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Posted on: October 9, 2012 10:00 pm
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2012/2013 NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

And then there were two...two undefeated teams left in the NFL, the Falcons and the Texans, one from the NFC and one from the AFC. Which team do you think has a better chance of representing their conference in the Super Bowl? That is question that we will have to wait and see for the answer, what I can promise you, however, is what team will not be in the NFL playoffs, the Cleveland Browns, the lone team left in the NFL without a victory this year. Better luck next year Cleveland.

All but one of our top 5 teams won last week and we will only have one new team this week, who will it be? Keep reading to find out and lets get into the rankings...

1. Houston Texans - (5-0)

So it wasn't the Texans best performance but it was a victory. The Jets played the Texans tougher than I expected and probably tougher than most people expected but they were at home and coming off an absolute embarrassing defeat. Even with the extra motivation they couldn't beat the Texans and now the Texans stand alone in the AFC as the only unbeaten team. This week they will play host to the Green Bay Packers who are underachieving at 2-3 so far this year. The Texans have two tough games before their bye with the Pack this week and the Ravens the next. If they win the next two games and head to their bye week at 7-0 then I believe they become the clear answer the question I posed in the first sentence.

2. Atlanta Falcons - (5-0)

With the Arizona Cardinals falling to the St. Louis Rams last week, the Falcons had a chance to become the only undefeated team in the NFC and on Sunday, in our nation's capitol, they did not dissappoint. The Redskins played them tough considering they had to play two rookie quarterbacks after their first rookie, RGIII, went down early in the game. But the Falcons proved they have what it takes to win a close game on the road. This week they host the Oakland Raiders who are coming off their bye week. Will Carson Palmer be the quarterback who blemishes the Falcons perfect record? I don't think the Raiders will win but you know the saying, "Any Given Sunday."

3. San Francisco 49ers - (4-1)

The San Francisco 49ers are beating the AFC East 79-3 in their last two games. Yes, that is right, 79-3. Neither the Jets or the Bills could find a way to get into the end zone. I would say that is a pretty solid statement after losing their first game of the year in week 3 to the Minnesota Vikings. This week they will face the upstart divisional foe, the Seattle Seahawks, in what could be a very low scoring, hard hitting, defensive battle. I like the Seahawks but not as much as I like the way that the 49ers defense is playing especially when they are going to face a rookie quarterback. The big question this week will be "can Seattle get the ball into the endzone?"

4. Baltimore Ravens - (4-1)

The Baltimore Ravens won a game on Sunday that was reminiscint of their 2000 Super Bowl year. They won a game without scoring a touchdown, they won the game with their defense. Now, if I am a Baltimore fan, I am not sure I would be too excited because they were playing the Chiefs who are going to be dueling it out with the Browns for the worst record in the NFL for the year. This is the first time that I ever thought about dropping a team in my rankings after a victory. The Ravens offense looked inept and downright pathetic at times. This week they host the Dallas Cowboys who will be coming off of a bye. The Cowboys are a hard team to get a read on and the Ravens will be facing the Texans the following week, seems like a perfect trap game to me.

5. Chicago Bears - (4-1)

The one team that is new to our power rankings this week is the Chicago Bears. It was tough to choose between the Bears and the Vikings but I had to give the nod to the Bears because of the way their defense is playing. The Bears have scored 4 touchdowns in the past two weeks on interceptions and might be the most opportunistic defense in the NFL. If Cutler can start playing like everyone believes he can play this team could be right there come January. The defense is allowing less than 15 points a game and have only given up 7 total touchdowns in 5 games not to mention they are +9 in turnover ratio and are giving up less than 300 yards of offense a game. They head into their bye week this week and will face the Detroit Lions in week 7.

There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 6 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: January 10, 2011 11:46 am
 

NFL Wild Card Weekend Recap: Five Key Points

1.  The only home team to win was the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks

Really?  Who would have predicted that to happen?  Sure it was a possibility that no teams would win at home given the fact that each game featured the better team on the road but to have Seattle be the only team that won, are you kidding me?  This was the first time a team under .500 won a playoff game in the history of the National Football League.  Not only did they win, but they outgunned the New Orleans Saints, the defending Superbowl champions, perhaps the most potent offense in the NFC.  Matt Hasselbeck threw for twice as many touchdowns as Drew Brees.  The Seahawks had almost double the amount of rushing yards as the Saints.  The Saints extended the streak of defending Superbowl champions not able to win a playoff game to 5 years.  Now Seattle heads to Soldier Field to face the Bears and there is one thing I guarantee won't happen, 400 yards of offense by the Seahawks for two straight weeks.

