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Posted on: September 25, 2012 5:26 pm
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2012/2013 NFL Week 4 Power Rankings

I am not going to do what everyone thinks I am going to do and FREAK OUT! Seriously, I hate to keep harping on this but these replacement referees are not prepared to officiate these games and it needs to be rectified immediately. Causing the game to be long is one thing, blatantly getting a call wrong which causes a team to lose is a whole can of worms that should never have been opened. I hope something gets figured out soon because this is getting tough to watch.

With that said, the games will go on. Interesting stat through three weeks that may only interest me: The Cardinals, Vikings, Seahawks and Bills are a combined 9-3. The Patriots, Steelers, Packers and Saints are a combined 3-9. Anyone see that coming? Only three undefeated teams left in the NFL after 3 weeks so which 2-1 teams will round out our top five? Let's find out!

1. Houston Texans - (3-0)

The Houston Texans went into Mile High Stadium on Sunday and took care of business. For the first 3 quarters they shutdown Peyton Manning and absolutely ripped the Broncos defense to shreds. This team is playing really good football right now on both sides of the ball. Hopefully Schuab will get his ear reattached in time to face the Titans this week. This is definitely a trap game for the Texans with the Jets and the Packers coming up in consectutive weeks after the Titans. As long as the Texans don't look beyond the Titans they should remain at the top of our rankings for the third straight week.

2. Atlanta Falcons - (3-0)

The Falcons are really making their case for the top spot in our rankings. They outplayed the Chargers on both sides of the ball and made San Diego look really bad. They have a bit of a soft schedule in the coming weeks with games against three teams under .500. This week the face division rival Carolina who is coming off of a really bad loss to the Giants and have had a few extra days to prepare. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Falcons at 6-0 heading deep into October.

3. Arizona Cardinals - (3-0)

The Atlanta Cardinals are third in our power rankings. I can't believe I just wrote that last sentence. This team didn't even name a starting quarterback until days before opening day and then watched as he was knocked out of the game. Last week they dominated the Eagles from start to finish and proved their defense is the real deal. I am not quite sure they can keep this up but their schedule definitely sets them up for a chance to keep the winning streak alive. This week they welcome in the Dolphins who are not the best team in the world. Ryan Tannenhill better be prepared to spend a good part of Sunday on his back.

4. New York Giants - (2-1)

The New York Giants started our power rankings as the number one team but promptly lost on opening night to the Cowboys. Despite some fairly significant injuries they have fought back to win the next two games and sneak in at #4 in our power rankings. Eli Manning continues his strong play at quarterback last week and two new possible stars emerged in Ramses Barden and Andre Brown. They travel down the Jersey Turnpike this week to face their hated rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. If Vick and company continue to turn over the ball at their regulary clip this game will be over really quickly.

5. San Francisco 49ers - (2-1)

The 49ers were the surprise upset last week losing in Minneapolis to the Vikings. I don't believe anyone saw this coming but in the NFL it is any given Sunday. I am going to assume this was more a bump in the road then a trend and I believe they will rebound nicely this week against the Jets in Northern New Jersey. The 49ers defense is too good to allow Sanchez to throw all over them and a steady dose of Frank Gore should lead to a victory.

There you have it, the NFL power rankings for week 4 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 or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/meares78.

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:37 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:38 pm
 

NFL Week 8 Recap and Thoughts

Okay, so last week I was ready to declare the entire NFC less one or two teams dead.  The AFC looked like the dominant conference, far and away.  The one thing I have learned this season is nothing is predictable, both the Steelers and the Jets lose to NFC teams that looked lost going into this week.  This season just gets stranger by the minute...here are my thoughts on week 8...

1.  I am done picking the Dallas Cowboys to win anymore games this season.  They got destroyed by the Jaguars in every facet of the game which I didn't think was even possible.  Kitna threw for 379 yards but also threw 4 interceptions.  Are the Jaguars the worst 4-4 team in the league?

