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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 2, 2010 9:10 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 9

There was some major shakeups in our power rankings after week 8.  I thought that the AFC was far and away the better conference in the NFL and then two NFC teams beat 2 of our top 5 teams on Sunday.  There is only one team left in the NFL with one loss and they occupy our top spot for the first time this season...here we go...

1.  New England Patriots (6-1) - The Patriots won an impressive game over the Vikings on Sunday in a game where the Vikings had to win.  The Patriots defense seems to be playing much better over the last couple of weeks, if they keep improving this team is going to be tough to beat come January.  This week the Patriots travel to the dog pound to face the improving Cleveland Browns who are coming off their biggest victory in the past 5 years.  For the Patriots sake, I hope they aren't looking forward to the week 10 match up with the Steelers and forget to show up against the Browns.

2.  Baltimore Ravens (5-2) - The Ravens were on a bye last week and had some time to get some players healthy and rested.  They move up the rankings this week by default since the teams above them lost.  This week they will face the Dolphins at home and so far this season the Dolphins are the best team in the NFL on the road.  This should be a very good matchup and if the Ravens can pull out a win they can prove that they belong in the number 2 spot in our rankings.

3.  Indianapolis Colts (5-2) - Even with the injuries to some key players the Colts continue to find a way to win.  Peyton Manning continues to show everyone why he is the most valuable player in the NFL.  They got revenge on the Texans for the week 1 loss and now are in first place in the very competitive AFC south.  This week they will travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles who are coming off of a bye and will have Michael Vick back behind center.  The Eagles are undefeated coming off of a bye under Andy Reid but have never played the Colts well.  Should be an interesting matchup and one the Colts should be able to win.

4.  Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) - The Steelers are the only team in our power rankings who lost on Sunday.  They ran into a buzz saw in the New Orleans Saints who were desperate for a win after being embarrassed at home against the Browns the week before.  This week they will travel to Cincinnati for a divisional matchup against the Bengals who swept the Steelers in '09.  This Steelers team is better than last year and this Bengals team is no where near as good as they were in 2009.  The Steelers will continue their winning ways this week, that is a guarantee.

5.  New York Giants (5-2) - The Giants have finally cracked their way into our top 5 and did so being idle during week 8.  Their defense has been playing out of their minds the past few weeks and if Eli Manning can stop throwing interceptions this team looks to be the one to beat in the NFC.  The Giants have to travel across the country to face the Seahawks on Sunday in a game in which they should win but it depends on which Seahawks team shows up this week.  If the Giants can figure out a way to beat the Seahawks they may have a chance to move up our power rankings.

Honorable Mentions:  New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 8. 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 9 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

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 26, 2010 11:50 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 8

For the first time all season there are no changes in our power rankings after this past week's games.  The only differences come in our honorable mentions with a couple of additions and subtractions but they couldn't find a way to crack into our top 5.  Here we go...

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) - The Steelers went on the road to Miami on Sunday and squeaked out a victory against the Dolphins.  Some how the Steelers ended up on the correct end of a weird call by the referees, it seems this is a regular occurence for the Steelers.  Big Ben fumbled at the goal line and because the play was blown dead for what was determined at the time as a touchdown, there was no clear evidence of a recovery.  The Steelers got the ball back and kicked the winning field goal.  Tough loss for the Dolphins.  The Steelers will travel to New Orleans on Sunday night to face the struggling Saints.  The Steelers need to gear up to play the '09 Saints, not the current Saints if they want to win.

2.  New York Jets (5-1) - The Jets were the hottest team in the NFL going into their bye week, winners of 5 straight.  They should be well rested and healthy for their matchup this week against the struggling and hurting Green Bay Packers at the new Meadowlands stadium on Sunday.  Can they continue to play well and extend their winning streak to 6 games?  It should be an interesting match up for them on Sunday and I would expect the Jets to come out with a win.

3.  New England Patriots (5-1) - The Patriots traveled to San Diego this past Sunday to face the under performing Chargers.  They jumped out to an early and comfortable lead before having to hang on as the Chargers made a late comeback.  The Patriots avoided an overtime game when the game tying field goal doinked off the right upright.  I am still not 100% on board with the Patriots this year, their defense has been suspect at times and I am not sure if they can hold up for the entire season.  This week they face the Vikings in Foxboro.  Will Brett Favre play?  Does it matter?  I like the Patriots to win easily at home.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (5-2) - The Ravens played one of the toughest games of the week against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, yes, you read that correct, the Buffalo Bills.  The Bills took the Ravens to overtime but a great defensive play by who else, Ray Lewis, got the Ravens the ball deep in Bills territory for the game winning field goal.  The Ravens get a bye this week which will be needed after their difficult opening 7 games. 

5.  Indianapolis Colts (4-2) - The Colts have been battling injuries all season so the bye week came at just the right time for them.  They have a huge divisional game this week against the Texans in a rematch of week 1 where they lost in Houston.  This time it will be in Indianapolis, on Monday night, off of a bye week, against a Texans defense who has forgotten how to stop opposing teams.  I would put my money on Peyton Manning.

Honorable Mentions:  Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 7. 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 7 NFL picks for a chance to win a 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 19, 2010 9:35 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

Another NFL week in the books and another new team at the top spot of our NFL power rankings.  For the first time ever I have only AFC teams in the top 5.  I am also adding something new this week, honorable mention for the teams just outside of the top 5.  Feel free to comment with your opinion.  Here we go...

1.  Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) - The Steelers saw their quarterback return from suspension this week and Big Ben showed why he was missed throwing for 3 touchdowns and blowing out the Browns 28-10.  Roethisberger did show some early rust but playing against the Browns definitely helped him find his groove.  This week they travel to Miami to play the upstart Dolphins which could prove to be more difficult then it would appear on paper.  I still like the Steelers defense and with Roethisberger back, Pittsburgh could hold our top spot for a long time.

2.  New York Jets (5-1) - Some people will argue the Jets got the game against the Broncos handed to them by the refs but in my eyes it was clear pass interference against Santonio Holmes late in the fourth quarter.  In the end it doesn't matter because the Jets are now 5-1 and have won 5 games in a row going into their bye week.  If the Jets continue to play well and get good breaks they could end up in our number one spot if the Steelers falter.

3.  New England Patriots (4-1) - The Patriots were 10 points behind early in the fourth quarter this week against the Ravens at home and found a way to win.  That is what the Patriots do and have done for the past decade.  Welcome back to New England Deion Branch, not sure why you ever left.  New England will travel across the country this week to face the faltering Chargers.  For the Patriots sake, I hope they don't take this team to lightly or they may fall out of the top 5 quickly.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (4-2) - The Ravens had a tough loss on Sunday, their vaunted defense allowed the Patriots to come back from a 10 point deficit in the fourth quarter and you can be assured that doesn't sit well with Ray Lewis.  Their offense looked good at times and then at times looked completely inefficient.  The good thing for the Ravens is that after a brutal 6 weeks to start the season they get the Bills at home this week.  I will go out on a limb and guarantee a victory for the Ravens on Sunday.

5.  Indianapolis Colts (4-2) - For the first time this year the Colts have found their way into our top 5.  They won a hard fought game on the road in Washington against the Redskins on Sunday night.  I have many doubts this team is as good as it has been in the past, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  If the Colts can breathe some life into their defense they might have a shot of shooting up our rankings and luckily for them they have two weeks to figure out how to do that as they are on a bye this week.

Honorable Mentions:  Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 6. 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 7 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

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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