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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: November 1, 2010 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:38 pm
 

NFL Week 8 Recap and Thoughts

Okay, so last week I was ready to declare the entire NFC less one or two teams dead.  The AFC looked like the dominant conference, far and away.  The one thing I have learned this season is nothing is predictable, both the Steelers and the Jets lose to NFC teams that looked lost going into this week.  This season just gets stranger by the minute...here are my thoughts on week 8...

1.  I am done picking the Dallas Cowboys to win anymore games this season.  They got destroyed by the Jaguars in every facet of the game which I didn't think was even possible.  Kitna threw for 379 yards but also threw 4 interceptions.  Are the Jaguars the worst 4-4 team in the league?

2.  The Bengals season is officially over, you can mark it down right now.  They fell to 2-5 in the powerhouse AFC North and have no chance of making the playoffs.  Carson Palmer has fallen from grace completely, he only completed 17 of 38 passes for 156 yards against the Dolphins at home.  On another note, are the Dolphins the best team in the NFL on the road?  They have beaten the Bills, the Vikings, the Packers and now the Bengals all on the road.  Pretty impressive.

3.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a Donovan McNabb fan but to bench him for Rex Grossman with 2 minutes left in a one score game, what is the philosophy behind that?  He was your leading rusher for christ's sake.  The loss of all of the Redskins running backs was the reason they lost this game and they seem to be reeling heading into the bye week.  Should be an interesting two weeks for the Redskins who have had more off the field distractions than any team. 

4.  Poor Buffalo, still winless and still playing their hearts out.  They have to be one of the best 0-7 teams in the history of the NFL, although, I am not sure they want that label.  Kansas City finds a way to win but they need to figure how to score some points if they want to compete come January.  When your running back counts for 238 of your 410 total yards, more than 50%, you need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to spread the ball around.

5.  When did the Packers defense turn into the New York Jets defense?  They recorded the first shut out of the NFL season.  The Jets, coming off of a bye on a five game win streak couldn't get anything going.  If Sanchez has to throw the ball 38 times every game the Jets are going to be in a world of hurt.  If you like defensive football then this was the game for you, three field goals was as much as either team could muster, pitiful.

6.  Did you know there was a game played in London this weekend?  The English cared as much about who won the game as the Americans did.  Troy Smith, playing for the injured Alex Smith, was very productive and played a clean game with no turnovers.  The Broncos have now lost two weeks in a row to the Raiders and now the 49ers, not a good stretch.

7.  The combined offensive yardage in the Rams/Panthers game was 447 yards, that is fairly pathetic.  Give credit to the Rams though, after a horrendous 2009 season they are 4-4 through 8 weeks in 2010 and right in the mix in the awful NFC West.  Sam Bradford looks like the real deal and Steven Jackson is just a beast.  

8.  Just when you think San Diego's season is over they pull out a huge win.  How is it that the Chargers start out so slow every year only to begin to play in November?  The Titans had a chance to have a share of first place after 8 weeks of the season but they couldn't stop the Chargers from scoring.  Vince Young gets injured again and if the Titans have to rely on Kerry Collins it will not work out for them.

9.  Who would have thought the biggest shootout of the weekend would have been between the Buccaneers and the Cardinals?  Welcome to the NFL Mr. Blount, he ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns and didn't punch any of his opponents in the process, that has to be a win for the Bucs!  The Cardinals QBs combined for 4 interceptions, just another normal Sunday.

10.  The big question of the week was finally answered at Foxboro on Sunday, yes Brett Favre started the game, but no he didn't finish it.  If I have to hear all week about whether or not Favre is going to start this week I am going to go crazy.  Who cares?  The Vikings are 2-5 and look awful.  On the other hand, somehow, the Patriots are the only team in the NFL with only 1 loss...can Brady win another Superbowl?

11.  The Raiders have scored 92 points in their last two games, are you kidding me?  Did they score 92 points all of last season?  Where did this Jason Campbell come from?  He throws for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns with no picks.  This isn't the same guy that played in Washington.  As a Maryland Alumni, it was nice to see Heyward-Bey actually do something in a game in the last 2 years.  

