NFL Postseason Schedule Announced

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NFL announced the 2011 playoff schedule on Sunday, and here are the potential match-ups.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 – Wild Card Round 

* (No. 6) Cincinnati at (No. 3) Houston Texans — 4:30pm eastern 

* (No. 6) Detroit at (No. 3)  New Orleans — 8:00pm eastern 

Sunday, January 8, 2012 — Wild Card Round 

* (No. 5) Atlanta at (No. 4) New York — 1:00pm easter 

* (No. 5) Pittsburgh at (No. 4)  Denver — 4:30PM eastern 

Saturday, January 14, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Atlanta/New York/New Orleans at (No. 2) San Francisco (Afternoon) 

* Cincinnati/Denver/Pittsburgh at (No. 1) New England (Evening)

Sunday, January 15, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Denver/Houston/Pittsburgh at  (No. 2) Baltimore (Afternoon)

* Atlanta/Detroit/New York at (No. 1) Green Bay (Afternoon) 

Sunday, January 22, 2012 — AFC/NFC Championship Games

* AFC Championship — 3:30pm eastern 

* NFC Championship — 6:30pm eastern 

Sunday, January 29, 2012 — NFL Pro Bowl

* AFC vs. NFC — Time TBA 

Sunday, February  5, 2012

* AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion — Time TBA 

Breaking Down The NFC Playoff Picture

Photo Credit: Bleacher Report

By Brian Willwerth 

With one week to go in the regular season, here’s the lowdown on the NFC playoff picture….

The Green Bay Packers will be the No. 1 seed. They’ve won the North, and have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The San Francisco 49ers are champions of the West. They can clinch the No. 2 seed and first-round bye if they beat the Rams in St. Louis on Sunday.

The New Orleans Saints won the South last night, with Drew Brees’ record-breaking performance.  They can still get a bye if they beat Carolina, and San Francisco falters.

The  Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons are the wild cards. That’s etched in stone.

The real drama lies in the NFC East, where the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants will face off in a winner-take-all showdown in primetime at the Meadowlands. The winner wins the division; the loser is out. Think NBC is licking its chops?

Willwerth: Breaking Down the NFC

Can Aaron Rodgers lead the Green Bay Packers to five more wins? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

A quick overview of the division races in the NFC with five games remaining…

NFC EAST

This is a two-team race between the Cowboys and Giants. As of now, Dallas has a one-game lead, but these teams still have to play each other twice down the stretch: the first matchup is in two weeks, the second is the season finale. It will ultimately be those two games that decide the division winner. The other note from the East: Philadelphia [4-7] gets my vote for biggest disappointment in the NFL, at least for the moment.

NFC NORTH

You know the headline here: will the Packers go undefeated? Their five remaining games are against the Giants, Raiders, Chiefs, Bears and Lions. Three of them are at home. Four of those teams are over [.500], (KC being the exception) so it’s hardly a given that Green Bay will fly through them. The Lions are Bears are both in the thick of the wild card race at [7-4]. They split the head-to-head meetings this season. But Chicago has questions at quarterback, while Detroit will have to play the next two games without Ndamukong Suh, thanks to his “stomping” job against the Packers on Thanksgiving Day.

NFC SOUTH

Here’s another two-team race. The Saints and Falcons are separated by one game. Both teams are peaking at just the right time. New Orleans has already beaten Atlanta in the Georgia Dome (in the “Mike Smith 4th Down Gamble” game.) The second meeting is the day after Christmas on Monday Night Football.

That game could be for the division title.

NFC WEST

The 49ers can wrap up the division with a win at home Sunday against the Rams.  San Francisco also has the inside track to a first-round bye. The one game that sticks out on their remaining schedule is a Monday night game against the Steelers on December 19thJim Harbaugh gets my vote for Coach of the Year, though it might be hard to bypass Mike McCarthy if the Packers go undefeated. Remember that tremendous game between the Saints and Packers on opening night? Wouldn’t you love to see a rematch in the NFC Championship game? I hope I’m right.

