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: September 20, 2011 9:46 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 9:48 am

2011 NFL Week 3 Power Rankings

All I can say is WOW! After only two weeks we are down to only 7 undefeated teams in the NFL, three of which have come out of no where. We have two new addtions to our top five power rankings, teams which have NEVER appeared in our rankings previously, EVER!

We have three teams from one division in our top 5 which will surely change after this upcoming week. One thing is for sure, this is going to be one hell of an NFL season. Now on to our rankings...

1. Green Bay Packers - (2-0)

The Packers have started off with two wins over one good team and one not so good team. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. One cause for concern might be their defense giving up an average of almost 30 points a game. With that said they are still the defending Super Bowl champions and they haven't lost so they remain our top team. Next week they head to Soldier Field to face the Bears in a rematch of last year's NFC Championship game.

2. New England Patriots - (2-0)

Is there anything more to say about the Patriots then two words, Tom Brady? He has thrown for over 900 yards and 7 touchdowns in the first two games. That means he is on pace for over 7200 yards and 56 touchdowns...pretty incredible. This week they will travel to upstate New York to face the upstart Bills. Who would have thought that the Bills vs the Patriots would be a battle of two undefeated teams?

3. New York Jets - (2-0)

In the crowded AFC east the Jets have quietly made their way to 2-0. The defense is playing extremely well and the offense is finding the end zone. If Sanchez can continue to play better from week to week, this team will be there to contend at the end just like the previous two years. The Jets will travel across the country to the black hole to face the Raiders on Sunday. This could be a trap game for the Jets so I wouldn't bet the house on a victory.

4. Detroit Lions - (2-0)

The last time the Lions were this good this early in the season I wasn't born yet. They have scored the second most points in the NFL through two weeks and have allowed the second least amount of points. This team is young and hungry and if they can remain healthy (mainly Suh, Stafford and Megatron) they have a realistic chance of making the playoffs for the first time in almost 200 years...well maybe not that long but it does seem like it. They will head to Minnesota this week to face one of their divisional rivals in the Vikings. Could the Lions really start out 3-0?

5. Buffalo Bills - (2-0)

Another surprise team has jumped into our rankings for the first time. The Bills offense has exploded for 79 points in the first two games, tops in the NFL. Their defense, on the other hand, is not looking too solid and that could be trouble with the Patriots coming to town this weekend. Will it be a short lived trip into the power rankings or will the Bills keep their improbable run going by beating their biggest divisional rival?

There you have it, the NFL power rankings after week 3 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: August 28, 2011 2:44 pm

2011 NFL Pre Season Power Rankings

Welcome to the start of the 2011 NFL season. Just a couple of months ago we were wondering if there was even going to be football and now I am about to release the 2011 pre season NFL rankings.

This offseason has been one of the strangest we have ever seen. A long lockout followed by a flurry of free agent signings in a short period of time. So who is most improved? Which team is in the best position to make a run to the Superbowl? Let's look at our power rankings and try and answer some of those questions.

1. Green Bay Packers - 2010 Super Bowl Champs

The Green Bay Packers are your defending Super Bowl champions and unlike other teams didn't make a big splash in the free agent market. What is scary is they really didn't have to because they are returning so many injured players from last year. Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley and a slew of other players will be back with the team this year. Aaron Rodgers was impressive last year and there is no reason to believe his spectacular play won't continue. This team is at the top and until someone proves they are better this is where they will stay.

2. New England Patriots - 2010 AFC East Champs

Every year that the New England Patriots start the season with a healthy Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as their head coach they have a chance to win it all. Why? Because they have done it three times in the past 10 years. The Patriots did add some big names this off season in Chad Ochocino and Albert Haynesworth although I am uncertain how much those two will contribute. The one issue this team will have will be in their running game. Is Benjarvis Green-Ellis able to carry this team on the ground? Does he need to? We will find out but right now the Patriots are the best team in the AFC.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers - 2010 AFC Champs

Pittsburgh represented the AFC in the Super Bowl last season and should be poised to make another run at it again this year. They return most of their team and have actually signed some of their most important defensive pieces to long term contracts. This team always wins with defense and over the past few years their offense has begun to make strides to be considered high powered. If Rashard Mendenhall learned how to hold on to the ball this off season then the Steelers could be a force to be reckoned with even though their receiving corps might not be the best in the league.

