NFL 2011: NFC South Predictions

Expect another quality season from "Matty Ice!"

By Brian Willwerth 

1.) Atlanta Falcons [13-3] – A lot of people still have a hard time believing this team went [14-2] last season and ended up with the best record in the NFC. That’s probably because the eventual Super Bowl champs walked into the Georgia Dome and blew them out of the playoffs. But this is a very talented team led by quarterback Matt Ryanand running back Michael Turner. They addressed their defense in the offseason with the signing of Ray Edwards.

2.) New Orleans Saints [11-5] – When you think of the Saints, probably the first name that comes to mind is quarterback Drew Brees. He has been sensational since coming to New Orleans, and that will likely continue in 2011. Reggie Bush is gone. Mark Ingram is now in the backfield. But the defense must improve if the Saints are to advance far in the playoffs. New Orleans still has a sour taste in its mouth, after losing to Seattle in the Wild Card round last year.

3.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers [9-7] – The Bucs were one of the best surprise stories of 2010, turning in a 10-win season and just missing the playoffs. For the first time in forever, it is the offense leading the team instead of the defense. Quarterback Josh Freeman had an outstanding first full season as the starter while wide receiver Mike Williams made an instant impact out of Syracuse. But the big question on this team is the defense. The Bucs really struggled to get any sort of a pass rush going. They hope their first-round pick, defensive end Adrian Clayborn, will help fix that.

4.) Carolina Panthers [4-12] – Let the Cam Newton era begin in Carolina. The Panthers made him the first pick in the draft, and he will start immediately in Week 1. It’s difficult to expect anything more than 3 or 4 wins from a team starting a rookie quarterback, but we shall see.

Daily Noontime – April 29, 2011

Mark Ingram is officially a member of the New Orleans Saints, which means Reggie Bush is leaving?

Happy Friday to everyone, especially those Royal Wedding watchers! Here is today’s headlines, news and much more, plus, our video of the day too! 

Headlines: 

*It looks like Reggie Bush‘s time with the New Orleans Saints is officially over, as he tweeted Thursday, “It’s been fun New Orleans.” New Orleans selected Alabama’s running back Mark Ingram, so consider him a possible lock to start.

* Kobe Bryant and the Los Angles Lakers took care of business Thursday, as they officially ended their first round series with the New Orleans Hornets. Now, Los Angles will face Dallas in the NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals, which promises to be a great series.

* If the Dallas Mavericks want to advance to the NBA Western Conference Finals, they must win on the road, but in Los Angles that could be difficult.

* The 2011 NFL Draft featured 32 first round picks, but believe it or not, a good amount of those picks were quarterbacks, which seems quite strange.

* Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and current member of the Atlanta Braves, Derek Lowe was arrested for a DUI.

* Cam Newton is officially a Carolina Panthers, but what exactly are the “naysayers” saying about him and the pick?

Games to Watch: 

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

* Seattle at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* St. Louis at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:35pm eastern

* San Antonio at Memphis (NBA Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

* Detroit at San Jose (NHL Playoffs) – 10:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Remember when this happened? LeBron James and the South Beach Miami Heat take on Boston this Sunday, should be exciting!


NFL Draft 2011: New England Patriots Select Solder, 17th Overall

By Andy Lindberg 

The New England Patriots selected offensive tackle Nate Solder in the first round  of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 17th pick. Here is some more information on the newest member of the Patriots organization.  

Name: Nate Solder

College: Colorado

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 319 lbs

Overview: Solder is far from what many would consider a sexy pick. He’s no Robert Quinn or Mark Ingram in terms of name value, but what he can bring to the team is extremely valuable with the future of left tackle Matt Light and left guard Logan Mankins up in the air. Tom Brady needs protection and Solder has the potential to protect Brady’s blind side immediately.

This is a great pick for New England, but they still need to address the pass rush and receiving corps. There should be great value to be had with the Pats having as many picks as they do in the second and third rounds. Bill Belichick has a very good history of finding offensive line gems in the first round, and I expect Solder to be no different.  One also wonders about New England’s confidence in re-signing Light or Mankins with this pick.

Daily Noontime – September 1, 2010

Happy September 1st everyone! Noontime Sports is kicking off the month with a brand new post that will appear every day, Monday through Friday titled the “Daily Noontime.”

We will compile the most interesting, yet informative sports stories to get you set to have an awesome day! Enjoy and once again, thanks for stopping by Noontime Sports!

HEADLINES:

* 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram will miss the start of his junior season with the Alabama Roll Tide when they take on San Jose State this weekend.

* Boston Red Sox lose to the Orioles, 5-2 on Tuesday, but if they can’t beat a lousy team, will they be able to make the playoffs then?

* Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmello Anthony wants a new contract, but also, is having some fun on Twitter too!

* Cleveland Browns nose tackle, Shaun Rogers was officially fined for carrying a loaded gun into an airport back in April.

* ProFootballTalk.com has reported that three teams are interested in trading for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart.

* The New England Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden has been placed on the season ending surgery reserved list.

Games to Watch:

*USA vs. Iran (12:00pm eastern) (FIBA)

*Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians (12:05pm eastern) (MLB)

*Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (7:05pm eastern) (MLB)

*Colorado Rockies at San Francisco (9:15pm eastern) (MLB)

Video of the Day:

With the NFL Season Opener just eight days a way, Noontime Sports thought it would be appropriate to make sure everyone remembers the NBC theme that will be played!