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Posted on: December 23, 2009 11:24 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 16

For the first time all year we finally have a new number one team in our power rankings. New Orleans finally lost a game and now relinquishes the number one spot to the only undefeated team in the NFL. This week's rankings might cause a little controversy but our rankings are based on what have you done for me lately and who is the best team at this moment, remember that!

1. Indianapolis Colts (14-0) - The Colts remained undefeated after beating the faltering Jacksonville Jaguars in a shootout last Thursday night. With two games remaining will the Colts try and run the table or will they rest their key players? That is the number one question right now, not can they beat their opponents but will they try to beat their opponents? They face the New York Jets this week in a game that the Jets must win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Even if all the starters don't play for the Colts I don't think the Jets have enough to win this game and the Colts could go into the final weekend of the season with a chance to run the table!

2. San Diego Chargers (11-3) - The Chargers continue their solid play with their 9th victory in a row this past weekend over the Cincinnati Bengals which all but locks up the number 2 seed in the AFC. Their offense is playing as good, if not better, than any other team in the league and they look headed for a late January match up with the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC championship. That would be a rematch of last year's wild card game where the Chargers stunned the Colts in one of the biggest upsets of the playoffs. The Chargers have a tough game this week as they have to travel across the country to face the resurgent Tennessee Titans on Christmas Day.

3. New Orleans Saints (13-1) - The Saints drop two spots in our power rankings this week after getting man-handled by the Dallas Cowboys last Saturday night. The Saints had been teetering on losing for quite some time and the Cowboys exposed some weaknesses in the Saints defense. Luckily for the Saints, they face to sub par teams to finish the season, hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week and then traveling to Carolina to finish the season in week 17. Anything less than a 15-1 season and a Superbowl appearance would be disappointing.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) - The Eagles move up a spot in our power rankings after their somewhat easy defeat of the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday. The Eagles have now run off 5 straight victories and are playing well heading into the playoffs as they have done numerous times over the past 8 years. They hold a slim one game lead in the NFC east over the Cowboys and have a very tough opponent coming into town this weekend in the Denver Broncos. There is a subplot to this game as Brian Dawkins will be back in Philadelphia to face his former team. This should be one of the games of the week.

5. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) - The Vikings have lost two of their last three games and looked atrocious last week in a loss against the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings are in danger of falling out of the second seed spot in the NFC and there seems to be a situation brewing between Favre and the head coach, Brad Childress. They face the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday night football this week which will not be an easy game. If the Vikings really want a shot of making it to the Superbowl they need to step it up these last two weeks and win out. If they fall down to the third or fourth seed in the playoffs they are going to have a tough time making it to the NFC championship game let alone the Superbowl.

So there they are, the top 5 teams in the NFL with only two weeks to go in the regular season. Make sure to check out our weekly NFL picks video at www.moleandmeares.com or www.youtube.com/meares78.


Posted on: December 17, 2009 10:16 am

NFL Power Rankings - Week 15

With three weeks left in the season, we still have two undefeated teams left in the NFL, what a crazy regular season its been.  We do have a new team added to the rankings this week after the Cincinnati loss to the Vikings.  The top four teams are tough to dispute and we have yet to have a number 5 team cement their stay in the power rankings.  There are some really good games this weekend which should clear up the playoff picture even more going into next week.  Here we go...

1. New Orleans Saints (13-0) - The Saints continue to hold the number one spot in our power rankings after a good win against the injury depleted Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.  The Falcons fell behind early but made a nice charge at the end only to come up a field goal short.  The Saints will face the reeling Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night in their quest for an undefeated season.  They have yet to lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs so look for the Saints to play hard and keep the Cowboys from winning their first December game this year. 

2. Indianapolis Saints (13-0) - The Indianapolis Colts faced a tough opponent last Sunday, the Denver Bronocs, but still found a way to stay undefeated.  The Broncos fell behind early but showed some resolve and made it a game going into the fourth quarter only to fall short.  The Colts have now locked up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and if past history indicates anything, they will begin to rest some of their star players.  I hope they decide against this route because everytime they decide to rest players they end up losing their first playoff game.  Take this into consideration though, it will be over 30 days before they play their next meaningful game, will this help or hinder them?

