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Posted on: September 11, 2012 3:44 pm
 

2012 NFL Week 1 Observations

With the final painful snap of the San Diego/Oakland game, the first week of the 2012 NFL season is in the books.  What do we take away from week 1?

Well if you listen to popular media it’s very simple.  Peyton Manning is clearly on his way to a MVP regular season along with the obvious comeback player of the year award. San Franciscois a lock to win the NFC.  Robert Griffin the third...that’s right I wrote it out...is clearly the best QB taken in the draft since Peyton Manning and the Redskins just won the NFC East this past Sunday.  That is due to the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles most likely won the only game they can possibly win the entire year based on Michael Vick’s play.  In the end RG3 (abbreviated) will out clutch the not trustable Tony Romo when it matters most and lead the Redskins to the post season.  The Green Bay dynasty is clearly over and Tom Coughlin needs to go in NY/NJ. New England will be there at the end along with Baltimore and the rejuvenated Denver Broncos and this year’s Super Bowl will hopefully be a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh matchup.  Oh and by the way, all of these facts were determined by games that didn’t even have real referees.  Oh shit wait...“Tim Tebow!”  Phew……almost forgot that.

What I take from week one is a little different from popular media.  I agree that the 49er’s look really, really good.  Baltimore and Peyton Manning were no slouches either.  Beyond that I cannot take anything forward from one week of football considering the last two Super Bowl Champions limped into the playoffs in the final minutes of the season and were long shots to get out of the first round.  My hat is off to the replacement officials for doing a bang up job considering where they came from and the situation in which they find themselves (#EricGregg).  The facts of week one are that Rex Ryan lost the weight of a place kicker and Tim Tebow put on 20 pounds to facilitate a couple of dives into the line of scrimmage.  Logic tells me that the Saints losing GM’s, coaches, head coaches, and players had and will continue to have a negative effect on their season. (Not taking anything away from RG3.)  On the topic of rookie QB’s my summary is this:  Seattle fucked up, Miami is rebuilding, Andrew Luck is fine, Brandon Weeden is not, and Washington is shitting gold for a week.  The speculation that Indy was in the wrong for trading Manning and drafting Andrew Luck based on one week is ludicrous.  Let us not forget, Peyton Manning was 3 and 13 in his rookie season.  The final thing I take from week one of the 2012 NFL season is that my beloved Buffalo Bills look like they are once again in for a long season.  But nonetheless football is back and the next five months should be exciting.

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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 5, 2009 2:31 pm
 

Monday Morning Quarterback - NFL Week 4

We are going to do a little segment each Monday morning on our blog called the Monday Morning Quarterback...we are basically going to recap some of the more interesting stats and storylines from the prior days games.  Are you ready?  Okay...lets begin...

The Denver Broncos might just be for real.  A lot of people, including myself, didn't expect the Broncos to win 4 games all year let alone be 4-0 after week 4.  Their defense is stifling, they gave up double digit points for the first time this year this week against the Cowboys and it was only 10.  They have only given up 2 touchdowns in 4 weeks.  The Philadelphia Eagles made a huge mistake letting Brian Dawkins go...he isn't the only reason the defense is playing so well...but he is one of the reasons. 

The Tennesse Titans might be this bad.  Nobody saw this coming...after starting out last year 10-0 the Titans can't seem to figure out what sport they are playing.  They got their asses handed to them by the Jaguars yesterday.  They let David Garrard throw for over 300 yards, seriously, David Garrad?  Kerry Collins looks like a deer caught in headlights every play.  A lot of people predicted the Titans to make the playoffs this year...if they are lucky they might win 4 games.

The New York Jets have a spectacular defense.  But they still have a rookie quarterback.  Mark Sanchez looked like a rookie yesterday and the New Orleans Saints cruised to a 14 point victory without any help from their offense.  The Saints have yet to trail this season...are you fucking kidding me?  The Jets are definitely for real and depending on how quickly Mark Sanchez matures is how far this team will go.

Fuck Tom Brady.  Seriously, this guy is the poster boy for the NFL and the refs treat him that way...it is utterly disgusting.  There was at least one phantom roughing the passer call against the Ravens which might have cost them the game.  Well...I guess I shouldn't go that far...Derrick Mason forgot how to catch a pass that hits him in the chest and that cost them the game but either way, Tom Brady, you are a pussy.  The last time I checked, quarterbacks were still FOOTBALL PLAYERS, please let them get hit...that is the point of the fucking game.

Peyton Manning - you are good.  He is putting up the best numbers of his career this early into a season.  Seriously?  His numbers are getting better?  This guy can just flat out throw the ball.  Well...at least during the regular season.  The Colts look like a very solid team which will be tough to beat...however, they play in a joke of a division, Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee are all mediocre at best.  This should be a cake walk for the Colts.  Can he win his second Superbowl?

Worst team in the NFL - St. Louis Rams.  Holy Shit!  How can you be this bad?  I can't wait till they play Detroit on November 1st.  That should be a barn burner.  Looking at St. Louis's schedule, they could definitely go 0-16.  My advice, move back to LA...or at least let USC don your uniforms and play one week for you...that is your best chance of winning. 

How about Cleveland Brown's nose tackle Shaun Rogers.  All this guy does is block field goals...he has 11 blocks in his career and he single handedly kept the Browns in this game with a blocked field goal and a blocked extra point at the end of regulation.  Too bad their offense is so inept they couldn't even get into field goal range in 3 possesions in overtime to even try a kick.  Cincinnati wins a game they shouldn't have, sort of makes up for the miraculous loss they had to the Broncos in Week 1.   Back to the Browns, it looks like they have finally found a star receiver in Mohamed Massaquoi, this guy looks like the real deal.  He caught 8 passes for 148 yards, half of which were spectacular. 

JeMarcuss Russell - you need to quit.  This guy is the worst quarterback in the league.  His numbers are horrific.  Yesterday he went 12 for 33 for 128 yards.  On the season he is 43 for 108 for 506 yards with 1 TD and 4 picks.  He has a passer rating of 42.4.  I don't know much about what goes into a passer rating but I do know if you are below 50 after 4 games you should be automatically cut from the team.  It is such a shame because Oakland has a decent amount of playmakers on offense but they will not go anywhere with this guy leading them.  Bring Rich Gannon out of retirement. 

Don't forget to stop by again on Thursday for our power rankings and also don't forget to check out our weekly NFL video show at http://www.moleandmeares.com

 
 
 
 
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