Daily Noontime – October 3, 2011

Consider Detroit's fourth win against Dallas lucky!

Happy Monday and also, welcome to the first official October work week! It’s going to be yet another awesome week, so let’s kick it off with some stories, news and headlines! 

Headlines: 

* The Detroit Lions earned their fourth win of the season on Sunday, as they rallied to keep their unbeaten streak alive against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

* Besides the Lions, the San Francisco 49ers also stunned their opponent, as they came back to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in Pennsylvania, 24-23.

* Against the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo sprained his MCL and will most likely miss six weeks of the current season.

* In case you haven’t been following the MLB postseason - the Milwaukee Brewers won their second game of the series on Sunday and now lead the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-0.

* The Baltimore Ravens flexed their muscles on Sunday, as they beat-up the New York “Football” Jets, 34-17.

* The Houston Texans roughed up Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday, as well as earned their third victory of the season.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Tampa Bay (MLB Playoffs) – 5:07pm eastern 

* Indianapolis at Tampa Bay (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Detroit (MLB Playoffs) – 8:37pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Here’s the Lions press conference after their dramatic win against the Cowboys! 

 

Daily Noontime – September 19, 2011

Vince Wilfork and the New England Patriots took care of business on Sunday!

Happy Monday everyone! It’s a brand new week, but hey, let’s kick it off with some headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* The New England Patriots advanced to [2-0] on Sunday, as they defeated the San Diego Chargers at Gillette Stadium. Here’s Chris Price‘s piece from WEEI.com – talking about “Ten Things We Learned” from the game.

* Despite sustaining a rib injury against the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rallied his troops to earn an emotional, as well as important victory on Sunday.

* So, the Buffalo Bills have won two back-to-back games and apparently have a team that is young, energetic, as well as exciting.

* Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered a concussion on Sunday evening against the Atlanta Falcons and as of Monday, it’s not certain when he’ll return to the gridiron.

* Once again, the Boston Red Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays and now lead the American League Wild Card by two games.

* According to head coach Jack Del Rio, he hasn’t decided who’ll be the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars next week.

Games to Watch: 

* Minnesota at New York Yankees (MLB) – 1:05pm eastern 

* Baltimore at Boston (MLB) – 1:05pm/7:10pm  eastern 

* St. Louis at New York Giants (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It was an exciting night at the 2011 Emmy Awards on Sunday, but in the end, Friday Night Light’s Kyle Chandler won the Best Actor in a Drama!

 

NFL Preseason Week 3 – News and Notes

Jerod Mayo is focused on making the Patriots final roster!

By Matt Noonan 

Catching up on two weeks of NFL preseason football – always a good time.

Here’s a look at some of the storylines and news of the day, which certainly should raise some brows, enjoy.

* According to various reports coming out of New England Patriots camp, linebacker Jerod Mayo expressed to the media, he hopes to make the final roster cut. OK, great decision on Mayo’s part, especially since this particular comment certainly illustrates the illustrious “Patriots way.” In fact, I am certainly a fan of his decision to state this because it shows his true work ethic. He’s not taking anything for granted, which is always a good sign, but in the end, it’s a given that Mayo will be sporting the “Flying Elvis” on his head this season. Mayo finished the ’10 campaign with two sacks and 175 tackles.

* Earlier this summer, veteran quarterback Kerry Collins stated, he was going to retire, but on Wednesday, he was lured back into the league by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Isray because of Peyton Manning’s health. As of now, it’s most certain that Manning will miss at least one or two regular season games due to a neck injury and offseason surgery. Collins, who has played 16 seasons in the NFL, will enter his 17th this fall with the Colts.

* Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James stated the following in recent report on FoxSports.com:

“I think the entitlement kills us. Our alumni, our former greats have made us America’s Team and we reap benefits that we haven’t earned — all the way around, as individuals, as a team. Those guys earned it. We just think we deserve it.”