4. Philadelphia Eagles - 2010 NFC East Champs

Philadelphia was definitely the biggest buyers in the off season. Even though I don't agree with the "Dream Team" tag that Vince Young gave to this unproven team during training camp, it is hard to argue that the Eagles aren't the class of the always competitive NFC East. If Michael Vick can stay healthy, and that is a big if, and the defense can come together behind rookie defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo, the Eagles have a chance of giving the Packers a run for their money this year.

5. New York Jets - 2010 AFC Championship Loser

The New York Jets are never the favorite on paper but for the last two seasons they have found themselves one win away from the Super Bowl. The Jets lost the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes this year but did manage to pick up Plaxico Burress from jail and sign Santonio Holmes to a multi year deal. I am not sure if they have the offense still to match up with the Patriots but I am not betting against them this year. Could this be the year the Jets finally get over the hump and represent the AFC in the Super Bowl? Stay tuned...

There you have it, the 2011 NFL pre season power rankings by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly. Will two of these teams meet in the Super Bowl in February? Your guess is as good as ours!

Make sure to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see all of our picks each week!
Posted on: October 28, 2010 1:24 pm

NFL Week 8 Picks

\Well, that was a bad week, if you know of someone who won 9 games against the spread then listen to them and don't read below!  I went 5-9 last week but who would have seen that Cleveland game coming???  Here is my chance at redemption...

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (19-22-1)

Miami at Cincinnati (-2) - MIAMI Dolphins
Jacksonville at Dallas (-6.5) - JACKSONVILLE Jaguars
Washington at Detroit (-2.5) - DETROIT Lions
Buffalo at Kansas City (-7.5) - BUFFALO Bills
Carolina at St. Louis (-3) - ST. LOUIS Rams
Green Bay at NY Jets (-6) - GREEN BAY Packers
Denver at San Francisco (-1) - DENVER Broncos
Tennessee at San Diego (-3.5) - TENNESSEE Titans
Tampa Bay at Arizona (-3) - TAMPA BAY Buccaneers
Minnesota at New England (-5.5) - NEW ENGLAND Patriots
Seattle at Oakland (-2.5) - OAKLAND Raiders
Pittsburgh at New Orleans (-1) - NEW ORLEANS Saints
Houston at Indianapolis (-6) - HOUSTON Texans

There are my week 8 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!

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!


Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:35 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

Another NFL week in the books and another new team at the top spot of our NFL power rankings.  For the first time ever I have only AFC teams in the top 5.  I am also adding something new this week, honorable mention for the teams just outside of the top 5.  Feel free to comment with your opinion.  Here we go...

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) - The Steelers saw their quarterback return from suspension this week and Big Ben showed why he was missed throwing for 3 touchdowns and blowing out the Browns 28-10.  Roethisberger did show some early rust but playing against the Browns definitely helped him find his groove.  This week they travel to Miami to play the upstart Dolphins which could prove to be more difficult then it would appear on paper.  I still like the Steelers defense and with Roethisberger back, Pittsburgh could hold our top spot for a long time.

2.  New York Jets (5-1) - Some people will argue the Jets got the game against the Broncos handed to them by the refs but in my eyes it was clear pass interference against Santonio Holmes late in the fourth quarter.  In the end it doesn't matter because the Jets are now 5-1 and have won 5 games in a row going into their bye week.  If the Jets continue to play well and get good breaks they could end up in our number one spot if the Steelers falter.

3.  New England Patriots (4-1) - The Patriots were 10 points behind early in the fourth quarter this week against the Ravens at home and found a way to win.  That is what the Patriots do and have done for the past decade.  Welcome back to New England Deion Branch, not sure why you ever left.  New England will travel across the country this week to face the faltering Chargers.  For the Patriots sake, I hope they don't take this team to lightly or they may fall out of the top 5 quickly.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (4-2) - The Ravens had a tough loss on Sunday, their vaunted defense allowed the Patriots to come back from a 10 point deficit in the fourth quarter and you can be assured that doesn't sit well with Ray Lewis.  Their offense looked good at times and then at times looked completely inefficient.  The good thing for the Ravens is that after a brutal 6 weeks to start the season they get the Bills at home this week.  I will go out on a limb and guarantee a victory for the Ravens on Sunday.

5.  Indianapolis Colts (4-2) - For the first time this year the Colts have found their way into our top 5.  They won a hard fought game on the road in Washington against the Redskins on Sunday night.  I have many doubts this team is as good as it has been in the past, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  If the Colts can breathe some life into their defense they might have a shot of shooting up our rankings and luckily for them they have two weeks to figure out how to do that as they are on a bye this week.

Honorable Mentions:  Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 6. 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.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com