Tag:NFL power rankings
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:15 pm
Five weeks of NFL action are in the books and even though this has been a very odd NFL season so far, there are definitely some clear cut standout teams, mostly in the AFC. The top three teams remain the same this week with one new addition to our top 5. Here we go...
1. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) - In my opinion there is no doubt right now that the Ravens are the best team in the NFL. Arguments can be made for the Steelers and Jets but guess what, the only losses those two teams have came at the hands of the Ravens. They easily handled a struggling Broncos team on Sunday to improve to 4-1. Ray Rice finally showed why he is a top running back on Sunday, running for over 130 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens have a tough game coming up this week as they will travel into New England to take on the Patriots. Another win and they will remain atop of our rankings.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers were on a bye this week and next week they will have their All-pro quarterback, Big Ben, back behind center. They welcome the Browns into Heinz field on Sunday in a divisional match up. The Steelers should be able to handle the Browns and cruise to a 4-1 start barring any major injuries to their starters. The Browns have been playing teams tough but the Steelers are definitely playing in a different league right now.
3. New York Jets (4-1) - The Jets had a good victory on Monday night over the Vikings and their former quarterback, Brett Farve. The Jets defense slammed the door home with an interception for a touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in a close game. Mark Sanchez continues his good play at quarterback and has yet to throw 1 interception this season. The Jets will travel to Mile High stadium on Sunday to face the struggling Broncos. If they continue their solid play they should easily win and move to 5-1.
4. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) - The Falcons are far and away the best team in the very weak NFC. They went into the dog pound on Sunday and defeated a not so good Browns team. Their defense continues to impress every week and they held the Browns rushing attack to less than 30 yards. This week they head to the city of brotherly love to face the Eagles and perhaps their former quarterback, Michael Vick, depending on his injury status. If Vick plays this will be a huge test for the Falcons, if Kolb is behind center they should be able to walk away with a victory and solidfy their top spot in the NFC.
5. New England Patriots (3-1) - The Patriots were also on a bye this past week but still made news by trading away Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third round pick. They brought back one of their wide receivers from their past Superbowl glory days in Deion Branch. No offense to Branch, he is not Randy Moss and this is going to be a huge loss on the offensive side of the ball. They were struggling on the defensive side of the ball before the bye week and I hope they figured out a way to plug some of the holes or their time in the power rankings will be short lived. The face the #1 team in the NFL this week, the Ravens, at home, and they better play a flawless game or risk dropping a game and half behind the New York Jets in the AFC east.
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 5. 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 6 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 7:54 pm
I took a lot of flack last week for my power rankings and you know what? I listened and I was completely wrong. I have done my research this week and I feel as though I have gotten it somewhat right this time, but who are we kidding, there is so much disparity this year among the best teams in the NFL that no one can get it right. But here is my best try...
1. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) - The Ravens went into Pittsburgh and came out victorious. Not only did they win but they mounted a touchdown producing, winning drive in the final minutes against the toughest defense in the NFL. Joe Flacco made enormous strides in his maturity as a quarterback. Yes, I know that Charlie Batch was the quarterback for the Steelers and things will be different from this point on, but that was a crucial win for the Ravens. Baltimore will face a tough Denver team this Sunday and it should be a good game.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) - The Steelers lost a hard fought game to the Ravens on Sunday with their fourth string quarterback. They played a fairly complete game but couldn't stop the Ravens from kicking the winning field goal in the waning seconds. They have a bye this week and the next time they step on the field they will have their starting quarterback, Big Ben, back from suspension. This team will not leave our power rankings for the rest of the year, mark my words.
3. New York Jets (3-1) - The New York Jets offense has really come full circle since their embarrassing week one loss to the Ravens. Mark Sanchez is starting to look more and more like a leader and is learning to not turn the ball over. Ladanian Tomlinson looks like a running back with something to prove. They destroyed the Bills and now turn their sites on the Vikings who will be coming into the New Meadowland Stadium off of their bye week. This should be an interesting game. The Jets will have both Revis back from injury and for the first time this year, Santonio Holmes. Holmes and Braylon Edwards make for a dynamic receiving duo.
4. Green Bay Packers (3-1) - The Packers are not playing up to their potential but still have a 3 and 1 record after four weeks. I really believe the loss of Ryan Grant is going to be enormous by the end of the season. They outplayed the Lions on Sunday but never put them away and came out with a 2 point victory. They will have to sure up their running game and their defense if they want to make a deep run into January. They have a tough conference match up this week as they head to the nation's capitol for a match up with the 2-2 Redskins. Look for the Packers to have a tough time in Washington.
5. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) - For the second week in a row the Falcons took advantage of the opposing teams blunders. Two weeks ago the Saints missed a 29 yard field goal in overtime to beat them and this week Nate Clemens of the 49ers fumbles the ball after picking off Matt Ryan, allowing them to go the length of the field for a game winning field goal as time expired. This week they head off to the dog pound for a match up with the 1-3 Browns. On paper this looks like an easy win, but as they say, that is why the game isn't played on paper.
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 4. 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 5 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:54 am
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: December 30, 2009 8:49 pm
We have finally reached the end of the regular season in the NFL. We no longer have any undefeated teams left after the Colts fell to the Jets last week. Yes, you read that correctly, the Colts lost to the Jets to ruin their perfect season, well sort of. I mean the Colts lost but their starters weren't playing, which, in my opinion, is not the way to go. Take a hint from Herm Edwards, "We play to win the game!." Looks like the Colts play to not get hurt, if they lose in their first playoff game they will be hounded by the media until next season. Anyway...here is our last NFL power rankings of the year.
