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Posted on: October 9, 2012 10:00 pm
 

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: December 29, 2010 9:06 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 17

Going into the final week of the NFL regular season, the playoff picture is almost completely set.  Their are only three spots available, one in the AFC and two in the NFC, which will be determined this Sunday.  The Patriots have locked up home field advantage in the AFC and Atlanta is all but guaranteed home field advantage in the NFC.  Some teams have backed into the playoffs (Eagles & Jets) and some teams will enter the playoffs on a roll.  With how crazy this NFL season has been I would expect some surprises in the playoffs.  Here are the top 5 teams entering week 17...

1.  New England Patriots (13-2) - The Patriots have won 7 games in a row and haven't scored less than 31 points since November 7th.  I would venture to say that this offense is rolling right now.  New England is not known for resting their starters much, even in games where nothing is on the line so I believe we will see the Patriots roll out to an early lead on Miami at home this week and then coast through the second half and enter the playoffs on an 8 game win streak.  It is tough to envision a Superbowl in February that won't include the Patriots.

2.  Atlanta Falcons (12-3) - The Falcons finally lost at home and showed they aren't unbeatable in the Georgia Dome.  Matt Ryan only lost for the second time at home in his career.  With that said the Falcons face the lowly Panthers this week at home and a win gives them the number one seed in the NFC and forces the road to the Superbowl to go through Atlanta.  I like Atlanta to win this week and force teams to beat them on their own turf but we now see that is not an impossible task. 

3.  Baltimore Ravens (11-4) -  The Ravens are quietly on a 3 game win streak.  Three of their four losses this year came against the Patriots, the Falcons and the Steelers, all playoff teams.  Their fourth loss was at the Cincinnati Bengals who they face at home this week with a chance to avenge their earlier loss and perhaps sneak into the two seed in the AFC.  If the Ravens continue to pound the ball down their opponents throat and can find a way to capture their defense of years past they could be the team to give the Patriots some trouble come late January. 

4.  Chicago Bears (11-4) - The Bears just continue to impress, taking down the Jets last week at home after falling behind 21-10.  I have doubted this team all year, waiting for Jay Cutler to become the turnover machine we are all accustomed to seeing.  That hasn't happened and now with the Vikings upsetting the Eagles last night, the Bears have clinched a first round bye in the NFC.  They face the Packers this week in Lambeau with nothing to play for whereas the Packers need a win to make the playoffs.  More than likely, the Bears will rest most of their starts and the Packers will cruise into the playoffs. 

5.  New Orleans Saints (11-4) - What an impressive win in Atlanta last week.  As I alluded to earlier, the Falcons had not lost at home all season and yet the Saints managed to go into the Georgia Dome and take down the best team in the NFC.  This keeps the Saints slim hopes alive of winning their division and securing the number one seed in the NFC.  This scenario is highly unlikely with the Falcons facing the worst team in the NFL and the Saints welcoming in the upstart Buccaneers who believe they still have a chance to make the playoffs.  But that is why they play the games, you never know!

Honorable Mentions:  Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 16. 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 17 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:35 pm
 

NFL Week 7 Recap and Thoughts

NFL Week 7 Recap and Thoughts

Another week gone in the NFL and another week of mystifying games.  This is the same line I used to start this blog last week and it fits in perfectly again!  If there is one thing consistent in the NFL this season it is inconsistency.  This is by far the strangest season I have seen in my 32 years on this earth.  Here we go...

1.  After not showing up last week in Philly, the Falcons righted the ship and won at home against the Bengals.  With Carson Palmer throwing for over 400 yards for the Bengals and Roddy White having over 200 yards receiving for the Falcons, was there any defense played in this game?  The Bengals are in deep trouble after falling to 2-4.

2.  The Eagles defense held Chris Johnson to 66 yards rushing.  If I heard that before the game I would have said the Eagles would win...but wait, Kenny Britt goes for 225 yards receiving?  Are you kidding me?  After the first 150, maybe you should defend him.  The Eagles gave up 27 points in the fourth quarter and looked awful doing it, the Titans outplayed them in every facet of the game.

3.  Poor Buffalo.  They played their best game of the year only to come up short in overtime.  Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for 374 yards, that is more yards then the first 5 games combined.  Baltimore, aren't you supposed to have a good defense?  That is two weeks in a row where you were basically embarrassed on the defensive side of the ball. 

4.  Congratulations to the Carolina Panthers!  They will not be the last team without a win in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers are just not good and David Carr is worse.  Is it time to let Mike Singletary go?  This team is so out of whack, predicted to win their division and now might be on of the worst teams in the awful NFC.

5.  DeAngelo Hall from the Redskins had 4 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, pretty good fantasy stats for a wide receiver.  Here is the problem, Jay Cutler from Chicago is the one who completed the passes to Hall who isn't a receiver but a cornerback.  Wow, the Bears have gone from good to bad very quickly.  This game was a turnover fest and it is only be default that the Redskins won.

6.  Kansas City, you are good!  I have finally admitted it.  The only other two teams in the AFC to allow less points then the Chiefs are the Jets and the Steelers.  That is good company to be in.  They put up 42 points against the Jaguars so obviously their offense isn't hurting either.

7.  The Steelers win another game in a controversial call at the end of the game.  It seems they win at least two games a year where the call goes their way.  Roethisberger obviously fumbled at the goal line and because it was called a touchdown and play had stopped they had no other option then to give the Steelers back the ball at the 1.  A very tough loss for the Dolphins and another gift for the Steelers, Christmas in October.

8.  What has happened to the Saints?  They got beat down by the Cleveland Browns, yes you read that correctly, the Cleveland Browns, and you know what is worse?  It was in New Orleans!  Drew Brees through two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, that is not acceptable.  They don't have the swagger they had last year and it shows.

9.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied for first in the NFC South after week 7.  That seems hard to believe but they pulled out a last second score to beat the Rams at home and share first place with the Falcons.  Given their performance last week against the Saints, I can't really jump on board with this team just yet. 

10.  Arizona Cardinals, your management and coaching staff should all be fired for allowing your team to start its season with this quarterback situation.  If you want to hand the ball over to your rookie quarterback, Max Hall, then you need to allow him to play.  You can't play musical chairs with your quarterback, not when its a rookie and a veteran who has proven useless.  It is clear now that the Seahawks are the best team in the NFC West.

11.  59, that is the number of points the Raiders scored in Denver yesterday.  That is 10 less than the points they put up in their four losses.  The rushed for over 300 yards.  The Broncos are in major trouble, this is the worst home defeat against a division rival in their history.  That defense is better than this and needs to figure out who they are in the next few days.

12.  The Chargers put up a fight in the fourth quarter to try and salvage their season but came up short.  That was a big win for the Patriots, traveling across the country to face a desparate opponent after a big win the week before.  They almost allowed the Chargers to fight back but in the end the Chargers last gasp, the field goal attempt as time expired, doinked off the right upright. 

13.  Brett Farve, it is time to retire.  You didn't look good last night, you actually cost the Vikings the game.  You are old, injured and you just don't seem that interested.  Now you are causing a distraction off the field.  If the Vikings had won last night then I would say you should continue to play, now I say just walk away, with whatever little amount of dignity you have left and it isn't much

Check back next Monday for my week 7 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: September 29, 2010 11:46 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:54 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 4

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.

Meares

Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:11 am
 

Thoughts on Week 3 in the NFL...

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.

Check in next Monday to see my week 4 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 22, 2010 10:09 am
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 3

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.

Meares
 
 
 
 
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