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 11, 2010 12:40 pm
This post used to be called thoughts on week 5 but it didn't get much traction so I have changed the name to hopefully garner more interest. I will give you my perspective on each game from yesterday.
1. I thought the Bills might get there first win this week, then I woke up from my dream and remembered they were the Bills. 216 rushing yards allowed isn't going to win you any games.
2. The Lions are winless no more. When was the last time that a team had less yards of offense but won a game by 38 points?
3. I figured out this weekend why Kyle Orton is leading the league in passing yards, the Broncos don't have a running game, 39 total rushing yards??? Welcome back to the league Ray Rice and thank you for showing me why I drafted you second in my fantasy league, you were about to be benched.
4. Maybe the Kansas City Chiefs are good? They held the potent Colts offense to only 1 touchdown. Matt Cassel is not a good quarterback and that will be their achilles heal for the season.
5. What happened to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense? 13 points against the Redskins? This team looks out of sorts and they need to get the train back on the tracks or they are going to dissappoint a lot of Wisconians.
6. Explain to me how you win a game when your starting quarterback goes 6-16 for 32 yards and throws 4 interceptions? Oh wait, you play the Carolina Panthers, thats how. By the way, Matt Forte, you are a beast.
7. Up 7 points with the ball with 3 minutes left in the game and your opponent has 1 timeout left. How can you possibly lose in regulation? I know, have Carson Palmer throw not one, but two interceptions. Not a good loss for the Bengals.
8. In the most boring game of the week, the Falcons beat the Browns. Did anyone watch this game? The Falcons are now the best team in the NFC but can they beat any of the top 5 teams in the AFC?
9. The New York Giants defense has finally woke up. They allowed less than 200 yards of offense to one of the best offensive teams in the NFL. Eli Manning needs to stop throwing interceptions if this team is going to be a contender.
10. Drew Brees, what happened? New Orleans Saints, what happened? You lost to an undrafted rookie quarterback? How is that even possible? The Cardinals had less than 200 yards of offense but yet beat the defending Superbowl champions.
11. There is trouble in Big D. Dallas is now 1-3 and at the bottom of the NFC East which really isn't the strongest division in the league this year. Tony Romo, you are supposed to be a veteran quarterback but yet you keep making rookie decisions. Not good.
12. Congrats to the Raiders for beating the Chargers for the first time since 2003. The Chargers need to spend a week figuring out how to hold onto the ball, three lost fumbles sealed their fate.
13. LeSean McCoy is a tough cookie, playing this game with a broken rib and putting up 138 yards from scrimmage. At the same time you earn the Idiot of the Week award for diving like a quarterback 2 yard short of the first down marker and almost losing the game. Congrats!
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Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:52 am
Each week on the Mole & Meares show we pick the winners straight up for the top 4 games of the week. We then post our picks, straight up, for the winners of all the games for the week and give you the chance to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize. People have been hounding me to make picks against the spread so starting this week I will post my predictions on all games each week ATS. I will keep a running tally so you can see how smart I am, but for this first week please don't bet your mortgage on my advice. I am using the lines from the USA Today on October 7th.
Jacksonville at Buffalo (pick em) - Jacksonville
Kansas City at Indianapolis (-7.5) - Indianapolis
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati (-6.5) - Tampa Bay
Green Bay at Washington (+2.5) - Green Bay
St. Louis at Detroit (-3) - Detroit
Chicago at Carolina (+2.5) - Chicago
NY Giants at Houston (-3) - Houston
Denver at Baltimore (-7) - Denver
Atlanta at Cleveland (+3) - Cleveland
New Orleans at Arizona (+6.5) - New Orleans
Tennesse at Dallas (-6.5) - Dallas
San Diego at Oakland (+6) - San Diego
Philadelphia at San Francisco (-3.5) - Philadelphia
Minnesota at NY Jets (-4) - NY Jets
There are my week 5 picks against the spread. Check back next week to find out how I did and see my week 6 picks.
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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: October 4, 2010 3:42 pm
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.
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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 20, 2010 11:35 am
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?
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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