Tag:NFL power rankings
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:28 am
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
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
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: January 4, 2011 11:26 am
The NFL regular season is now officially over and it is on to the playoffs. That means it is time to rank the 12 playoff teams in our post season version of the NFL power rankings. Can anyone beat the Patriots this winter? Are the Falcons the team to beat in the NFC? Both of these are good questions and below you will find my attempt at answering them. Here we go...
1. New England Patriots - The Patriots have won 8 games in a row and all but two haven't even been close. They are the only team in the NFL to score over 500 points this season and the only team that has outscored its opponents by over 200 points for the season. They are also the only team to be undefeated at home and one of two teams (Chiefs) to not lose a game to the NFC. Did I also mention that Tom Brady is probably the runaway MVP this year? He has a 65.9 completion percentage, has thrown 36 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions and has a passer rating of 111.0. Someone tell me how this team doesn't win the Superbowl?
2. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons are definitely the best team in the NFC at this time but they aren't the Patriots. They showed two weeks ago against the Saints they can be beat and be beat at home. With that said they are the most likely candidate to face the Patriots in the Superbowl but they are far from a lock. Matt Ryan is unproven in the post season and althought Matty "Ice" has had a very good season, we all know that the post season separates the men from the boys. If Ryan continues his stellar play they should have a chance to play in February.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers have the best defense in the league again this year, only allowing 232 points against for the season. Their offense, on the other hand, shows up only from time to time. They have probably the best chance of any other AFC team to take down the Patriots this year except for the fact that Tom Brady owns them. If their defense can play at the same level they have all season and they find a way to put the ball in the end zone instead of through the uprights they might have a chance.
4. Chicago Bears - The Bears have a first round bye but at the same time they do have some cause for concern. I know they didn't have anything to play for in the final week of the season but they still lined up their first stringers against the Packers and only managed 3 points. What is more concerning is that Cutler looked shaky and so did their offensive line giving up 6 sacks. This team is still good though and their defense in probably the best in the NFC. If Cutler can hold onto the ball and not turn it over than the Bears have what it takes to play for a chance to go to the Superbowl but I am not sure if they can go further.
5. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens are almost the exact clone of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they play the same type of football. Their defense has shown at times that they can give up points but their offense is more consistent than the Steelers. Other than the Steelers, the Ravens match up best against the Patriots and I believe it will be either the Ravens or the Steelers playing the Patriots for the right to go to Dallas. If the Ravens can ratchet up their defense for the playoffs and they can continue to run the ball down the throat of their opponents then this team has a chance.
6. Green Bay Packers - The Packers are the most dangerous 6 seed I have ever seen. They are coming into the playoffs on a two game win streak where both games were basically playoff games for them. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFC when he is healthy and that will be the goal of the offensive line of the Packers, keep Rodgers off the ground. It is truly amazing what this team has accomplished with the amount of injuries they have sustained this season. I like the Packers to win this week and go into Atlanta next week with a chance to shock the world.
7. New Orleans Saints - The Saints are not quite the same team they were last year but they are back in the playoffs with a chance to defend their Superbowl crown. They won the lottery and get to face the first sub 500 team to ever make the playoffs this year when they travel to Seattle on Saturday. Stranger things have happened, but I would be surprised not to see New Orleans make it to the divisional weekend of the playoffs. From there, who knows what happens, they proved a couple of weeks ago they can go into Atlanta and win so maybe they can do it again?
8. Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs are an interesting team. They, perhaps, run the ball better than any other team in the playoffs and they are very quick on the defensive side of the ball. They have a tough first round game against the Ravens but they will get to play in the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium. No one expected this team to be in this position and that is sometimes the most dangerous team out there. They are playing on house money so they could be looser than everyone else because they know they have nothing to lose.
10. New York Jets - The Jets are a hard team to get a read on. Their defense is no where near as good as it was last year when they made the run to the AFC championship game and their offense has been hit or miss. With all of the off the field distractions, StergerGate, TrippingGate, FootGate and now FavreTextingGate I am not sure if there is any time left to focus on football. This team has all the tools to be a Superbowl contender, but they can't seem to get out of their own way. Mark Sanchez needs a year or two more to mature into a better quarterback and Rex Ryan needs to learn how to close his mouth from time to time. This is not the Jets year.
11. Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles are limping into the post season after two consecutive losses. Now granted, the loss on Sunday was because of the Eagles resting most of their starters but it is a loss nonetheless. Michael Vick hasn't been as electric recently as he was in the middle of the season, perhaps all of the hits he has been taking are finally taking a toll on him. Their defense has more holes in it than a piece of swiss cheese. Eagles fans should take solace in the fact that after week one they would never have thought they would be in the playoffs. This is going to be a very short post season for the Eagles.
12. Seattle Seahawks - 7-9. First team EVER to make the playoffs with a losing record. They don't even deserve to be in these rankings. Enjoy your home playoff game because that is where your season ends.
