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Posted on: October 4, 2010 3:42 pm
 

Thoughts on Week 4 in the NFL...

Before I begin my thoughts there is one thing I want to say...my rankings and picks last week were horrible...just wanted people to understand I know when I have a bad week...here we go...

1.  The New York Jets must be handing out HGH to its players...that is the only explanation as to why Ladanian Tomlinson looks like he is 25 again.  He made some cuts on Sunday that almost broke my ankles and I was just sitting on the couch.

2.  Peyton Hillis looks like a reincarnated Mike Alstott but Hillis might actually be tougher.  Congrats to the Browns on their first victory of the year.

3.  How does the best defense in the league allow the Ravens to go the length of the field at the end of the game and give up the game winning field goal?  This is the same Ravens team that couldn't move the ball against the Bengals...what happened Pittsburgh?

4.  Kyle Orton leads the league in passing yards through 4 weeks, seriously?  They lost their best receiver during the offseason and he is throwing for more yards? 

5.  3 out of the 4 losses by the Detroit Lions have been by a combined 10 points.  Does that make the Lion's fans feel any better about starting 0-4......again?

6.  I don't care how good Nate Clements is...he deserves to be cut from the 49ers immediately, or at least fined for stupidity.  After his interception, if he takes a knee or runs out of bounds the 49ers finally win a game...instead he tries to score, fumbles and costs the 49ers a win.  Idiot of the Week Award.

7.  46 year old John Carney kicked three field goals on Sunday for the Saints.  He is so old that he is a player in Super Tecmo Bowl which was available on the original nintendo game system.

8.  The St. Louis Rams are tied for first place in the NFC West.  There is no way I would have ever imagined writing that sentence this year.

9.  Perhaps letting Matt Leinart go before the season and not signing a veteran backup quarterback wasn't the best move for the Arizona Cardinals.  Hindsight is 20/20 but does it count as hindsight if everyone says it immediately after the move?

10.  Josh Scobee, you are amazing.  You win my MVP for week 4, a 59 yard field goal to win the game?  That is as clutch as it gets.

11. Houston's defense needs to figure out how to stop the pass, if they don't it will be a very short January for them, but at least they should make it to Janaury, right?

12.  Donovan McNabb...please don't think you had anything to do with beating the Eagles, you completed 2 of 11 passes in the second half and 8 completions total.  You actually played worse than anyone could have predicted. 

13.  I would make the entire offensive line for the Bears walk home from New York, allowing 9 sacks in one half of football is unacceptable, especially when you are undefeated.  I found the betting line to be very odd, Bears +4, but obviously someone in Las Vegas knows what they are doing and just made a boat load of money. 

Check in next Monday to see my week 5 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 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 28, 2010 10:11 am
 

Thoughts on Week 3 in the NFL...

1.  The New York Giants are in disarray.  The decision to throw the ball underhanded while in the red zone to a triple covered receiver might have been the worst decision I have very seen made by a quarterback...way to go Eli!

2.  Are the Cincinnati Bengals any good?  I don't get this team, they get destroyed in week 1 by the Patriots, they beat the Ravens in week two and dominate the lowly Carolina Panthers in week 3.  I can't get a read on this team and I have no idea if they will be able to compete in the AFC North.

3.  I am pretty sure I could have been the quarterback for the Steelers this past week and they still would have won.  In a battle of the unbeatens the Steelers embarrased the Buccaneers in Tampa.  When Ben Roesthisberger comes back in two weeks this team is going to get better?  Is that possible?

4.  The New England Patriots are 2-1 but they have to be worried about their defense which gave up 30 points to the Buffalo Bills.  Did the Bills score 30 points combined all of last season? 

5.  The Cleveland Browns are going to be the team this year that goes 2-14 but has a chance to win every game.  They gave the Baltimore Ravens all they could handle on Sunday.  If you haven't heard of Peyton Hillis you need to learn his name now, he ran for over 140 yards against the Ravens and looks to have become the starting running back in Cleveland.

6.  Their are 3 unbeaten teams left in the NFL after week 3 and if anyone in the world would have guessed one of them would have been the Kansas City Chiefs then you are the smartest person in the world.  I am still not convinced they are for real but they have looked pretty damn good.

7.  The Houston Texans came back to earth on Sunday getting handled by the Dallas Cowboys.  For the Cowboys, this was a must win game even though it was only week 3.  I still believe that the Cowboys are the best team in the NFC East and will win that division.

8.  The Minnesota Vikings were in the same boat on Sunday as the Cowboys, a must win.  The Lions haven't won in Minnesota since the 80's and if they would have won that game, Brett Farve would have retired immediately and for good.  Adrian Peterson is definitely making his claim as the best running back in the game.

9.  The New Orleans Saints had barely won their first two games and their inconsistent play came back to haunt them on Sunday, that and their kicker blows.  Garrett Hartley missed a 29 yard field goal in overtime that would have won the game, instead the Atlanta Falcons pulled out a huge divisional win.  If I was Hartley I would start working on my resume.

10.  Congratulations to Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams for getting a win before week 10.  The Redskins, the sexy pick for a playoff team before the season started, are now sitting at 1-2 with a showdown this week in Philadelphia which will be over hyped all week by the media.  Donovan McNabb can't save this team from drowning, they are just awful.

11.  Michael Vick is the second highest rated quarterback in the league after week 3.  He looks as good as, if not better, than he did when he was in Atlanta.  The guy is just a freak of nature in more ways than one.

12.  Peyton Manning had to play on Sunday with two of his top wide receivers on the sidelines.  He still threw for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns.  The guy is just good.

13.  Sebastian Janikowski has one of the strongest legs in the NFL but accuracy has never been his forte.  He missed a chip shot field goal in the final seconds which would have gotten the Raiders to 2-1.  Instead he might have cost Tom Cable his job.

14.  The Seattle Seahawks are the NFL's version of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde.  You have no idea which team is going to show up.  They beat the San Diego Chargers easily and have moved atop of the very weak NFC West. 

15.  Mark Sanchez has looked like a pro bowl quarterback in the past two weeks.  After looking so bad in the pre season and week 1, how did he become so good so fast and will it last?  I guess we shall see...

16.  The lone undefeated team left in the NFC is the Chicago Bears...yes you did read that correctly, the Bears.  Can Jay Cutler continue his sharp play throughout the season?  Highly unlikely.

Check in next Monday to see my week 4 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 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 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
 
 
 
 
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