Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:35 pm
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
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Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:11 am
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.
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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:09 am
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.
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Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:08 pm
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!
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2010 4:04 pm
The day is almost upon us, opening day in the NFL, one of the greatest days of the year. Every team has dreams of winning the Superbowl and every team starts on a level playing field. With that said here are the Mole & Meares pre-season power rankings for 2010.
1. New Orleans Saints (0-0) – The Saints are the defending Superbowl champions and until someone beats them they will be our number 1 team in the rankings. It is not hard to imagine the Saints repeating again this year but at the same time to repeat as Superbowl champions is no easy feat. Their first game of the year is a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings so they might not last long in this spot.
2. Indianapolis Colts (0-0) – The Colts lost to the Saints in the Superbowl last year and they are the best team in the AFC and have been a perinial favorite to win it all. Any team that has Peyton Manning as their quarterback will always be a Superbowl contender. They start their season with a tough road game against a divisional opponent in Houston where they always seem to have trouble.
3. Baltimore Ravens (0-0) – The Ravens destroyed New England in last year’s wildcard playoff round before being defeated by the Colts in a game where their offense never appeared. The Ravens made some quality off season pick ups, namely getting receiver Anquan Boldin from the Cardinals to upgrade their receiving corps. This team always has a good defense and now with another year under Ray Rice’s belt they should be very good this year. The start the season on the road on Monday night against the New York Jets so we will find out quickly how good they may be.
4. Minnesota Vikings (0-0) – The Vikings lost a heart breaking overtime game against the Saints in the NFC championship to end their hopes of a Superbowl last year. This year they are determined to go all the way behind the media’s darling, Brett Farve, who returns for his 49th NFL season. Well, that is what it feels like anyway. Their receiving corps is in disarray with the loss of Sidney Rice to injury and Percy Harvin’s crazy training camp where he passed out on the field. Adrian Peterson needs to prove he is a top running back by learning how to hold onto the ball. Minnesota opens the NFL season by traveling to New Orleans which is sure to be an entertaining game. Not sure how long the Vikings will last in our top 5.
5. New York Jets (0-0) – Up until Sunday there is no way the Jets were going to be in our top 5 but with the signing of Revis and their run to the AFC championship game last year they seemed to be the perfect fit. They added Santonio Holmes to their roster in the off season and although he won’t play till week 5 this was a huge upgrade to their wide receivers. We know their defense is one of the best in the league, the real question will come with regards to Mark Sanchez and if he can progress as a premier quarterback in the NFL. They start at home against the Ravens which will go along way to determining the best team in the AFC.
There you have it, our first power rankings of the 2010 season. Disagree? Tough, start your own blog! Just kidding…feel free to leave comments below and don't forget to check out my NFL site - www.moleandmeares.com