There you have it, the power rankings for the 2010-2011 NFL playoff teams. Do you see them ranked differently? Let me know by leaving comments below. Also, don't forget to check out my online NFL picks show, The Mole & Meares show, at www.moleandmeares.com. We will be picking all of the playoff games this post season.
Posted on: December 29, 2010 9:06 am
Going into the final week of the NFL regular season, the playoff picture is almost completely set. Their are only three spots available, one in the AFC and two in the NFC, which will be determined this Sunday. The Patriots have locked up home field advantage in the AFC and Atlanta is all but guaranteed home field advantage in the NFC. Some teams have backed into the playoffs (Eagles & Jets) and some teams will enter the playoffs on a roll. With how crazy this NFL season has been I would expect some surprises in the playoffs. Here are the top 5 teams entering week 17...
1. New England Patriots (13-2) - The Patriots have won 7 games in a row and haven't scored less than 31 points since November 7th. I would venture to say that this offense is rolling right now. New England is not known for resting their starters much, even in games where nothing is on the line so I believe we will see the Patriots roll out to an early lead on Miami at home this week and then coast through the second half and enter the playoffs on an 8 game win streak. It is tough to envision a Superbowl in February that won't include the Patriots.
2. Atlanta Falcons (12-3) - The Falcons finally lost at home and showed they aren't unbeatable in the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan only lost for the second time at home in his career. With that said the Falcons face the lowly Panthers this week at home and a win gives them the number one seed in the NFC and forces the road to the Superbowl to go through Atlanta. I like Atlanta to win this week and force teams to beat them on their own turf but we now see that is not an impossible task.
3. Baltimore Ravens (11-4) - The Ravens are quietly on a 3 game win streak. Three of their four losses this year came against the Patriots, the Falcons and the Steelers, all playoff teams. Their fourth loss was at the Cincinnati Bengals who they face at home this week with a chance to avenge their earlier loss and perhaps sneak into the two seed in the AFC. If the Ravens continue to pound the ball down their opponents throat and can find a way to capture their defense of years past they could be the team to give the Patriots some trouble come late January.
4. Chicago Bears (11-4) - The Bears just continue to impress, taking down the Jets last week at home after falling behind 21-10. I have doubted this team all year, waiting for Jay Cutler to become the turnover machine we are all accustomed to seeing. That hasn't happened and now with the Vikings upsetting the Eagles last night, the Bears have clinched a first round bye in the NFC. They face the Packers this week in Lambeau with nothing to play for whereas the Packers need a win to make the playoffs. More than likely, the Bears will rest most of their starts and the Packers will cruise into the playoffs.
5. New Orleans Saints (11-4) - What an impressive win in Atlanta last week. As I alluded to earlier, the Falcons had not lost at home all season and yet the Saints managed to go into the Georgia Dome and take down the best team in the NFC. This keeps the Saints slim hopes alive of winning their division and securing the number one seed in the NFC. This scenario is highly unlikely with the Falcons facing the worst team in the NFL and the Saints welcoming in the upstart Buccaneers who believe they still have a chance to make the playoffs. But that is why they play the games, you never know!
Honorable Mentions: Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 16. Thoughts or opinions? Feel free to leave a comment! Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com, to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 17 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.
Posted on: December 21, 2010 9:22 am
What an amazing week 15 in the NFL. There were so many good games and so many surprises at the same time. There have been some major shakeups in our week 16 power rankings and the playoff picture has become much clearer as we head into the final two games of the season. We have two new teams in our top 5 although our top 2 spots remain the same for the fourth consecutive week. Don't forget that my online NFL picks show, The Mole & Meares Show, will be featured in a segment about social media on Showtime's Inside the NFL on Wednesday night at 9 pm. Here we go...
1. New England Patriots (12-2) - Here is some scary news for the rest of the NFL, the Patriots played their worst game in a long time on Sunday night and still managed to beat a Packers team who was desperate for a win. Yes, Matt Flynn was the quarterback and yes, the Packers have been decimated by injuries all year long, but the Packers showed heart and almost came away with a victory. The Patriots are basically on cruise control for the last two games as one more victory will lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs. This should be the week where they get that done as they will travel to Buffalo to face the AFC east basement dweller Bills. Although the Bills have played a lot of teams tough this year with homefield advantage on the line, I like the Patriots to continue their winning ways.
2. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) - The Falcons entered week 15 in the perfect spot for a trap game. They had won 7 games in a row and have a huge game against the Saints on tap for Week 16. They had to travel across the country to face a Seahawks team who is battling for their division in a stadium known for its 12th man. With all of that said, the Falcons took care of business and easily defeated the Seahawks. The Falcons look to be head and shoulders above the rest of the teams in the NFC as they just keep on winning. They are undefeated at home this year and with one more win the ticket to the Superbowl for the NFC will have to be punched in Atlanta. This week they have their toughest test yet as the Saints will come marching into Atlanta off of a tough loss to the Ravens. This will be the best, and last, Monday night football game of the season.
