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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: September 20, 2010 11:35 am
 

Thoughts on Week 2 in the NFL...

1.  The Packers are good...I know they played the Bills but they didn't miss a beat without Ryan Grant.  If the trade rumors regarding Marshawn Lynch are true then I would hate to be in their division.

2.  Brett Favre is old...and hurt.  I am not sure what brought him back this year, his ego, his pride, his will to win, but he is not 100% and it shows.  The Vikings pass game looks terrible and I don't see it improving any time soon.  I wouldn't be surprised to see an early exit for Brett this year by week 9.

3.  I predicted a surprise team this year in the AFC west but not the Chiefs.  I am not sure how good they really are quite yet but that was a heck of a road win on a short week where they could have easily had a let down.  Could this team be the surprise of the year?  Is Matt Cassel good enough?

4.  The Cowboys look lost in all facets of the game.  They allowed the Bears to come into their house and lay the smack down on them.  Jay Cutler has had two solid weeks behind center and if he continues to improve the Bears could definitley be a team to watch.  As for the Cowboys, two games does not make a season but it might be time to change some things up. 

5.  The Cardinals might have made a mistake letting Matt Leinhart leave.  They are a brutally bad team this year.  The Falcons scored at will and made them look like a bad college team.  Matt Ryan is starting to come into his own and will become an elite quarterback in the NFL within the next 3 years.

6.  Tampay Bay is 2-0...really?  Who is their quarterback again?

7.  Michael Vick looked good...scary good against the Lions.  The Eagles defense was still in Philadelphia and forgot to make the trip to Detroit.  It will be an interesting game next week with Kevin Kolb back in at quarterback...wondering how long that leash is going to be?

8.  The Bengals won this weekend on 5 field goals and no touchdowns against the Ravens.  Makes you think back to the season where the Ravens won the Superbowl and they won 5 games without score a touchdown.  Here is the difference, the Bengals D is no where as good as that Baltimore D and Carson Palmer is much better than Trent Dilfer...or so I thought.

9.  Pittsburgh has started the season 2-0 without Big Ben.  Their defense is really good...seriously...really good...they have allowed 1 touchdown in the first two weeks and only 20 points.  I didn't think this was their year...I am starting to have second thoughts.

10.  Did anyone outside of Seattle or Denver watch the Seahawks vs Broncos?  Does anyone care about either of these teams or think that either one of them have a chance to make the playoffs?  I don't.

11.  St. Louis vs Oakland...see #10.

12.  In the best game of the week, in my opinion, the Texans beat the Redskins in Washington in overtime.  I don't think either team played their secondary in this game, there was over 900 yards combined in passing between the two teams.  The Redskins seemed to have this locked up until the Texans offense went into overdrive and erased a 17 point deficit in the second half.  Could this really be the year the Texans finally make the playoffs???

13.  The Chargers rebounded well after their loss to the Chiefs last week and trounced the Jaguars at home.  But seriously, this is the Jaguars.  They have Jones-Drew and that is about it.  Since they scored 38 points I guess Philip Rivers isn't going to whine and cry this week, we can only hope that will happen again next week.

14.  The Jets offense last week looked like a high school football team.  This week they looked like Patriots from '08.  Randy Moss might be a slouch as Revis said but that might be on of the best catches I ever saw...how did he even see the ball?

15.  Manning vs Manning II...Petyon wins...really?  Did anyone actually think that the Giants would win this game?

Check in next Monday to see my week 3 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 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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