2.  Green Bay had a 100 yard rushing game from a running back for only the second time all season.

Green Bay was supposed to be a one dimensional offensive football team.  The Packers had only had a running back rush for over 100 yards once all season (Week 5 versus Washington in a loss), that is until yesterday.  Welcome to the NFL James Starks!  Who is James Starks?  Starks is a rookie running back from the University of Buffalo (I didn't even know that was a college) who before yesterday had only 29 rushing attempts all season.  On Sunday, Starks got the ball 23 times and rushed for 123 yards against an Eagles defense who had only given up 100 yards to a running back twice all season (Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte).  If Starks continues to rush the ball as he did yesterday, this Packers team becomes a whole lot more dangerous for the rest of the playoffs.

3.  After losing to the Jets, Peyton Manning's career playoff record is now 9-10.

Some experts consider Peyton Manning the greatest quarterback of all time.  Almost everyone considers him in the top five of all time.  After Saturday's loss to the Jets, Manning now has a less than .500 record in the playoffs, not a record I would consider the greatest quarterback of all time to hold.  Manning has been in the playoffs 11 of his 13 seasons and has failed to win a playoff game 7 of those 11 times.  The year that Manning won the Superbowl he had 4 more interceptions than touchdown passes and a 70.5 quarterback rating, not exactly a great post season performance.  Not only is Peyton Manning not the greatest quarterback of all time, he isn't even the best quarterback in the NFL right now.  Tom Brady has been in the playoffs 7 times in his career, 4 less than Manning but yet has only one less touchdown pass.  Brady has only failed to win a playoff game in 1 of his 7 trips to the post season and has won 3 Superbowls to Manning's 1.  Oh, and by the way, Brady's career playoff record is 14-4 which is slightly higher than .500.

4.  The Ravens only gave up 25 yards of offense in the second half against the Chiefs.

The Ravens defense stepped up on Sunday against the Chiefs and showed the entire country what a championship defense looks like in the playoffs.  The Ravens held the Chiefs to 161 yards of total offense.  They held Matt Cassel to 70 yards through the air and caused him to throw 3 interceptions.  In the second half, the Chiefs only had one possession that lasted longer than one minute and it only gained 31 yards and they turned the ball over on downs.  The other 5 possessions lasted a combined 15 plays and gained negative 6 yards.  The Ravens defense also caused 5 turnovers, 3 interceptions and two fumbles.  This is the Ravens defense everyone remembers and the defense that helped them win their only Superbowl.  The difference this year is they actually have a very good offense.

5.  In all four games, the team that won outrushed their opponent by an average of 60 yards.

There is a famous quote by Ben Franklin that states "but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes."  In the NFL, my theory states, the only thing certain is if you win the rushing battle you will win the game.  Wild card weekend proved my theory correct as all four teams that won also outrushed their opponent.  It is a simple formula, if you run the ball you control the clock and you wear down the opposing teams defense.  If you run the ball effectively you open up your passing game which in turn will help you rush the ball even more effectively.  Control the ball, control the clock, control the game.  Don't believe my theory?  Check this weekend's games and the rushing stats afterwards, the four teams left battling for a chance to make an appearance in the Superbowl will have outrushed their opponents, guaranteed.

I also want to do a quick recap of my picks.  I went 3-1 last week against the spread with my only loss being the Eagles game which I wasn't very confident in to begin with.  Make sure to check out my weekly NFL picks video at www.moleandmeares.com and check back on Thursday for my NFL divisional playoff round picks.

Meares
Posted on: October 12, 2009 11:21 am
 

NFL Week 5 - Monday Morning Quarterback

Week 5 in the NFL comes to a close tonight after the New York Jets go into Miami.  Let's hope this game is more exciting then most of the games yesterday.  Okay, it is time to go over some interesting points from yesterday's action.

1. Denver is definitely for real!  Not many people gave the Broncos a chance to beat the New England Patriots but that is just what they did.  They played their hearts out and pulled out an amazing overtime victory.  Denver's defense is very good and Kyle Orton is finally figuring out how to run an offense.  He continues to just make solid throws and not turn the ball over and if Denver keeps running the ball like they did this team could be around come February.

