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Posted on: December 6, 2012 9:10 am
 

Top 6 NFL Franchise Moves of All Time

This week Mole and Meares relocated to a new studio.  Call it Mole and Meares studio 6.0.  I was reflecting on Mole and Meares’ nomadic nature and I got to thinking about NFL franchises that have migrated to new cities.  Out of curiosity I began to research and read about several NFL franchise moves.  Breaking up is hard to do and in honor of Mole and Meares studio 6.0 I decided to chronicle six instances of NFL Franchises divorcing their respective cities.

We woke up and you were gone…

Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis

March 28, 1984 - Baltimore Colts fans awoke to an empty bed with their beloved team having left in the middle of the night to leave for a new home.  The infamous images of snow covered Mayflower trucks leaving the Colts facility in the middle of the night would haunt Baltimore football fans until 1995 when the Ravens would come to town. 

Of all the relocations in the history of the NFL, the Baltimore to Indianapolis move has to be considered the craziest in circumstance. 

Stadium issues were the source of tension between the City of Baltimore and the Colts owner Robert Irsay.  Irsay was seeking $15 million in renovations to their home stadium for the football facilities.  In the spring after the Colts lease had expired; the Maryland General Assembly approved $15 million for renovation to Memorial Stadium but only half of that $15 million would go towards improvements for football.  The other half would be used to upgrade facilities for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.  In the aftermath of these events, Irsay contended that his intent was to keep the Colts in Baltimore but at the same time he was secretly discussing a move with six major cities.  After it was leaked that Irsay was to meet with Arizona for a second time regarding a move to the Sun Devil state, Irsay cancelled the meeting.  At that point the Colts went into “secret secret” mode and made a deal to move to Indianapolis. 

March 27, 1984 - The Maryland legislature fearing a move by the Colts had one of its chambers pass legislation giving the city of Baltimore the right to seize ownership of the team by eminent domain.  In reaction Irsay closed a deal with the city of Indianpolis to move the Colts to Indiana and the city of Indianapolis dispatched 15 Mayflower trucks to the team’s facility in Maryland.  Irsay’s decision to move the Colts was made quickly and the decision to move overnight was due to a fear that the team would be seized by officials in the morning.  The 15 trucks all took different routes out of town in case there was an effort by local law enforcement to stop them. 

Despite the fact that the move was made without the NFL’s permission, the NFL did not contest the team’s relocation after losing in court to Al Davis on the same issue. (That case is noted below)  In March of 1986, representatives of Baltimore and the Colts signed a divorce decree under which all lawsuits regarding the relocation of the franchise would be dismissed and the Indianapolis Colts would endorse a new NFL team for Baltimore when the time came.

How could you do that to us?  Don’t ever show your face here again…

Cleveland Browns to Baltimore

Cleveland’s migration to Baltimore was very interesting for two reasons.  The settlement reached between Cleveland Brown Owner Art Modell and the City of Cleveland set a precedent in American Professional sports and the settlement also resulted in Modell not being welcome in the state of Ohio.

The legal settlement between the NFL, Cleveland, and Baltimore resulted in the Cleveland Browns franchise being ‘deactivated’ for three years.  Modell would retain the current contracts of players and personnel and be granted the 31<sup>st</sup> franchise in the NFL.  This settlement proved to be a precedent in major American sports as nothing the likes of it had been seen before.  In 1999 after a new stadium was built for the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Brown franchise would be reactivated with the same uniforms, records, and player history. 

As far as Art Modell, resentment towards him in the State of Ohio grew so intense that he was unable to attend a funeral of a friend in Northern Ohio out of fear for his safety. It is also believed by many that he has been left out of the NFL Hall of Fame due to it’s location in Canton Ohio. 

In the end however, the two broken hearted cities in Baltimore and Cleveland find themselves happily ever after with their new franchises.  Well Cleveland might need some marriage counseling but you know what I mean.

What a tangled web we weave…

Dallas Texans to Kansas City/Houston Oilers to Tennessee Titans/ making room for the Houston Texans

Ok, bear with me on this one…..In 1952 the NFL Team of the Dallas Texans spent one year in the league and won one game.  They were then dismantled.  In 1960 the AFL was created and within that League the Dallas Texans were revived.  After playing three seasons in Dallas and losing the 1962 AFL championship game to their in state rival, the Houston Oilers.  Not wanting to share the Dallas spotlight with the NFL expansion Cowboys, the Dallas Texans decided to move to Kansas City where they would become the Chiefs.  In their first season they would win the 1963 AFL championship game.

