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 28, 2010 10:11 am
1. The New York Giants are in disarray. The decision to throw the ball underhanded while in the red zone to a triple covered receiver might have been the worst decision I have very seen made by a quarterback...way to go Eli!
2. Are the Cincinnati Bengals any good? I don't get this team, they get destroyed in week 1 by the Patriots, they beat the Ravens in week two and dominate the lowly Carolina Panthers in week 3. I can't get a read on this team and I have no idea if they will be able to compete in the AFC North.
3. I am pretty sure I could have been the quarterback for the Steelers this past week and they still would have won. In a battle of the unbeatens the Steelers embarrased the Buccaneers in Tampa. When Ben Roesthisberger comes back in two weeks this team is going to get better? Is that possible?
4. The New England Patriots are 2-1 but they have to be worried about their defense which gave up 30 points to the Buffalo Bills. Did the Bills score 30 points combined all of last season?
5. The Cleveland Browns are going to be the team this year that goes 2-14 but has a chance to win every game. They gave the Baltimore Ravens all they could handle on Sunday. If you haven't heard of Peyton Hillis you need to learn his name now, he ran for over 140 yards against the Ravens and looks to have become the starting running back in Cleveland.
6. Their are 3 unbeaten teams left in the NFL after week 3 and if anyone in the world would have guessed one of them would have been the Kansas City Chiefs then you are the smartest person in the world. I am still not convinced they are for real but they have looked pretty damn good.
7. The Houston Texans came back to earth on Sunday getting handled by the Dallas Cowboys. For the Cowboys, this was a must win game even though it was only week 3. I still believe that the Cowboys are the best team in the NFC East and will win that division.
8. The Minnesota Vikings were in the same boat on Sunday as the Cowboys, a must win. The Lions haven't won in Minnesota since the 80's and if they would have won that game, Brett Farve would have retired immediately and for good. Adrian Peterson is definitely making his claim as the best running back in the game.
9. The New Orleans Saints had barely won their first two games and their inconsistent play came back to haunt them on Sunday, that and their kicker blows. Garrett Hartley missed a 29 yard field goal in overtime that would have won the game, instead the Atlanta Falcons pulled out a huge divisional win. If I was Hartley I would start working on my resume.
10. Congratulations to Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams for getting a win before week 10. The Redskins, the sexy pick for a playoff team before the season started, are now sitting at 1-2 with a showdown this week in Philadelphia which will be over hyped all week by the media. Donovan McNabb can't save this team from drowning, they are just awful.
11. Michael Vick is the second highest rated quarterback in the league after week 3. He looks as good as, if not better, than he did when he was in Atlanta. The guy is just a freak of nature in more ways than one.
12. Peyton Manning had to play on Sunday with two of his top wide receivers on the sidelines. He still threw for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns. The guy is just good.
13. Sebastian Janikowski has one of the strongest legs in the NFL but accuracy has never been his forte. He missed a chip shot field goal in the final seconds which would have gotten the Raiders to 2-1. Instead he might have cost Tom Cable his job.
14. The Seattle Seahawks are the NFL's version of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. You have no idea which team is going to show up. They beat the San Diego Chargers easily and have moved atop of the very weak NFC West.
15. Mark Sanchez has looked like a pro bowl quarterback in the past two weeks. After looking so bad in the pre season and week 1, how did he become so good so fast and will it last? I guess we shall see...
16. The lone undefeated team left in the NFC is the Chicago Bears...yes you did read that correctly, the Bears. Can Jay Cutler continue his sharp play throughout the season? Highly unlikely.
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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:09 am
The second week of the NFL season has come to an end and there are some surprising teams sitting at 2-0 and 0-2. Who would have guessed that the Cowboys would be 0-2 at this point and the Buccaneers would be 2-0. If that was your prediction you need to start your own show and blog. We have two newcomers to our rankings this week after two of our top 5 teams faltered in their week 2 games. Here we go...
1. New Orleans Saints (2-0) - The Saints have not looked like quite as good as they did last year but like any championship team they still find a way to win. They beat the 49ers on a last second, paritally blocked field goal, in San Francisco on Monday night. I will keep them as our number 1 team going into week 3 but they have a tough divisional game this week when the Falcons (1-1) come to the Superdome. The way Matt Ryan is playing right now, this game could go either way.
