Noonan: On Sunday, The Patriots Will ‘Ignore The Noise’ Against Seattle

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and quarter Tom Brady (right) will look to capture their fourth Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and quarter Tom Brady (right) will look to capture their fourth Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s finally Sunday.

One more game remains on the 2014 NFL Schedule: Super Bowl XLIX.

New England versus Seattle, clam chowder and great seafood versus Starbucks and the artists. Bill Belichick against Pete ‘How ‘Bout Our Defense’ Carroll, Tom Brady versus Russell Wilson, and East Coast versus West Coast.

The list goes on and on, but this Super Bowl has a different meaning. Instead of two teams competing for the ultimate prize – the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Yes, I used Lombardi’s first name) – this game is about the Patriots against the World.

Everyone wants to see the Patriots crumble, especially against a defense – The Legion of Boom – that is prepared to burst through the line of scrimmage on each snap. Fans want to see New England – a team that has been under scrutiny for the past two weeks because of “Deflate Gate” – lose.

Enough, people!

This is the NFL, the most popular sport in the North America, and instead of getting excited about two great teams competing for a championship, we’ve been wrapped up in Deflate Gate, as well as pondering the question: Is Tom Brady a cheater?

Belichick’s mantra has always been to ignore the noise, and you can bet New England did that this week while preparing for their final test. Say what you want – go ahead, are they cheaters? – but the Patriots first faced adversity when they finished the month of September with an excruciating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tom Brady and the Patriots were "done" after ending September with a 41-14 setback. (Photo Credit: The Big Lead/USA Today Sports).

Tom Brady and the Patriots were “done” after ending September with a 41-14 setback. (Photo Credit: The Big Lead/USA Today Sports)

Against Kansas City, Brady completed 14 of 23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brandon LaFell hauled in six catches for 119 yards, including one touchdown reception, while the defense allowed 26 first downs 443 yards.

Yep, the Patriots were done after this game. At 2-2, the “experts” said it was time for Brady to take a seat and make way for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Yet, as I stated above, the Patriots ignored the noise, turned their attention to their week five opponent: Cincinnati Bengals. And in a span of six days, the Patriots went from non-contenders to contenders, blowing out their opponent by a score of 43-17.

Following their win, New England rattled off seven straight wins, including victories against Denver, Indianapolis and San Diego. They finished atop the AFC East again – surprise, surprise! – and claimed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Still think the Patriots should have folded following their 2-2 start?

In the postseason, they earned impressive wins against Baltimore (35-31) and Indianapolis (45-7). Their win against the Ravens featured a formation that continues to baffle John Harbaugh – Baltimore’s head coach – but again, did that faze these Pats?

The answer: nope!

Say all you want about Belichick, who was punished for SpyGate in 2007, but the man knows the game of football. He knows how to coach a team, which is ready and prepared to compete against the Seahawks, who humiliated Peyton Manning and the Broncos literally one year ago.

So, while you may think that Deflate Gate or SpyGate or any sort-of-gate is going to bring down these Patriots, think again.

Tonight, we could see history play out in Arizona as Brady and Belichick look to capture their fourth Super Bowl crown since the 2001 season. Sure, it is the same playing field that saw these Patriots conclude their almost perfect season to the New York Giants, but this team is clearly different from the 18-1 squad.

My prediction: I like the Patriots against the Seahawks. It will be close, but New England will squeak past Seattle, claiming their fourth Lombardi trophy, setting up an interesting handshake between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell.

Again, say what you want – call them cheaters or benders-of-the-rules, but these Patriots will ignore the noise and figure out a way to conclude a controversial season with some hardware.

Randy Moss Prepares To Return To The NFL In 2012

Where will Randy Moss end up in 2012? (Photo Credit: MLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Monday happens to be Randy Moss’s birthday, and according to sources, the former New England Patriots wide receiver is interested in returning to the gridiron in September.

However, don’t expect the birthday boy’s wish to open the gates at Gillette Stadium, especially because Bill Belichick or Tom Brady have moved on since his departure in October of 2010.

Moss played three seasons in New England before being traded to Minnesota. He played four games with the Vikings, and then was released and acquired by Tennessee.

In 2011, the highly touted wide out sat out due to family reasons, but now is determined to make a comeback, and play professional football, again.

So, with all this in mind, here are a few thoughts on what teams should acquire Moss for the upcoming season.

Buffalo BillsThe Bills have roughly $36 million to spend, so acquiring Moss could certainly help their passing attack, as well as open up running lanes for running back Fred Jackson.