3. Baltimore Ravens (10-4) - The Ravens offense woke up on Sunday against the Saints and all but clinched a playoff berth in the AFC. The Ravens still have to be worried about their supposed stingy defense allowing Drew Brees and company to put up 24 points against them. With that said, this was a huge win for the Ravens who needed a victory to get back on track in the AFC North and although they have the same record as the Steelers, they are actually behind them with the tie breaker. I believe the Ravens are the better team at this time with the awful loss the Steelers endured at home last week to the Jets. The Ravens travel to Cleveland this week to face the Browns who always seem to give the Raven a tough game.
4. Chicago Bears (10-4) - The Bears join our top 5 for the first time in a long time this season. I am starting to believe that they are a decent team. They took care of business in Minnesota last night against a struggling Vikings team in the bitter cold. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop on Jay Cutler and for him to throw 3 picks in a game but it doesn't happen. He is quietly playing the best football of his career and if he continues his consistent play there is no telling how far this team can go. They have another huge game this week as they will play host to the NY Jets who are fighting for their playoff lives. With the division wrapped up for Chicago will they play with the same intensity they have shown the past few weeks?
5. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) - In what is being called the game of the century (at least here in Philly), the Eagles came back from a 21 point deficit in the New Meadowlands stadium with less than 8 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The victory has all but clinched the NFC East for the Eagles and has definitely gone a long way to building this young teams confidence for January. Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy make up the most dymanic four team offensive punch in the NFL. This week the Eagles welcome in the Vikings to Lincoln Financial Field. If the Eagles win they clinch the NFC east and move one step closer to perhaps a first round bye.
Honorable Mentions: New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 15. 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 16 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.
Posted on: December 14, 2010 9:25 am
The playoff picture is starting to become clear and there is now a dominant team in the NFL emerging. This is the first week in a while where there is no changes in our top five rankings. The only changes occur in our honorable mentions. There are at least 5 huge games this week that could definitely impact our rankings and have huge playoff implications. On a side note, The Mole & Meares Show, our online NFL picks show, will be appearing on Inside the NFL on December 22nd on Showtime at 9pm. Our video from last week featured Susannah Collins from Inside the NFL who made a special guest appearance. Make sure to check it out at ww.moleandmeares.com. Ok...Here we go...
1. New England Patriots (11-2) - Last two weeks, Patriots 81, opponents 10. Those two games were against division leaders, not the Panthers and the Bills. The Patriots have now emerged as the dominant team in the NFL. Tom Brady is the hands on favorite to win the MVP award. Bill Belichick should win the coach of the year. With all of that said, they actually have a very good game this week as they welcome in the desperate Green Bay Packers. The Packers could be without Aaron Rodgers (concussion) and if that is true, the Packers have no chance to win. Can anyone compete with the Patriots at this point?
2. Atlanta Falcons (11-2) - The Falcons took care of business on Sunday in what could have been a trap game against the lowly Carolina Panthers. The Falcons got out to an early lead and never looked back. This week they travel across the country to face the Seahawks in one of the toughest stadiums to play in. The Seahawks are coming off an embarrassing loss at the hands of the 49ers and will be desperate for a win to have any chance of making the playoffs this year. I think the Falcons have progressed enough to take care of business but I wouldn't be completely surprised to see an upset. The Falcons will face the Saints the week after so they need to take care of business or risk playing for the division the following week.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) - The Steelers defense made the Bengals look awful on Sunday. Not only did the Steelers hold the Bengals to 34 yards rushing but the only two touchdowns the Steelers scored came on the defensive side of the ball with two interceptions returned to the house. The Steelers might be the only team that can compete with the Patriots in the AFC, the only problem is that Tom Brady is incredible against the Steelers. This Sunday the Steelers will invite the reeling Jets into Heinz field. The Jets have lost two games in a row and have looked pitiful doing it. If the Steelers defense continues to play like they did this past Sunday, this game will be over early in the first quarter.
4. New Orleans Saints (10-3) - Are the Saints the quietest defending Superbowl champions ever? No one is talking about them yet they continue to improve each week. For the fifth consecutive week, the Saints put up at least 30 points. Their offense is beginning to click on all cylinders especially with the return of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush to full health. There is a chance, albeit a small one, that if they win out they could get the number one seed in the NFC. With that said, this Sunday will be a huge test for the Saints as they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. If the Saints go into the Raven's house and win, I guarantee they will no longer be under the radar.
5. Baltimore Ravens (9-4) - The Ravens won last night against the Texans although it took them till overtime to get the job done. I predicted the Ravens to win the Superbowl before the season and I am starting to lose faith. They had a huge lead which they allowed the Texans to erase and could have easily lost this game. They haven't been playing Ravens defense of recent and if they are going to emerge as the AFC representative in Dallas in February then they need to get back to Ravens football. This week they face a very tough test when the Saints come marching into Baltimore. The defense will need to find a way to stop the potent Saints offense in order to win this game.
Honorable Mentions: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 14. 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 15 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:26 am
Edited on: December 13, 2010 2:51 pm
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Read my rankings below and make sure to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see our most recent video with a special appearance from Sussanah Collins from Showtime as we get ready to appear on Inside the NFL next week!!!!
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.