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Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: January 10, 2011 11:46 am
 

NFL Wild Card Weekend Recap: Five Key Points

1.  The only home team to win was the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks

Really?  Who would have predicted that to happen?  Sure it was a possibility that no teams would win at home given the fact that each game featured the better team on the road but to have Seattle be the only team that won, are you kidding me?  This was the first time a team under .500 won a playoff game in the history of the National Football League.  Not only did they win, but they outgunned the New Orleans Saints, the defending Superbowl champions, perhaps the most potent offense in the NFC.  Matt Hasselbeck threw for twice as many touchdowns as Drew Brees.  The Seahawks had almost double the amount of rushing yards as the Saints.  The Saints extended the streak of defending Superbowl champions not able to win a playoff game to 5 years.  Now Seattle heads to Soldier Field to face the Bears and there is one thing I guarantee won't happen, 400 yards of offense by the Seahawks for two straight weeks.

2.  Green Bay had a 100 yard rushing game from a running back for only the second time all season.

Green Bay was supposed to be a one dimensional offensive football team.  The Packers had only had a running back rush for over 100 yards once all season (Week 5 versus Washington in a loss), that is until yesterday.  Welcome to the NFL James Starks!  Who is James Starks?  Starks is a rookie running back from the University of Buffalo (I didn't even know that was a college) who before yesterday had only 29 rushing attempts all season.  On Sunday, Starks got the ball 23 times and rushed for 123 yards against an Eagles defense who had only given up 100 yards to a running back twice all season (Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte).  If Starks continues to rush the ball as he did yesterday, this Packers team becomes a whole lot more dangerous for the rest of the playoffs.

3.  After losing to the Jets, Peyton Manning's career playoff record is now 9-10.

Some experts consider Peyton Manning the greatest quarterback of all time.  Almost everyone considers him in the top five of all time.  After Saturday's loss to the Jets, Manning now has a less than .500 record in the playoffs, not a record I would consider the greatest quarterback of all time to hold.  Manning has been in the playoffs 11 of his 13 seasons and has failed to win a playoff game 7 of those 11 times.  The year that Manning won the Superbowl he had 4 more interceptions than touchdown passes and a 70.5 quarterback rating, not exactly a great post season performance.  Not only is Peyton Manning not the greatest quarterback of all time, he isn't even the best quarterback in the NFL right now.  Tom Brady has been in the playoffs 7 times in his career, 4 less than Manning but yet has only one less touchdown pass.  Brady has only failed to win a playoff game in 1 of his 7 trips to the post season and has won 3 Superbowls to Manning's 1.  Oh, and by the way, Brady's career playoff record is 14-4 which is slightly higher than .500.

4.  The Ravens only gave up 25 yards of offense in the second half against the Chiefs.

The Ravens defense stepped up on Sunday against the Chiefs and showed the entire country what a championship defense looks like in the playoffs.  The Ravens held the Chiefs to 161 yards of total offense.  They held Matt Cassel to 70 yards through the air and caused him to throw 3 interceptions.  In the second half, the Chiefs only had one possession that lasted longer than one minute and it only gained 31 yards and they turned the ball over on downs.  The other 5 possessions lasted a combined 15 plays and gained negative 6 yards.  The Ravens defense also caused 5 turnovers, 3 interceptions and two fumbles.  This is the Ravens defense everyone remembers and the defense that helped them win their only Superbowl.  The difference this year is they actually have a very good offense.

5.  In all four games, the team that won outrushed their opponent by an average of 60 yards.

There is a famous quote by Ben Franklin that states "but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes."  In the NFL, my theory states, the only thing certain is if you win the rushing battle you will win the game.  Wild card weekend proved my theory correct as all four teams that won also outrushed their opponent.  It is a simple formula, if you run the ball you control the clock and you wear down the opposing teams defense.  If you run the ball effectively you open up your passing game which in turn will help you rush the ball even more effectively.  Control the ball, control the clock, control the game.  Don't believe my theory?  Check this weekend's games and the rushing stats afterwards, the four teams left battling for a chance to make an appearance in the Superbowl will have outrushed their opponents, guaranteed.

I also want to do a quick recap of my picks.  I went 3-1 last week against the spread with my only loss being the Eagles game which I wasn't very confident in to begin with.  Make sure to check out my weekly NFL picks video at www.moleandmeares.com and check back on Thursday for my NFL divisional playoff round picks.

Meares
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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Posted on: October 1, 2009 1:43 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Top 5

A lot of different sports websites do power rankings so I figured why not Mole & Meares?  So every Thursday we will post our top 5 teams in the NFL and tell you why we think they deserve to be there.

1.  New Orleans Saints (3-0) - This team's offense looks absolutely unstoppable right now.  Drew Brees is averaging 3 touchdown passes a game which will put him on pace to almost be able to break Peyton Manning's single season touchdown record.  Mike Bell should return this week after being held out last week against the Bills.  They have wide receivers that can spread the field and that aren't afraid to across the middle.  Oh, yeah, they have a guy by the name of Reggie Bush who still hasn't shown his full potential yet.  Not to mention their defense looks much improved from a year ago.  Until they lose they will stay atop our rankings.

2.  New York Giants (3-0) - The question mark going into this year was their wide receivers, were Mario Manningham and Steve Smith going to be able to rise to the occasion and step in for an incarcerated Plaxico Burress.  Question answered...they are both in the top 8 in the NFL in receiving yards.  Eli Manning seems to mature every year and is making limited mistakes.  The running game has been solid and the defense is one of the top 5 in the league.  Week 6 they travel to New Orleans and we will see if they can stop Brees and company.

3.  Baltimore Ravens (3-0) - Is it just me or does Joe Flacco seem like a 7 year veteran quarterback this year?  He is putting up some good numbers for his sophomore season.  Their running game is outstanding with both Ray Rice and Willis McGahee running wild so far.  Their defense is just as good as it is expected to be and with Pittsburgh slow start they seem to have a tight grasp on their division already.  They have a good test this week against a somewhat weaker than normal New England Patriots team.

4.  New York Jets (3-0) - Did anyone expect the Jets to be undefeated 3 games into the season?  Is Mark Sanchez the real deal?  One thing is for sure, their defense is the real deal.  They looked incredible against the Patriots in week 2, holding Brady to no touchdowns for the first time since 2006.  If Thomas Jones can stay healthy and Mark Sanchez can play smart football there is a good chance this team could end up in Miami in February.

5.  Minnesota Vikings (3-0) - Adrian Peterson.  Do I need to say anything else?

Check back next Thursday to see the new power rankings.

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