Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:18 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 9:20 am
 

NFL Week 7 Picks

Well, after two weeks I am barely above .500 thanks to a push in last week's picks.  I am feeling more confident about this week, especially considering my lock of the week wasn't much of a lock last week. 

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (14-13-1)

Cincinnati at Atlanta (-3) - Cincinnati Bengals
Washington at Chicago (-2.5) - Washington Redskins
Philadelphia at Tennessee (-3) - Philadelphia Eagles
Jacksonville at Kansas City (OFF) - Kansas City Chiefs
Pittsburgh at Miami (+3) - Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland at New Orleans (-13) - New Orleans Saints
St. Louis at Tampa Bay (-2.5) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco at Carolina (+3) - San Francisco 49ers (Lock of the week!)
Buffalo at Baltimore (-13) - Baltimore Ravens
Arizona at Seattle (-5.5) - Seattle Seahawks
New England at San Diego (-2.5) - New England Patriots
Oakland at Denver (-9) - Denver Broncos
Minnesota at Green Bay (-2.5) - Minnesota Vikings
NY Giants at Dallas (-3) - NY Giants

There are my week 7 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

Don't forget to visit my NFL picks site at www.moleandmeares.com where we have a weekly video talking about the four biggest games of the week.  We also have a place for you to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares

Posted on: October 19, 2010 9:35 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 6. Thoughts or opinions?  Feel free to leave a comment!  Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 7 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:51 am
 

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

Another week gone in the NFL and another week of mystifying games.  I want to know the person that thought that Dallas would be 1-4 and the Rams would be 3-3 through the first 6 weeks?  Not me...here are my thoughts on the games from Week 6.

1.  I feel slightly bad for the Packers, I mean, they are a good team but they are riddled with injuries.  The Dolphins came into town and stole a win in overtime.  The lack of a running game is really going to hurt the Packers, the good thing is their division is weak and they should be ok.

2.  The St. Louis Rams are 3-3 through 6 weeks in the NFL.  Stephen Jackson is still a beast, he runs with such power that at times it is incredible.  The Chargers continue their awful early season play, how long with Norv Turner last at this rate?

3.  I thought we were going to have our first tie in a couple of years in the NFL, but Brady finally marched the Patriots down the field and they kicked the game winning field goal with less than 2 minutes to go in overtime. The 10 point comeback on the Ravens in the fourth quarter was vintage Patriots, the Ravens defense let this game slip away.

4.  Welcome back Big Ben.  After serving his four game suspension, Roethisberger comes back and throws 3 TD to lead the Steelers over the Browns at Heinz field.  This team looks really good and is going to be tough to beat, they have a very good defense and now a quarterback that can throw the ball.  On a side note, Jerome Harrison knocked two Browns out of the game with helmet to helmet tackles, I have a feeling his pockets are going to lighter come Tuesday.

5.  For 55 minutes on Sunday, I believed that Kansas City was for real, but then they fell back to earth and allowed the Texans to score 14 points in the last 4 minutes of the game.  This was a huge win for the Texans who finally righted the ship on offense, but on the defensive side of the ball they need help.  The allowed over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing and didn't seem to be able to stop anything all day, luckily for the Texans, neither could the Chiefs.

6.  The Detroit Lions are one of those teams that never goes away.  Despite losing their second string quarterback to injury, Drew Stanton, the third string quarterback, came into the game and still had a chance to lead the Lions to victory but came up short.  The Giants defense didn't look as dominant as they had in the past two games but Eli Manning figured out how to not throw any interceptions this week which kept them in the lead the whole way.

7.  DeSean Jackson is going to have a headache for 3 weeks.  The might have been one of the most vicious collisions I have ever seen.  Kevin Kolb is showing the Eagles fans why they traded Donovan McNabb away and it will be an interesting decision for Andy Reid once Vick is healthy.  Who is the quarterback?

8.  Matt Forte is one of the most dominant running backs in the league today but in a close game the Bears only give him the ball 8 times and throw the ball 40?  How is that supposed to win games?  The offensive line for Chicago is absolutely awful and Cutler might end up dead by the end of the year if they don't fix it now.

9.  Welcome back Saints offense!  Where have you been hiding?  For the first time this year the Saints of '10 looked like the Superbowl champion Saints of '09.  I am definitely having a tough time getting a read on the Buccaneers, are they good or bad?  Either way, they got creamed.

10.  If you told me that the Jets offense would shut down the Broncos passing game, I would have told you the Jets would win by 20 and I would have been wrong.  The Broncos found a running game on Sunday and moved the ball effectively.  One thing that interests me from the box score, 10 different players had at least 1 rushing attempt, I have never seen that before.  Mark Sanchez finally through an interception (2 to be exact) but in the end the Jets were too much for the Broncos to handle.

11.  Congratulations 49ers!  You finally won a game, albeit against the hapless RaidersJason Campbell, you are not good.  I can't believe you have a job in the NFL.  The Raiders might be better off with Jemarcus Russell at quarterback.  No Darren McFadden means no chance for a Raiders victory.

12.  The Panic Bowl was won by the Minnesota VikingsMiles Austin, congrats, you win the Idiot of the Week award!  After a celebration penalty cost the Cowboys dearly last week you decide to play leap frog in the end zone after a touchdown.  You deserve to be benched next week, especially because it won't matter because the Cowboys are going to end up 1-15 this year.

13.  Another team that is hard to get a read on is the Redskins.  They have looked solid the past two weeks and then come up short against a sloppy Indianapolis team.  The Colts defense has many issues and if they didn't have Peyton Manning they wouldn't win a game. 

Check back next Monday for my week 6 recap and don't forget to check out our site at www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly picks video show and submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Meares
Posted on: October 14, 2010 2:46 pm
 

NFL Week 6 Picks

My first week of picking the games against the spread could be called semi-successful, especially considering all of the major upsets late last week.  I went 7-7 with the Tampa Bay pick being the best one of the week.

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (7-7)

Seattle at Chicago (-6) - Seattle
Baltimore at New England (-2.5) - Baltimore
Detroit at NY Giants (-10) - NY Giants
Atlanta at Philadelphia (-2.5) - Altanta
Cleveland at Pittsburgh (-13) - Pittsburgh
Miami at Green Bay (pick em) - Miami
San Diego at St. Louis (+8) - San Diego
New Orleans at Tampa Bay (+4) - New Orleans
Kansas City at Houston (-4.5) - Kansas City
Oakland at San Francisco (-6.5) - Oakland (Lock of the week!)
NY Jets at Denver (+3) - NY Jets
Dallas at Minnesota (-1.5) - Dallas
Indianapolis at Washington (+3) - Indianapolis
Tennessee at Jacksonville (+3) - Tennessee

There are my week 6 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

Don't forget to visit my NFL picks site at www.moleandmeares.com where we have a weekly video talking about the four biggest games of the week.  We also have a place for you to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares
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 11, 2010 12:40 pm
 

NFL Week 5 recap and thoughts

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!

Check back next Monday for my week 6 recap and don't forget to check out our site at www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly picks video show and submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Meares
Posted on: October 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

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com