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Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:26 am
Edited on: December 13, 2010 2:51 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 14

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After 13 weeks in the NFL the top teams are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the league.  The Sunday and Monday night games were two of the best games of the year and caused one of our top 5 teams from last week to fall completely out of our top 10.  Both teams who won the two premier games jumped up in our rankings and we have two new additions to our top 5 this week.  There are only a few good games in week 14 setting up a huge week of games the following week.  I would be surprised to see any major movements after next Monday but you never know. Here we go...

1.  New England Patriots (10-2) - Wow...the Patriots embarrassed the Jets on Monday night football.  Tom Brady is now the front runner for the MVP after throwing for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns.  The Jets had a chance to answer critics who claimed they had an inflated 9-3 record and they failed miserably.  Since week 2 the Jets have only beaten one team with a winning record and last night it showed.  The Patriots defense played really well causing 3 turnovers and holding the Jets to 3 points.  The Patriots travel to Soldier Field on Sunday to face the Bears who are also trying to prove their record isn't inflated but if last nights game is any indication, it isn't going to end well for Chicago. 

2.  Atlanta Falcons (10-2) - The Falcons found a way to win on Sunday against the Buccaneers even though they didn't play their best football of the year.  For the first time this season Matt Ryan through mulitple interceptions but the Falcons were still able to overcome the mistakes and pull out a late game comeback for a nice divisional win.  The Falcons have perhaps the easiest schedule left among the elite teams in the NFL as they will face the Caronlina Panthers twice in their last 4 games with the first meeting coming this Sunday in Carolina.  Barring a huge upset, the Falcons should be in the drivers seat for the best record in the NFC.

3.  Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) - As a fan, two of the best games of the year are when the Steelers play the Ravens.  These games are without a doubt, the most physical games of the year.  On Sunday, Pittsburgh got the better of the Ravens, with Troy Polamalu causing a late turnover when he knocked the ball out of Joe Flacco's hands deep in Raven's territory.  The Steelers went on to score their only touchdown of the game and take a one game lead over the Ravens in the AFC north.  This week they welcome in the hapless Bengals into Heinz Field.  The Bengals have given the Steelers fits over the last couple of seasons so this game is no gimmee although I am hard pressed to think the Bengals have a chance.

4.  New Orleans Saints (9-3) - The Saints have quietly won 5 games a row and are only one game behind the Falcons in the NFC south.  I say quietly but some may say they have gotten lucky recently.  If Roy Williams falls down they lose to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and if the Bengals had any discipline on defense Sunday's game could have ended differently.  Drew Brees got Pat Sims of the Bengals defensive line to jump offsides late in the fourth quarter on fourth down which resulted in a first down and the eventual game winning touchdown.  The Saints will welcome the upstart St. Louis Rams into the Superdome on Sunday.  The Saints need to be focused on the Rams and not looking ahead to their week 15 matchup with the Falcons because the Rams are fighting for their division crown.  

5.  Baltimore Ravens (8-4) -  The Ravens suffered a tough loss to the Steelers on Sunday night.  They seemed in control for 55 minutes of the game only to fall short after a late game turnover.  I have a feeling these two teams will see each other again in January.  With that said the Ravens now have to turn their focus to Monday night as they will travel to Houston to face the struggling Texans who are coming off a mini bye week after playing last Thursday night.  I believe the Ravens will right the ship and get back on track with a road victory at Houston and I can only hope for that Ravens/Steelers matchup in January. 

Honorable Mentions:  Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 13. 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 14 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:30 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 10:31 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 13

With only 5 weeks left in the 2010 NFL season we are starting to get a clearer picture of who are the best teams in the league.  Week 13 will bring the picture even more clear, especially in the AFC as there are some matchups between top teams with the Jets traveling to New England and the Steelers heading to Baltimore.  We have a new number one team this week and one new addition to our top 5.  Here we go...

1.  Atlanta Falcons (9-2) - I hate the nickname "Matty Ice", mainly because he has yet to win an important game in January but I am starting to warm up to it after the Falcons defeat of the Packers last Sunday.  Matt Ryan is playing as efficiently as possible at the quarterback position and led the Falcons to another late victory.  The Falcons only two losses came against teams from Pennslyvania, so as long as they can stay away from one state in the union they should have a very good chance of making it to Texas in February.
 
