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Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:51 am
 

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

Another week gone in the NFL and another week of mystifying games.  I want to know the person that thought that Dallas would be 1-4 and the Rams would be 3-3 through the first 6 weeks?  Not me...here are my thoughts on the games from Week 6.

1.  I feel slightly bad for the Packers, I mean, they are a good team but they are riddled with injuries.  The Dolphins came into town and stole a win in overtime.  The lack of a running game is really going to hurt the Packers, the good thing is their division is weak and they should be ok.

2.  The St. Louis Rams are 3-3 through 6 weeks in the NFL.  Stephen Jackson is still a beast, he runs with such power that at times it is incredible.  The Chargers continue their awful early season play, how long with Norv Turner last at this rate?

3.  I thought we were going to have our first tie in a couple of years in the NFL, but Brady finally marched the Patriots down the field and they kicked the game winning field goal with less than 2 minutes to go in overtime. The 10 point comeback on the Ravens in the fourth quarter was vintage Patriots, the Ravens defense let this game slip away.

4.  Welcome back Big Ben.  After serving his four game suspension, Roethisberger comes back and throws 3 TD to lead the Steelers over the Browns at Heinz field.  This team looks really good and is going to be tough to beat, they have a very good defense and now a quarterback that can throw the ball.  On a side note, Jerome Harrison knocked two Browns out of the game with helmet to helmet tackles, I have a feeling his pockets are going to lighter come Tuesday.

5.  For 55 minutes on Sunday, I believed that Kansas City was for real, but then they fell back to earth and allowed the Texans to score 14 points in the last 4 minutes of the game.  This was a huge win for the Texans who finally righted the ship on offense, but on the defensive side of the ball they need help.  The allowed over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing and didn't seem to be able to stop anything all day, luckily for the Texans, neither could the Chiefs.

6.  The Detroit Lions are one of those teams that never goes away.  Despite losing their second string quarterback to injury, Drew Stanton, the third string quarterback, came into the game and still had a chance to lead the Lions to victory but came up short.  The Giants defense didn't look as dominant as they had in the past two games but Eli Manning figured out how to not throw any interceptions this week which kept them in the lead the whole way.

7.  DeSean Jackson is going to have a headache for 3 weeks.  The might have been one of the most vicious collisions I have ever seen.  Kevin Kolb is showing the Eagles fans why they traded Donovan McNabb away and it will be an interesting decision for Andy Reid once Vick is healthy.  Who is the quarterback?

8.  Matt Forte is one of the most dominant running backs in the league today but in a close game the Bears only give him the ball 8 times and throw the ball 40?  How is that supposed to win games?  The offensive line for Chicago is absolutely awful and Cutler might end up dead by the end of the year if they don't fix it now.

9.  Welcome back Saints offense!  Where have you been hiding?  For the first time this year the Saints of '10 looked like the Superbowl champion Saints of '09.  I am definitely having a tough time getting a read on the Buccaneers, are they good or bad?  Either way, they got creamed.

10.  If you told me that the Jets offense would shut down the Broncos passing game, I would have told you the Jets would win by 20 and I would have been wrong.  The Broncos found a running game on Sunday and moved the ball effectively.  One thing that interests me from the box score, 10 different players had at least 1 rushing attempt, I have never seen that before.  Mark Sanchez finally through an interception (2 to be exact) but in the end the Jets were too much for the Broncos to handle.

11.  Congratulations 49ers!  You finally won a game, albeit against the hapless RaidersJason Campbell, you are not good.  I can't believe you have a job in the NFL.  The Raiders might be better off with Jemarcus Russell at quarterback.  No Darren McFadden means no chance for a Raiders victory.

12.  The Panic Bowl was won by the Minnesota VikingsMiles Austin, congrats, you win the Idiot of the Week award!  After a celebration penalty cost the Cowboys dearly last week you decide to play leap frog in the end zone after a touchdown.  You deserve to be benched next week, especially because it won't matter because the Cowboys are going to end up 1-15 this year.