12.  I am going to congratulate myself now, I saw this coming, I saw the Saints beating the Steelers and if you watch our weekly video you will see the proof yourself.  The Steelers were begging for a loss and the Saints were embarrassed last week at home.  The most impressive thing about the victory is that the Steelers knew exactly what the Saints were going to do, pass and pass often and they still couldn't stop them.  It will be interesting to see if this is the game that gets the Saints back on track.

Make sure to visit our site, www.moleandmeares.com, to see our weekly NFL picks video and to submit your weekly picks for a chance to win our weekly prize.  See you week 9!

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 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 12, 2010 12:15 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 6

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.

Meares
Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:35 am
 

Thoughts on Week 2 in the NFL...

1.  The Packers are good...I know they played the Bills but they didn't miss a beat without Ryan Grant.  If the trade rumors regarding Marshawn Lynch are true then I would hate to be in their division.

2.  Brett Favre is old...and hurt.  I am not sure what brought him back this year, his ego, his pride, his will to win, but he is not 100% and it shows.  The Vikings pass game looks terrible and I don't see it improving any time soon.  I wouldn't be surprised to see an early exit for Brett this year by week 9.

3.  I predicted a surprise team this year in the AFC west but not the Chiefs.  I am not sure how good they really are quite yet but that was a heck of a road win on a short week where they could have easily had a let down.  Could this team be the surprise of the year?  Is Matt Cassel good enough?

4.  The Cowboys look lost in all facets of the game.  They allowed the Bears to come into their house and lay the smack down on them.  Jay Cutler has had two solid weeks behind center and if he continues to improve the Bears could definitley be a team to watch.  As for the Cowboys, two games does not make a season but it might be time to change some things up. 

5.  The Cardinals might have made a mistake letting Matt Leinhart leave.  They are a brutally bad team this year.  The Falcons scored at will and made them look like a bad college team.  Matt Ryan is starting to come into his own and will become an elite quarterback in the NFL within the next 3 years.

6.  Tampay Bay is 2-0...really?  Who is their quarterback again?

7.  Michael Vick looked good...scary good against the Lions.  The Eagles defense was still in Philadelphia and forgot to make the trip to Detroit.  It will be an interesting game next week with Kevin Kolb back in at quarterback...wondering how long that leash is going to be?

8.  The Bengals won this weekend on 5 field goals and no touchdowns against the Ravens.  Makes you think back to the season where the Ravens won the Superbowl and they won 5 games without score a touchdown.  Here is the difference, the Bengals D is no where as good as that Baltimore D and Carson Palmer is much better than Trent Dilfer...or so I thought.

9.  Pittsburgh has started the season 2-0 without Big Ben.  Their defense is really good...seriously...really good...they have allowed 1 touchdown in the first two weeks and only 20 points.  I didn't think this was their year...I am starting to have second thoughts.

10.  Did anyone outside of Seattle or Denver watch the Seahawks vs Broncos?  Does anyone care about either of these teams or think that either one of them have a chance to make the playoffs?  I don't.

11.  St. Louis vs Oakland...see #10.

12.  In the best game of the week, in my opinion, the Texans beat the Redskins in Washington in overtime.  I don't think either team played their secondary in this game, there was over 900 yards combined in passing between the two teams.  The Redskins seemed to have this locked up until the Texans offense went into overdrive and erased a 17 point deficit in the second half.  Could this really be the year the Texans finally make the playoffs???

13.  The Chargers rebounded well after their loss to the Chiefs last week and trounced the Jaguars at home.  But seriously, this is the Jaguars.  They have Jones-Drew and that is about it.  Since they scored 38 points I guess Philip Rivers isn't going to whine and cry this week, we can only hope that will happen again next week.

14.  The Jets offense last week looked like a high school football team.  This week they looked like Patriots from '08.  Randy Moss might be a slouch as Revis said but that might be on of the best catches I ever saw...how did he even see the ball?

15.  Manning vs Manning II...Petyon wins...really?  Did anyone actually think that the Giants would win this game?

Check in next Monday to see my week 3 thoughts and don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com where you can see our weekly NFL picks video and submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Meares
Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:08 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings Week 2

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!

Meares
 
 
 
 
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