2.  The Bengals season is officially over, you can mark it down right now.  They fell to 2-5 in the powerhouse AFC North and have no chance of making the playoffs.  Carson Palmer has fallen from grace completely, he only completed 17 of 38 passes for 156 yards against the Dolphins at home.  On another note, are the Dolphins the best team in the NFL on the road?  They have beaten the Bills, the Vikings, the Packers and now the Bengals all on the road.  Pretty impressive.

3.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a Donovan McNabb fan but to bench him for Rex Grossman with 2 minutes left in a one score game, what is the philosophy behind that?  He was your leading rusher for christ's sake.  The loss of all of the Redskins running backs was the reason they lost this game and they seem to be reeling heading into the bye week.  Should be an interesting two weeks for the Redskins who have had more off the field distractions than any team. 

4.  Poor Buffalo, still winless and still playing their hearts out.  They have to be one of the best 0-7 teams in the history of the NFL, although, I am not sure they want that label.  Kansas City finds a way to win but they need to figure how to score some points if they want to compete come January.  When your running back counts for 238 of your 410 total yards, more than 50%, you need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to spread the ball around.

5.  When did the Packers defense turn into the New York Jets defense?  They recorded the first shut out of the NFL season.  The Jets, coming off of a bye on a five game win streak couldn't get anything going.  If Sanchez has to throw the ball 38 times every game the Jets are going to be in a world of hurt.  If you like defensive football then this was the game for you, three field goals was as much as either team could muster, pitiful.

6.  Did you know there was a game played in London this weekend?  The English cared as much about who won the game as the Americans did.  Troy Smith, playing for the injured Alex Smith, was very productive and played a clean game with no turnovers.  The Broncos have now lost two weeks in a row to the Raiders and now the 49ers, not a good stretch.

7.  The combined offensive yardage in the Rams/Panthers game was 447 yards, that is fairly pathetic.  Give credit to the Rams though, after a horrendous 2009 season they are 4-4 through 8 weeks in 2010 and right in the mix in the awful NFC West.  Sam Bradford looks like the real deal and Steven Jackson is just a beast.  

8.  Just when you think San Diego's season is over they pull out a huge win.  How is it that the Chargers start out so slow every year only to begin to play in November?  The Titans had a chance to have a share of first place after 8 weeks of the season but they couldn't stop the Chargers from scoring.  Vince Young gets injured again and if the Titans have to rely on Kerry Collins it will not work out for them.

9.  Who would have thought the biggest shootout of the weekend would have been between the Buccaneers and the Cardinals?  Welcome to the NFL Mr. Blount, he ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns and didn't punch any of his opponents in the process, that has to be a win for the Bucs!  The Cardinals QBs combined for 4 interceptions, just another normal Sunday.

10.  The big question of the week was finally answered at Foxboro on Sunday, yes Brett Favre started the game, but no he didn't finish it.  If I have to hear all week about whether or not Favre is going to start this week I am going to go crazy.  Who cares?  The Vikings are 2-5 and look awful.  On the other hand, somehow, the Patriots are the only team in the NFL with only 1 loss...can Brady win another Superbowl?

11.  The Raiders have scored 92 points in their last two games, are you kidding me?  Did they score 92 points all of last season?  Where did this Jason Campbell come from?  He throws for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns with no picks.  This isn't the same guy that played in Washington.  As a Maryland Alumni, it was nice to see Heyward-Bey actually do something in a game in the last 2 years.  

12.  I am going to congratulate myself now, I saw this coming, I saw the Saints beating the Steelers and if you watch our weekly video you will see the proof yourself.  The Steelers were begging for a loss and the Saints were embarrassed last week at home.  The most impressive thing about the victory is that the Steelers knew exactly what the Saints were going to do, pass and pass often and they still couldn't stop them.  It will be interesting to see if this is the game that gets the Saints back on track.

Make sure to visit our site, www.moleandmeares.com, to see our weekly NFL picks video and to submit your weekly picks for a chance to win our weekly prize.  See you week 9!

Meares
Posted on: October 28, 2010 1:24 pm
 

NFL Week 8 Picks

\Well, that was a bad week, if you know of someone who won 9 games against the spread then listen to them and don't read below!  I went 5-9 last week but who would have seen that Cleveland game coming???  Here is my chance at redemption...

