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Posted on: December 30, 2009 8:49 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 17

We have finally reached the end of the regular season in the NFL. We no longer have any undefeated teams left after the Colts fell to the Jets last week. Yes, you read that correctly, the Colts lost to the Jets to ruin their perfect season, well sort of. I mean the Colts lost but their starters weren't playing, which, in my opinion, is not the way to go. Take a hint from Herm Edwards, "We play to win the game!." Looks like the Colts play to not get hurt, if they lose in their first playoff game they will be hounded by the media until next season. Anyway...here is our last NFL power rankings of the year.

1. San Diego Chargers (12-3) - The Chargers are, without a doubt, the hottest team in the NFL having won 10 straight games so they end the season as our number one team. I am not sure how you would argue that the Chargers will not represent the AFC this year in the Superbowl, especially after their dismantling of the resurgent Titans last week on Christmas Day. This team has now locked up the #2 seed in the AFC and will most likely face the Colts for the AFC championship, a game which will be hyped for weeks.

2. Indianapolis Colts (14-1) - The Colts allowed the Jets to win last week and that is putting it nicely. Midway through the third quarter, leading by 5 points and on their way to 15-0, they gave up and handed the Jets the game keeping NY's playoff hopes alive. They play their last game of the season against the Bills in Buffalo so you can be sure that the starters will see very limited, if no, time at all. I completely disagree with this philosophy as it will be 3 weeks from now that the Colts will play another meaningful game. They might as well be a college team getting ready for a bowl game and we all know how they look after 3-4 weeks off. With all of that said the Colts finish our power rankings at #2.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) - The Eagles continue to play well at the end of the season by running off their 6th consecutive win this past week against the Denver Broncos who were playing for their post season lives. We moved the Eagles ahead of the Saints this week because the Saints, who still had something to play for, lost to the 2-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles entire season will come down to one game on Sunday against their bitter rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. If the Eagles can beat the Cowboys they will win the NFC east and lock up the #2 seed in the NFC and a first round bye. Needless to say, this game will be an all out war.

4. New Orleans Saints (13-2) - The Saints have fallen hard in the past two weeks. Their loss to the Cowboys, although it ruined their perfect season, was seen as inevitable. Their loss last week to the Buccaneers was seen as pathetic. This team had a chance to lock up the top seed in the NFC by beating the worst team in the entire conference and instead they allowed the Bucs to come back from a 17 point deficit to win, are you kidding me? This was supposed to be the Saints year, the year they go to the Superbowl, the year they win it all. Now the better hope they can win a game in the playoffs. What scares me even more is because the Vikings lost last week, the Saints clinched the #1 seed in the NFC and now won't play a meaningful game for three weeks...how is that going to affect their confidence?

5. Dallas Cowboys (10-5) - The Cowboys round out our final power rankings of the year in the number 5 spot. They followed up their impressive victory over the Saints with a shutout against the woeful Redskins setting up a huge game against their division rival, Philadelphia Eagles. Once thought of as dead in the water, the Cowboys have proven they can win in December and have been playing their best football of the year. This week will be a huge test for Tony Romo and company. If they can win they are guaranteed to host at least one home playoff game with a chance at the number 2 seed. A loss and they will have to win all of their games on the road, a huge difference for a team that hasn't won a playoff game since '96.

Well, there you have it, Mole & Meares NFL power rankings for week 17. Make sure to check back next week as we will give our playoff predictions for every game and make our Superbowl predictions. Also don't forget to check out our weekly NFL picks video at www.moleandmeares.comhttp://www.mol
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Posted on: December 3, 2009 2:42 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 13

If you would have told me before the NFL season started that come week 13 there would be two undefeated teams left, one in each conference, I wouldn't have believed you.  But that is where we stand entering this week, the Colts and Saints remain undefeated, although their paths have been greatly different.  The Colts have looked down right beatable at times and the Saints offense has, for the most part, looked unstoppable.  That is the reason they remain number 1 in our power rankings for the 11th consecutive week.

1.  New Orleans Saints (11-0) - The Saints hosted the Patriots in what was described by some as the game of they year.  The game didn't live up to the hype as the Saints destroyed the Patriots 38-17.  When the Saints offense plays as well as it did this past Monday, its hard to imagine them not in this year's Superbowl.  Now they head to the nation's capitol to face the Washington Deadskins.  Five more wins to the perfect season, can they do it?

2.  Indianapolis Colts (11-0) - The Colts were down 17-0 in Houston on Sunday and it seemed their dream of an undefeated season was finally coming to an end.  But the reigning MVP of the NFL would not let them lose, outscoring the Texans 28-7 in the second half.  The Colts have perfected the art of the comeback in the past month and this should give them a huge boost of confidence heading into the playoffs.  The Colts have to feel that no matter the score they are always capable of coming back in a football game.  They might need another amazing comeback this week as they face the much improved Tennessee Titans team on a five game win streak. As with the Saints, its hard to imagine them not in the Superbowl come February.

3.  Minnesota Vikings (10-1) - The Vikings dismantled the Chicago Bears on Sunday and for the second consecutive week had such a lead going into the fourth quarter they were able to give Brett Farve some time to rest.  Farve's stats this year are incredible considering he is 40 years old.  He has thrown for 2,874 yards, 24 TDs and only 3 interceptions.  That is amazing considering I can remember a game from each of the last 3 seasons when Farve threw at least 3 interceptions in a single game.  The Vikings front office look like geniuses for bringing in Farve when so many people scoffed at the idea.  They face their first tough game in a while this week as they head to Arizona to face the NFC West leading Cardinals.  If they play their style of football it really shouldn't be a contest in the desert.  As with the Saints and Colts, its hard to imagine this team not playing in the Superbowl come February.

4.  San Diego Chargers (8-3) - The Chargers extended their winning streak to 6 games this past Sunday, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 43-14.  This game was over as quickly as it started and Phillip Rivers continued his solid quarterback play throwing for over 300 yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions.  The Chargers only face two more teams in their last 5 games with records over .500.  This team is starting to play up to its potential and could pose a real stumbling block for the Colts come playoff time, remember what they did to the Colts last year?  This week they head to Cleveland to face one of the worst teams in the league.  I am putting my money on the Chargers.

5.  Dallas Cowboys (8-3) - The Cowboys get the fifth spot in our power rankings by default.  The only other team in the league with the same record has lost one of their last two games, the Cincinnati Bengals.  Because the Cowboys have won their last two they get our fifth position.  I have a tough time believing they are the fifth best team in the NFL but we will find out this Sunday.  They beat the cellar dwelling Oakland Raiders last week on Thanksgiving at home.  This week they travel to New York City to face the struggling New York Giants.  If the Cowboys win they will solidify their playoff chances but if they lose they bring both the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles back into the division race.  Which Tony Romo will show up this week? 

There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 13.  Make sure to check out our weekly NFL picks video at www.moleandmeares.com or www.youtube.com/meares78


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: 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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