Tag:Minnesota Vikings
Posted on: October 29, 2009 4:32 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 8

So we are down to three unbeaten teams in the NFL after Minnesota lost to Pittsburgh this past week.  Those teams will be at the top of our rankings but we will see a new team emerge into the rankings this week...read on to find out who it is...

1.  New Orleans Saints (6-0) - The Saints survived a scare this past week against the Miami Dolphins.  They were down by 21 in the first half and still managed to win by 11.  Their offense is ridiculous and their defense in the second half is incredible.  It is hard to find a weakness on this team.  They have a tough game against the Falcons who really didn't show up agains an up and down Cowboys team.  This is a divisional game though, teams always show up for rivalry matches...could this be the week the Saints finally lose?

2.  Indianapolis Colts (6-0) - The Colts offense looked incredible last week, of course they were playing what basically amounts to a division 2 college football team in the St. Louis Rams.  Still, Peyton Manning looks unstoppable this season and their division is a joke.  The Colts look they are headed to another AFC championship game, unless of course, they lose as the favorite again in the early rounds of the playoffs.

3.  Denver Broncos (6-0) - The Broncos are coming off a bye week which the desperately needed to get some of their veteran players healthy.  Now they head into Baltimore in a game which most people will expect Baltimore to win.  Teams coming off a bye seem to have more than enough time to prepare and gameplan for their opponent and I like Denver to win this game and remain undefeated.  Their defense has been playing incredible and Kyle Orton continues to protect the ball.  All of that adds up to another Bronco's victory.

4.  Minnesota Vikings (6-1) - The Vikings fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  This week they play one of the most hyped games in recent memory in the NFL, Favre playing his first game at Lambeau as an opponent.  This is a very big game for the Green Bay Packers...they are a half game back in the division and they have already lost once this season to the Vikings.  Can the Vikings rebound from the crushing defeat by the Steelers?  Can Aaron Rodgers come out of Brett Farve's shadow in Green Bay?  We will find out on Sunday!

5. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) -  It was difficult to find a team to put at number 5 this week in our rankings.  There were a couple of teams that could have slid in but overall I believe Cincinnati deserves to be here, especially coming off the 45-10 drumming of Chicago last week.  Chicago was supposed to be a team that would compete for their division and Cincinnati just absolutely destroyed them.  They sit atop the AFC north and have wins over both Pittsburgh and Baltimore.  They are on a bye this week but the two weeks following will show us if they are for real as they have to face the Steelers and Ravens again.

That is it for this week's power rankings.  Please make sure to visit us at http://www.moleandmeares.com or http://www.youtube.com/meares78 to check out our weekly NFL picks video.



Posted on: October 22, 2009 10:55 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

Last week was interesting in the NFL.  There were a couple of big upsets and a couple of important games that showed us who is for real. There has been a semi shakeup in this weeks rankings and a new team enters our top 5 for the first time.  Here we go!

1.  New Orleans Saints (5-0) - The Saints absolutely demolished our #2 ranked team from last week, the New York Giants.  After a few weeks of not having the explosive offense we were accustomed to seeing, the Saints came out roaring putting 48 points up against what we thought was the #1 defense in the NFC.  This game was over during the 1st quarter when it was evident the Giants had no way of stopping Drew Brees.  The Saints scored a touchdown on their first 4 possessions of the game.  The Saints are now, far and away, the best team in the NFL.  Now they head into Miami this week against a much improved Dolphins team coming off a bye...should be a good game.

2. Indianapolis Colts (5-0) - The Colts had a bye week last week and moved up two spots in our rankings.  People will ask how can I move up the Colts when they didn't even play last week and my answer is simple, Peyton Manning.  Manning is having his best statistical year since he came into the league and their offense looks unstoppable.  Their defense will return Bob Sanders this week and that should help out their secondary which is their only question mark to this point.  The Colts have a cake walk opponent this week in St. Louis and should remain in this spot for the foreseeable future.

3.  Denver Broncos (6-0) - The Broncos just keep figuring out a way to win.  They stay at 3 in our power rankings this week but it was hard not to move them up to number 2.  They went into San Diego on Monday Night Football and took care of business and also took a commanding 3 1/2 game lead in their very weak division.  Now they get a much needed bye this week which will allow their starters to get healthy.  In two weeks they will have to travel to the east coast to battle the Baltimore Ravens which should be a great game...two excellent defenses going head to head.  I wouldn't bet against the Broncos for the rest of the season.

