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Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 2:05 pm
 

NFL Week 9 Recap and Thoughts

There were two games this past weekend that had huge early playoff implications between 4 teams that no one would have expected to 3 of the teams to have a chance at making the playoffs before the season started.  The Chiefs at the Raiders and the Buccaneers at the Falcons were the weekend's two biggest games, that just goes to show you the parody in the NFL from year to year.

1.  In a battle between two divisional rivals, the Raiders prevailed in overtime.  You have to give the Raiders credit for stopping the vaunted Chiefs rushing attack, holding them to 100 yards rushing as a team.  They did just enough to squeak this game out in overtime and now are looking good in the AFC west.

2.  Brett Farve broke a record yesterday, he threw for more yards in a game than he ever had in his career, 446.  In Brett Farve's career, he has only twic thrown for over 400 yards, that is really surprising.  At the same time he lead the Vikings back from 14 points down with less than 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime and then watched as his kicker sealed the deal to complete a victory that allows Childress to remain the Vikings coach for at least one more week.

3.  To quote a famous line, Houston, we have a problem.  After starting the season defeating the Colts for the first time ever and then winning a game in OT against the Redskins, the Texans have fallen flat on their face.  Their defense was an issue early and now has become a glaring problem after 9 weeks.  San Diego wins again and is trying to stay alive in the AFC west.  

4.  I am so happy I am not a Detroit Lions fan, I couldn't take the close losses week after week.  It looked as though they had this game in the bag and then they allowed the Jets to score 10 unanswered 4th quarter points to send the game to overtime and then watched as they marched down the field for the winning kick.  Matthew Stafford injured his shoulder again.  He would be a good quarterback if he could find a way to stay healthy.

5.  The Browns might be the best team in the NFL right now, at this very moment.  They sandwiched incredible wins against the Saints and the Patriots around their bye week.  Peyton Hillis continues to impress as he shredded the New Englad defense for over 180 yards on the ground.  I thought the Patriots were beginning to show some improvement on the defensive side of the ball but they took a huge step backwards on Sunday.

6.  The Panthers should forfeit the rest of their games for the season.  There should be a rule in the NFL that if you can't achieve 200 total yards of offense, at home no less, you have to let a college team play for you for the rest of the season. Granted, they lost their first and second string running back and their first string quarterback to injuries but come on, have some pride and move the ball, 68 yards passing isn't going to get it done.

7.  Poor Buffalo, I feel like I start every recap of a Bills game like this every week.  They lose another game by a field goal to a team that is really not very good right now.  Have the Bills ever won a game in Toronto?  If not they should stop playing there because the fans are wondering why the field is only 100 yards long!

8.  Baltimore out played Miami and put an end to their road winning streak.  I thought this game was going to be closer and I thought wrong.  Miami seemed out of sorts the entire game and couldn't muster any points in the second half.  The Ravens are now tied with 15 other teams for the best record in the NFL at 6-2.

9.  I am going to give the Buccaneers a ton of credit for playing a very good game on the road in Atlanta and coming up just short.  This game could have been a blowout after the opening drive when the Falcons methodically marched down the field and scored on their opening possesion.  The Bucs had a chance to steal a win in the waning seconds but came up just a bit short, but this team is definitely for real and will fight for a wild card berth.

10.  Wade Phillips will be fired this week, I guarantee it.  That was one of the most embarrasing games I have ever witnessed since I began watching football.  The Cowboys have completely given up and aren't even trying anymore.  At least Jerry Jones can be happy that the Superbowl will be played in his stadium because that is about the only thing he has going for him right now.

11.  The New York Giants are good, the best team in the NFC right now and they destroyed the Seahawks who can't seem to figure out a way to put two good weeks together.  But if I was a Giants fan I would wait on buying my plane tickets to Dallas for the Superbowl because the only two teams that you have played that have winning records were losses.  The Giants are doing what they are supposed to do, beating the teams that they know they are better than.  It is going to get tougher and it will be interesting to see how this team responds.

12.  Andy Reid is now 12-0 after a bye week as the Eagles coach and now has beaten the Colts for the first time in his career.  I really hope that Austin Collie is okay but with that said, there was no reason for a flag, he wasn't a defensive less receiver when he got hit and it was an incidental helmet to helmet hit.  I am really happy the Eagles won because two calls in this game were the only reason for 14 of the Colts points.

Make sure to visit our site, www.moleandmeares.com, to see our weekly NFL picks video and to submit your weekly picks for a chance to win our weekly prize.  See you week 10!

Meares
Posted on: November 4, 2010 9:16 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 9:17 am
 

NFL Week 9 Picks

Okay...finally, back on track...last week I went 11-2 ATS with my picks and it is about time.  The only two games I lost were the Broncos and the Titans and both are on a bye this week which should indicate I will go 13-0 this week!  Here we go...
 
