Tag:Philadelphia Eagles
Posted on: January 11, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2010 4:13 pm
 

The Demise of the Eagles

Here at the Mole & Meares show we try to remain partisan when making our picks or doing our power rankings for the NFL.  It is no secret, however, that I am a passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan.  I devote 4 hours most every Sunday or Monday from September till now to watching my team on the field.  I also spend countless hours reading, listening and thinking about the Eagles.  I am probably not the most diehard fan in Philly but no one can dispute my passion.  The only problem is I am getting to the point where I am not sure if I should continue my obsessive behavior.  This team, year in and year out, continues to let me down by not delivering a championship that I know they are capable of winning.  I am sure I am not alone today in Philly in my way of thinking.  Why do I continue to pour my heart into this team when each year I know they will eventually rip it out and stomp on it?  Albert Einstein once said "the definition of insanity is to repeat the same action and expect a different result."  It seems both the Eagles and myself are 100% completely insane. 

There are a lot of people in Philadelphia calling for McNabb's head on a platter.  He had two of the worst games of his career in the last two weeks against the hated Dallas Cowboys.  In my opinion, I do believe it is time to move on from #5.  He has had a very good career here in Philly but his time is now finished.  The Eagles have one of the youngest teams in the league from top to bottom, they have two excellent young wide receivers, a very good young running back and tight end.  It's time to try a young (somewhat) quarterback and hand the reigns over to Kevin Kolb.  Do I think that Kolb is going to be better than McNabb?  Not necessarily, but if the Eagles continue to do the same thing over again next year it would be insane by definition.

Fixing the quarterback issue is only one aspect of what needs to be addressed in this offseason.  How about the offensive line?  They were absolutely pitiful against the Cowboys in the last two games.  The Eagles spent millions and millions of dollars on the Andrews brothers only to see them watch from the sideline this entire year.  Stacy Andrews, in a post game interview, stated he was now physically ready to play football, talk about some excellent timing.  Jamal Jackson will more than likely not be back in time for next season either which will leave them a big gaping hole at center.  There is no doubt the Eagles have weapons on offense but if you can't protect the quarterback you have no chance of winning. 

On to the defense who forgot to show up for the last two weeks.  The first thing I would like to see done is to cut Joselio Hanson.  This guy is by far the worst DB in the entire NFL.  He was absolutedly pathetic all season and his inability to cover anything was never more prevelant than in Saturday's game.  The loss of Brian Dawkins was also a huge factor in the downfall of this defense.  Macho Harris is definitely not the answer, I understand he is a rookie but his play seemed to get worse as the season went on.  Hopefully their linebacking core will improve next year when Stewart Bradley comes back from injury.  The main reason they lost these last two games was their lack of size up front on the defensive side of the ball.  They were manhandled by the much larger offensive line of the Cowboys and their quickness was negated by short quick throws by Romo. 

This team has a long way to go to get back to the team they were in the middle of the decade.  Most of the major weapons are in place but they just need to plug some holes and make changes in the necessary areas.  With that said, if they go into next season with the same quarterback and the same offensive and defensive line, then by definition they are 100% insane.

Meares

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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Meares

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.

Meares

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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