Daily Noontime – November 29, 2011

Drew Brees tossed 4 touchdowns on Monday, as the New Orleans Saints walloped the New York Giants on Monday! (Photo Credit: Burlington Free Press)

Good Tuesday to everyone and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some quality headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The New Orleans Saints offense and defense exploded for 49 points, as well as defeated the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.

* According to sources — The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially fired head coach Jack Del Rio and will announce the news on Tuesday at noon.

* Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has apparently apologized to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his actions on Thanksgiving against the Green Bay Packers.

* On Monday, Ohio State University officially hired Urban Meyer to take over their football program next season.

* The Florida… excuse me… Miami Marlins have apparently made an offer to C.J. Wilson to join their pitching staff.

* According to a CBS Sports report, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader was forced to delete her Twitter account after Thanksgiving’s game against Miami.

Games to Watch: 

* Pittsburgh at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Phoenix at Chicago (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

* No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Ohio State (NCAA Basketball) – 9:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day:

Put this on a highlight reel, please! 

Thanksgiving Football Prediction: Detroit-Green Bay

Can the Lions hand the Packers their first loss of the regular season on Thursday? We'll see!

By Matt Noonan 

Nobody probably imagined that this would be the game to watch on Thanksgiving. Over the past few seasons, opponents have demolished the Lions on National Television, but this year, I expect quarterback Matthew Stafford to lead his team to victory.

The Lions have registered 25 touchdowns through the air, and have compiled 1,011 rushing yards, while Calvin Johnson leads the receiving core with 974 yards and 11 strikes to the end zone.

Detroit’s offense shouldn’t experience too many problems against a Packers defense that has allowed opponents to rack up at least 22 points per game, and roughly 391 yards of offense. Yet, the biggest issue facing the Lions will be containing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who leads the league with 31 touchdowns.

FUN FACT – Green Bay’s most recent regular season loss came against Detroit last year when the Lions defeated the Packers, 7-3 at Ford Field. However, I doubt the Lions will hold the Packers to just three points this time around, right?

PREDICTION – Expect the Lions to “get-up” for this one, and even score first. Stafford should toss two touchdowns, while the Lions defense will most likely record one turnover. Detroit 34 – Green Bay 27  

Noontime Sports Podcast – Thanksgiving Football

Get ready for an exciting day of Thanksgiving football with Matt Noonan and Andy Lindberg!

By NoontimeSports.com 

Matt Noonan and Andy Lindberg kickoff your Thanksgiving holiday with some turkey day predictions, as well as some thoughts on Tim Tebow‘s religious comments, enjoy.


NFL Week 11 – News and Notes

What's going on with the so called, "dream team?"

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s officially time to unveil our weekly “NFL News and Notes” post for Week 11. Here are some of the biggest news, and tidbits from around the league, enjoy!

* According to ProFootballTalk.com — Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is quite irritated with the media asking him about Michael Vick‘s ribs. He is also annoyed with various members of the press asking about when the left-handed gunslinger broke his ribs too.

* After attempting to throw the ball 63 times through the air last weekend, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is determined to bounce back against the Carolina Panthers.

* Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is no long on the injury report, and is expected to keep his “November hot streak” going on Sunday against Washington.

* The New York Jets will look to rebound on Thursday, as they travel to Denver for a must-win contest against Tim Tebow. Here’s the breakdown of Gang Green’s schedule going forward via the Washington Post.

* San Francisco will host the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, but according to sources from the desert, they strongly believe head coach Jim Harbaugh has done quite well with the 49ers.

Noonan: The Pack Continue To Impress

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers picked up an impress victory on Monday against the Minnesota Vikings!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s official, Week 10 of the NFL season is in the books, and now, we’re left with seven significant weeks to go. It’s been a topsy-turvy season, but once it’s over, I’m expecting a few more surprises, as well as a title game that should certainly live up to its hype.

