NFL Week Six – Hot Topics

Jason Garrett should be blamed for the Cowboy's most recent loss, especially for his conservative play calling!

By Matt Noonan 

Sunday was a busy day across the NFL, but also one that featured a great deal of surprises.

Here are a few thoughts on some key issues that have been discussed by fans, talk-show hosts and bloggers across America on Monday.

Patriots-Cowboys: This was indeed an epic contest that featured two teams going in completely different directions.

With roughly four-minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and Dallas leading New England by a whooping three-points, head coach Jason Garrett elected to run the ball three times, as well as punt on fourth-down, which set up the heroic Tom Brady, who led the Patriots to a game-winning touchdown.

Dallas should have won this game, especially since they forced the Patriots to turn the ball over four times, (two interceptions, two fumbles), but instead, they imploded and handed their opponent another easy “w.”

New England’s offense gassed Rob Ryan’s defense, while Garrett took the ball out of his quarterback’s hands during the team’s final few drives, and put the weight of the contest on rookie running back DeMarco Murray’s back, which probably wasn’t the right decision.

Overall, it wasn’t a pretty game for either team, but an important victory for the Patriots and another heartbreaking loss for the Cowboys.

Sean Payton’s Injured Leg: This was indeed an accident, but again, something you don’t see every day, right?

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught a pass from quarterback Drew Brees and then collided with head coach Sean Payton, who tumbled to the ground on the team’s sideline. Payton was then assisted to the team’s bench and doctor’s identified his injury – a torn meniscus and fractured bone in his left leg, which was repaired on Monday.

Although, while reports have stated, Payton won’t be able to put pressure on his left leg for roughly eight weeks, one might wonder if this particular accident will propel the Saints downward?

My answer… No!

Brees discussed his coach’s injury with reporters on Sunday, but didn’t seem concerned. The Saints are too good of a football team to let a minor issue, such as a Payton’s injury get in their way, especially against the winless Indianapolis Colts.

Harbaugh-Schwartz handshake: This was bizarre and strange at the same time.

I can’t recall the last time two coaches sparred with one another after a game concluded, but I am convinced that San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh wanted to rub his nose in Jim Schwartz’s face after his team’s fifth win of the season.

I expect the league and commissioner Roger Goodell to fine both coaches for acting inappropriately.

NFL Week Six – Afternoon Scoreboard

By Brian Willwerth 

49ERS 25, LIONS 19 – This is my Game of the Day. Everyone’s talking about what happened after this one was over. First let’s talk about the game, featuring two of the top teams in the NFL.  On 4th and goal with less than 2:00 remaining, Alex Smith threw a game-winning six-yard pass to Delanie Walker as the ‘Niners knocked off the previously undefeated Lions.  San Francisco added a late field goal to account for the final margin, but the drama didn’t end there. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz appeared to be ticked off by 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh’s celebration. The two bumped each other and exchanged words. The players got involved. There was a lot of shouting going on as the teams headed to the locker rooms. Nothing like a little bad blood, eh?

FALCONS 31, PANTHERS 17 – In Atlanta, quarterback Matt Ryan scored the go-ahead touchdown with seven minutes remaining. Michael Turner rushed for 139 yards and two scores for the home team. Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was intercepted three times.

BENGALS 27, COLTS 17 – Shhhh… don’t tell anyone, but Cincinnati is [4-2]. The Bengals did it with defense and special teams. They blocked an Adam Vinatieri field goal that would’ve tied the game late in the fourth quarter. Then Cincinnati iced it when defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap picked up a fumble and rumbled 35 yards for the score. The Bengals have already matched their win total from last year, while Indianapolis is [0-6].

PACKERS 24, RAMS 3 – This was blowout city. Aaron Rodgers threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is now the only unbeaten left in the league. St. Louis is still winless.

