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Posted on: December 10, 2009 10:34 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 14

It's that time of the week again, time for our power rankings for week 14 in the NFL.  With only 4 weeks left in the 2009 NFL season we still have two undefeated teams left, the Colts and the Saints.  They look to be far and away the two best teams in the NFL and they seemed to be destined for an epic clash in the Superbowl.  If we have learned anything from watching football over the past 30 years its that the two teams that look dominate in each conference usually don't both make it to the big game.  Which team will falter come January?

1.  New Orleans Saints (12-0) - The Saints have held our top spot all season long and were very close to relinquishing that spot last Sunday.  With less than two minutes to go it looked like the Redskins were about to seal one of the most improbable upsets of the year as they were about to kick a 23 yard field goal to put the game out of reach.  But the Redskins found yet another way to lose the game when their kicker flat out missed the chip shot field goal and 30 seconds later Brees found wide receiver Meachem in the end zone for the game tying touchdown.  The Saints then pulled out the victory in overtime to remain undefeated.  The Saints now head into Atlanta this weekend to face an injury depleted Falcons team.  Barring a major upset the Saints should find themselves at 13-0 heading into the last 3 weeks of the season.

2.  Indianapolis Colts (12-0) - After 5 straight comeback victories the Colts finally had a game where they were never in any danger of losing.  The funny thing is this was the first week in quite some time that I actually thought their opponent had a realistic chance of winning.  The Titans, after starting out 0-6, had run off 5 straight victories and looked poised to end the Colts chance at an undefeated season but they forgot to show up on Sunday.  So now the Colts head into week 14 with a chance to clinch a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory.  They will definitely have to earn it as the Broncos will be coming into town playing some very good football.  This could be the game of the week and the Broncos have a chance to prove that they are for real. 

3.  San Diego Chargers (9-3) - The Chargers just keep winning, beating the Browns last week for their 7th consecutive victory and remain one game up in the AFC West.  Their offense is really playing well and if their defense can step up and play to its potential they really could give the Colts a run for their money come January.  The face a big test this Sunday as they head into Dallas to play the Cowboys who are coming off a heart breaking loss to the New York Giants.  The Cowboys will be looking to silence all of their critics who say they can't win in December and the Chargers will be looking to stay atop the AFC west.  This should be a real good football game.

4.  Minnesota Vikings (10-2) - The Vikings drop a spot in our power rankings after getting man handled by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night.  Brett Farve looked his age and Adrian Peterson was no where to be found.  I have yet to figure out if the Vikings played that bad or if the Cardinals are that good.  It doesn't get any easier for the Vikings this week with the Cincinnati Bengals coming to town.  Both teams love to run the ball and both defenses are good at stopping the run so this should make for an interesting game. 

5.  Cincinnati Bengals (9-3) - The Bengals have won their last two games against very weak teams but at the same time the Steelers have been going backwards.  Having said that the Bengals have all but wrapped up the AFC North going into this week's battle with the Vikings.  The Bengals need to win this game more than the Viking's due to prove that they are for real this year and could be a contender for the Superbowl.  I am not sure if they have the weapons to keep up with the Vikings but that is why they play the game. 

There you have it, with 4 games remaining in the season, our top five teams in the NFL.  This week will go a long way to answering questions about the playoffs and there are a lot of good match ups this weekend.  It should be the best week to date in the 2009 NFL season.  Don't forget to check out our weekly NFL picks video at www.moleandmeares.com or www.youtube.com/meares78 .

Posted on: November 19, 2009 11:48 am
Edited on: November 23, 2009 5:41 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 11

On to week 11, it seems that once someone enters our power rankings for the first time they lose.  The Cowboys looked awful last week against the Packers so they have now fallen out of our rankings and a new team enters this week.  The top two teams just keep winning and remain the same...here we go!