2.  New England Patriots (9-2) - The Patriots played on Thanksgiving this past week in Detroit and for 40 minutes looked like they might have trouble with the Lions, but then they turned on the after burners and ended up beating the Lions by 21.  The Patriots defense is still a cause for concern and week to week you never know how they are going to perform.  They have their biggest game of the year on Monday night football this week as they welcome the Jets into Foxboro field for a match up of 2 of the 3 teams at 9-2.  This rivalry is good anytime they play, add in the division title to the mix and we are looking at the game of the year to date.  It all will come down to which Patriots defense shows up but a victory would go a long way to securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs. 

3.  New York Jets (9-2) - The Jets also played on Thanksgiving when they faced the Bengals in the new Meadowlands Stadium.  This game was basically over before it started as the Jets won ever facet of the game.  Terrell Owens called superstar corner for the Jets, Darrelle Revis, average prior to the game...that sort of backfired as Revis held TO to 3 catches for 14 yards and made TO look like an average receiver.  The Jets will have their game of the year this week as they travel to New England for a showdown with the Patriots which will go a long way to decide the AFC east and home field advantage in the AFC playoffs.  If the Jets can limit their turnovers and shutdown Brady and company they have a chance to move up in our rankings.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (8-3) - The Ravens took care of business against the much improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home on Sunday.  The final score was 17-10 but the game was never as close as the final score.  The Ravens defense looked really good, holding the Bucs to less than 250 yards of offense.  Josh Freeman looked confused at times and definitely did not play his best game of the season.  Joe Flacco had a very efficient game and Ray Rice pounded the ball 20 times down the throat of the Bucs defense.  Balitmore will play host to the Steelers on Sunday night football in a game that will go a long way to deciding the AFC north.  The Ravens already beat the Steelers once so a win would give them a game lead with the tiebreaker. 

5.  Chicago Bears (8-3) - Chicago has received no love all season in our rankings, mainly due to the lack of good wins so far this season.  They changed our thinking on Sunday as they laid a beat down against the Eagles.  The Chicago defense looked really good, limiting Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson from making any big plays.  They out-coached the Philadelphia Eagles and now stand alone on top of the NFC north.  They will travel to Detroit this week to face a Detroit team that doesn't quit.  Although on paper this looks like a game Chicago should win, they better take Detroit seriously because this would be a bad game for a let down.  

Honorable Mentions:  New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 12. 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 13 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:26 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 12

For the first time in a long time the majority of our power rankings remain the same after week 11.  Only one team falls out of our top 5 with one new addition.  Our top teams took care of business and this NFL season is setting up to be one of the most exciting come the end of the year.  It is still a little early but it is hard to imagine right now any team being able to rest players come week 17.  I can imagine a lot of playoff scenarios in place during that final week of the season.  On to our top 5, here we go...

1.  New England Patriots (8-2) - The Patriots held on Sunday to defeat the Colts after Peyton Manning through a very untimely interception deep in New England territory.  They remain our number one team for a second week, tying the record for most weeks at the number 1 position, that is how unpredictable this season has been.  I am still not sure they are the best team in the league or if there is even a best team in the league right now, but they have beaten the Steelers and Colts in consecutive weeks.  They have a short week this week as they will travel to Detroit to face the Lions on Turkey Day.  After their last two games this one should be slightly easier but that is what we thought when they faced the Browns and look what happened then. 

2.  Atlanta Falcons (8-2) - The Falcons pulled away from the St. Louis Rams in the second half on Sunday and still have the best record in the NFC.  The Rams put up a valiant effort but it wasn't enough in the end and Matt Ryan continues to impress every week for the Falcons.  The Falcons will welcome the Packers into Atlanta on Sunday for what seems to be the game of the week in the NFL.  With only 3 games left on their schedule against teams with a winning record, this game could go a long way to helping them secure home field advantage in the playoffs.  A win against the Packers could vault Atlanta into the top spot on our power rankings.