After 38 years in Houston, the Oiler decided that Nashville, Tennessee would be a better home in 1998.  As it has been with many franchise relocations, stadium issues were at the source of the decision.  After the Oilers move, the Great State of Texas was left with just one team, America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys.  A team that was at the beginning of a run of mediocre that is still going today. 

When all the dust was settled, the history of the Texans team name came full circle in 2002 when the NFL expanded back into Houston. The creation of the Houston Texans franchise brought back the name of a team that started in the NFL in 1952 and had a 1-11 record.  In the 2012 season after 12 weeks, the Houston Texans were 11-1.  A tangled web weaved has led to a happy ending to this love story.

Please come back, I’ll do anything…

Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles then back to Oakland

Al Davis was the waffle king of franchise migration.  In 1982 he decided that he would leave Oakland for a larger stadium (The Oakland Coliseum) and the number two television market in the country in Los Angeles.  The move was initially rejected by the NFL owners and when Davis decided to move the team anyway he was blocked by an injunction.  An ensuing lawsuit was ruled in favor of Davis and the Oakland Raiders became the Los Angeles Raiders. 

In 1994 Oakland basically bought the back the Raiders Oakland by spending $220 million on stadium renovations and giving the Raiders a dirt cheap fixed rent. The renovations included a new seating section of 10,000 seats that was named after Raider owner Al Davis.  The City of Oakland also built the team a training facility and paid all its moving costs. The Raiders pay just $525,000 a year in rent and do not pay maintenance or game-day operating costs.  As of today the Raiders are the only franchise in the NFL to return to a former lover.  It just goes to show that true love can be purchased at a price.

Everybody Leaves Us…

Raiders to Oakland, Rams to St. Louis, and Chargers to San Diego

Los Angeles is the city with abandonment issues with regard to NFL teams leaving.  In 1960 the AFL came to Los Angeles with the creation of the Los Angeles Chargers franchise.  It was a brief romance however as the Chargers would relocate to San Diego a year later. 

As noted above the Raiders came to the City of Angels and spent just 12 years in Los Angeles before going back to where they came from in Oakland.

In 1946 Cleveland Rams owner Dan Reeves fought the NFL and won approval to move his franchise to Los Angeles.  The Rams would remain in Los Angeles until 1980 when they moved to Anaheim in nearby Orange County.  The move was made by the Rams new owner of less than a year, Georgia Frontiere, for two reasons.  Their current stadium, the Coliseum seated over 100,000 and rarely sold out, leading to television blackouts.  Also there was a population trend in the direction of Anaheim.  Fourteen years later due to stadium issues in Anaheim, the Rams followed the Raiders out of town to find a new home in St. Louis leaving Los Angeles devoid of any NFL franchises.  If NFL.com had a section of their website for singles there would only be one member, the City of Los Angeles.

To have loved and lost, and loved and lost…

Chicago Cardinals to St. Louis, St. Louis Cardinals to Arizona

The Cardinals are the NFL’s oldest franchise and the only Charter member of the NFL still in existence.  Formed in 1898 in Chicago, the Cardinals became a Charter member of the NFL in 1922 and remained in Chicago until 1960.  In the 1950’s the Cardinals struggled greatly as a football team and their in town rival, the Chicago Bears completely overshadowed the franchise.  The Cardinal owners wanted to relocate the team but did not have the finances necessary to relocate under the rules of the NFL. Attempts were made by several individuals to buy the struggling Chicago franchise but no deal could be made.  The individuals attempting to buy the Cardinals reacted to their lack of success by starting a new league called the American Football League.  The NFL, realizing this new league was a serious rival, quickly made a deal with Cardinal ownership to relocate the team to St. Louis.  This revitalized the franchise and blocked the St. Louis market for the AFL.

The Cardinals would remain in St. Louis until 1988 when poor team performance, poor stadium conditions, and poor attendance led ownership to move the team to Arizona where they would become the Phoenix Cardinals.  In 1994 their name would be changed to the Arizona Cardinals.  The Cardinals are the only franchise in the NFL to have loved and lost, loved and lost, and yet still find love again in a third location.  Although after the way this season is going, they might be getting the silent treatment in Arizona.

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.

You can watch our weekly picks video where we pick the top four games in the NFL each week against the spread by going to our site, www.moleandmeares.com or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/meares78.