New England Patriots Moss left a sour taste in the mouth of owner Robert Kraft, as well as many Patriot fans because of his postgame rant about his contract in September of 2010. So, I highly doubt that he returns, but knowing Belichick, anything is possible.

Kansas City ChiefsAfter the way things ended in December and January of this past season, I strongly believe that Kansas City is on the rebound, and adding Moss could help quarterback Kyle Orton. It’s been a while since the Chiefs had a top-notched receiver, and certainly he’s someone, despite being 35-years-old, who could help Kansas City compete in a rather weak AFC West division.

Chicago BearsHe’s played a majority of his career against this particular squad, and clearly, the Bears need someone to help quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears receiving core isn’t exactly the greatest in the NFL, so again, adding Moss could definitely help Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, as well as the running game.

The NFC West Division All four teams, (Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams) have money to spend, and could use a receiver like Moss. The 49ers would probably be ideal for him, but so would the Cardinals. If he lands a job with Arizona, it would most likely help their quarterback find more options.

Noonan: Quick Thoughts on Week 15 of the NFL

Reggie Wayne pumps his fist on Sunday to celebrate the Colts victory on Sunday! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By Matt Noonan 

Sunday was a wild day across the NFL, but now, literally hours after all the lights have been turned off, and fans have marched home, I, Matt Noonan have a few things to say about one of the most wackiest days in professional football, so here we go…

* The Chiefs-Packers game was quite intriguing, but so was watching the Colts earn their first win against the Titans. It was also nice to see Jim Isray smile too, as well as announce that Peyton Manning won’t play for the remainder of the season. Hmm… I think that was an obvious, right?

* Sunday was also the first time that New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco caught a touchdown, as well as provided some necessary blocks on offense too. Ochocinco then took to Twitter a few hours after his team’s game against Denver concluded, and wrote, “Never look down on people. My grandma always said whatever’s on the bottom is holding you up.” I guess his grandmother provided the inspiration for his first official touchdown in a New England uniform, eh?

* The Oakland Raiders celebrated Louis Murphy’s first score of the year, but sadly, they couldn’t control their exuberant emotions, which allowed Detroit the opportunity to rally and win their ninth game of the season, 28-27.

* In case you didn’t know, both New York teams, the Giants and Jets, lost. Yep, those losses will come back to haunt Big Blue and Gang Green at some point, but in the meantime, the city that never sleeps still has the Knicks and Rangers to follow.

* What’s the matter with Ryan Fitzpatrick? After signing a rather lucrative contract a few weeks ago, he hasn’t won a game. Doesn’t that bother Buffalo Bills fans?

* As mentioned above, I did find the Chiefs-Packers game intriguing, but also a great moment for interim head coach Romeo Crennel, who spoke rather highly of his team’s effort and performance against Green Bay. Yet, after this particular win, I have to ask the following… Should he be considered for the head-coaching job for next year? My answer… YES!

* The St. Louis Rams are in a world of hurt, and according to reports on Monday; head coach Steve Spagnuolo’s job is in serious jeopardy. He may not be coaching the men dressed in blue and yellow next year, but overall, I think it’s safe to say, he gave it his best shot.

* So, where have the San Diego Chargers been the past few weeks? Suddenly, they want to win? They’ll need a lot of help these next two weeks, but overall, their affair against Baltimore proved that the Ravens might not be the best squad in the AFC.  

Kansas City Upsets Green Bay, Indianapolis Earns First Win Against Tennessee

Kansas City Chiefs interm head coach Romeo Crennel earned his first win on Sunday! (Photo Credit: Kansas City Star)

By Brian Willwerth 

The last unbeaten has fallen. The last winless team is winless no more.

Welcome to “Upset Sunday” in the NFL.

With all the hype surrounding the Patriots/Broncos epic matchup in Denver, the first big headline of the day came from Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs, who fired head coach Todd Haley less than a week ago, pulled off the shocker of the year: a 19-14 victory over the previously undefeated Packers.

Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards – 64 more than Aaron Rodgers. Jackie Battle scored Kansas City’s lone touchdown of the game to seal the deal.  Rodgers pulled Green Bay to within five in the closing minutes, but the Chiefs were able to run out the clock. The end result: the Packers’ first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, and a Gatorade bath for interim Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel.

The Packers still have the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but Sunday’s result gives other teams hope.

Meanwhile, at Lucas Oil Stadium, another long streak ended. The Indianapolis Colts finally won a game. With a 27-13 victory over the Titans, Indianapolis avoided becoming the second 0-16 team in NFL history, (Detroit is alone in that regard). The Colts’ defense forced three turnovers, and Donald Brown rushed for 161 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal.

Indy’s defense held Chris Johnson to just 55 yards on the ground.