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (19-22-1)

Miami at Cincinnati (-2) - MIAMI Dolphins
Jacksonville at Dallas (-6.5) - JACKSONVILLE Jaguars
Washington at Detroit (-2.5) - DETROIT Lions
Buffalo at Kansas City (-7.5) - BUFFALO Bills
Carolina at St. Louis (-3) - ST. LOUIS Rams
Green Bay at NY Jets (-6) - GREEN BAY Packers
Denver at San Francisco (-1) - DENVER Broncos
Tennessee at San Diego (-3.5) - TENNESSEE Titans
Tampa Bay at Arizona (-3) - TAMPA BAY Buccaneers
Minnesota at New England (-5.5) - NEW ENGLAND Patriots
Seattle at Oakland (-2.5) - OAKLAND Raiders
Pittsburgh at New Orleans (-1) - NEW ORLEANS Saints
Houston at Indianapolis (-6) - HOUSTON Texans

There are my week 8 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

Don't forget to visit my NFL picks site at www.moleandmeares.com where we have a weekly video talking about the four biggest games of the week.  We also have a place for you to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares
Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:18 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 9:20 am
 

NFL Week 7 Picks

Well, after two weeks I am barely above .500 thanks to a push in last week's picks.  I am feeling more confident about this week, especially considering my lock of the week wasn't much of a lock last week. 

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (14-13-1)

Cincinnati at Atlanta (-3) - Cincinnati Bengals
Washington at Chicago (-2.5) - Washington Redskins
Philadelphia at Tennessee (-3) - Philadelphia Eagles
Jacksonville at Kansas City (OFF) - Kansas City Chiefs
Pittsburgh at Miami (+3) - Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland at New Orleans (-13) - New Orleans Saints
St. Louis at Tampa Bay (-2.5) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco at Carolina (+3) - San Francisco 49ers (Lock of the week!)
Buffalo at Baltimore (-13) - Baltimore Ravens
Arizona at Seattle (-5.5) - Seattle Seahawks
New England at San Diego (-2.5) - New England Patriots
Oakland at Denver (-9) - Denver Broncos
Minnesota at Green Bay (-2.5) - Minnesota Vikings
NY Giants at Dallas (-3) - NY Giants

There are my week 7 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

Don't forget to visit my NFL picks site at www.moleandmeares.com where we have a weekly video talking about the four biggest games of the week.  We also have a place for you to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares

Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:51 am
 

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

NFL Week 6 recap and thoughts

Another week gone in the NFL and another week of mystifying games.  I want to know the person that thought that Dallas would be 1-4 and the Rams would be 3-3 through the first 6 weeks?  Not me...here are my thoughts on the games from Week 6.

1.  I feel slightly bad for the Packers, I mean, they are a good team but they are riddled with injuries.  The Dolphins came into town and stole a win in overtime.  The lack of a running game is really going to hurt the Packers, the good thing is their division is weak and they should be ok.

2.  The St. Louis Rams are 3-3 through 6 weeks in the NFL.  Stephen Jackson is still a beast, he runs with such power that at times it is incredible.  The Chargers continue their awful early season play, how long with Norv Turner last at this rate?

3.  I thought we were going to have our first tie in a couple of years in the NFL, but Brady finally marched the Patriots down the field and they kicked the game winning field goal with less than 2 minutes to go in overtime. The 10 point comeback on the Ravens in the fourth quarter was vintage Patriots, the Ravens defense let this game slip away.

4.  Welcome back Big Ben.  After serving his four game suspension, Roethisberger comes back and throws 3 TD to lead the Steelers over the Browns at Heinz field.  This team looks really good and is going to be tough to beat, they have a very good defense and now a quarterback that can throw the ball.  On a side note, Jerome Harrison knocked two Browns out of the game with helmet to helmet tackles, I have a feeling his pockets are going to lighter come Tuesday.

5.  For 55 minutes on Sunday, I believed that Kansas City was for real, but then they fell back to earth and allowed the Texans to score 14 points in the last 4 minutes of the game.  This was a huge win for the Texans who finally righted the ship on offense, but on the defensive side of the ball they need help.  The allowed over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing and didn't seem to be able to stop anything all day, luckily for the Texans, neither could the Chiefs.

