Posted on: September 12, 2012 9:42 am
What an opening weekend! As usual there were many surprises like the Packers, Giants, Steelers and Saints all losing their openers, three of them at home. Which of those teams will rebound and find their way back into our rankings and which ones will fade away this year? Only time will tell.
Now lets get into the power rankings...
1. New England Patriots - (1-0)
The New England Patriots move up one spot this week after their complete domination of the Tennesse Titans. The Patriots actually ran the ball successfully this past Sunday and their defense definitely seemed to improve over last year. If this team can continue to pound the ball on the ground they are going to be tough to beat. The welcome the Arizona Cardinals to Gillette Stadium on Sunday and all indications point towards a 2-0 start and a second straight week at the top spot.
2. Houston Texans - (1-0)
The Houston Texans played really good football last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. I realize the Dolphins aren't the greatest team but Houston had their way with them on both sides of the ball. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster both looked good coming off injuries last season and their defense was stifling. Much like the Patriots, the Texans get a soft team in week 2 when they travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. Look for the Texans to continue their winning ways and stay firmly positioned in our number 2 spot.
3. San Francisco 49ers - (1-0)
The San Francisco 49ers opened against the Packers in the premiere game of week 1 and it didn't disappoint. Alex Smith continues to play really good football in the face of his naysayers (including me) and has progressed beyond just a game manager. It is very hard to argue that the Niners aren't the best team in the NFC and this week they welcome the Detroit Lions into San Francisco. Everyone remembers what happened at the end of the game last year, right? Perhaps Harbaugh will be easier on Jim Schwartz this year after the 49ers hand the Lions their first loss of the season for the second consectutive year.
4. Baltimore Ravens - (1-0)
The Baltimore Ravens offense was much hyped this off season as vastly improved and it turned out not to be hype at all as they threw up 44 points against the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Flacco looked poised and confident behind center and Ray Rice continued to be Ray Rice. For the first time in possibly franchise history, the Ravens have an argument that perhaps their offense is better than their defense. They have a huge test this week as they will travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in their home opener. A win against the Eagles could be an early season statement for the Ravens.
5. Dallas Cowboys - (1-0)
The Dallas Cowboys are a new addition to our power rankings for week 2 and they claim the fifth spot by virtue of taking out last year's Super Bowl Champions in New York to start the 2012 NFL season. A star emerged for the Cowboys in Kevin Ogletree as he slashed up the Giants secondary to the tune of 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. Can the Cowboys become a consistent team this year? It will be an interesting storyline and they have to travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in week 2. If the Cowboys want to remain in our power rankings in the near future they need to prove they can beat the bad teams along with the good ones.
There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 2 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.
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Posted on: September 4, 2012 2:49 pm
It has been 212 days since we have seen a real football game and in about 24 hours the 2012/2013 NFL season will begin. I love this time of the year, every team has an equal chance (technically) to win the Super Bowl and every team's fanbase has hope. Of course, for about half the teams that hope will quickly fade after week 1.
Each week we will release our top 5 teams in the NFL. The season hasn't started but I am sure our rankings will get some people fired up, just remember, there are 17 regular season games and plenty of time to call us idiots.
Now lets get into the power rankings...
1. New York Giants - (0-0)
We do this every year, the previous year's Super Bowl champions get the honor of our top spot until they lose. The Giants have lost some pieces this off season and might not be as strong as they were in the playoffs last year but I think they will keep the top spot for at least one week. They kick off the regular season on Wednesday night at home against the Cowboys. Should be a great season opener.
2. New England Patriots - (0-0)
The Patriots represented the AFC in last year's Super Bowl, losing to the Giants for the second time in less than 5 years. They still have Tom Brady and they still have Bill Belichick so they are always a threat to make it back to the big game. They had major question marks on their defense last year and had a really good draft. Will the young guys step up and help sure up that defense? If they do, watch out, could be another Super Bowl appearance for B squared.
3. Green Bay Packers - (0-0)
The Packers only lost 1 regular season game last season and looked like the best team in the NFL for a long time. Will Aaron Rodgers continue his MVP play this year? Has their defense improved over last year? These are some of the questions that need to be answered in order for them to regain our first spot and they will get a chance to do so right out of the box as they open their season against the 49ers. A win could solidify their spot in our rankings.
4. Houston Texans - (0-0)
The Texans finally made the playoffs last year for the first time in franchise history and they even won a playoff game with their third string quarterback at the helm. This year, Matt Schaub is back healthy and that defense is still nasty. They have a very soft division so I forsee them staying in the conversation for best team in the league for a quite a while. Will they be able to move to the top spot? Can they hang with the Ravens and the Patriots? Only time will tell.
5. San Francisco 49ers - (0-0)
The 49ers were the surprise team in the NFL last year and had one of the best defenses in team history. This team is still a question mark to me if they should even be in our top 5 due to their lack of superstar quarterback. Can Alex Smith continue his consistent conservative play this year? Will the young receivers step up and help him out? They will be tested quickly as they open up on the road against the Packers. A win at Lambeau will be a sure sign that the 49ers are for real.
There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 1 by Mole & Meares. Check back each week as we will update our top five teams weekly.
You can watch our weekly picks video where we pick the top four games in the NFL each week against the spread by going to our site, [www.moleandmeares.com].
You can also keep up with us on twitter, [@moleandmeares], or on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/moleandmeares].
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: January 10, 2011 11:46 am
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.
Posted on: October 5, 2009 2:31 pm
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