While those were the most notable upsets of the day, they weren’t the only ones.

The Panthers beat the Texans. Houston was one of four teams that came into the day tied for the No.1 seed in the AFC.

The Seahawks beat the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago hasn’t won since losing quarterback Jay Cutler to an injury.

The Redskins walked into the Meadowlands and put a dent in the Giants’ playoff hopes.

Daily Noontime – December 13, 2011

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 100 yards and a TD on Monday, as Seattle defeated St. Louis on Monday! (Photo Credit: Zimbio)

Happy Tuesday to all, and welcome to another edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some quality news and headlines, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

Marshawn Lynch not only rushed for 100 yards on Monday against the St. Louis Rams, but also, he kept his consecutive touchdown streak intact, as the Seattle Seahawks won, 30-13.

* The Miami Dolphins officially fired head coach Tony Sparano on Monday, and also announced that the organization is looking for a young Don Shula.

* Despite being shown the door on Monday, former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley is certain that he’ll return to the sidelines soon.

* On Monday, the former Boston Celtics guard Delonte West inked his name on a Dallas Mavericks contract that’s worth $1.8 million.

* Chauncey Billups found himself a new team for the upcoming season on Monday, as he officially joined the Los Angles Clippers.

* According to various reports, former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing.

Games to Watch: 

* Los Angles at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Detroit at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Washington (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s the great Bill Cosby talking about the one and only Tim Tebow, enjoy! 

NFL Monday Headlines: Haley, Sparano Fired on Monday

On Monday, Kansas City fired Todd Haley, and Miami said, good bye to Tony Sparano! (Photo Credit: Ology.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

This is the time of year when NFL coaches start getting the axe. Jack Del Rio was canned earlier this season in Jacksonville, and on Monday, two more teams fired their head coaches.

Todd Haley is out in Kansas City. The Chiefs won the AFC West last season, but 2011 has been a disaster. The Chiefs are [5-8], and while not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, it would take an epic miracle for them to make the postseason. Injuries have hit this team hard, most notably QB Matt Cassel, but there are others as well. That said, it’s been a disappointing year. Romeo Crennel will coach the rest of the season.

In Miami, the Dolphins parted ways with Tony Sparano. Miami lost its first seven games, and currently sits at [4-9] after losing at home on Sunday to Philadelphia. Yet, I know a diehard Dolphins’ fan who thinks even more change is needed in south Florida, so we’ll see if that happens. Secondary coach Todd Bowles will take over as the team’s interim coach.

Who else is on the hot seat?

Since I’m a Buccaneers’ fan, Raheem Morris’ job has to be in jeopardy in Tampa. The Bucs have lost seven in a row, and in the last two weeks have given up 79 points to Carolina and Jacksonville – not exactly the upper echelon of the NFL. Tampa Bay could use a house-cleaning, starting with the owners. I have a few things to say about the Glazers, but will save my rant on them for another day.

Daily Noontime – November 23, 2011

Rob Gronkowski performed quite well on Monday against the Chiefs, as he tight end caught two Tom Brady TDs.

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

Headlines: 

* The New England Patriots earned their seventh win of the season on Monday, as they manhandled the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-3.

* According to New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, he admitted that he doesn’t want to give the NFL a “black eye.”

* The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to nine games, as the Black and Gold defeated Montreal on Monday by a score of 1-0.

* The UMass Minutemen football team will have a new coach next season, as head coach Kevin Morris was fired on Monday.

* Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby returned to the ice on Monday, and helped his team defeat the New York Islanders, 5-0.

Games to Watch: 

* Miami (Ohio) at Ohio (NCAA Football) – 7:00pm eastern 

* No. 15 Michigan vs. No. 6 Duke (NCAA Basketball) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Toronto at Tampa Bay (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is the great Rob Gronkowski!

Daily Noontime – November 15, 2011

Don't expect anything drastic to occur for the NBA anytime soon!


Alright, it’s Tuesday, which means the current week is motoring along, right? Here’s the latest news, headlines and more! 

Headlines: 

* In case you haven’t heard, the NBA Players Association rejected the Owners proposal on Monday, which means the Lockout has shifted to a “nuclear winter,” according to commissioner David Stern.

* The Green Bay Packers pulverized the Minnesota Vikings on Monday evening, as well as earned their ninth win in a row.

* According to multiple sources, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel have suffered serious injuries, and will most likely miss the remainder of the season.

* On Monday, the Philadelphia media confirmed that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played Sunday with two broken ribs, and also hurt two more too.

* Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky proclaimed on a recent NBC interview that he is innocent.