2. Green Bay Packers (2-0) - The Packers completely dismantled the Bills last Sunday in a 34-7 drumming. Aaron Rodgers seems to be living up to all of the hype the media is giving him and they didn't miss a beat without Ryan Grant. But...they played the Bills who you could argue is the worst team in the NFL. We will find out how good they are this week when they go on the road to Soldier field to face the 2-0 Chicago Bears in a divisional showdown. If they find a way to beat the Bears they a chance of taking over our number 1 spot.
3. Houston Texans (2-0) - The Texans looked about average for the first two and a half quarters against the Redskins and then they decided to play some offense. They overcame a 17 point 3rd quarter deficit to defeat the Redskins in overtime. Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards which was a positive but they allowed over 400 yards of passing offense against them. Their defense could be a problem as the season progresses and they might have to rely on their offense to outscore their opponents. They have a date with the Cowboys this week in Houston and this could be a trap game as the Cowboys will be desparate for a win.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) - The Steelers defense is really good. They have held opponents to one touchdown and only 20 points in their first two games. Those two opponents (Falcons & Titans) scored a combined 79 points in their other game not against the Steelers. With Roethisberger poised for a return in 3 weeks, which should bolster their struggling offense, this team might be the team to beat in the AFC. This week they travel to Tampa Bay to face the 2-0 Buccaneers. I would be extremely surprised if the Bucs remain undefeated after this week.
5. Chicago Bears (2-0) - Without a doubt, the Bears are the early surprise team in the NFL. I would never imagined they would be in our power rankings this early in the season, if at all. They played extremely well last week on the road against the Cowboys and now are primed for a huge division showdown against the Packers. If Jay Cutler doesn't turn the ball over they are a very good team, but that is a big IF. Matt Forte is quickly becoming one of the top running backs in the league and is starting to frightenly resemble Marshall Faulk as a complete running back. Monday night will be a huge test for the Bears and will show us if they are for real.
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 1. Thoughts or opinions? Feel free to leave a comment! Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 3 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.
Posted on: September 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 16, 2010 1:08 pm
NFL Power Rankings - Week 2
The first week of the NFL is officially over and there are some major shakeups in our early Power Rankings. Three of the teams we had ranked in the top 5 lost their 2010 opening game which means we have three new teams in our power rankings this week. Will these teams be able to hold serve this week and continue to be among the NFL elite? We shall see.
1. New Orleans Saints (1-0) - The Saints opened up the 2010 NFL season at home against the Minnesota Vikings. After their first drive the Saints looked like world beaters, easily moving down the field and scoring a touchdown in their first possession. They then fell back to earth and only managed 7 more points for the rest of the game. I am going to chalk that up to early season issues and I imagine their offense will be fine for the rest of the year. Their defense only allowed 9 points but I am not sure if that is because they are very good or because Minnesota's offense is just in disaray. The Saints travel to San Fransisco for a Monday night showdown with the 49ers who are going to be desperate for a win. Watch out, this could be a trap game for the Saints.
2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - The Ravens beat the Jets on Monday night and held their offense to nine points. The biggest question mark for the Ravens going into this season was their defense, if they are going to perform like they did on Monday night on a regular basis this team is going to be tough to beat. Their offense did look sluggish at times but lets keep in mind they were going up the number 1 defense from last year in the Jets. This week they travel to Cincinnati to face their division rival, the Bengals. The Bengals forgot to show up against the Patriots last week and will have to figure a way to play better to have any chance of beating the Ravens.
3. New England Patriots (1-0) - The Patriots had the most dominating performance of week 1 in their 38-24 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals. The score was closer than the outcome as the Patriots jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first half and coasted home. They played well in all three facets of the game and looked like a Super Bowl contender already. They will have a difficult game this week as they travel to the new Meadowland Stadium to face their bitter rival, the New York Jets. If the Jets can figure a way to get their offense going this could be a close game. Unfortunately for the Jets, I don't think they have enough time.