1. San Diego Chargers (12-3) - The Chargers are, without a doubt, the hottest team in the NFL having won 10 straight games so they end the season as our number one team. I am not sure how you would argue that the Chargers will not represent the AFC this year in the Superbowl, especially after their dismantling of the resurgent Titans last week on Christmas Day. This team has now locked up the #2 seed in the AFC and will most likely face the Colts for the AFC championship, a game which will be hyped for weeks.
2. Indianapolis Colts (14-1) - The Colts allowed the Jets to win last week and that is putting it nicely. Midway through the third quarter, leading by 5 points and on their way to 15-0, they gave up and handed the Jets the game keeping NY's playoff hopes alive. They play their last game of the season against the Bills in Buffalo so you can be sure that the starters will see very limited, if no, time at all. I completely disagree with this philosophy as it will be 3 weeks from now that the Colts will play another meaningful game. They might as well be a college team getting ready for a bowl game and we all know how they look after 3-4 weeks off. With all of that said the Colts finish our power rankings at #2.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) - The Eagles continue to play well at the end of the season by running off their 6th consecutive win this past week against the Denver Broncos who were playing for their post season lives. We moved the Eagles ahead of the Saints this week because the Saints, who still had something to play for, lost to the 2-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles entire season will come down to one game on Sunday against their bitter rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. If the Eagles can beat the Cowboys they will win the NFC east and lock up the #2 seed in the NFC and a first round bye. Needless to say, this game will be an all out war.
4. New Orleans Saints (13-2) - The Saints have fallen hard in the past two weeks. Their loss to the Cowboys, although it ruined their perfect season, was seen as inevitable. Their loss last week to the Buccaneers was seen as pathetic. This team had a chance to lock up the top seed in the NFC by beating the worst team in the entire conference and instead they allowed the Bucs to come back from a 17 point deficit to win, are you kidding me? This was supposed to be the Saints year, the year they go to the Superbowl, the year they win it all. Now the better hope they can win a game in the playoffs. What scares me even more is because the Vikings lost last week, the Saints clinched the #1 seed in the NFC and now won't play a meaningful game for three weeks...how is that going to affect their confidence?
5. Dallas Cowboys (10-5) - The Cowboys round out our final power rankings of the year in the number 5 spot. They followed up their impressive victory over the Saints with a shutout against the woeful Redskins setting up a huge game against their division rival, Philadelphia Eagles. Once thought of as dead in the water, the Cowboys have proven they can win in December and have been playing their best football of the year. This week will be a huge test for Tony Romo and company. If they can win they are guaranteed to host at least one home playoff game with a chance at the number 2 seed. A loss and they will have to win all of their games on the road, a huge difference for a team that hasn't won a playoff game since '96.
Well, there you have it, Mole & Meares NFL power rankings for week 17. Make sure to check back next week as we will give our playoff predictions for every game and make our Superbowl predictions. Also don't forget to check out our weekly NFL picks video at www.moleandmeares.comhttp://www.mol
Posted on: December 23, 2009 11:24 am
For the first time all year we finally have a new number one team in our power rankings. New Orleans finally lost a game and now relinquishes the number one spot to the only undefeated team in the NFL. This week's rankings might cause a little controversy but our rankings are based on what have you done for me lately and who is the best team at this moment, remember that!
1. Indianapolis Colts (14-0) - The Colts remained undefeated after beating the faltering Jacksonville Jaguars in a shootout last Thursday night. With two games remaining will the Colts try and run the table or will they rest their key players? That is the number one question right now, not can they beat their opponents but will they try to beat their opponents? They face the New York Jets this week in a game that the Jets must win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Even if all the starters don't play for the Colts I don't think the Jets have enough to win this game and the Colts could go into the final weekend of the season with a chance to run the table!
2. San Diego Chargers (11-3) - The Chargers continue their solid play with their 9th victory in a row this past weekend over the Cincinnati Bengals which all but locks up the number 2 seed in the AFC. Their offense is playing as good, if not better, than any other team in the league and they look headed for a late January match up with the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC championship. That would be a rematch of last year's wild card game where the Chargers stunned the Colts in one of the biggest upsets of the playoffs. The Chargers have a tough game this week as they have to travel across the country to face the resurgent Tennessee Titans on Christmas Day.
3. New Orleans Saints (13-1) - The Saints drop two spots in our power rankings this week after getting man-handled by the Dallas Cowboys last Saturday night. The Saints had been teetering on losing for quite some time and the Cowboys exposed some weaknesses in the Saints defense. Luckily for the Saints, they face to sub par teams to finish the season, hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week and then traveling to Carolina to finish the season in week 17. Anything less than a 15-1 season and a Superbowl appearance would be disappointing.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) - The Eagles move up a spot in our power rankings after their somewhat easy defeat of the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday. The Eagles have now run off 5 straight victories and are playing well heading into the playoffs as they have done numerous times over the past 8 years. They hold a slim one game lead in the NFC east over the Cowboys and have a very tough opponent coming into town this weekend in the Denver Broncos. There is a subplot to this game as Brian Dawkins will be back in Philadelphia to face his former team. This should be one of the games of the week.
5. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) - The Vikings have lost two of their last three games and looked atrocious last week in a loss against the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings are in danger of falling out of the second seed spot in the NFC and there seems to be a situation brewing between Favre and the head coach, Brad Childress. They face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday night football this week which will not be an easy game. If the Vikings really want a shot of making it to the Superbowl they need to step it up these last two weeks and win out. If they fall down to the third or fourth seed in the playoffs they are going to have a tough time making it to the NFC championship game let alone the Superbowl.