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Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:35 pm
 

NFL Week 7 Recap and Thoughts

NFL Week 7 Recap and Thoughts

Another week gone in the NFL and another week of mystifying games.  This is the same line I used to start this blog last week and it fits in perfectly again!  If there is one thing consistent in the NFL this season it is inconsistency.  This is by far the strangest season I have seen in my 32 years on this earth.  Here we go...

1.  After not showing up last week in Philly, the Falcons righted the ship and won at home against the Bengals.  With Carson Palmer throwing for over 400 yards for the Bengals and Roddy White having over 200 yards receiving for the Falcons, was there any defense played in this game?  The Bengals are in deep trouble after falling to 2-4.

2.  The Eagles defense held Chris Johnson to 66 yards rushing.  If I heard that before the game I would have said the Eagles would win...but wait, Kenny Britt goes for 225 yards receiving?  Are you kidding me?  After the first 150, maybe you should defend him.  The Eagles gave up 27 points in the fourth quarter and looked awful doing it, the Titans outplayed them in every facet of the game.

3.  Poor Buffalo.  They played their best game of the year only to come up short in overtime.  Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for 374 yards, that is more yards then the first 5 games combined.  Baltimore, aren't you supposed to have a good defense?  That is two weeks in a row where you were basically embarrassed on the defensive side of the ball. 

4.  Congratulations to the Carolina Panthers!  They will not be the last team without a win in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers are just not good and David Carr is worse.  Is it time to let Mike Singletary go?  This team is so out of whack, predicted to win their division and now might be on of the worst teams in the awful NFC.

5.  DeAngelo Hall from the Redskins had 4 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, pretty good fantasy stats for a wide receiver.  Here is the problem, Jay Cutler from Chicago is the one who completed the passes to Hall who isn't a receiver but a cornerback.  Wow, the Bears have gone from good to bad very quickly.  This game was a turnover fest and it is only be default that the Redskins won.

6.  Kansas City, you are good!  I have finally admitted it.  The only other two teams in the AFC to allow less points then the Chiefs are the Jets and the Steelers.  That is good company to be in.  They put up 42 points against the Jaguars so obviously their offense isn't hurting either.

7.  The Steelers win another game in a controversial call at the end of the game.  It seems they win at least two games a year where the call goes their way.  Roethisberger obviously fumbled at the goal line and because it was called a touchdown and play had stopped they had no other option then to give the Steelers back the ball at the 1.  A very tough loss for the Dolphins and another gift for the Steelers, Christmas in October.

8.  What has happened to the Saints?  They got beat down by the Cleveland Browns, yes you read that correctly, the Cleveland Browns, and you know what is worse?  It was in New Orleans!  Drew Brees through two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, that is not acceptable.  They don't have the swagger they had last year and it shows.

9.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied for first in the NFC South after week 7.  That seems hard to believe but they pulled out a last second score to beat the Rams at home and share first place with the Falcons.  Given their performance last week against the Saints, I can't really jump on board with this team just yet. 

10.  Arizona Cardinals, your management and coaching staff should all be fired for allowing your team to start its season with this quarterback situation.  If you want to hand the ball over to your rookie quarterback, Max Hall, then you need to allow him to play.  You can't play musical chairs with your quarterback, not when its a rookie and a veteran who has proven useless.  It is clear now that the Seahawks are the best team in the NFC West.

11.  59, that is the number of points the Raiders scored in Denver yesterday.  That is 10 less than the points they put up in their four losses.  The rushed for over 300 yards.  The Broncos are in major trouble, this is the worst home defeat against a division rival in their history.  That defense is better than this and needs to figure out who they are in the next few days.

12.  The Chargers put up a fight in the fourth quarter to try and salvage their season but came up short.  That was a big win for the Patriots, traveling across the country to face a desparate opponent after a big win the week before.  They almost allowed the Chargers to fight back but in the end the Chargers last gasp, the field goal attempt as time expired, doinked off the right upright. 

13.  Brett Farve, it is time to retire.  You didn't look good last night, you actually cost the Vikings the game.  You are old, injured and you just don't seem that interested.  Now you are causing a distraction off the field.  If the Vikings had won last night then I would say you should continue to play, now I say just walk away, with whatever little amount of dignity you have left and it isn't much

Check back next Monday for my week 7 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: October 21, 2010 9:18 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 9:20 am
 

NFL Week 7 Picks

Well, after two weeks I am barely above .500 thanks to a push in last week's picks.  I am feeling more confident about this week, especially considering my lock of the week wasn't much of a lock last week. 