Well, I guess it’s safe to say, the current Dallas Cowboys squad is feeling some pressure from their alums. OK, well, I guess we’ve finally discovered why the Cowboys have struggled to win their sixth Super Bowl championship in franchise history? Well, again, come up with your own reason or answer, but it’s safe to say, the Cowboys need to discover their own identity, as well as appreciate any guidance or support given to them by Hall of Famers or former legends. Will they be competitive this season? Who knows, but again, as long as they focus on themselves, as well as their current talent, they’ll be able to be somewhat successful.

* Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Brit recently met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his offseason antics. Brit was arrested numerous times this past offseason and will now play the “waiting game,” while the league decides whether they’ll punish him for his behavior. The Titans drafted Brit in ’09 and ever since that glorious day in April, he’s had seven run-ins with the law, which isn’t something to boast or brag about these days.

New England Patriots – Preseason Game Two Observations/Thoughts

Tom Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker took care of business on Thursday, as the Patriots defeated the Buccaneers, 31-14.

By Matt Noonan 

It’s only the second game of the preseason, but still, there are plenty of things to take away from this particular game, despite the Patriots second victory.

Here are a few overall thoughts on the game, as well as things that will need to be addressed or corrected going forward.

*The first offensive statistic that sticks out right away was New England’s opening drive, which was a total of five plays for 64 yards. Tom Brady connected with tight end Aaron Hernandez to give the Patriots momentum, as well as the lead. The offense continued their success on their second and third drives of the game, as well as watched BenJarvus Green-Ellis convert six points on a one-yard run and Chad Ochocinco record his first touchdown reception in a New England uniform. Although, despite their first quarter success, the offense struggled during the second, third and fourth quarter, but did managed to display positive signs, especially when Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet were under center. Although, I’m sure Mr. Brady wasn’t exactly the happiest person, as he watched both back up quarterbacks struggle to maintain momentum, which he had established. Both Mallet and Hoyer didn’t appear as productive in this game, as they were against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the quarterbacks combined for 10 completions and one interception.

*As usual, head coach Bill Belichick mentioned during his postgame press conference that there are always things to improve upon, yet, after observing his first string offense, especially in the first quarter, it almost felt as if we were watching highlights of the ’07 squad. Although, don’t ask the head coach about that squad, especially since they didn’t finish the season undefeated.

Once again, Patriots fans watched rookie running back Stevan Ridley take over the ground game.

*Running back Stevan Ridley proved that once again, he deserves a spot on this particular roster. The halfback finished the game with 84 yards on 14 carries, but didn’t manage to record his fourth touchdown of the preseason. However, Ridley has also proven that he’s reliable, gritty and tough football player, especially since he was sidelined earlier this past week with an injury. Yet, it’s likely we’ll be seeing number twenty-two on the sidelines this year.

*The Patriots defense smothered the Buccaneers starting quarterback, Josh Freeman, who finished the game with five completions for 33 yards. Yet, despite keeping Freeman on his toes, the defense also recorded three sacks and one interception. Linebacker Tracy White led New England with five tackles, while Jerod Mayo finished the game with two sacks, three tackles and two assists.

*The Patriots defense constantly provided pressure from all different angles, as well as allowed their front seven to force their way through the Buccaneers offensive line. Josh Johnson and Rudy Carpenter appeared incredibly uncomfortable in and outside the pocket, as well as out of sync with their second and third string offense, which had to make Belichick somewhat happy, right? Expect this trend to continue the next two weeks, as well as into the regular season too. Belichick indeed has retooled his defensive unit, although, one has to wonder, will they use more blitz packages this season or resort to playing a variety of zone coverage’s? Who knows, but after two completely different exhibition games, it’s quite easy to think that the Patriots will be an aggressive defense this season.

All in all, it was yet again another successful team effort by the Patriots offense, defense and special teams. Of course, fans should expect some changes to occur, but in the meantime, it was yet another solid outing, as well as a positive sign of things to come.