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Posted on: September 12, 2012 9:42 am
 

2012/2013 NFL Week 2 Power Rankings

What an opening weekend! As usual there were many surprises like the Packers, Giants, Steelers and Saints all losing their openers, three of them at home. Which of those teams will rebound and find their way back into our rankings and which ones will fade away this year? Only time will tell.

Now lets get into the power rankings...

1. New England Patriots - (1-0)

The New England Patriots move up one spot this week after their complete domination of the Tennesse Titans. The Patriots actually ran the ball successfully this past Sunday and their defense definitely seemed to improve over last year. If this team can continue to pound the ball on the ground they are going to be tough to beat. The welcome the Arizona Cardinals to Gillette Stadium on Sunday and all indications point towards a 2-0 start and a second straight week at the top spot.

2. Houston Texans - (1-0)

The Houston Texans played really good football last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. I realize the Dolphins aren't the greatest team but Houston had their way with them on both sides of the ball. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster both looked good coming off injuries last season and their defense was stifling. Much like the Patriots, the Texans get a soft team in week 2 when they travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. Look for the Texans to continue their winning ways and stay firmly positioned in our number 2 spot.

3. San Francisco 49ers - (1-0)

The San Francisco 49ers opened against the Packers in the premiere game of week 1 and it didn't disappoint. Alex Smith continues to play really good football in the face of his naysayers (including me) and has progressed beyond just a game manager. It is very hard to argue that the Niners aren't the best team in the NFC and this week they welcome the Detroit Lions into San Francisco. Everyone remembers what happened at the end of the game last year, right? Perhaps Harbaugh will be easier on Jim Schwartz this year after the 49ers hand the Lions their first loss of the season for the second consectutive year.

4. Baltimore Ravens - (1-0)

The Baltimore Ravens offense was much hyped this off season as vastly improved and it turned out not to be hype at all as they threw up 44 points against the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Flacco looked poised and confident behind center and Ray Rice continued to be Ray Rice. For the first time in possibly franchise history, the Ravens have an argument that perhaps their offense is better than their defense. They have a huge test this week as they will travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in their home opener. A win against the Eagles could be an early season statement for the Ravens.

5. Dallas Cowboys - (1-0)

The Dallas Cowboys are a new addition to our power rankings for week 2 and they claim the fifth spot by virtue of taking out last year's Super Bowl Champions in New York to start the 2012 NFL season. A star emerged for the Cowboys in Kevin Ogletree as he slashed up the Giants secondary to the tune of 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. Can the Cowboys become a consistent team this year? It will be an interesting storyline and they have to travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in week 2. If the Cowboys want to remain in our power rankings in the near future they need to prove they can beat the bad teams along with the good ones.

There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 2 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.

You can watch our weekly picks video where we pick the top four games in the NFL each week against the spread by going to our site, www.moleandmeares.com or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/meares78.

You can also keep up with us on twitter, @moleandmeares, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moleandmeares.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 1:24 pm
 

NFL Week 8 Picks

\Well, that was a bad week, if you know of someone who won 9 games against the spread then listen to them and don't read below!  I went 5-9 last week but who would have seen that Cleveland game coming???  Here is my chance at redemption...

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (19-22-1)

Miami at Cincinnati (-2) - MIAMI Dolphins
Jacksonville at Dallas (-6.5) - JACKSONVILLE Jaguars
Washington at Detroit (-2.5) - DETROIT Lions
Buffalo at Kansas City (-7.5) - BUFFALO Bills
Carolina at St. Louis (-3) - ST. LOUIS Rams
Green Bay at NY Jets (-6) - GREEN BAY Packers
Denver at San Francisco (-1) - DENVER Broncos
Tennessee at San Diego (-3.5) - TENNESSEE Titans
Tampa Bay at Arizona (-3) - TAMPA BAY Buccaneers
Minnesota at New England (-5.5) - NEW ENGLAND Patriots
Seattle at Oakland (-2.5) - OAKLAND Raiders
Pittsburgh at New Orleans (-1) - NEW ORLEANS Saints
Houston at Indianapolis (-6) - HOUSTON Texans

There are my week 8 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

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

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

NFL Week 7 Picks

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

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (14-13-1)

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

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

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

Meares

Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:51 am
 

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFL Week 6 Picks

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

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (7-7)

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

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

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

Meares
 
 
 
 
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