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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: October 7, 2010 9:52 am
 

NFL Week 5 Picks

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.

Don't forget to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to submit your week 5 picks, straight up, for a chance to win our weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: October 5, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 7:54 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 5

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.

Meares

Posted on: October 4, 2010 3:42 pm
 

Thoughts on Week 4 in the NFL...

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. 

Check in next Monday to see my week 5 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
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2010 4:04 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings Week 1

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

Meares



 
 
 
 
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