2. Cincinnati is for real.  What a huge win for Cincinnati in Baltimore.  Who would have predicted that after 5 weeks the Bengals would stand alone in first place in the AFC North?  They have now beaten the Steelers and the Ravens in back to back games and if it wasn't for the fluke touchdown in the last seconds by Denver they would be undefeated.  Cedric Benson has revived his career and for the first time in 40 games, Baltimore allows a rusher to go over 100 yards.  Could we be heading for a Cincinnati vs Denver AFC Championship game?

3. There are a lot of really bad teams in the NFL.  What has happened this year?  There are at least 4 teams that are pathetically bad, Oakland, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and St. Louis.  3 of these teams aren't even competitive anymore.  At least Kansas City put up a decent effort this week but the rest of these teams lost by a combined 84 points.  Are you kidding me?  There are 4 teams that haven't won a game yet and it is tough to justify they will.  Then you have all the teams with just one win, Washington, Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland and Carolina.  These teams aren't much better.  What is going on in the NFL this year?

4. Worst game of the year, maybe of the century, Cleveland beats Buffalo 6 to 3.  Wow, I feel sorry for anyone who actually watched this game.  Derek Anderson was the winning quarterback and he went 2 for 17 for 23 yards. FOR THE ENTIRE GAME.  Each team only got into the red zone twice.  FOR THE ENTIRE GAME.  Cleveland won with only 193 yards of total offense.  FOR THE ENTIRE GAME. 

5. There still remains 5 undefeated teams in the NFL, Minnesota, Denver, NY Giants, Indianapolis and New Orleans.  Next week might be the game of the year in the NFC, NY Giants vs the New Orleans Saints.  The Giants defense looks really good but they haven't played anyone this season that has had an offense.  The Saints will be coming off a bye and have yet to trail this year.  Should be a very good game.

That about does it for week 5.  Let's hope we have some better games next week as almost half of the week 5 games were blowouts and over by the second quarter.  Don't forget to visit us at http://www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly NFL video and to submit your weekly picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: October 1, 2009 1:43 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Top 5

A lot of different sports websites do power rankings so I figured why not Mole & Meares?  So every Thursday we will post our top 5 teams in the NFL and tell you why we think they deserve to be there.

1.  New Orleans Saints (3-0) - This team's offense looks absolutely unstoppable right now.  Drew Brees is averaging 3 touchdown passes a game which will put him on pace to almost be able to break Peyton Manning's single season touchdown record.  Mike Bell should return this week after being held out last week against the Bills.  They have wide receivers that can spread the field and that aren't afraid to across the middle.  Oh, yeah, they have a guy by the name of Reggie Bush who still hasn't shown his full potential yet.  Not to mention their defense looks much improved from a year ago.  Until they lose they will stay atop our rankings.

2.  New York Giants (3-0) - The question mark going into this year was their wide receivers, were Mario Manningham and Steve Smith going to be able to rise to the occasion and step in for an incarcerated Plaxico Burress.  Question answered...they are both in the top 8 in the NFL in receiving yards.  Eli Manning seems to mature every year and is making limited mistakes.  The running game has been solid and the defense is one of the top 5 in the league.  Week 6 they travel to New Orleans and we will see if they can stop Brees and company.

3.  Baltimore Ravens (3-0) - Is it just me or does Joe Flacco seem like a 7 year veteran quarterback this year?  He is putting up some good numbers for his sophomore season.  Their running game is outstanding with both Ray Rice and Willis McGahee running wild so far.  Their defense is just as good as it is expected to be and with Pittsburgh slow start they seem to have a tight grasp on their division already.  They have a good test this week against a somewhat weaker than normal New England Patriots team.

4.  New York Jets (3-0) - Did anyone expect the Jets to be undefeated 3 games into the season?  Is Mark Sanchez the real deal?  One thing is for sure, their defense is the real deal.  They looked incredible against the Patriots in week 2, holding Brady to no touchdowns for the first time since 2006.  If Thomas Jones can stay healthy and Mark Sanchez can play smart football there is a good chance this team could end up in Miami in February.

5.  Minnesota Vikings (3-0) - Adrian Peterson.  Do I need to say anything else?

Check back next Thursday to see the new power rankings.

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