Here are my picks this week

Record to date (30-24-1)

Tampa Bay at Atlanta (-8.5) - TAMPA BAY Buccaneers
Chicago at Buffalo (+3) - BUFFALO Bills
New England at Cleveland (+4.5) - NEW ENGLAND Patriots
NY Jets at Detroit (+4) - NEW YORK JETS
New Orleans at Carolina (+6.5) - NEW ORLEAN Saints
Miami at Baltimore (-5) - MIAMI Dolphins
San Diego at Houston (+3) - HOUSTON Texans
Arizona at Minnesota (-9) - ARIZONA Cardinals
NY Giants at Seattle (+7) - SEATTLE Seahawks
Indianapolis at Philadelphia (-3) - PHILADELPHIA Eagles
Kansas City at Oakland (-2.5) - OAKLAND Raiders
Dallas at Green Bay (-8) - GREEN BAY Packers
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (+5) - PITTSBURGH Steelers

There are my week 9 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: November 1, 2010 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:38 pm
 

NFL Week 8 Recap and Thoughts

Okay, so last week I was ready to declare the entire NFC less one or two teams dead.  The AFC looked like the dominant conference, far and away.  The one thing I have learned this season is nothing is predictable, both the Steelers and the Jets lose to NFC teams that looked lost going into this week.  This season just gets stranger by the minute...here are my thoughts on week 8...

1.  I am done picking the Dallas Cowboys to win anymore games this season.  They got destroyed by the Jaguars in every facet of the game which I didn't think was even possible.  Kitna threw for 379 yards but also threw 4 interceptions.  Are the Jaguars the worst 4-4 team in the league?

2.  The Bengals season is officially over, you can mark it down right now.  They fell to 2-5 in the powerhouse AFC North and have no chance of making the playoffs.  Carson Palmer has fallen from grace completely, he only completed 17 of 38 passes for 156 yards against the Dolphins at home.  On another note, are the Dolphins the best team in the NFL on the road?  They have beaten the Bills, the Vikings, the Packers and now the Bengals all on the road.  Pretty impressive.

3.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a Donovan McNabb fan but to bench him for Rex Grossman with 2 minutes left in a one score game, what is the philosophy behind that?  He was your leading rusher for christ's sake.  The loss of all of the Redskins running backs was the reason they lost this game and they seem to be reeling heading into the bye week.  Should be an interesting two weeks for the Redskins who have had more off the field distractions than any team. 

4.  Poor Buffalo, still winless and still playing their hearts out.  They have to be one of the best 0-7 teams in the history of the NFL, although, I am not sure they want that label.  Kansas City finds a way to win but they need to figure how to score some points if they want to compete come January.  When your running back counts for 238 of your 410 total yards, more than 50%, you need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to spread the ball around.

5.  When did the Packers defense turn into the New York Jets defense?  They recorded the first shut out of the NFL season.  The Jets, coming off of a bye on a five game win streak couldn't get anything going.  If Sanchez has to throw the ball 38 times every game the Jets are going to be in a world of hurt.  If you like defensive football then this was the game for you, three field goals was as much as either team could muster, pitiful.

6.  Did you know there was a game played in London this weekend?  The English cared as much about who won the game as the Americans did.  Troy Smith, playing for the injured Alex Smith, was very productive and played a clean game with no turnovers.  The Broncos have now lost two weeks in a row to the Raiders and now the 49ers, not a good stretch.

7.  The combined offensive yardage in the Rams/Panthers game was 447 yards, that is fairly pathetic.  Give credit to the Rams though, after a horrendous 2009 season they are 4-4 through 8 weeks in 2010 and right in the mix in the awful NFC West.  Sam Bradford looks like the real deal and Steven Jackson is just a beast.  

8.  Just when you think San Diego's season is over they pull out a huge win.  How is it that the Chargers start out so slow every year only to begin to play in November?  The Titans had a chance to have a share of first place after 8 weeks of the season but they couldn't stop the Chargers from scoring.  Vince Young gets injured again and if the Titans have to rely on Kerry Collins it will not work out for them.

9.  Who would have thought the biggest shootout of the weekend would have been between the Buccaneers and the Cardinals?  Welcome to the NFL Mr. Blount, he ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns and didn't punch any of his opponents in the process, that has to be a win for the Bucs!  The Cardinals QBs combined for 4 interceptions, just another normal Sunday.

10.  The big question of the week was finally answered at Foxboro on Sunday, yes Brett Favre started the game, but no he didn't finish it.  If I have to hear all week about whether or not Favre is going to start this week I am going to go crazy.  Who cares?  The Vikings are 2-5 and look awful.  On the other hand, somehow, the Patriots are the only team in the NFL with only 1 loss...can Brady win another Superbowl?

11.  The Raiders have scored 92 points in their last two games, are you kidding me?  Did they score 92 points all of last season?  Where did this Jason Campbell come from?  He throws for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns with no picks.  This isn't the same guy that played in Washington.  As a Maryland Alumni, it was nice to see Heyward-Bey actually do something in a game in the last 2 years.  