1. New Orleans Saints (9-0) - The Saints played a really bad St. Louis team and only won by 5 last week.  They need to take every Sunday seriously if they want to remain the best team in the NFL.  I almost moved them down to #2 but I said earlier this year they will remain #1 until they lose and they haven't lost yet.  They are not playing as good as they can play but they still find ways to win.  They continue their quest for an undefeated season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, another pathetic football team.  If they play Saints football they should walk away with an easy victory.

2. Indianapolis Colts (9-0) - The Colts beat the Patriots last Sunday night and I am so sick of hearing about Bill Belicheck and his awful decision.  In my opinion I think it was the correct decision and its a shame they didn't get the first down because that would have ended the game.  Somehow the Colts found a way to win and remain undefeated and have a definite argument that they are the best team in the NFL right now.  Unlike the Saints, the Colts have a difficult road game this week in Baltimore against the Ravens.  It should be an interesting game and there is definitely a chance the Ravens could knock the Colts from the ranks of the undefeated.

3. Minnesota Vikings (8-1) - The Vikings took care of business against the Detroit Lions last week, or should I say Adrian Peterson took care of business.  This guy is incredible, he is one of the most amazing football players I have ever seen.  He just runs over, through and around people on a week in, week out basis.  They get to host the Seahawks this week who have been not playing well this year.  The Vikings should win this game walking away and all but clinch the NFC North title this week.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (7-2) - Does anyone question how good the Bengals are now?  They completed their sweep of the defending world champions last week and now sit at 5-0 in the AFC North.  Barring a Denver Broncos like collapse they should win this division and with their remaining opponents maybe even challenge the Colts for home field advantage.  As long as the injury to Cedric Benson isn't too bad they should make some noise come January.  I love the way their defense is playing.  They do have to travel to the west coast this week but the good thing is they get to play the Oakland Raiders.  Should be an easy victory.

5. San Diego Chargers (6-3) - The Chargers have been playing really well of late, winning 4 games in a row to tie for the division lead with the Broncos.  They handled the Philadelphia Eagles last week on both sides of the ball and really never looked like they could lose that game.  This week will be huge for them, going to mile high for a first place showdown with the Broncos.  Phillip Rivers has been playing very well and it seems their running game woke up a little last week.  The Broncos will be looking to stop the bleeding but I don't think they will be able to and I am hoping that the Chargers remain in our rankings for another week.

There is our top 5, will San Diego be able to remain there longer than Dallas?  Will Indianapolis and the Saints be able to remain undefeated?  We will find out on Sunday.  Make sure to check out our weekly NFL picks video on Friday at www.moleandmeares.com or www.youtube.com/meares78 and don't forget to submit your picks for a chance to win a T shirt!


Posted on: November 12, 2009 10:46 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 10

We are more than halfway through the season and the cream is starting to rise to the top.  There are still 2 undefeated teams left in the NFL and they are one and two in our power rankings.  You will see a new team enter the rankings this week although I am not sure how long they will stay there...here we go.

1.  New Orleans Saints (8-0) - The Saints remain as the #1 team in our power rankings with a win over the Carolina Panthers last week.  They have been #1 in our rankings since we started back in week 3.  Last Sunday they fell behind early to the Panthers but still found a way to come back and win.  That has been their theme over the past couple of weeks.  Even when they were behind 14 points was anyone concerned that they would lose?  This team has a cake walk of a schedule for the rest of the season with the exception of maybe two games.  Is it too early to talk of an undefeated season?

2.  Indianapolis Colts (8-0) - The Colts remained undefeated after their hard fought win over the Houston Texans last week.  This week is a huge test for Peyton Manning and company as Tom Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots head into town.  I can't think of a bigger rivalry in the NFL that pits two teams that aren't from the same division against each other.  The Patriots have been a thorn in the side of the Colts for the past 7 years with the exception of their one SuperBowl victory.  Can the Colts handle the recently hot Patriots and remain undefeated?  We will see.