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (14-13-1)

Cincinnati at Atlanta (-3) - Cincinnati Bengals
Washington at Chicago (-2.5) - Washington Redskins
Philadelphia at Tennessee (-3) - Philadelphia Eagles
Jacksonville at Kansas City (OFF) - Kansas City Chiefs
Pittsburgh at Miami (+3) - Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland at New Orleans (-13) - New Orleans Saints
St. Louis at Tampa Bay (-2.5) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco at Carolina (+3) - San Francisco 49ers (Lock of the week!)
Buffalo at Baltimore (-13) - Baltimore Ravens
Arizona at Seattle (-5.5) - Seattle Seahawks
New England at San Diego (-2.5) - New England Patriots
Oakland at Denver (-9) - Denver Broncos
Minnesota at Green Bay (-2.5) - Minnesota Vikings
NY Giants at Dallas (-3) - NY Giants

There are my week 7 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 a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares

Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:51 am
 

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

Another week gone in the NFL and another week of mystifying games.  I want to know the person that thought that Dallas would be 1-4 and the Rams would be 3-3 through the first 6 weeks?  Not me...here are my thoughts on the games from Week 6.

1.  I feel slightly bad for the Packers, I mean, they are a good team but they are riddled with injuries.  The Dolphins came into town and stole a win in overtime.  The lack of a running game is really going to hurt the Packers, the good thing is their division is weak and they should be ok.

2.  The St. Louis Rams are 3-3 through 6 weeks in the NFL.  Stephen Jackson is still a beast, he runs with such power that at times it is incredible.  The Chargers continue their awful early season play, how long with Norv Turner last at this rate?

3.  I thought we were going to have our first tie in a couple of years in the NFL, but Brady finally marched the Patriots down the field and they kicked the game winning field goal with less than 2 minutes to go in overtime. The 10 point comeback on the Ravens in the fourth quarter was vintage Patriots, the Ravens defense let this game slip away.

4.  Welcome back Big Ben.  After serving his four game suspension, Roethisberger comes back and throws 3 TD to lead the Steelers over the Browns at Heinz field.  This team looks really good and is going to be tough to beat, they have a very good defense and now a quarterback that can throw the ball.  On a side note, Jerome Harrison knocked two Browns out of the game with helmet to helmet tackles, I have a feeling his pockets are going to lighter come Tuesday.

5.  For 55 minutes on Sunday, I believed that Kansas City was for real, but then they fell back to earth and allowed the Texans to score 14 points in the last 4 minutes of the game.  This was a huge win for the Texans who finally righted the ship on offense, but on the defensive side of the ball they need help.  The allowed over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing and didn't seem to be able to stop anything all day, luckily for the Texans, neither could the Chiefs.

6.  The Detroit Lions are one of those teams that never goes away.  Despite losing their second string quarterback to injury, Drew Stanton, the third string quarterback, came into the game and still had a chance to lead the Lions to victory but came up short.  The Giants defense didn't look as dominant as they had in the past two games but Eli Manning figured out how to not throw any interceptions this week which kept them in the lead the whole way.

7.  DeSean Jackson is going to have a headache for 3 weeks.  The might have been one of the most vicious collisions I have ever seen.  Kevin Kolb is showing the Eagles fans why they traded Donovan McNabb away and it will be an interesting decision for Andy Reid once Vick is healthy.  Who is the quarterback?

8.  Matt Forte is one of the most dominant running backs in the league today but in a close game the Bears only give him the ball 8 times and throw the ball 40?  How is that supposed to win games?  The offensive line for Chicago is absolutely awful and Cutler might end up dead by the end of the year if they don't fix it now.

9.  Welcome back Saints offense!  Where have you been hiding?  For the first time this year the Saints of '10 looked like the Superbowl champion Saints of '09.  I am definitely having a tough time getting a read on the Buccaneers, are they good or bad?  Either way, they got creamed.

10.  If you told me that the Jets offense would shut down the Broncos passing game, I would have told you the Jets would win by 20 and I would have been wrong.  The Broncos found a running game on Sunday and moved the ball effectively.  One thing that interests me from the box score, 10 different players had at least 1 rushing attempt, I have never seen that before.  Mark Sanchez finally through an interception (2 to be exact) but in the end the Jets were too much for the Broncos to handle.

11.  Congratulations 49ers!  You finally won a game, albeit against the hapless RaidersJason Campbell, you are not good.  I can't believe you have a job in the NFL.  The Raiders might be better off with Jemarcus Russell at quarterback.  No Darren McFadden means no chance for a Raiders victory.

12.  The Panic Bowl was won by the Minnesota VikingsMiles Austin, congrats, you win the Idiot of the Week award!  After a celebration penalty cost the Cowboys dearly last week you decide to play leap frog in the end zone after a touchdown.  You deserve to be benched next week, especially because it won't matter because the Cowboys are going to end up 1-15 this year.