* Apparently Aaron Rodgers is on target to shatter Tom Brady‘s 50 TD record this season. Rodgers currently has 28 TDs, and certainly is on par to tie the record.

Games to Watch: 

* New Jersey at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Ottawa at Calgary (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern 

* No. 2 Kentucky at No. 11 Kansas (NCAA Basketball) – 9:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Wow! Here’s Aaron Rodgers talking after a community college football game! 

Daily Noontime – November 1, 2011

Julian Edelman is in trouble with the law, and most likely the New England Patriots too!

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Oh – it’s also November – Rabbit, Rabbit! 

Headlines: 

* According to reports on Tuesday morning, New England Patriots wide receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman was arrested for assault and battery.

* The Kansas City Chiefs rallied late Monday evening to defeat the San Diego Chargers, and forced a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West.

* Apparently the Oakland Raiders are interested in signing former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

* Good news for Atlanta Falcons fans, rookie wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice, and could be in the line-up on Sunday.

* More news is being leaked about Shaquille O’Neal‘s new book, which is due out in November, and one of the biggest topics was his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

* The NBA Lockout continues, but according to a recent Yahoo! Sports report, Players Association president Derek Fisher denied trying to cut a side deal with the league.

Games to Watch: 

* Ottawa at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Washington (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It’s the day after Halloween, and yes, we have a leftover treat – a video about Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, enjoy! 

NFL Week Seven – Afternoon Scoreboard

Tim Tebow led the Broncos on Sunday to their second win of the season against the Dolphins! (Photo courtesy of the Broncos website)

By Brian Willwerth 

JETS 27, CHARGERS 21 – My Game of the Day comes from the Meadowlands.  Trailing by eleven points at halftime, the home team scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to rally past San Diego. Plaxico Burress was the go-to guy. He only caught four passes all day, but three of them were for touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. The Jets are a perfect [4-0] at home, [4-3] overall, and the Chargers are now [4-2].

BROWNS 6, SEAHAWKS 3 – Here’s a candidate for most boring game of the season so far. But Cleveland will take it. Phil Dawson kicked two field goals of over 50 yards for the Browns’ only points. He had two other kicks blocked, but in the end it didn’t matter.  Cleveland is back to [.500].

FALCONS 23, LIONS 16 – What a huge win for Atlanta. Michael Turner ran for 122 yards at Ford Field. Matt Ryan threw for 218 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He was knocked out of the game briefly in the second half, but did return. Detroit has lost two in a row after winning its first five games.

TEXANS 41, TITANS 7 – This was blowout city in Nashville. It was the Arian Foster show. He accounted for 234 yards of total offense and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and now Houston is back in first place in the AFC South.

BRONCOS 18, DOLPHINS 15 (OT) Tim Tebow did nothing for the first 55 minutes of this game in Miami. Then everything changed on a dime. Trailing 15-0, he threw a touchdown pass to put Denver on the board. Then after the Broncos recovered an onside kick, Tebow marched his team down the field for another score, plus the game-tying two-point conversion with 17-seconds to play. In overtime, the winless Dolphins fumbled it away, and Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal to win it.

BEARS 24, BUCCANEERS 18 – In London, Matt Forte ran wild for 145 yards and a touchdown for Chicago. The Bears held off a late rally by Tampa Bay in the fourth quarter. Bucs’ quarterback Josh Freeman was intercepted four times. After traveling overseas, both teams will have their byes next week.

PANTHERS 33, REDSKINS 20 – If we’re talking about a Carolina victory, we must be talking about Cam Newton. In Charlotte, Newton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score against Washington. ‘Skins quarterback John Beck threw for 279 yards and a touchdown.

PACKERS 33, VIKINGS 27 – This was one of the better games of the day, and a lot closer than a lot of people expected. Aaron Rodgers threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns, which helped Green Bay remain unbeaten. Minnesota rookie quarterback Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes in his first career start, but was also picked off twice.

COWBOYS 37, RAMS 7 – It was a record-setting performance for Dallas rookie running back DeMarco Murray. He ran for a franchise-record 253 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown run, as the Cowboys won easily at home. St. Louis remains winless on the season.

STEELERS 32, CARDINALS 20 – This was a rematch of the 2009 Super Bowl, but Pittsburgh did not need a last-second score to pull this one out. Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes as the Steelers rolled before a crowd full of Terrible Towel-waving fans in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals have lost five in a row.

CHIEFS 28, RAIDERS 0 – In Oakland, Kendrick Lewis and Brandon Flowers each returned interceptions for touchdowns as the defending AFC West champs got back to the .500 mark. New Raiders’ quarterback Carson Palmer did not start, but did see action, yet it didn’t matter.