4.  Minnesota Vikings (6-0) - Can Brett Favre really have been the answer for this team?  We knew they didn't have a good situation at quarterback coming into the season and now it seems like he was definitely the missing piece.  The Vikings answered any doubters they might have by beating the Raven's last week 33-31.  Adrian Peterson ran for over 100 yards and Favre didn't make any mistakes.  Giving up 31 to the Raven's offense is a small cause for concern but you can't dispute the fact they are still undefeated.  They have another big matchup against an AFC powerhouse this week when they travel to Pittsburgh.  If they can somehow defeat the defending world champs in their backyard it will be hard not to move this team further up the rankings.

5.  Atlanta Falcons (4-1) - For the first time this year a team with a loss enters our top 5.  The Falcons have been playing brilliant football this year and they have bee doing it quietly.  Their one loss came back in week 3 against the Patriots in Gillette Stadium.  The last two weeks they have beaten teams that we thought could have good seasons, San Francisco and Chicago.  Their defense is good and Matt Ryan seems to have matured into a very good second year quarterback.  They have to go into Dallas Stadium this week and play the Cowboys who are coming off of their bye and are in desperate need of a win.  It will be hard for the Falcons to not over look the Cowboys when they know the following week they have a Monday Night showdown with the Saints.  Their spot in our top 5 could be very short lived.

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Enjoy NFL week 7!

Posted on: October 15, 2009 10:27 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 6

It is Thursday, October 15th and it is time again for the Mole & Meares NFL power rankings.  Our top 5 teams from last week didn't lose so there you won't see any new additions but you will see teams in different spots than last week.  Here we go.

1. New Orleans Saints (4-0) - The Saints had a bye last so they will remain atop of our rankings.  This week is when we find out how good they really are.  They will host the New York Giants on Sunday with the opportunity to solidify their spot as the best team in the NFC and maybe the entire NFL.  We might also get to see how they play when they aren't leading since we haven't seen that yet this year.

2. New York Giants (5-0) - The Giants took care of business last week against the Oakland Raiders in a blow out.  Eli Manning looked good and didn't seem to be bothered by his heel injury and got to sit out most of the second half so he will be fresh come Sunday.  They do look to be the most complete team in the NFC but will their defense be able to stop the high powered Saints offense on Sunday?  I think the key to them beating the Saints lays on the shoulders and legs of Brandon Jacobs.  If they can pound the ball and win the time of possession battle they will come out victorious and perhaps take over our coveted #1 position next week.

3. Denver Broncos (5-0) - The Broncos just know how to win.  They move up two spots this week with their defeat of the Patriots.  The Patriots were coming off their biggest win of the season against the Ravens and just got flat out outplayed by the Denver Broncos.  Now the Broncos head west for a Monday night showdown against the San Diego Chargers.  If they win they take a commanding 3 1/2 game lead in the division and will have surpassed everyone's expectations for the season. 

4.  Indianapolis Colts (5-0) - The Colts thrashed the Titans on Sunday night in their last match up before their bye week.  Peyton Manning continues to put up ridiculous numbers so far this season with his fifth consecutive game of at least 300 passing yards.  This guy is on his way to win consecutive MVP awards for the second time in his career.  If their defense keeps playing the way it has been this team is scary good. 

5. Minnesota Vikings (5-0) - The Vikings destroyed the St. Louis Rams last week 38-10.  What I find most interesting is they keep winning games without Adrian Peterson rushing for over 100 yards.  If Brett Favre can continue to protect the ball and not get his 40 year old body into trouble this team will compete for the NFC championship.  They have a huge test this week against the Ravens who have lost 2 in a row and will be looking for a much needed win.  Something tells me this is the week the Vikings will fall from the ranks of the undefeated.

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Posted on: October 8, 2009 1:36 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

Its Thursday, October 8th and here are the power rankings for the NFL through the eyes of Mole & Meares.