13.  Another team that is hard to get a read on is the Redskins.  They have looked solid the past two weeks and then come up short against a sloppy Indianapolis team.  The Colts defense has many issues and if they didn't have Peyton Manning they wouldn't win a game. 

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: October 14, 2010 2:46 pm
 

NFL Week 6 Picks

My first week of picking the games against the spread could be called semi-successful, especially considering all of the major upsets late last week.  I went 7-7 with the Tampa Bay pick being the best one of the week.

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (7-7)

Seattle at Chicago (-6) - Seattle
Baltimore at New England (-2.5) - Baltimore
Detroit at NY Giants (-10) - NY Giants
Atlanta at Philadelphia (-2.5) - Altanta
Cleveland at Pittsburgh (-13) - Pittsburgh
Miami at Green Bay (pick em) - Miami
San Diego at St. Louis (+8) - San Diego
New Orleans at Tampa Bay (+4) - New Orleans
Kansas City at Houston (-4.5) - Kansas City
Oakland at San Francisco (-6.5) - Oakland (Lock of the week!)
NY Jets at Denver (+3) - NY Jets
Dallas at Minnesota (-1.5) - Dallas
Indianapolis at Washington (+3) - Indianapolis
Tennessee at Jacksonville (+3) - Tennessee

There are my week 6 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 a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares
Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:52 am
 

NFL Week 5 Picks

Each week on the Mole & Meares show we pick the winners straight up for the top 4 games of the week.  We then post our picks, straight up, for the winners of all the games for the week and give you the chance to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize.  People have been hounding me to make picks against the spread so starting this week I will post my predictions on all games each week ATS.  I will keep a running tally so you can see how smart I am, but for this first week please don't bet your mortgage on my advice.  I am using the lines from the USA Today on October 7th.

Jacksonville at Buffalo (pick em) - Jacksonville

Kansas City at Indianapolis (-7.5) - Indianapolis

Tampa Bay at Cincinnati (-6.5) - Tampa Bay

Green Bay at Washington (+2.5) - Green Bay

St. Louis at Detroit (-3) - Detroit

Chicago at Carolina (+2.5) - Chicago

NY Giants at Houston (-3) - Houston

Denver at Baltimore (-7) - Denver

Atlanta at Cleveland (+3) - Cleveland

New Orleans at Arizona (+6.5) - New Orleans

Tennesse at Dallas (-6.5) - Dallas

San Diego at Oakland (+6) - San Diego

Philadelphia at San Francisco (-3.5) - Philadelphia

Minnesota at NY Jets (-4) - NY Jets

There are my week 5 picks against the spread.  Check back next week to find out how I did and see my week 6 picks.

Don't forget to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to submit your week 5 picks, straight up, for a chance to win our 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 28, 2010 10:11 am
 

Thoughts on Week 3 in the NFL...

1.  The New York Giants are in disarray.  The decision to throw the ball underhanded while in the red zone to a triple covered receiver might have been the worst decision I have very seen made by a quarterback...way to go Eli!

2.  Are the Cincinnati Bengals any good?  I don't get this team, they get destroyed in week 1 by the Patriots, they beat the Ravens in week two and dominate the lowly Carolina Panthers in week 3.  I can't get a read on this team and I have no idea if they will be able to compete in the AFC North.

3.  I am pretty sure I could have been the quarterback for the Steelers this past week and they still would have won.  In a battle of the unbeatens the Steelers embarrased the Buccaneers in Tampa.  When Ben Roesthisberger comes back in two weeks this team is going to get better?  Is that possible?

4.  The New England Patriots are 2-1 but they have to be worried about their defense which gave up 30 points to the Buffalo Bills.  Did the Bills score 30 points combined all of last season? 

5.  The Cleveland Browns are going to be the team this year that goes 2-14 but has a chance to win every game.  They gave the Baltimore Ravens all they could handle on Sunday.  If you haven't heard of Peyton Hillis you need to learn his name now, he ran for over 140 yards against the Ravens and looks to have become the starting running back in Cleveland.

6.  Their are 3 unbeaten teams left in the NFL after week 3 and if anyone in the world would have guessed one of them would have been the Kansas City Chiefs then you are the smartest person in the world.  I am still not convinced they are for real but they have looked pretty damn good.

7.  The Houston Texans came back to earth on Sunday getting handled by the Dallas Cowboys.  For the Cowboys, this was a must win game even though it was only week 3.  I still believe that the Cowboys are the best team in the NFC East and will win that division.

