in recent weeks and if they stick to the run game I like them to pull this out.  I will take the points and take the Eagles, big surprise, I know.

Atlanta at Seattle (+7) - Seattle Seahawks - This is my upset pick of the week.  Do I think the Seahawks are going to win out right?  Probably not but I like them to keep this close.  The Seahawks are fighting for their division title and the Falcons have a huge game against the Saints the following week and have to travel across country to play in a difficult stadium.  If there is a week where there is a chance for the Falcons to stumble then it is this week and this game.  I will take the 7 points in the only game featuring a home dog and I will take the Seahawks.

NY Jets at Pittsburgh (-6) - NY Jets - This game features two of the premier defenses in the NFL and that is the ONLY reason I will take the Jets.  I think the Steelers will win this game but it will come down to a game winning field goal in the final seconds.  6 points is just too much to give in a game that might have a combined 20 points scored.  Give me the points and the Jets.

Denver at Oakland (-7) - Oakland Raiders - The Raiders are playing Raider football and they are playing it well.  They are pounding the ball down the throats  of their opponents and getting to the quarterback on defense.  The Broncos season is over and they have nothing to play for but pride.  The Raiders on the other hand have a chance to win their division if they get some help down the stretch.  I believe the Raiders will run the ball all over the Broncos so I have no problem giving the 7 points and taking the Raiders.

Green Bay at New England OFF - New England Patriots - This game is off the board due to the uncertainty of Aaron Rodgers playing status.  If Rodgers doesn't play then Green Bay has absolutely no shot at winning this game.  If he does play they have a tiny chance of winning.  The one thing that scares me is this is a must win game for the Packers whereas for the Patriots they can basically go on cruise control.  With that said, I still like the Patriots at home, their offense is way too good.

Chicago at Minnesota OFF - Chicago Bears - This game is also off the board but for mulitple reasons.  We have no idea who will be taking the snaps behind center for Minnesota and it will be played at the University of Minnesota's stadium where it will be really &^%$# cold.  Chicago needs to rebound after getting embarrassed by the Patriots last week and there is no better team to take out your anger on then the Minnesota Vikings.  I don't care if Brett Farve plays or not, Chicago will win this game.

There are my week 15 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

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