3.  New York Jets (8-2) - Santonio Holmes might prove that he was the best pickup of the off season.  For the second time in as many weeks, Holmes scores the winning touchdown in the last possible second to give the Jets their third straight heart pounding victory.  The Jets continue to win games when you think their is little or no hope left.  They also have a short week this week as they will face the terrible Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving night in Northern New Jersey.  Win or lose they will have 10 days to prepare for a showdown in week 13 on Monday night against the Patriots.  For the Jets sake, lets hope they don't overlook the Bengals on Thursday.

4.  Philadelphia Eagles (7-3) - The Eagles and Michael Vick continue their winning ways by taking care of business against the New York Giants on Sunday.  This game wasn't pretty with a ton of mistakes by both teams but in the end the Eagles found a way to win.  The Giants were able to contain Vick and perhaps give other teams a blue print to do the same thing.  This week the Eagles travel to Chicago to face the vaunted defense of the Bears.  This game features two teams that are leading their division at 7-3 and for Chicago, it would go a long way to proving they belong as an elite team in the NFC.  

5.  Green Bay Packers (7-3) - The Packers ended the Vikings season on Sunday and in the process sent Brad Childress packing as he was fired yesterday.  They destroyed the Vikings in every facet of the game and they seem to be overcoming some of the huge injuries they sustained earlier in the season.  Greg Jennings is showing that he is one of the top 5 receivers in the NFL today while Aaron Rodgers continues to impress.  They have their toughest game in a long time on Sunday as they will travel to Atlanta to face the best team in the NFC.  If they win this game they have a shot at obtaining home field advantage in the playoffs and no team wants the road to the Superbowl to go through Lambeau Field. 

Honorable Mentions:  Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 11. 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 12 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:40 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 11

Week 10 in the NFL might have been the best week so far.  There are huge shakeups in our rankings as 4 of the teams in last week's top 5 faced off against each other.  We have a new number one team and two new additions to our top 5.  Each week in the NFL brings new surprises and I highly doubt you will see the same order of teams after next week.  Why?  Because it is extremely hard to figure out who the best 5 teams are in the NFL at any given moment.  Here is my best effort...

1.  New England Patriots (7-2) - The Patriots receive our number one ranking after going into Pittsburgh and dismantling a very good Steelers team.  Tom Brady picked apart the defense and introduced Rob Gronkowski to America by throwing not one, not two, but three touchdown passes to the rookie tight end.  The Patriots defense rebounded after a horrendous game the previous week and held the Steelers in check for most of the night.  It doesn't get any easier this week for the Patriots as they will welcome the Colts into Foxboro on Sunday afternoon.  Which Patriots defense shows up will go a long way to figuring out the outcome of this game.

2.  Atlanta Falcons (7-2) - The Falcons proved they belong among the elite teams in the NFL by beating the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.  Matt Ryan has quietly become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.  It looked as though the Ravens were going to pull this game out but with less than 2 minutes left, Ryan guided the Falcons down the field for the winning touchdown.  Roddy White is playing like a man possessed.  The Falcons have had an extra couple days of rest which should help them when they travel to St. Louis on Sunday to face the upstart Rams.  This game could end up closer than you may think. 

3.  New York Jets (7-2) - The Jets pulled out another overtime win on the road on Sunday against the Browns becoming the first team in NFL history to win two consecutive games in overtime on the road.  Here is the problem though, the two teams they had to beat in overtime have a combined record of 5-13.  The Jets will be the first to admit they aren't playing their best football but they still are tied for the best record in the NFL.  If they start playing up to their potential they might be the team to beat in the AFC.  This Sunday they welcome in the struggling Houston Texans which could be a dangerous match up if they don't take them seriously. 

4.  Philadelphia Eagles (6-3) - The Eagles shot up our rankings this week after embarrassing the Redskins on Monday night.  Michael Vick might be the best quarterback in the NFL right now because I am not sure how any team can actually stop him.  The offensive weapons the Eagles currently have make them one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL and a team no one wants to play come January.  If Vick stays healthy, there is no telling where this team could go.  They have their biggest game of the season to date on Sunday night as their division rival, the New York Giants, travel down the Jersey Turnpike to Lincoln Financial Field.  The Eagles can prove to everyone that they are the best team in the NFC with a win.