13.  Another team that is hard to get a read on is the Redskins.  They have looked solid the past two weeks and then come up short against a sloppy Indianapolis team.  The Colts defense has many issues and if they didn't have Peyton Manning they wouldn't win a game. 

Check back next Monday for my week 6 recap and don't forget to check out our site at www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly picks video show and submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Meares
Posted on: October 14, 2010 2:46 pm
 

NFL Week 6 Picks

My first week of picking the games against the spread could be called semi-successful, especially considering all of the major upsets late last week.  I went 7-7 with the Tampa Bay pick being the best one of the week.

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (7-7)

Seattle at Chicago (-6) - Seattle
Baltimore at New England (-2.5) - Baltimore
Detroit at NY Giants (-10) - NY Giants
Atlanta at Philadelphia (-2.5) - Altanta
Cleveland at Pittsburgh (-13) - Pittsburgh
Miami at Green Bay (pick em) - Miami
San Diego at St. Louis (+8) - San Diego
New Orleans at Tampa Bay (+4) - New Orleans
Kansas City at Houston (-4.5) - Kansas City
Oakland at San Francisco (-6.5) - Oakland (Lock of the week!)
NY Jets at Denver (+3) - NY Jets
Dallas at Minnesota (-1.5) - Dallas
Indianapolis at Washington (+3) - Indianapolis
Tennessee at Jacksonville (+3) - Tennessee

There are my week 6 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!

Meares
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:15 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 6

Five weeks of NFL action are in the books and even though this has been a very odd NFL season so far, there are definitely some clear cut standout teams, mostly in the AFC.  The top three teams remain the same this week with one new addition to our top 5.  Here we go...

1.  Baltimore Ravens (4-1) - In my opinion there is no doubt right now that the Ravens are the best team in the NFL.  Arguments can be made for the Steelers and Jets but guess what, the only losses those two teams have came at the hands of the Ravens.  They easily handled a struggling Broncos team on Sunday to improve to 4-1.  Ray Rice finally showed why he is a top running back on Sunday, running for over 130 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens have a tough game coming up this week as they will travel into New England to take on the Patriots.  Another win and they will remain atop of our rankings.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers were on a bye this week and next week they will have their All-pro quarterback, Big Ben, back behind center.  They welcome the Browns into Heinz field on Sunday in a divisional match up.  The Steelers should be able to handle the Browns and cruise to a 4-1 start barring any major injuries to their starters.  The Browns have been playing teams tough but the Steelers are definitely playing in a different league right now.

3.  New York Jets (4-1) - The Jets had a good victory on Monday night over the Vikings and their former quarterback, Brett Farve.  The Jets defense slammed the door home with an interception for a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in a close game.  Mark Sanchez continues his good play at quarterback and has yet to throw 1 interception this season.  The Jets will travel to Mile High stadium on Sunday to face the struggling Broncos.  If they continue their solid play they should easily win and move to 5-1.

4.  Atlanta Falcons (4-1) - The Falcons are far and away the best team in the very weak NFC.  They went into the dog pound on Sunday and defeated a not so good Browns team.  Their defense continues to impress every week and they held the Browns rushing attack to less than 30 yards.  This week they head to the city of brotherly love to face the Eagles and perhaps their former quarterback, Michael Vick, depending on his injury status.  If Vick plays this will be a huge test for the Falcons, if Kolb is behind center they should be able to walk away with a victory and solidfy their top spot in the NFC.

5.  New England Patriots (3-1) - The Patriots were also on a bye this past week but still made news by trading away Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third round pick.  They brought back one of their wide receivers from their past Superbowl glory days in Deion Branch.  No offense to Branch, he is not Randy Moss and this is going to be a huge loss on the offensive side of the ball.  They were struggling on the defensive side of the ball before the bye week and I hope they figured out a way to plug some of the holes or their time in the power rankings will be short lived.  The face the #1 team in the NFL this week, the Ravens, at home, and they better play a flawless game or risk dropping a game and half behind the New York Jets in the AFC east.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 5. 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 6 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
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: October 5, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 7:54 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

I took a lot of flack last week for my power rankings and you know what?  I listened and I was completely wrong.  I have done my research this week and I feel as though I have gotten it somewhat right this time, but who are we kidding, there is so much disparity this year among the best teams in the NFL that no one can get it right.  But here is my best try...