6.  The Detroit Lions are one of those teams that never goes away.  Despite losing their second string quarterback to injury, Drew Stanton, the third string quarterback, came into the game and still had a chance to lead the Lions to victory but came up short.  The Giants defense didn't look as dominant as they had in the past two games but Eli Manning figured out how to not throw any interceptions this week which kept them in the lead the whole way.

7.  DeSean Jackson is going to have a headache for 3 weeks.  The might have been one of the most vicious collisions I have ever seen.  Kevin Kolb is showing the Eagles fans why they traded Donovan McNabb away and it will be an interesting decision for Andy Reid once Vick is healthy.  Who is the quarterback?

8.  Matt Forte is one of the most dominant running backs in the league today but in a close game the Bears only give him the ball 8 times and throw the ball 40?  How is that supposed to win games?  The offensive line for Chicago is absolutely awful and Cutler might end up dead by the end of the year if they don't fix it now.

9.  Welcome back Saints offense!  Where have you been hiding?  For the first time this year the Saints of '10 looked like the Superbowl champion Saints of '09.  I am definitely having a tough time getting a read on the Buccaneers, are they good or bad?  Either way, they got creamed.

10.  If you told me that the Jets offense would shut down the Broncos passing game, I would have told you the Jets would win by 20 and I would have been wrong.  The Broncos found a running game on Sunday and moved the ball effectively.  One thing that interests me from the box score, 10 different players had at least 1 rushing attempt, I have never seen that before.  Mark Sanchez finally through an interception (2 to be exact) but in the end the Jets were too much for the Broncos to handle.

11.  Congratulations 49ers!  You finally won a game, albeit against the hapless RaidersJason Campbell, you are not good.  I can't believe you have a job in the NFL.  The Raiders might be better off with Jemarcus Russell at quarterback.  No Darren McFadden means no chance for a Raiders victory.

12.  The Panic Bowl was won by the Minnesota VikingsMiles Austin, congrats, you win the Idiot of the Week award!  After a celebration penalty cost the Cowboys dearly last week you decide to play leap frog in the end zone after a touchdown.  You deserve to be benched next week, especially because it won't matter because the Cowboys are going to end up 1-15 this year.

13.  Another team that is hard to get a read on is the Redskins.  They have looked solid the past two weeks and then come up short against a sloppy Indianapolis team.  The Colts defense has many issues and if they didn't have Peyton Manning they wouldn't win a game. 

Check back next Monday for my week 6 recap and don't forget to check out our site at www.moleandmeares.com to see our weekly picks video show and submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!

Meares
Posted on: October 14, 2010 2:46 pm
 

NFL Week 6 Picks

My first week of picking the games against the spread could be called semi-successful, especially considering all of the major upsets late last week.  I went 7-7 with the Tampa Bay pick being the best one of the week.

Here are my picks this week

Record to date (7-7)

Seattle at Chicago (-6) - Seattle
Baltimore at New England (-2.5) - Baltimore
Detroit at NY Giants (-10) - NY Giants
Atlanta at Philadelphia (-2.5) - Altanta
Cleveland at Pittsburgh (-13) - Pittsburgh
Miami at Green Bay (pick em) - Miami
San Diego at St. Louis (+8) - San Diego
New Orleans at Tampa Bay (+4) - New Orleans
Kansas City at Houston (-4.5) - Kansas City
Oakland at San Francisco (-6.5) - Oakland (Lock of the week!)
NY Jets at Denver (+3) - NY Jets
Dallas at Minnesota (-1.5) - Dallas
Indianapolis at Washington (+3) - Indianapolis
Tennessee at Jacksonville (+3) - Tennessee

There are my week 6 picks ATS.  Check back next week to see how I did.

Don't forget to visit my NFL picks site at www.moleandmeares.com where we have a weekly video talking about the four biggest games of the week.  We also have a place for you to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize!  Good Luck!

