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Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:30 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 10:31 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 13

With only 5 weeks left in the 2010 NFL season we are starting to get a clearer picture of who are the best teams in the league.  Week 13 will bring the picture even more clear, especially in the AFC as there are some matchups between top teams with the Jets traveling to New England and the Steelers heading to Baltimore.  We have a new number one team this week and one new addition to our top 5.  Here we go...

1.  Atlanta Falcons (9-2) - I hate the nickname "Matty Ice", mainly because he has yet to win an important game in January but I am starting to warm up to it after the Falcons defeat of the Packers last Sunday.  Matt Ryan is playing as efficiently as possible at the quarterback position and led the Falcons to another late victory.  The Falcons only two losses came against teams from Pennslyvania, so as long as they can stay away from one state in the union they should have a very good chance of making it to Texas in February.
 
2.  New England Patriots (9-2) - The Patriots played on Thanksgiving this past week in Detroit and for 40 minutes looked like they might have trouble with the Lions, but then they turned on the after burners and ended up beating the Lions by 21.  The Patriots defense is still a cause for concern and week to week you never know how they are going to perform.  They have their biggest game of the year on Monday night football this week as they welcome the Jets into Foxboro field for a match up of 2 of the 3 teams at 9-2.  This rivalry is good anytime they play, add in the division title to the mix and we are looking at the game of the year to date.  It all will come down to which Patriots defense shows up but a victory would go a long way to securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs. 

3.  New York Jets (9-2) - The Jets also played on Thanksgiving when they faced the Bengals in the new Meadowlands Stadium.  This game was basically over before it started as the Jets won ever facet of the game.  Terrell Owens called superstar corner for the Jets, Darrelle Revis, average prior to the game...that sort of backfired as Revis held TO to 3 catches for 14 yards and made TO look like an average receiver.  The Jets will have their game of the year this week as they travel to New England for a showdown with the Patriots which will go a long way to decide the AFC east and home field advantage in the AFC playoffs.  If the Jets can limit their turnovers and shutdown Brady and company they have a chance to move up in our rankings.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (8-3) - The Ravens took care of business against the much improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home on Sunday.  The final score was 17-10 but the game was never as close as the final score.  The Ravens defense looked really good, holding the Bucs to less than 250 yards of offense.  Josh Freeman looked confused at times and definitely did not play his best game of the season.  Joe Flacco had a very efficient game and Ray Rice pounded the ball 20 times down the throat of the Bucs defense.  Balitmore will play host to the Steelers on Sunday night football in a game that will go a long way to deciding the AFC north.  The Ravens already beat the Steelers once so a win would give them a game lead with the tiebreaker. 

5.  Chicago Bears (8-3) - Chicago has received no love all season in our rankings, mainly due to the lack of good wins so far this season.  They changed our thinking on Sunday as they laid a beat down against the Eagles.  The Chicago defense looked really good, limiting Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson from making any big plays.  They out-coached the Philadelphia Eagles and now stand alone on top of the NFC north.  They will travel to Detroit this week to face a Detroit team that doesn't quit.  Although on paper this looks like a game Chicago should win, they better take Detroit seriously because this would be a bad game for a let down.  

Honorable Mentions:  New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 12. 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 13 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:26 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 12

For the first time in a long time the majority of our power rankings remain the same after week 11.  Only one team falls out of our top 5 with one new addition.  Our top teams took care of business and this NFL season is setting up to be one of the most exciting come the end of the year.  It is still a little early but it is hard to imagine right now any team being able to rest players come week 17.  I can imagine a lot of playoff scenarios in place during that final week of the season.  On to our top 5, here we go...

1.  New England Patriots (8-2) - The Patriots held on Sunday to defeat the Colts after Peyton Manning through a very untimely interception deep in New England territory.  They remain our number one team for a second week, tying the record for most weeks at the number 1 position, that is how unpredictable this season has been.  I am still not sure they are the best team in the league or if there is even a best team in the league right now, but they have beaten the Steelers and Colts in consecutive weeks.  They have a short week this week as they will travel to Detroit to face the Lions on Turkey Day.  After their last two games this one should be slightly easier but that is what we thought when they faced the Browns and look what happened then. 