5.  Indianapolis Colts (6-3) - The Colts move into the 5th spot in our rankings by default.  They were the only team in our honorable mentions, other than the Eagles, to win this week and with the losses by the Steelers, Ravens and Giants, they get the honor of being apart of the top 5.  Their win against the Bengals was less than impressive but nevertheless it was a win.  The Colts are really banged up on both sides of the ball and without Peyton Manning behind center they wouldn't be anywhere on our radar this year.  With that said, they have a huge game against their hated rivals, the Patriots, on Sunday in New England.  If they can find someway to win this game then they can prove that they belong in our top 5. 

Honorable Mentions:  Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 10. 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 11 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 12, 2010 12:15 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 6

Five weeks of NFL action are in the books and even though this has been a very odd NFL season so far, there are definitely some clear cut standout teams, mostly in the AFC.  The top three teams remain the same this week with one new addition to our top 5.  Here we go...

1.  Baltimore Ravens (4-1) - In my opinion there is no doubt right now that the Ravens are the best team in the NFL.  Arguments can be made for the Steelers and Jets but guess what, the only losses those two teams have came at the hands of the Ravens.  They easily handled a struggling Broncos team on Sunday to improve to 4-1.  Ray Rice finally showed why he is a top running back on Sunday, running for over 130 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens have a tough game coming up this week as they will travel into New England to take on the Patriots.  Another win and they will remain atop of our rankings.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers were on a bye this week and next week they will have their All-pro quarterback, Big Ben, back behind center.  They welcome the Browns into Heinz field on Sunday in a divisional match up.  The Steelers should be able to handle the Browns and cruise to a 4-1 start barring any major injuries to their starters.  The Browns have been playing teams tough but the Steelers are definitely playing in a different league right now.

3.  New York Jets (4-1) - The Jets had a good victory on Monday night over the Vikings and their former quarterback, Brett Farve.  The Jets defense slammed the door home with an interception for a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in a close game.  Mark Sanchez continues his good play at quarterback and has yet to throw 1 interception this season.  The Jets will travel to Mile High stadium on Sunday to face the struggling Broncos.  If they continue their solid play they should easily win and move to 5-1.

4.  Atlanta Falcons (4-1) - The Falcons are far and away the best team in the very weak NFC.  They went into the dog pound on Sunday and defeated a not so good Browns team.  Their defense continues to impress every week and they held the Browns rushing attack to less than 30 yards.  This week they head to the city of brotherly love to face the Eagles and perhaps their former quarterback, Michael Vick, depending on his injury status.  If Vick plays this will be a huge test for the Falcons, if Kolb is behind center they should be able to walk away with a victory and solidfy their top spot in the NFC.

5.  New England Patriots (3-1) - The Patriots were also on a bye this past week but still made news by trading away Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third round pick.  They brought back one of their wide receivers from their past Superbowl glory days in Deion Branch.  No offense to Branch, he is not Randy Moss and this is going to be a huge loss on the offensive side of the ball.  They were struggling on the defensive side of the ball before the bye week and I hope they figured out a way to plug some of the holes or their time in the power rankings will be short lived.  The face the #1 team in the NFL this week, the Ravens, at home, and they better play a flawless game or risk dropping a game and half behind the New York Jets in the AFC east.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 5. 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 6 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 7:54 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

I took a lot of flack last week for my power rankings and you know what?  I listened and I was completely wrong.  I have done my research this week and I feel as though I have gotten it somewhat right this time, but who are we kidding, there is so much disparity this year among the best teams in the NFL that no one can get it right.  But here is my best try...

1.  Baltimore Ravens (3-1) - The Ravens went into Pittsburgh and came out victorious.  Not only did they win but they mounted a touchdown producing, winning drive in the final minutes against the toughest defense in the NFL.  Joe Flacco made enormous strides in his maturity as a quarterback.  Yes, I know that Charlie Batch was the quarterback for the Steelers and things will be different from this point on, but that was a crucial win for the Ravens.  Baltimore will face a tough Denver team this Sunday and it should be a good game.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers lost a hard fought game to the Ravens on Sunday with their fourth string quarterback.  They played a fairly complete game but couldn't stop the Ravens from kicking the winning field goal in the waning seconds.  They have a bye this week and the next time they step on the field they will have their starting quarterback, Big Ben, back from suspension.  This team will not leave our power rankings for the rest of the year, mark my words.