3.  Minnesota Vikings (7-1) - The Vikings are coming off of their bye week and will host the pitiful Detroit Lions which should be an easy victory.  If you watch our weekly NFL video show you know my thoughts on teams coming off a bye, more often then not they play very good football and cruise to a victory.  Brett Farve is supposedly battling a groin injury but for a guy who has NEVER missed an NFL start I find it doubtful that it will prevent him from playing.  The Vikings don't have a tough opponent until week 14 so as long as they can avoid a stumble against the basement teams in the NFL they should remain planted in our rankings for the foreseeable future.

4.  Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) - The Bengals played a great game last week against a struggling Baltimore Ravens team and now head to Pittsburgh in a game that will decide first place in the AFC North.  This team is playing really good football on both sides of the ball.  They are running the ball effectively and playing spectacular defense which is a recipe for a championship team.  If they take care of business in Pittsburgh they will hold a commanding lead in the division at 5-0.  This will definitely be the game of the day.

5.  Dallas Cowboys (6-2) - I would have never imagined the Cowboys would make their way into the power rankings this year the way the started the season.  But 4 wins in a row will get it done.  They beat the Philadelphia Eagles last week and completely shutdown their high powered offense.  They have an interesting game against the struggling Green Bay Packers this week at Lambeau Field.  Anytime you go to Lambeau you have a chance to lose.  If the Cowboys play the way they have been playing they should be able to take care of business and remain in our rankings for another week.

There you have it...NFL Power Rankings for week 10.  Make sure to check out our weekly NFL picks show at www.moleandmeares.com or www.youtube.com/meares78 .


Posted on: November 5, 2009 1:58 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 9

It is that time of the week again, time for the official Mole & Meares NFL power rankings.  Not much change this week as our top five teams all performed fairly well last week.  This week could be different, here we go...

1. New Orleans Saints (7-0) - The Saints remain atop our power rankings again this week with a win against their division rivals last Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons.  The Saints overcame a plethora of turnovers in route to their seventh consecutive win to start the season.  This team just finds a way to win every week and they are extremely fun to watch.  They play another division opponent this week in the Carolina Panthers but they shouldn't prove to be much competition.  Look for them to be atop our rankings again next week at 8-0.

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0) - The Colts are the only other undefeated team left in the NFL although San Francisco gave them everything they could handle last week in what was a close game.  Peyton Manning continued his stellar performance throwing for over 300 yards again this season but he failed to find the endzone.  The Colts managed to come away with a win and will host a dangerous Houston Texans team this week.  Indianapolis is not going to go undefeated this year and this could be a trap game for them.  I like Houston to upset the Colts and send them down our rankings next week.

3.  Minnesota Vikings (7-1) - In the most media hyped game in recent memory the Brett Farve led Vikings headed back into Green Bay last Sunday and laid the smackdown on the Packers and took a strangle hold on the division.  Brett Farve played solid and the defense came up big in the victory.  Minnesota heads into the bye week and I am sure Brett Farve's 40 year old body couldn't be happier.  If they continue to protect the ball and play solid defense I don't see them dropping from our rankings anytime soon.

4.  Denver Broncos (6-1) - The Broncos finally lost a game last week to the Ravens who were in a must win situation.  The Broncos schedule this year is absolutely brutal and it is a good thing they got off to such a hot start.  They looked lost on offense last week and they better hope they figure out what went wrong fast as they head into the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers backyard this weekend.  I have a feeling we are going to see a slow decline of the Broncos over the next couple of weeks, although I still think they will run away with their division.

5.  Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) - The Bengals are coming off their bye week and they will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.  If they can string two wins together in the next two weeks against the Ravens and Steelers they will be in the absolute drivers seat in the division.  I still don't believe this team has played up to their potential this year and I think they might raise in our power rankings over the next few weeks.

So there you have it.  Make sure to check out our weekly NFL picks video which highlights the top 4 games of the week and comes out every Friday.  You can watch the video at www.moleandmeares.com or at www.youtube.com/meares78 .

Posted on: October 29, 2009 4:32 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 8

So we are down to three unbeaten teams in the NFL after Minnesota lost to Pittsburgh this past week.  Those teams will be at the top of our rankings but we will see a new team emerge into the rankings this week...read on to find out who it is...