1. New Orleans Saints (4-0) - The Saints took care of business at home this past week against what was our 4th ranked team in the NFL, the New York Jets. What was surprising wasn't that they won but how they won, with defense. Everyone knows that the Saints have a high-powered offense but their defense is what has won them the past two games. If you would have told me that Drew Brees wouldn't have thrown a touchdown pass in the past two weeks, I wouldn't have though they would win. They are much improved from a year ago on the defensive side of the ball and that only makes them more scary. Oh, and by the way, they have yet to trail in any game yet this year...yeah, they are our number 1 team.

2. New York Giants (4-0) - The Giants remain as our number 2 team this week after a victory against the pathetic Kansas City Chiefs. Their schedule doesn't get any tougher this week as they play host to the equally pathetic Oakland Raiders. Steve Smith has definitely emerged this year as a dominant wide receiver, he leads the league in receptions through week 4. Their first true test of the year will come in week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. That is when we will find out if they are the real deal or not.

3. Minnesota Vikings (4-0) - They won last week's biggest hyped game in years. Brett Favre against his old team. But the biggest story of this game was the inability of the Packers offensive line to stop the Minnesota rush. Aaron Rodgers had absolutely no time to throw the football and Minnesota dominated them from start to finish. If Adrian Peterson stays healthy for the whole year this team could find itself playing for the Superbowl come February.

4. Indianapolis Colts (4-0) - The Colts quietly enter our power rankings this week at 4-0. They aren't spectacular but they find ways to win football games. Peyton Manning is off to his best statistical start of his career, that is incredible considering the stats he has put up throughout his career. Their running game is questionable and their defense can be susceptible at times to big plays but in my eyes they are still the favorite to come out of the AFC so far this year. It is very early to say this and it makes me sick to think about, but could we be in for a Manning vs Manning Superbowl?

5. Denver Broncos (4-0) - I can't believe that I am putting the Denver Broncos in the top five teams in the NFL but they are one of the 5 remaining undefeated teams and I will give them some respect coming off of a nice victory at home against Dallas. They have the best defense in the league based on points per game. They have a quarterback who doesn't turn the ball over and they have play makers on offense. They might only appear in these rankings for one week but I had to give them their due. They face a much improved New England team coming off their biggest win of the season last week. It should be an interesting game and we will definitely find out if Denver is as good as THEY think they are.

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Posted on: October 1, 2009 1:43 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Top 5

A lot of different sports websites do power rankings so I figured why not Mole & Meares?  So every Thursday we will post our top 5 teams in the NFL and tell you why we think they deserve to be there.

1.  New Orleans Saints (3-0) - This team's offense looks absolutely unstoppable right now.  Drew Brees is averaging 3 touchdown passes a game which will put him on pace to almost be able to break Peyton Manning's single season touchdown record.  Mike Bell should return this week after being held out last week against the Bills.  They have wide receivers that can spread the field and that aren't afraid to across the middle.  Oh, yeah, they have a guy by the name of Reggie Bush who still hasn't shown his full potential yet.  Not to mention their defense looks much improved from a year ago.  Until they lose they will stay atop our rankings.

2.  New York Giants (3-0) - The question mark going into this year was their wide receivers, were Mario Manningham and Steve Smith going to be able to rise to the occasion and step in for an incarcerated Plaxico Burress.  Question answered...they are both in the top 8 in the NFL in receiving yards.  Eli Manning seems to mature every year and is making limited mistakes.  The running game has been solid and the defense is one of the top 5 in the league.  Week 6 they travel to New Orleans and we will see if they can stop Brees and company.

3.  Baltimore Ravens (3-0) - Is it just me or does Joe Flacco seem like a 7 year veteran quarterback this year?  He is putting up some good numbers for his sophomore season.  Their running game is outstanding with both Ray Rice and Willis McGahee running wild so far.  Their defense is just as good as it is expected to be and with Pittsburgh slow start they seem to have a tight grasp on their division already.  They have a good test this week against a somewhat weaker than normal New England Patriots team.

4.  New York Jets (3-0) - Did anyone expect the Jets to be undefeated 3 games into the season?  Is Mark Sanchez the real deal?  One thing is for sure, their defense is the real deal.  They looked incredible against the Patriots in week 2, holding Brady to no touchdowns for the first time since 2006.  If Thomas Jones can stay healthy and Mark Sanchez can play smart football there is a good chance this team could end up in Miami in February.

5.  Minnesota Vikings (3-0) - Adrian Peterson.  Do I need to say anything else?

Check back next Thursday to see the new power rankings.

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