12.  I am going to congratulate myself now, I saw this coming, I saw the Saints beating the Steelers and if you watch our weekly video you will see the proof yourself.  The Steelers were begging for a loss and the Saints were embarrassed last week at home.  The most impressive thing about the victory is that the Steelers knew exactly what the Saints were going to do, pass and pass often and they still couldn't stop them.  It will be interesting to see if this is the game that gets the Saints back on track.

Make sure to visit our site, www.moleandmeares.com, to see our weekly NFL picks video and to submit your weekly picks for a chance to win our weekly prize.  See you week 9!

Meares
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!

Meares
Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:35 pm
 

NFL Week 7 Recap and Thoughts

NFL Week 7 Recap and Thoughts

Another week gone in the NFL and another week of mystifying games.  This is the same line I used to start this blog last week and it fits in perfectly again!  If there is one thing consistent in the NFL this season it is inconsistency.  This is by far the strangest season I have seen in my 32 years on this earth.  Here we go...

1.  After not showing up last week in Philly, the Falcons righted the ship and won at home against the Bengals.  With Carson Palmer throwing for over 400 yards for the Bengals and Roddy White having over 200 yards receiving for the Falcons, was there any defense played in this game?  The Bengals are in deep trouble after falling to 2-4.

2.  The Eagles defense held Chris Johnson to 66 yards rushing.  If I heard that before the game I would have said the Eagles would win...but wait, Kenny Britt goes for 225 yards receiving?  Are you kidding me?  After the first 150, maybe you should defend him.  The Eagles gave up 27 points in the fourth quarter and looked awful doing it, the Titans outplayed them in every facet of the game.

3.  Poor Buffalo.  They played their best game of the year only to come up short in overtime.  Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for 374 yards, that is more yards then the first 5 games combined.  Baltimore, aren't you supposed to have a good defense?  That is two weeks in a row where you were basically embarrassed on the defensive side of the ball. 

4.  Congratulations to the Carolina Panthers!  They will not be the last team without a win in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers are just not good and David Carr is worse.  Is it time to let Mike Singletary go?  This team is so out of whack, predicted to win their division and now might be on of the worst teams in the awful NFC.

5.  DeAngelo Hall from the Redskins had 4 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, pretty good fantasy stats for a wide receiver.  Here is the problem, Jay Cutler from Chicago is the one who completed the passes to Hall who isn't a receiver but a cornerback.  Wow, the Bears have gone from good to bad very quickly.  This game was a turnover fest and it is only be default that the Redskins won.

6.  Kansas City, you are good!  I have finally admitted it.  The only other two teams in the AFC to allow less points then the Chiefs are the Jets and the Steelers.  That is good company to be in.  They put up 42 points against the Jaguars so obviously their offense isn't hurting either.

7.  The Steelers win another game in a controversial call at the end of the game.  It seems they win at least two games a year where the call goes their way.  Roethisberger obviously fumbled at the goal line and because it was called a touchdown and play had stopped they had no other option then to give the Steelers back the ball at the 1.  A very tough loss for the Dolphins and another gift for the Steelers, Christmas in October.

8.  What has happened to the Saints?  They got beat down by the Cleveland Browns, yes you read that correctly, the Cleveland Browns, and you know what is worse?  It was in New Orleans!  Drew Brees through two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, that is not acceptable.  They don't have the swagger they had last year and it shows.

9.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied for first in the NFC South after week 7.  That seems hard to believe but they pulled out a last second score to beat the Rams at home and share first place with the Falcons.  Given their performance last week against the Saints, I can't really jump on board with this team just yet. 

10.  Arizona Cardinals, your management and coaching staff should all be fired for allowing your team to start its season with this quarterback situation.  If you want to hand the ball over to your rookie quarterback, Max Hall, then you need to allow him to play.  You can't play musical chairs with your quarterback, not when its a rookie and a veteran who has proven useless.  It is clear now that the Seahawks are the best team in the NFC West.

11.  59, that is the number of points the Raiders scored in Denver yesterday.  That is 10 less than the points they put up in their four losses.  The rushed for over 300 yards.  The Broncos are in major trouble, this is the worst home defeat against a division rival in their history.  That defense is better than this and needs to figure out who they are in the next few days.

12.  The Chargers put up a fight in the fourth quarter to try and salvage their season but came up short.  That was a big win for the Patriots, traveling across the country to face a desparate opponent after a big win the week before.  They almost allowed the Chargers to fight back but in the end the Chargers last gasp, the field goal attempt as time expired, doinked off the right upright. 

13.  Brett Farve, it is time to retire.  You didn't look good last night, you actually cost the Vikings the game.  You are old, injured and you just don't seem that interested.  Now you are causing a distraction off the field.  If the Vikings had won last night then I would say you should continue to play, now I say just walk away, with whatever little amount of dignity you have left and it isn't much

Check back next Monday for my week 7 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 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!

Meares

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
 
 
 
 
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