Posted on: September 18, 2012 4:00 pm
Week 2 featured some surprises but the most surprising item was the length of the games this week. I believe the replacement officials are doing the best job they can but one thing that is suffering is the length of the games. This situation needs to be rectified soon because it is getting tough to watch with all of the delays. I understand missing a call because they are human but the time delays are just ludicrous.
Enough of my rant, lets talk about where we stand two weeks into the 2012 NFL season. Only 6 teams are unbeaten through 2 weeks and only 6 teams are winless, something that hasn't happened since the mid 90s. The most surprising of the unbeatens has to be the Arizona Cardinals with their much improved defense. The most surprising of the winless has to be the New Orleans Saints, a guess not having your coaching staff does takes its toll.
Now lets get into the rankings!
1. Houston Texans - (2-0)
The Houston Texans take over our first spot this week. They are the third different team to hold this position in three weeks, the previous two teams lost, lets hope this isn't the curse of death. The Texans have put up 57 points in their first two games while only allowing 17 points against. After losing Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans this offseason I thought their defense would struggle but they are number one in points against in the NFL. This week they face their first real test when they have to travel into Denver to face Petyon Manning and the Bronocos. If they hold the Broncos under 10 points this week that is doing something.
2. San Francisco 49ers - (2-0)
The 49ers made a case to be in our top spot this week and it was a close call. They are definitely the class of the NFC after dismantling the Detroit Lions on Sunday. They have beat two playoff teams from last year in the first two weeks and their offense looks really good this year. If Frank Gore continues to run the ball the hard and Moss and Crabtree can continue their impressive play this is going to be a tough team to beat. The 49ers travel to Minnesota this week to face their third straight NFC north opponent but unlike the first two, the Vikings probably won't be able to compete.
3. Atlanta Falcons - (2-0)
The Atlanta Falcons are one of our three new teams in the rankings this week and they come in at the highest position. They looked awfully good on Monday night on defense against Peyton Manning causing 4 turnovers in the first quarter. They confused, in my opinion, the smartest quarterback to ever play the game and made him look really bad. They travel across the country this week to face off against another undefeated team in the San Diego Chargers. A win against the Chargers will go a long way in helping the Falcons continue to climb up our power rankings.
4. San Diego Chargers - (2-0)
The San Diego Chargers have started the season with two consecutive wins and they have done it with solid play on both sides of the ball. They are holding their opponents to just 12 points a game while averaging 30 points a game on offense. If Philip Rivers can continue his solid play (i.e. not throwing a million interceptions) this team has a chance to compete in the relatively week AFC west. The Chargers host the Falcons this week in one of two games featuring undefeated teams. If they find a way to beat the Falcons they will turn me into a believer.
5. Philadelphia Eagles - (2-0)
The Eagles have turned the ball over 9 times in two weeks. NINE TIMES. And they have won both games. If they find a way to not give the ball to the other team 4 to 5 times a game they might be the best team in the NFL. Until then they will stay at the bottom of our rankings. This week they face off against the surprising Arizona Cardinals who went into Foxboro last week and shutdown the Patriots. If the Arizona Cardinals can cause the Eagles to continue to turn over the ball I have a feeling this will be a short lived trip into our top 5.
There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 3 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.
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Posted on: September 11, 2012 3:44 pm
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.