1.  New Orleans Saints (6-0) - The Saints survived a scare this past week against the Miami Dolphins.  They were down by 21 in the first half and still managed to win by 11.  Their offense is ridiculous and their defense in the second half is incredible.  It is hard to find a weakness on this team.  They have a tough game against the Falcons who really didn't show up agains an up and down Cowboys team.  This is a divisional game though, teams always show up for rivalry matches...could this be the week the Saints finally lose?

2.  Indianapolis Colts (6-0) - The Colts offense looked incredible last week, of course they were playing what basically amounts to a division 2 college football team in the St. Louis Rams.  Still, Peyton Manning looks unstoppable this season and their division is a joke.  The Colts look they are headed to another AFC championship game, unless of course, they lose as the favorite again in the early rounds of the playoffs.

3.  Denver Broncos (6-0) - The Broncos are coming off a bye week which the desperately needed to get some of their veteran players healthy.  Now they head into Baltimore in a game which most people will expect Baltimore to win.  Teams coming off a bye seem to have more than enough time to prepare and gameplan for their opponent and I like Denver to win this game and remain undefeated.  Their defense has been playing incredible and Kyle Orton continues to protect the ball.  All of that adds up to another Bronco's victory.

4.  Minnesota Vikings (6-1) - The Vikings fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  This week they play one of the most hyped games in recent memory in the NFL, Favre playing his first game at Lambeau as an opponent.  This is a very big game for the Green Bay Packers...they are a half game back in the division and they have already lost once this season to the Vikings.  Can the Vikings rebound from the crushing defeat by the Steelers?  Can Aaron Rodgers come out of Brett Farve's shadow in Green Bay?  We will find out on Sunday!

5. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) -  It was difficult to find a team to put at number 5 this week in our rankings.  There were a couple of teams that could have slid in but overall I believe Cincinnati deserves to be here, especially coming off the 45-10 drumming of Chicago last week.  Chicago was supposed to be a team that would compete for their division and Cincinnati just absolutely destroyed them.  They sit atop the AFC north and have wins over both Pittsburgh and Baltimore.  They are on a bye this week but the two weeks following will show us if they are for real as they have to face the Steelers and Ravens again.

That is it for this week's power rankings.  Please make sure to visit us at http://www.moleandmeares.com or http://www.youtube.com/meares78 to check out our weekly NFL picks video.



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.

Posted on: October 6, 2009 4:51 pm

Sunny Side Down

What a great week four in the NFL. A fan really couldn’t ask for much more entertainment, drama, and suspense. Week four saw the entertainment of the irresistible force of the Saints offense squaring off against the immovable object of the Jets defense, the drama of two underrated teams in the Broncos and the Cowboys in an epic battle of will and desire, and the suspense of the Patriots and Ravens fighting to the bitter end. Then to top off the week we saw Brett Favre facing his former team and teammates in a classic Monday night matchup in which Favre would attempt to make history by having defeated every team in the NFL.

What else could a fan ask for?..... I don’t know, maybe the entertainment of an ounce of offense from the Jets, the drama of the Cowboy’s secondary making a tackle, or the suspense of a goal line stand by the Patriots as opposed to an anticlimactic Raven’s drop on fourth down. We were however provided with an overrated spot in history for the retired/unretired Brett Favre. (Although you can’t knock his performance, I just don’t care that he’s beaten every team over the course of 63 years in the league)

Week four also saw the strong play of Washington and Pittsburgh who both improved their mark to 2-2. Washington entertained us with an impressive 16 to 13 victory over the winless Bucs while Pittsburgh dramatically clung to a 28-0 lead against San Diego pulling off the 38 to 28 victory. And in the game of the week, Cincinnati defeated Cleveland in the longest game of the year thus far. In a suspense filled overtime, both teams managed to hang around midfield until the final seconds when a pass was finally completed by Cincinnati, setting up the game untying field goal. We can only hope Week five will be bring us just as much entertainment, drama, and suspense as week four. And maybe some real history will be made.

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