4. Green Bay Packers (1-0) - The Packers outplayed the Eagles on Sunday to start their season off on the right foot. They completely dominated the first half and it wasn't until Michael Vick took over the quarterback position that the outcome of the game was ever in doubt. Clay Matthews looks like a monster at the linebacker position and was everywhere on the field the entire game. Their offense looked off at times and the loss of Ryan Grant for the season is going to hurt. They get a bit of a cake walk game this week as the Bills will be traveling to Lambeau field in hopes of finding a win. The Packers should win this week handily and will remain in our power rankings next week.
5. Houston Texans (1-0) - The biggest upset of the week goes to the Houston Texans who finally found a way to beat the Colts. Arian Foster absolutely ran all over the Colts and showed that he should be considered one of the elite running backs in the NFL with over 230 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. The Texans barely even showed off their prolific passing attack with Matt Schaub barely throwing for 100 yards. The defense gave up a lot of yards through the air to Peyton Manning and company but most of it was in junk time. The Texans will travel to the nation's capital this week to duel with the Redskins. This should be one of the more interesting games of the week and it will be interesting to see if the Texans can continue their very good early season play.
There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 1. Thoughts or opinions? Feel free to leave a comment and don't forget to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly NFL picks video!
Posted on: 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
Posted on: January 11, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2010 4:13 pm
Here at the Mole & Meares show we try to remain partisan when making our picks or doing our power rankings for the NFL. It is no secret, however, that I am a passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan. I devote 4 hours most every Sunday or Monday from September till now to watching my team on the field. I also spend countless hours reading, listening and thinking about the Eagles. I am probably not the most diehard fan in Philly but no one can dispute my passion. The only problem is I am getting to the point where I am not sure if I should continue my obsessive behavior. This team, year in and year out, continues to let me down by not delivering a championship that I know they are capable of winning. I am sure I am not alone today in Philly in my way of thinking. Why do I continue to pour my heart into this team when each year I know they will eventually rip it out and stomp on it? Albert Einstein once said "the definition of insanity is to repeat the same action and expect a different result." It seems both the Eagles and myself are 100% completely insane.
There are a lot of people in Philadelphia calling for McNabb's head on a platter. He had two of the worst games of his career in the last two weeks against the hated Dallas Cowboys. In my opinion, I do believe it is time to move on from #5. He has had a very good career here in Philly but his time is now finished. The Eagles have one of the youngest teams in the league from top to bottom, they have two excellent young wide receivers, a very good young running back and tight end. It's time to try a young (somewhat) quarterback and hand the reigns over to Kevin Kolb. Do I think that Kolb is going to be better than McNabb? Not necessarily, but if the Eagles continue to do the same thing over again next year it would be insane by definition.
Fixing the quarterback issue is only one aspect of what needs to be addressed in this offseason. How about the offensive line? They were absolutely pitiful against the Cowboys in the last two games. The Eagles spent millions and millions of dollars on the Andrews brothers only to see them watch from the sideline this entire year. Stacy Andrews, in a post game interview, stated he was now physically ready to play football, talk about some excellent timing. Jamal Jackson will more than likely not be back in time for next season either which will leave them a big gaping hole at center. There is no doubt the Eagles have weapons on offense but if you can't protect the quarterback you have no chance of winning.
On to the defense who forgot to show up for the last two weeks. The first thing I would like to see done is to cut Joselio Hanson. This guy is by far the worst DB in the entire NFL. He was absolutedly pathetic all season and his inability to cover anything was never more prevelant than in Saturday's game. The loss of Brian Dawkins was also a huge factor in the downfall of this defense. Macho Harris is definitely not the answer, I understand he is a rookie but his play seemed to get worse as the season went on. Hopefully their linebacking core will improve next year when Stewart Bradley comes back from injury. The main reason they lost these last two games was their lack of size up front on the defensive side of the ball. They were manhandled by the much larger offensive line of the Cowboys and their quickness was negated by short quick throws by Romo.
This team has a long way to go to get back to the team they were in the middle of the decade. Most of the major weapons are in place but they just need to plug some holes and make changes in the necessary areas. With that said, if they go into next season with the same quarterback and the same offensive and defensive line, then by definition they are 100% insane.