GIANTS 27, BILLS 24 – This was one the better games of the day. Lawrence Tynes kicked the game-winning field goal with 1:32 remaining as the home team cooled off Buffalo. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for three touchdowns and Fred Jackson ran for 121 yards for a touchdown in a losing effort for the Bills.

STEELERS 17, JAGUARS 13 – In Pittsburgh, Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers scored all of their points in the first half, then hung on to win. Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s hail-mary pass fell incomplete as time expired.

EAGLES 20, REDSKINS 13 – This should quiet Andy Reid’s critics, at least for the short term. Philadelphia intercepted Redskins’ quarterback Rex Grossman four times – three of them by Kurt Coleman. Grossman was benched in the fourth quarter in favor of John Beck.

PATRIOTS 20, COWBOYS 16Tom Brady did it again. He led his team from behind in the fourth quarter. His eight-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22-seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Pats their third victory of the season in Foxboro. Brady finished with 289 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Tony Romo threw for 317 yards for Dallas. New England is [5-1] and alone atop the AFC East.

BUCCANEERS 26, SAINTS 20 – One week after getting shellacked in San Francisco, Tampa Bay bounced back to move into a tie for first place in the NFC South. Josh Freeman threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns. The Bucs’ defense intercepted Drew Brees three times, including one in the end zone with just over two minutes left. Saints head coach Sean Payton tore the MCL in his left leg following a collision on the sidelines in the first quarter.

RAIDERS 24, BROWNS 17 – Oakland is [2-0] since the passing of longtime owner Al Davis. Against Cleveland, the Raiders lost starting quarterback Jason Campbell to an injury, but got a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and punter Shane Lechler threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal. At halftime, the team lit an eternal flame in Davis’ memory.

RAVENS 29, TEXANS 14 – In Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw for over 300 yards and ran for a touchdown. Billy Cundiff kicked five field goals as the Ravens improved to [4-2]. Houston has dropped two straight after a [3-1] start.

Daily Noontime – October 14, 2010

So if KG and any other player complains in the NBA, it is a Tech? What?

It is Friday and that means… it is officially the weekend! Happy end of the week from all of us here at Noontime Sports! Have a great day, as well as weekend too and here is our Daily Noontime for Friday October 14, 2010.

Headlines:

* The NBA will be getting sued by the players association for their calls about complaining that result in either an ejection or a technical foul.

* Peter King of Sports Illustrated has his NFL week six picks, but did he choose your team to win this weekend?

* Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is most likely to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, despite showing signs of a concussion after the team lost last week against the Washington Redskins.

* The New York Yankees and CC Sabathia look to take game one of the American League Championship Series on Friday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Besides Friday Night Football, there will be an extra “BIG” game in the state of Texas on Friday.

* The Dallas Cowboys have head coach Wade Phillips worried not about his job, but instead, his rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant who still is battling a high ankle sprain.

* The San Francisco Giants fans maybe in for more of a treat this year with a great National League Championship Series between them and the Philadelphia Phillies, although it does seem that the fans are putting away their cellphones and watching the action.

* Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

* Hey, Maple Leafs fans, here are three players that your team will rely on this season!

Games to Watch this Weekend:

* New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (MLB Playoffs) (Friday) – 8:00pm eastern

* Cincinnati at Louisville (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 8:00pm eastern

* Texas at #5 Nebraska (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 3:30pm eastern

* #20 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 3:30pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (MLB Playoffs) (Saturday) – 4:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (NHL) (Saturday) – 6:00pm eastern

* #1 Ohio State at #18 Wisconsin (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 7:00pm eastern

* San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB Playoffs) (Saturday) – 7:30pm eastern

* San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB Playoffs) (Sunday) – 8:00pm eastern

* Seattle at Chicago (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:oopm eastern

* Miami at Green Bay (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* Baltimore at New England (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* Atlanta at Philadelphia (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* Dallas at Minnesota (NFL) (Sunday) – 4:15pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Hopefully this cheerleader or “Laker Girl” is okay after this collision!