Meares
Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:52 am
 

NFL Week 5 Picks

Each week on the Mole & Meares show we pick the winners straight up for the top 4 games of the week.  We then post our picks, straight up, for the winners of all the games for the week and give you the chance to submit your picks for a chance to win our weekly prize.  People have been hounding me to make picks against the spread so starting this week I will post my predictions on all games each week ATS.  I will keep a running tally so you can see how smart I am, but for this first week please don't bet your mortgage on my advice.  I am using the lines from the USA Today on October 7th.

Jacksonville at Buffalo (pick em) - Jacksonville

Kansas City at Indianapolis (-7.5) - Indianapolis

Tampa Bay at Cincinnati (-6.5) - Tampa Bay

Green Bay at Washington (+2.5) - Green Bay

St. Louis at Detroit (-3) - Detroit

Chicago at Carolina (+2.5) - Chicago

NY Giants at Houston (-3) - Houston

Denver at Baltimore (-7) - Denver

Atlanta at Cleveland (+3) - Cleveland

New Orleans at Arizona (+6.5) - New Orleans

Tennesse at Dallas (-6.5) - Dallas

San Diego at Oakland (+6) - San Diego

Philadelphia at San Francisco (-3.5) - Philadelphia

Minnesota at NY Jets (-4) - NY Jets

There are my week 5 picks against the spread.  Check back next week to find out how I did and see my week 6 picks.

Don't forget to visit us at www.moleandmeares.com to submit your week 5 picks, straight up, for a chance to win our weekly prize.

Meares
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2010 4:04 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings Week 1

The day is almost upon us, opening day in the NFL, one of the greatest days of the year.  Every team has dreams of winning the Superbowl and every team starts on a level playing field.  With that said here are the Mole & Meares pre-season power rankings for 2010.

1.  New Orleans Saints (0-0) – The Saints are the defending Superbowl champions and until someone beats them they will be our number 1 team in the rankings.  It is not hard to imagine the Saints repeating again this year but at the same time to repeat as Superbowl champions is no easy feat.  Their first game of the year is a rematch of last year’s NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings so they might not last long in this spot.

2. Indianapolis Colts (0-0) – The Colts lost to the Saints in the Superbowl last year and they are the best team in the AFC and have been a perinial favorite to win it all.  Any team that has Peyton Manning as their quarterback will always be a Superbowl contender.  They start their season with a tough road game against a divisional opponent in Houston where they always seem to have trouble.

3.  Baltimore Ravens (0-0) – The Ravens destroyed New England in last year’s wildcard playoff round before being defeated by the Colts in a game where their offense never appeared.  The Ravens made some quality off season pick ups, namely getting receiver Anquan Boldin from the Cardinals to upgrade their receiving corps.  This team always has a good defense and now with another year under Ray Rice’s belt they should be very good this year.  The start the season on the road on Monday night against the New York Jets so we will find out quickly how good they may be.

4.  Minnesota Vikings (0-0) – The Vikings lost a heart breaking overtime game against the Saints in the NFC championship to end their hopes of a Superbowl last year.  This year they are determined to go all the way behind the media’s darling, Brett Farve, who returns for his 49th NFL season.  Well, that is what it feels like anyway.  Their receiving corps is in disarray with the loss of Sidney Rice to injury and Percy Harvin’s crazy training camp where he passed out on the field.  Adrian Peterson needs to prove he is a top running back by learning how to hold onto the ball.  Minnesota opens the NFL season by traveling to New Orleans which is sure to be an entertaining game.  Not sure how long the Vikings will last in our top 5.

5.  New York Jets (0-0) – Up until Sunday there is no way the Jets were going to be in our top 5 but with the signing of Revis and their run to the AFC championship game last year they seemed to be the perfect fit.  They added Santonio Holmes to their roster in the off season and although he won’t play till week 5 this was a huge upgrade to their wide receivers.  We know their defense is one of the best in the league, the real question will come with regards to Mark Sanchez and if he can progress as a premier quarterback in the NFL.  They start at home against the Ravens which will go along way to determining the best team in the AFC.

There you have it, our first power rankings of the 2010 season.  Disagree?  Tough, start your own blog!  Just kidding…feel free to leave comments below and don't forget to check out my NFL site - www.moleandmeares.com

Meares



 
 
 
 
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