3. San Diego Chargers (10-3) - The Chargers won their 8th consecutive game on Sunday by going into Dallas and handling the Cowboys.  This team is really playing well right now, LaDanian Tomlinson is playing better than he has the past two years and Phillip Rivers is really looking like a star quarterback.  They have a huge game this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals which will decide which team will get the first round bye in the AFC.  I see no reason the Chargers will not win the rest of their games, win the AFC west and get a bye week heading into the playoffs.  Watch out Indianapolis.

4. Minnesota Vikings (11-2) - The Vikings bounced back off of their horrific loss to the Cardinals with a good win against the Cincinnati Bengals.  The Vikings dominated on both sides of the ball and made the Bengals look awful and not like a playoff team.  With a win this week they will clinch their division and take a step closer to clinching the second seed in the NFC and a first round bye in the playoffs.  They will travel to Carolina on Sunday to play the Panthers who have been playing better of lately.  For Minnesota's sake, I hope they don't take this game lightly.

5.  Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) - For the first time this year the Eagles appear in our power rankings.  They won a huge NFC east battle on Sunday against the New York Giants in a game where neither teams defence decided to show up. DeSean Jackson took a huge step towards proving he may be the league's most exciting player.  The Eagles now have a one game lead in the east over the Dallas Cowboys and will play host to the San Francisco 49ers this week.  A win over the 49ers will go a long way to locking up the NFC east and putting the Eagles into the playoffs.

There you have it, the Mole & Meares NFL power rankings for week 15.  Don't forget to visit us at www.moleandmeares.comhttp://www.mol
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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: 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 25, 2009 12:35 pm

NFL Power Rankings - Week 12

We have reached week 12 in the NFL, the bye weeks have come and gone and the playoff races are starting to heat up.  Last week proved to be a very interesting one with some teams we thought were geared up to stake their claim to the top 5 faltering.  The top 3 teams in this week rankings cannot be disputed, numbers 4 and 5, on the other hand, can be disputed.  Here we go.

1.  New Orleans Saints (10-0) - The Saints took care of business against a dismal Tampa Bay team last week, 38-7.  Their offense clicked on all cylinders and their defense looked dominating.  This week will be a huge test for the Saints as the New England Patriots come to town on Monday night football.  This may be their last tough game on their way to an undefeated season.  Will Drew Brees and company take care of business and remain undefeated, I am not sure but I can't wait to watch!

2.  Indianapolis Colts (10-0) - The Colts remained undefeated after squeaking out another close victory against the Baltimore Ravens.  The Colts have won by the skin of their teeth for the last month but still have yet to lose.  They head to Houston this week to face their division opponents, the Texans.  The Texans always play the Colts tough and this week will be no different.  I still like the Colts to win this week and remain undefeated and keep hope alive for an undefeated Superbowl featuring the Saints and Colts.

3.  Minnesota Vikings (9-1) - The Vikings just absolutely demolished the Seahawks last week 35-9.  They were beating them so bad going into the fourth quarter that they handed over the offense reigns to Tavaris Jackson and let Favre get some much needed rest.  This team really looks unstoppable right now.  Favre is the top rated quarterback in the league and Adrian Peterson is 1 yard away from another 1,000 yard rushing season, not to mention their defense has been playing really well as of late.  They host the Bears this week who have been playing some terrible football, the Vikings should go to 10-1.

4.  San Diego Chargers (7-3) - The Chargers have now won 5 straight games and aside from the two undefeated teams are the hottest team in the NFL.  They embarrassed they Denver Broncos on Sunday, allowing only 3 points and taking complete control of the AFC West.  They will face the Kansas City Chiefs this week who showed a sign of life last week defeating the defended world champion Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.  With that said, I think the Chargers will come out and put a hurting on the Chiefs. 

5.  New England Patriots (7-3) - For the first time this season, the Patriots have edged their way into our power rankings.  They have won 4 out of their last 5 games and now have a strangle hold on their division.  They face our #1 team this week, the New Orleans Saints, in New Orleans.  This will be a huge test and if they fail their time in our power rankings will be very short lived.

There you have it, NFL power rankings for week 12.  Make sure to check out our newest NFL picks show which you can see at 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 .

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com