2.  Atlanta Falcons (8-2) - The Falcons pulled away from the St. Louis Rams in the second half on Sunday and still have the best record in the NFC.  The Rams put up a valiant effort but it wasn't enough in the end and Matt Ryan continues to impress every week for the Falcons.  The Falcons will welcome the Packers into Atlanta on Sunday for what seems to be the game of the week in the NFL.  With only 3 games left on their schedule against teams with a winning record, this game could go a long way to helping them secure home field advantage in the playoffs.  A win against the Packers could vault Atlanta into the top spot on our power rankings.

3.  New York Jets (8-2) - Santonio Holmes might prove that he was the best pickup of the off season.  For the second time in as many weeks, Holmes scores the winning touchdown in the last possible second to give the Jets their third straight heart pounding victory.  The Jets continue to win games when you think their is little or no hope left.  They also have a short week this week as they will face the terrible Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving night in Northern New Jersey.  Win or lose they will have 10 days to prepare for a showdown in week 13 on Monday night against the Patriots.  For the Jets sake, lets hope they don't overlook the Bengals on Thursday.

4.  Philadelphia Eagles (7-3) - The Eagles and Michael Vick continue their winning ways by taking care of business against the New York Giants on Sunday.  This game wasn't pretty with a ton of mistakes by both teams but in the end the Eagles found a way to win.  The Giants were able to contain Vick and perhaps give other teams a blue print to do the same thing.  This week the Eagles travel to Chicago to face the vaunted defense of the Bears.  This game features two teams that are leading their division at 7-3 and for Chicago, it would go a long way to proving they belong as an elite team in the NFC.  

5.  Green Bay Packers (7-3) - The Packers ended the Vikings season on Sunday and in the process sent Brad Childress packing as he was fired yesterday.  They destroyed the Vikings in every facet of the game and they seem to be overcoming some of the huge injuries they sustained earlier in the season.  Greg Jennings is showing that he is one of the top 5 receivers in the NFL today while Aaron Rodgers continues to impress.  They have their toughest game in a long time on Sunday as they will travel to Atlanta to face the best team in the NFC.  If they win this game they have a shot at obtaining home field advantage in the playoffs and no team wants the road to the Superbowl to go through Lambeau Field. 

Honorable Mentions:  Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 11. 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 12 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 9:44 am
 

NFL Week 11 Picks

Is it just me or are these games getting progressively harder to pick?  I barely managed to be above .500 last week with a 7-6 record and this week doesn't seem to be getting any easier.  Lets see if I can improve this week and get my head out of my ass. I am also adding a new feature this week with a quick blurb on each game...here we go...

Record to date (43-36-2)

Chicago at Miami (-1.5) - Miami Dolphins - The line seems to indicate the Bears but I like Thigpen and I think Miami gets it done at home.

Detroit at Dallas (-6.5) - Detroit Lions - Dallas will be the sexy pick this week but Detroit has played everyone tough and close.
Arizona at Kansas City (-8) - Kansas City Chiefs - 8 points is a lot for a weak Chiefs offense to overcome but the Cardinals are that bad on the road.

Green Bay at Minnesota (+3) - Green Bay Packers - This is the lock of the week, the Vikings need a lot more than 3 points at home.
Baltimore at Carolina (+10) - Baltimore Ravens - Carolina is awful and won't score...look for a shutout and an easy cover.

Cleveland at Jacksonville (-1) - Cleveland Browns - The Browns resurgence this year is great to see and it will continue in Jacksonville.

Oakland at Pittsburgh (-7.5) - Pittsburgh Steelers - After last week's loss the Steelers will be playing mad...look for an easy cover against a good Raiders team.

Buffalo at Cincinnati (-5.5) - Buffalo Bills - The Bills are getting no respect after their first win, Cincinnati is not good and 5.5 points is too much to overcome in this one.

Washington at Tennessee (-7) - Washington Redskins - This line is way to one sided, I know the Redskins get embarrassed on Monday night but they will play Tennessee tough.

