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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
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:08 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings Week 2

NFL Power Rankings - Week 2

The first week of the NFL is officially over and there are some major shakeups in our early Power Rankings.  Three of the teams we had ranked in the top 5 lost their 2010 opening game which means we have three new teams in our power rankings this week.  Will these teams be able to hold serve this week and continue to be among the NFL elite?  We shall see.

1.  New Orleans Saints (1-0) - The Saints opened up the 2010 NFL season at home against the Minnesota Vikings.  After their first drive the Saints looked like world beaters, easily moving down the field and scoring a touchdown in their first possession.  They then fell back to earth and only managed 7 more points for the rest of the game.  I am going to chalk that up to early season issues and I imagine their offense will be fine for the rest of the year.  Their defense only allowed 9 points but I am not sure if that is because they are very good or because Minnesota's offense is just in disaray.   The Saints travel to San Fransisco for a Monday night showdown with the 49ers who are going to be desperate for a win.  Watch out, this could be a trap game for the Saints.

2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - The Ravens beat the Jets on Monday night and held their offense to nine points.  The biggest question mark for the Ravens going into this season was their defense, if they are going to perform like they did on Monday night on a regular basis this team is going to be tough to beat.  Their offense did look sluggish at times but lets keep in mind they were going up the number 1 defense from last year in the Jets.  This week they travel to Cincinnati to face their division rival, the Bengals.  The Bengals forgot to show up against the Patriots last week and will have to figure a way to play better to have any chance of beating the Ravens.

3.  New England Patriots (1-0) - The Patriots had the most dominating performance of week 1 in their 38-24 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals.  The score was closer than the outcome as the Patriots jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first half and coasted home.  They played well in all three facets of the game and looked like a Super Bowl contender already.  They will have a difficult game this week as they travel to the new Meadowland Stadium to face their bitter rival, the New York Jets.  If the Jets can figure a way to get their offense going this could be a close game.  Unfortunately for the Jets, I don't think they have enough time.

4.  Green Bay Packers (1-0) - The Packers outplayed the Eagles on Sunday to start their season off on the right foot.  They completely dominated the first half and it wasn't until Michael Vick took over the quarterback position that the outcome of the game was ever in doubt.  Clay Matthews looks like a monster at the linebacker position and was everywhere on the field the entire game.  Their offense looked off at times and the loss of Ryan Grant for the season is going to hurt.  They get a bit of a cake walk game this week as the Bills will be traveling to Lambeau field in hopes of finding a win.  The Packers should win this week handily and will remain in our power rankings next week.

5.  Houston Texans (1-0) - The biggest upset of the week goes to the Houston Texans who finally found a way to beat the Colts.   Arian Foster absolutely ran all over the Colts and showed that he should be considered one of the elite running backs in the NFL with over 230 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns.  The Texans barely even showed off their prolific passing attack with Matt Schaub barely throwing for 100 yards.  The defense gave up a lot of yards through the air to Peyton Manning and company but most of it was in junk time.  The Texans will travel to the nation's capital this week to duel with the Redskins.  This should be one of the more interesting games of the week and it will be interesting to see if the Texans can continue their very good early season play.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 1. Thoughts or opinions?  Feel free to leave a comment and don't forget to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly NFL picks video!

Meares
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2010 4:04 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings Week 1

The day is almost upon us, opening day in the NFL, one of the greatest days of the year.  Every team has dreams of winning the Superbowl and every team starts on a level playing field.  With that said here are the Mole & Meares pre-season power rankings for 2010.

1.  New Orleans Saints (0-0) – The Saints are the defending Superbowl champions and until someone beats them they will be our number 1 team in the rankings.  It is not hard to imagine the Saints repeating again this year but at the same time to repeat as Superbowl champions is no easy feat.  Their first game of the year is a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings so they might not last long in this spot.

2. Indianapolis Colts (0-0) – The Colts lost to the Saints in the Superbowl last year and they are the best team in the AFC and have been a perinial favorite to win it all.  Any team that has Peyton Manning as their quarterback will always be a Superbowl contender.  They start their season with a tough road game against a divisional opponent in Houston where they always seem to have trouble.

3.  Baltimore Ravens (0-0) – The Ravens destroyed New England in last year’s wildcard playoff round before being defeated by the Colts in a game where their offense never appeared.  The Ravens made some quality off season pick ups, namely getting receiver Anquan Boldin from the Cardinals to upgrade their receiving corps.  This team always has a good defense and now with another year under Ray Rice’s belt they should be very good this year.  The start the season on the road on Monday night against the New York Jets so we will find out quickly how good they may be.

4.  Minnesota Vikings (0-0) – The Vikings lost a heart breaking overtime game against the Saints in the NFC championship to end their hopes of a Superbowl last year.  This year they are determined to go all the way behind the media’s darling, Brett Farve, who returns for his 49th NFL season.  Well, that is what it feels like anyway.  Their receiving corps is in disarray with the loss of Sidney Rice to injury and Percy Harvin’s crazy training camp where he passed out on the field.  Adrian Peterson needs to prove he is a top running back by learning how to hold onto the ball.  Minnesota opens the NFL season by traveling to New Orleans which is sure to be an entertaining game.  Not sure how long the Vikings will last in our top 5.

5.  New York Jets (0-0) – Up until Sunday there is no way the Jets were going to be in our top 5 but with the signing of Revis and their run to the AFC championship game last year they seemed to be the perfect fit.  They added Santonio Holmes to their roster in the off season and although he won’t play till week 5 this was a huge upgrade to their wide receivers.  We know their defense is one of the best in the league, the real question will come with regards to Mark Sanchez and if he can progress as a premier quarterback in the NFL.  They start at home against the Ravens which will go along way to determining the best team in the AFC.

There you have it, our first power rankings of the 2010 season.  Disagree?  Tough, start your own blog!  Just kidding…feel free to leave comments below and don't forget to check out my NFL site - www.moleandmeares.com

Meares



 
 
 
 
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