8.  The Minnesota Vikings were in the same boat on Sunday as the Cowboys, a must win.  The Lions haven't won in Minnesota since the 80's and if they would have won that game, Brett Farve would have retired immediately and for good.  Adrian Peterson is definitely making his claim as the best running back in the game.

9.  The New Orleans Saints had barely won their first two games and their inconsistent play came back to haunt them on Sunday, that and their kicker blows.  Garrett Hartley missed a 29 yard field goal in overtime that would have won the game, instead the Atlanta Falcons pulled out a huge divisional win.  If I was Hartley I would start working on my resume.

10.  Congratulations to Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams for getting a win before week 10.  The Redskins, the sexy pick for a playoff team before the season started, are now sitting at 1-2 with a showdown this week in Philadelphia which will be over hyped all week by the media.  Donovan McNabb can't save this team from drowning, they are just awful.

11.  Michael Vick is the second highest rated quarterback in the league after week 3.  He looks as good as, if not better, than he did when he was in Atlanta.  The guy is just a freak of nature in more ways than one.

12.  Peyton Manning had to play on Sunday with two of his top wide receivers on the sidelines.  He still threw for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The guy is just good.

13.  Sebastian Janikowski has one of the strongest legs in the NFL but accuracy has never been his forte.  He missed a chip shot field goal in the final seconds which would have gotten the Raiders to 2-1.  Instead he might have cost Tom Cable his job.

14.  The Seattle Seahawks are the NFL's version of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde.  You have no idea which team is going to show up.  They beat the San Diego Chargers easily and have moved atop of the very weak NFC West. 

15.  Mark Sanchez has looked like a pro bowl quarterback in the past two weeks.  After looking so bad in the pre season and week 1, how did he become so good so fast and will it last?  I guess we shall see...

16.  The lone undefeated team left in the NFC is the Chicago Bears...yes you did read that correctly, the Bears.  Can Jay Cutler continue his sharp play throughout the season?  Highly unlikely.

Check in next Monday to see my week 4 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
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:09 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 3

The second week of the NFL season has come to an end and there are some surprising teams sitting at 2-0 and 0-2.  Who would have guessed that the Cowboys would be 0-2 at this point and the Buccaneers would be 2-0.  If that was your prediction you need to start your own show and blog.  We have two newcomers to our rankings this week after two of our top 5 teams faltered in their week 2 games.  Here we go...

1.  New Orleans Saints (2-0) - The Saints have not looked like quite as good as they did last year but like any championship team they still find a way to win.  They beat the 49ers on a last second, paritally blocked field goal, in San Francisco on Monday night.  I will keep them as our number 1 team going into week 3 but they have a tough divisional game this week when the Falcons (1-1) come to the Superdome.  The way Matt Ryan is playing right now, this game could go either way.

2. Green Bay Packers (2-0) - The Packers completely dismantled the Bills last Sunday in a 34-7 drumming.  Aaron Rodgers seems to be living up to all of the hype the media is giving him and they didn't miss a beat without Ryan Grant.  But...they played the Bills who you could argue is the worst team in the NFL.  We will find out how good they are this week when they go on the road to Soldier field to face the 2-0 Chicago Bears in a divisional showdown.  If they find a way to beat the Bears they a chance of taking over our number 1 spot.

3.  Houston Texans (2-0) - The Texans looked about average for the first two and a half quarters against the Redskins and then they decided to play some offense.  They overcame a 17 point 3rd quarter deficit to defeat the Redskins in overtime.  Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards which was a positive but they allowed over 400 yards of passing offense against them.  Their defense could be a problem as the season progresses and they might have to rely on their offense to outscore their opponents.  They have a date with the Cowboys this week in Houston and this could be a trap game as the Cowboys will be desparate for a win.

4.  Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) - The Steelers defense is really good.  They have held opponents to one touchdown and only 20 points in their first two games.  Those two opponents (Falcons & Titans) scored a combined 79 points in their other game not against the Steelers.  With Roethisberger poised for a return in 3 weeks, which should bolster their struggling offense, this team might be the team to beat in the AFC.  This week they travel to Tampa Bay to face the 2-0 Buccaneers.  I would be extremely surprised if the Bucs remain undefeated after this week.

5.  Chicago Bears (2-0) - Without a doubt, the Bears are the early surprise team in the NFL.  I would never imagined they would be in our power rankings this early in the season, if at all.  They played extremely well last week on the road against the Cowboys and now are primed for a huge division showdown against the Packers.  If Jay Cutler doesn't turn the ball over they are a very good team, but that is a big IF.  Matt Forte is quickly becoming one of the top running backs in the league and is starting to frightenly resemble Marshall Faulk as a complete running back.  Monday night will be a huge test for the Bears and will show us if they are for real.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 1. 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 3 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
 
 
 
 
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