Houston at N.Y. Jets (-7) - NY Jets - Houston has just imploded since a hot start and the Jets will start playing well, I like them to cover but this isn't my favorite pick of the week.

Atlanta at St. Louis (+3) - Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons are the best team in the NFC right now and although St. Louis is playing well I still really like the Falcons to cover.

Tampa Bay at San Francisco (-3) - San Francisco 49ers - One of the three games that Vegas has as a pick'em (home team usually gets 3 points for being the home team), with that said I think Tampa is the more complete team but traveling across the country never works out well.

Seattle at New Orleans (-12) - New Orleans Saints - 12 points is a lot but New Orleans is coming off of a bye and Seattle has been awful on the road.  

Indianapolis at New England (-3) - New England Patriots - Indianapolis is playing with their JV squad and without Peyton Manning they are 2-7, they are awful in Foxboro too, give me the Pats.

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia (-3) - Philadelphia Eagles - Michael Vick is good, enough said.

Denver at San Diego (-10) - Denver Broncos - 10 points is too much for San Diego to give up, this isn't the same team as past years, I like a cover by the Broncos.

There are my week 11 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 week 11 straight up for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares

Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:40 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 11

Week 10 in the NFL might have been the best week so far.  There are huge shakeups in our rankings as 4 of the teams in last week's top 5 faced off against each other.  We have a new number one team and two new additions to our top 5.  Each week in the NFL brings new surprises and I highly doubt you will see the same order of teams after next week.  Why?  Because it is extremely hard to figure out who the best 5 teams are in the NFL at any given moment.  Here is my best effort...

1.  New England Patriots (7-2) - The Patriots receive our number one ranking after going into Pittsburgh and dismantling a very good Steelers team.  Tom Brady picked apart the defense and introduced Rob Gronkowski to America by throwing not one, not two, but three touchdown passes to the rookie tight end.  The Patriots defense rebounded after a horrendous game the previous week and held the Steelers in check for most of the night.  It doesn't get any easier this week for the Patriots as they will welcome the Colts into Foxboro on Sunday afternoon.  Which Patriots defense shows up will go a long way to figuring out the outcome of this game.

2.  Atlanta Falcons (7-2) - The Falcons proved they belong among the elite teams in the NFL by beating the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.  Matt Ryan has quietly become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.  It looked as though the Ravens were going to pull this game out but with less than 2 minutes left, Ryan guided the Falcons down the field for the winning touchdown.  Roddy White is playing like a man possessed.  The Falcons have had an extra couple days of rest which should help them when they travel to St. Louis on Sunday to face the upstart Rams.  This game could end up closer than you may think. 

3.  New York Jets (7-2) - The Jets pulled out another overtime win on the road on Sunday against the Browns becoming the first team in NFL history to win two consecutive games in overtime on the road.  Here is the problem though, the two teams they had to beat in overtime have a combined record of 5-13.  The Jets will be the first to admit they aren't playing their best football but they still are tied for the best record in the NFL.  If they start playing up to their potential they might be the team to beat in the AFC.  This Sunday they welcome in the struggling Houston Texans which could be a dangerous match up if they don't take them seriously. 

4.  Philadelphia Eagles (6-3) - The Eagles shot up our rankings this week after embarrassing the Redskins on Monday night.  Michael Vick might be the best quarterback in the NFL right now because I am not sure how any team can actually stop him.  The offensive weapons the Eagles currently have make them one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL and a team no one wants to play come January.  If Vick stays healthy, there is no telling where this team could go.  They have their biggest game of the season to date on Sunday night as their division rival, the New York Giants, travel down the Jersey Turnpike to Lincoln Financial Field.  The Eagles can prove to everyone that they are the best team in the NFC with a win.

5.  Indianapolis Colts (6-3) - The Colts move into the 5th spot in our rankings by default.  They were the only team in our honorable mentions, other than the Eagles, to win this week and with the losses by the Steelers, Ravens and Giants, they get the honor of being apart of the top 5.  Their win against the Bengals was less than impressive but nevertheless it was a win.  The Colts are really banged up on both sides of the ball and without Peyton Manning behind center they wouldn't be anywhere on our radar this year.  With that said, they have a huge game against their hated rivals, the Patriots, on Sunday in New England.  If they can find someway to win this game then they can prove that they belong in our top 5. 