Of course, the front-runner at the moment is the Green Bay Packers, a team that has flattened their opponents, and made it look too darn easy. They have a quarterback by the name of Aaron Rodgers, who’s technically on pace to shatter Tom Brady’s record of 50 touchdowns, along with a group of “cheese-heads” that posses speed, endurance, quickness, as well as a defensive linebacker that needs a haircut, (sorry, Clay Matthews, but it’s the absolute truth).

The Packers are destined to win their remaining seven matchups, but against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, anything’s possible, right?

America won’t be too happy if this season’s Thanksgiving clash between Green Bay and Detroit doesn’t live up to its hype, especially since many thought both squads would enter Ford Field with undefeated records.

However, if the Packers finish the season undefeated, what’s their chances of winning the Super Bowl?

Well, again, they’re the number one squad in the NFC, and I doubt any team could truly challenge or beat them, but again, that’s just an educated guess. I’d presume New Orleans or San Francisco might have the best shot of dethroning the former NFC champs, but again, that’s just a thought.

I’d consider mentioning Chicago, Detroit, Dallas or New York as contenders, but I’m not entirely sure if any of those squads could play consistent football against Green Bay. Sure, they might pressure Rodgers or force the Packers to make a few mistakes, but in the end, Green Bay would most likely prevail.

No one probably assumed that the Packers, excluding themselves, would experience this much success. Green Bay has outscored their opponents this year by a score of 320-186, and leads the conference with 39 touchdowns. They’ve won seven conference matchups, two AFC meetings, three divisional contest, and five road games.

They’re also on pace to shatter Bill Belichick’s ’07 records, and become the second NFL team to cap off a season with no losses, (the Miami Dolphins in ’72 finished their season, 17-0, as well as beat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII), but again, nothing is certain, especially in the NFL.

The Packers have been a great story, but what would make their magical season even more memorable would be winning Super Bowl XLVI, and stretching their current winning streak, which started on December 5, 2010 to 28 games.

Daily Noontime — November 14, 2011

Tom Brady was on his game Sunday, as he helped the New England Patriots snap a two-game losing streak against the New York Jets!

Happy Monday y’all and welcome into another tremendous and stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some great news and headlines! 

Headlines: 

* The New England Patriots pounded the New York “Football” Jets on Sunday, as quarterback Tom Brady tossed three touchdowns, and 329 yards.

* The San Francisco 49ers stretched their winning streak to seven games, as they defeated the New York Giants, 27-20.

* After tossing four interceptions on Sunday, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford started a fight, and now, the Chicago Bears have claimed the young gunslinger is “dirty.”

* The NBA released a power point presentation recently, which they’re planning on unveiling this week for their players, however, some believe they won’t accept the new offer, and the lockout will continue.

* According to sources — One of Jerry Sandusky‘s victims has hired an attorney to explore “a civil lawsuit.”

* The St. Louis Cardinals have officially hired Mike Matheny to be their manager for the upcoming season.

Games to Watch: 

* Buffalo at Montreal (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Minnesota at Green Bay (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s an interesting TD run from a game in Japan, enjoy! 

NFL Week 10 — News and Notes

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s hard to believe, but it’s officially week 10 in the NFL, wow! Here’s some of the latest news and headlines from around the league.

* On Tuesday, Dallas Cowboys legendary quarterback Roger Staubach chatted with the Huffington Post about his former team, and quarterback Tony Romo. Here’s the 1985 Pro Bowl’s thoughts on his former squad, enjoy.

* It became official early Wednesday morning that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire after the current season concludes.

* The Oakland Raiders have struggled the past two weeks against divisional foes, but hopefully Hue Jackson and his Silver and Black crew can rebound Thursday against the San Diego “Super” Chargers.

* The Detroit Lions have officially booked Nickleback to perform on Thanksgiving Day against the Green Bay Packers, but according to a MTV personality/author, they’re not too fond of this particular decision.

* On Tuesday, the New England Patriots cut ties with defensive end Albert Haynesworth, and on Wednesday, no news was reported about cuts or acquisitions. Yet, some believe it’s possible that the team might consider cutting Chad Ochocinco too.