1.  Baltimore Ravens (3-1) - The Ravens went into Pittsburgh and came out victorious.  Not only did they win but they mounted a touchdown producing, winning drive in the final minutes against the toughest defense in the NFL.  Joe Flacco made enormous strides in his maturity as a quarterback.  Yes, I know that Charlie Batch was the quarterback for the Steelers and things will be different from this point on, but that was a crucial win for the Ravens.  Baltimore will face a tough Denver team this Sunday and it should be a good game.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers lost a hard fought game to the Ravens on Sunday with their fourth string quarterback.  They played a fairly complete game but couldn't stop the Ravens from kicking the winning field goal in the waning seconds.  They have a bye this week and the next time they step on the field they will have their starting quarterback, Big Ben, back from suspension.  This team will not leave our power rankings for the rest of the year, mark my words.

3.  New York Jets (3-1) - The New York Jets offense has really come full circle since their embarrassing week one loss to the Ravens.  Mark Sanchez is starting to look more and more like a leader and is learning to not turn the ball over.  Ladanian Tomlinson looks like a running back with something to prove.  They destroyed the Bills and now turn their sites on the Vikings who will be coming into the New Meadowland Stadium off of their bye week.  This should be an interesting game.  The Jets will have both Revis back from injury and for the first time this year, Santonio Holmes.  Holmes and Braylon Edwards make for a dynamic receiving duo.

4.  Green Bay Packers (3-1) - The Packers are not playing up to their potential but still have a 3 and 1 record after four weeks.  I really believe the loss of Ryan Grant is going to be enormous by the end of the season.  They outplayed the Lions on Sunday but never put them away and came out with a 2 point victory.  They will have to sure up their running game and their defense if they want to make a deep run into January.  They have a tough conference match up this week as they head to the nation's capitol for a match up with the 2-2 Redskins.  Look for the Packers to have a tough time in Washington.

5.  Atlanta Falcons (3-1) - For the second week in a row the Falcons took advantage of the opposing teams blunders.  Two weeks ago the Saints missed a 29 yard field goal in overtime to beat them and this week Nate Clemens of the 49ers fumbles the ball after picking off Matt Ryan, allowing them to go the length of the field for a game winning field goal as time expired.  This week they head off to the dog pound for a match up with the 1-3 Browns.  On paper this looks like an easy win, but as they say, that is why the game isn't played on paper.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 4. 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 5 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares

Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:54 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 4

After three weeks in the NFL there are only 3 unbeaten teams left, 2 in the AFC and 1 in the NFC.  I am going to break my usual tought process on best teams this week and actually leave one of the undefeated teams out because I am still not convinced they are for real.  These rankings seem to be changing a lot this year.  Here we go...

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) - The Steelers took care of business on Sunday by dismantling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their fourth string quarterback.  Their defense is honestly the best in the game, hands down.  If their offense can click the way it did on Sunday once Ben Roethisberger comes back in two weeks than this team is going to be very hard to beat.  They have a huge divisional game this week against the Baltimore Ravens at home.  Their defense is going to have to come up big this week because the Ravens are a way more complete team then anyone they have faced so far.

2. Chicago Bears (3-0) - The Bears answered the question of whether or not they were for real on Monday night, defeating the Packers in a huge divisional showdown.  Jay Cutler is showing his maturity at quarterback and their defense is playing extremely physical.  They are the best team in the NFC right now but are actually underdogs this week against the New York Giants.  Vegas must know something that I don't know because I would bet my salary on Chicago beating the Giants outright.

3.  New York Jets (2-1) - I would not have thought after their week one performance that the Jets would be back in our power rankings after week 3 but they have defeated the Patriots and the Dolphins convincingly in back to back weeks and now sit atop the AFC East.  Mark Sanchez seems to have found his stride as they coaching staff has finally allowed him some leeway to throw the ball downfield.  The Jets will play their third consecutive division opponent this week when they travel to Buffalo.  Barring an enormous let down, the Jets should end week 4 at 3-1.