Honorable Mentions:  Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 10. 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 11 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: November 11, 2010 9:05 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 9:06 am
 

NFL Week 10 Picks

Not such a good week last week but I kept it at .500 by going 6-6-1 ATS.  This week is going to be a tough one and if I can find a way to win more games than I lose it will be a miracle.  Here we go...

Record to date (36-30-2)

Baltimore at Atlanta (-1) - Baltimore Ravens
Detroit at Buffalo (-3) - Detroit Lions
Minnesota at Chicago (+1) - Minnesota Vikings
NY Jets at Cleveland (+3) - Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati at Indianapolis (-7) - Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee at Miami (+2) - Tennessee Titans
Carolina at Tampa Bay (-7) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Houston at Jacksonville (-1.5) - Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City at Denver (+1) - Kansas City Chiefs
Dallas at NY Giants (-14) - Dallas Cowboys
Seattle at Arizona (-3) - Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis at San Francisco (-6) - St. Louis Rams
New England at Pittsburgh (-5) - New England Patriots
Philadelphia at Washington (+3) - Philadelphia Eagles

There are my week 10 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 week 10 straight up for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:58 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 10

As each week in the NFL passes the season grows stranger and stranger.  This week we have a new number one team but a familiar one.  Our number one team last week lost to the Cleveland Browns convincingly and although you won't see the Browns in our top 5 or our honorable mentions, I am not sure if they are not the best team in the NFL today.  We have one new addition into our top 5 this week and it is from the NFC. Here we go...

1.  Baltimore Ravens (6-2) - The Ravens take over our number one spot this week after dismantling the best road team in the NFL, the Dolphins, at home this past Sunday.  Their defense played Ravens type football and their offense played well enough to win.  They have a short week this week as they will travel to Hotlanta to face the Falcons on Thursday night in the first of two matchups this week facing 2 of our top 5 teams.  This game will go a long way to showing us if the Ravens deserve to stay as our number one team.

2.  Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) - The Steelers beat Cincinnati on Monday night and took revenge against the team they lost to twice last season, although they tried to give this game away at the end.  If it wasn't for the early season loss to the Ravens they would be our number one team.  They have a chance to reclaim the spot next week as they will welcome the Patriots into Heinz field on Sunday night in a huge conference battle and what some may think maybe an AFC conference final preview.  This will be the game of the week with the loser perhaps falling out of our top 5.

3.  New England Patriots (6-2) - The Patriots are coming off their worst loss of the season as they got man handled in Cleveland against the Browns.  Perhaps they were looking ahead to their matchup this week against the Steelers, either way they need to sure up their defense if they want to compete with Pittsburgh on Sunday night.  Tom Brady has proven time and time again that the Patriots can win with less than "star quality" names on offense but the Patriots have never won without a stingy defense.  If they can find a way to play better on the defensive side of the ball they have a chance to stamp their name permanently in our top 5.

4.  New York Giants (6-2) - The New York Giants continue to impress on the defensive side of the ball as they held the Seattle Seahawks to 7 points on Sunday.  This game was over before half as the Giants ran out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter.  This week they invite the spiraling Dallas Cowboys into northern New Jersey in a divisional showdown that should be more one-sided than Cowboys fans would like to see.  As long as they aren't looking ahead to their week 11 showdown with the Eagles, the Giants should walk away with another easy victory.

5.  Atlanta Falcons (6-2) - The Falcons proved on Sunday that they belong in the top 5 of our power rankings by beating a surprisingly good Tampa Bay Buccaneers team at home.  This team is by far the quietest 6-2 team in the NFL and should be a team to watch out for come January.  They can prove that they belong as the will have a chance to take down our number one team on Thursday night when they face the Ravens at home.  If they can stick to their game plan of running the ball with Michael Turner down opposing teams throats they must just pull off the upset.

Honorable Mentions:  New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 9. 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 10 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares

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
 
 
 
 
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