3.  New York Jets (3-1) - The New York Jets offense has really come full circle since their embarrassing week one loss to the Ravens.  Mark Sanchez is starting to look more and more like a leader and is learning to not turn the ball over.  Ladanian Tomlinson looks like a running back with something to prove.  They destroyed the Bills and now turn their sites on the Vikings who will be coming into the New Meadowland Stadium off of their bye week.  This should be an interesting game.  The Jets will have both Revis back from injury and for the first time this year, Santonio Holmes.  Holmes and Braylon Edwards make for a dynamic receiving duo.

4.  Green Bay Packers (3-1) - The Packers are not playing up to their potential but still have a 3 and 1 record after four weeks.  I really believe the loss of Ryan Grant is going to be enormous by the end of the season.  They outplayed the Lions on Sunday but never put them away and came out with a 2 point victory.  They will have to sure up their running game and their defense if they want to make a deep run into January.  They have a tough conference match up this week as they head to the nation's capitol for a match up with the 2-2 Redskins.  Look for the Packers to have a tough time in Washington.

5.  Atlanta Falcons (3-1) - For the second week in a row the Falcons took advantage of the opposing teams blunders.  Two weeks ago the Saints missed a 29 yard field goal in overtime to beat them and this week Nate Clemens of the 49ers fumbles the ball after picking off Matt Ryan, allowing them to go the length of the field for a game winning field goal as time expired.  This week they head off to the dog pound for a match up with the 1-3 Browns.  On paper this looks like an easy win, but as they say, that is why the game isn't played on paper.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 4. 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 5 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares

Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:54 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 4

After three weeks in the NFL there are only 3 unbeaten teams left, 2 in the AFC and 1 in the NFC.  I am going to break my usual tought process on best teams this week and actually leave one of the undefeated teams out because I am still not convinced they are for real.  These rankings seem to be changing a lot this year.  Here we go...

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) - The Steelers took care of business on Sunday by dismantling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their fourth string quarterback.  Their defense is honestly the best in the game, hands down.  If their offense can click the way it did on Sunday once Ben Roethisberger comes back in two weeks than this team is going to be very hard to beat.  They have a huge divisional game this week against the Baltimore Ravens at home.  Their defense is going to have to come up big this week because the Ravens are a way more complete team then anyone they have faced so far.

2. Chicago Bears (3-0) - The Bears answered the question of whether or not they were for real on Monday night, defeating the Packers in a huge divisional showdown.  Jay Cutler is showing his maturity at quarterback and their defense is playing extremely physical.  They are the best team in the NFC right now but are actually underdogs this week against the New York Giants.  Vegas must know something that I don't know because I would bet my salary on Chicago beating the Giants outright.

3.  New York Jets (2-1) - I would not have thought after their week one performance that the Jets would be back in our power rankings after week 3 but they have defeated the Patriots and the Dolphins convincingly in back to back weeks and now sit atop the AFC East.  Mark Sanchez seems to have found his stride as they coaching staff has finally allowed him some leeway to throw the ball downfield.  The Jets will play their third consecutive division opponent this week when they travel to Buffalo.  Barring an enormous let down, the Jets should end week 4 at 3-1.

4.  Atlanta Falcons (2-1) - Some people are going to argue against us putting the Falcons this high in our rankings but they did just defeat the defending Superbowl champions and their only loss has come at the hands of our number one team.  Matt Ryan is quietly putting up some solid numbers and Michael Turner is running the ball well.  They have also allowed the second least amount of points of anyone in the NFC through 3 weeks.  They will host the desparate, under performing San Fransisco 49ers this week.  Watch out, this could be a trap game.

5.  Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) - This will be another controversial pick for our power rankings but you can't ignore the fact that their offense is very explosive with Michael Vick at the helm.  They have scored the most points through three weeks in the NFC and when Stewart Bradley is in the game on defense they look good.  The held the Jacksonville Jaguars to less than 200 yards of offense last week and only 3 points.  This week brings the most hyped game in recent memory as Donovan McNabb and the Redskins travel to Philly for Donovans first ever game in Philly in an opposing team's uniform. 

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 3. 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 4 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares

 
 
 
 
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