4.  Atlanta Falcons (2-1) - Some people are going to argue against us putting the Falcons this high in our rankings but they did just defeat the defending Superbowl champions and their only loss has come at the hands of our number one team.  Matt Ryan is quietly putting up some solid numbers and Michael Turner is running the ball well.  They have also allowed the second least amount of points of anyone in the NFC through 3 weeks.  They will host the desparate, under performing San Fransisco 49ers this week.  Watch out, this could be a trap game.

5.  Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) - This will be another controversial pick for our power rankings but you can't ignore the fact that their offense is very explosive with Michael Vick at the helm.  They have scored the most points through three weeks in the NFC and when Stewart Bradley is in the game on defense they look good.  The held the Jacksonville Jaguars to less than 200 yards of offense last week and only 3 points.  This week brings the most hyped game in recent memory as Donovan McNabb and the Redskins travel to Philly for Donovans first ever game in Philly in an opposing team's uniform. 

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 3. 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 4 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: January 11, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2010 4:13 pm
 

The Demise of the Eagles

Here at the Mole & Meares show we try to remain partisan when making our picks or doing our power rankings for the NFL.  It is no secret, however, that I am a passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan.  I devote 4 hours most every Sunday or Monday from September till now to watching my team on the field.  I also spend countless hours reading, listening and thinking about the Eagles.  I am probably not the most diehard fan in Philly but no one can dispute my passion.  The only problem is I am getting to the point where I am not sure if I should continue my obsessive behavior.  This team, year in and year out, continues to let me down by not delivering a championship that I know they are capable of winning.  I am sure I am not alone today in Philly in my way of thinking.  Why do I continue to pour my heart into this team when each year I know they will eventually rip it out and stomp on it?  Albert Einstein once said "the definition of insanity is to repeat the same action and expect a different result."  It seems both the Eagles and myself are 100% completely insane. 

There are a lot of people in Philadelphia calling for McNabb's head on a platter.  He had two of the worst games of his career in the last two weeks against the hated Dallas Cowboys.  In my opinion, I do believe it is time to move on from #5.  He has had a very good career here in Philly but his time is now finished.  The Eagles have one of the youngest teams in the league from top to bottom, they have two excellent young wide receivers, a very good young running back and tight end.  It's time to try a young (somewhat) quarterback and hand the reigns over to Kevin Kolb.  Do I think that Kolb is going to be better than McNabb?  Not necessarily, but if the Eagles continue to do the same thing over again next year it would be insane by definition.

Fixing the quarterback issue is only one aspect of what needs to be addressed in this offseason.  How about the offensive line?  They were absolutely pitiful against the Cowboys in the last two games.  The Eagles spent millions and millions of dollars on the Andrews brothers only to see them watch from the sideline this entire year.  Stacy Andrews, in a post game interview, stated he was now physically ready to play football, talk about some excellent timing.  Jamal Jackson will more than likely not be back in time for next season either which will leave them a big gaping hole at center.  There is no doubt the Eagles have weapons on offense but if you can't protect the quarterback you have no chance of winning. 

On to the defense who forgot to show up for the last two weeks.  The first thing I would like to see done is to cut Joselio Hanson.  This guy is by far the worst DB in the entire NFL.  He was absolutedly pathetic all season and his inability to cover anything was never more prevelant than in Saturday's game.  The loss of Brian Dawkins was also a huge factor in the downfall of this defense.  Macho Harris is definitely not the answer, I understand he is a rookie but his play seemed to get worse as the season went on.  Hopefully their linebacking core will improve next year when Stewart Bradley comes back from injury.  The main reason they lost these last two games was their lack of size up front on the defensive side of the ball.  They were manhandled by the much larger offensive line of the Cowboys and their quickness was negated by short quick throws by Romo. 

This team has a long way to go to get back to the team they were in the middle of the decade.  Most of the major weapons are in place but they just need to plug some holes and make changes in the necessary areas.  With that said, if they go into next season with the same quarterback and the same offensive and defensive line, then by definition they are 100% insane.

Meares

 
 
 
 
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