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Noonan: Wicked Early Thoughts On The 2019 Patriots Schedule

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Tom Brady will attempt to guide the New England Patriots to its seventh Super Bowl this upcoming season. (PHOTO COURTESY: USA TODAY Sports Images)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The National Football League (NFL) unveiled its 2019 schedule last night – there are some intriguing match-ups to watch this fall, so get excited.

But like many of us, we were more interested in seeing who the New England Patriots would play in 2019, especially in week one when they celebrate their sixth Super Bowl championship.

And the answer for who the Patriots would play in week one was a familiar foe, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Yep, the Steel Curtain will invade Gillette Stadium on the first Sunday evening of the 2019 season, and you know it will be a great game with hopefully the Patriots prevailing.

With a new season just months away, but a schedule now available to analyze (and think about), why not share some thoughts on how the hometown team will do in each contest, beginning with its week one match-up with the Steelers.


Noonan’s 2019 Game-By-Game Predictions 

Week One: Pittsburg Steelers at Patriots (Sept. 8th, 2019 | 8:30 p.m.): There will be a lot of storylines heading into this one, but the most important one will be how will the Patriots do with Rob Gronkowski? I think they will do just fine. There will be some growing pains, of course, but in the end, the Patriots should find a way to sneak past the Steelers without two of their key pieces from the past few seasons. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Steelers 21 

Week Two: Patriots at Miami Dolphins (Sept. 15th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Coach Bill Belichick takes on former defensive coordinator Brian Flores. This will be yet another one of those master versus apprentice battles, but in the end, I think the Dolphins win this one, but the Pats will even the score later in the season. PREDICTION: Dolphins 24, Patriots 17 

Week Three: New York Jets at Patriots (Sept. 22, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Adam Gase seems to think the Jets are better suited than his former team to beat the Patriots. He even inspired them to bring back a bad (and remixed) version of their Neil O’Donnell uniforms, too. The Patriots will be eager to bounce back from their week two loss to the Dolphins and earn their first divisional win. PREDICTION: Patriots 37, Jets 15

Week Four: Patriots at Buffalo Bills (Sept. 29th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): After cruising past the Jets, the Patriots should have no problem ending the month of September with a second-straight AFC East victory. PREDICTION: Patriots 24, Bills 10 

Week Five: Patriots at Washington Redskins (Oct. 6th, 2019 |1p.m.): The last time the Patriots and Redskins squared-off in our nation’s capital, I believe there was some sort of shouting match between Tom Brady and Bill O’Brien. I don’t see Brady yelling at O’Brien this year – he coaches the Houston Texans, by the way – but I do see our hometown hero yelling at his teammates during the pregame to fire them up for another win. PREDICTION: Patriots 31, Redskins 21

Week Six: New York Giants at Patriots (Oct. 10th, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): It seems like ages ago when these two teams met in the Super Bowl, but this game won’t be like the ‘big game.’ Nope, the Giants are rebuilding – should be competitive, though – but in the end, this has the makings for Sony Michel two or three-touchdown game. PREDICTION: Patriots 35, Giants 17 

Week Seven: Patriots at New York Jets (Oct. 21, 2019 | 8:15 p.m.): As usual, the Jets usually play well at home, but can they rebound from a week three setback to the Patriots? Probably not, right? PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Jets 17 

Week Eight: Cleveland Browns at Patriots (Oct. 27th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): Welcome to Foxboro, Baker Mayfield. The Browns should be in the mix for an AFC Championship this season – yes, I know what I just wrote (and said in my head!) – but somehow I see the Patriots pulling this out with a late touchdown. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Browns 24

Week Nine: Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 3rd, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): Coach Belichick versus quarterback Lamar Jackson should be an enticing game of chess. The Ravens always play the Patriots tough, and I think this is a tough spot for New England to secure a win before the bye week. PREDICTION: Ravens 21, Patriots 17 

Week Ten: Bye Week (Nov. 10th, 2019) 

Week 11: Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 17th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): Coming off their bye week (and a disappointing setback to the Ravens), the Patriots will return to their early season form and cause havoc to quarterback Carson WentzPREDICTION: Patriots 27, Eagles 20

Week 12: Dallas Cowboys at Patriots (Nov. 24th, 2019 | 4:24 p.m.): Quarterback Dak Prescott does quite well in chilly temperatures – cold weather doesn’t seem to bother the young signal-caller. This should be a competitive game like the 2011 meeting, but in the end, I somehow see Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott winning the game on a one-yard score. PREDICTION: Cowboys 21, Patriots 18 

Week 13: Patriots at Houston Texans (Dec. 1st, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): After a tough loss to the Cowboys – I know, I showed some bias to my second favorite football team – the Patriots will find a way back into the win column, but it won’t be an easy win. PREDICTION: Patriots 29, Texans 23 

Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs at Patriots (Dec. 8th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): This has the making for a very exciting contest – perhaps the winner could take over the top spot in the AFC for the upcoming playoffs. The Chiefs almost beat the Patriots last season but should be a tougher opponent this year, thanks to new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. PREDICTION: Chiefs 31, Patriots 27 

Week 15: Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 15th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Welcome to the beginning of a three-game winning streak. Sure, the Bengals will have a new coach this year, but they won’t be able to stop the Patriots at this point of the season. PREDICTION: Patriots 31, Bengals 20 

Week 16: Buffalo Bills at Patriots (Dec. 21st or 22nd | TBD): The pre-Christmas game at Foxboro usually results in a win for the hometown team. Who knows what shape the Bills will be in at this point of the season, but the Patriots will once again dominate their divisional foe. PREDICTION: Patriots 28, Bills 14

Week 17: Miami Dolphins at Patriots (Dec. 29th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): One week after handing Buffalo an early holiday present, the Patriots will once again dish out an early Happy New Year gift by beating the Dolphins before the postseason. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Dolphins 10


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D3 Football: WPI Announces Captains For 2019 Season

WPI_Engineers_Logo_By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

We may be a few months away from a brand new season of New England D3 football, but more news of captains announcements was made earlier this week when WPI unveiled its three student-athletes that will be leading the Engineers in 2019.

As seen on the team’s Instagram account, halfback Sean McAllen, defensive back Sam Casey, and linebacker Nick Ostrowski were each named captain for the 2019 season.

All three were members of the 2018 squad, which finished 6-4 overall, including 4-3 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Similar to our recent posts about teams’ football captains for the 2019 season, here is some information on all three student-athletes that will be tasked with leading the Engineers next fall.

  • Sean McAllen (Halfback | Prospect, Conn.): McAllen concluded the 2018 season with 576 rushing yards on 144 carries (64.0 yards per contest) and nine rushing touchdowns while hauling in a pair of scores on 17 receptions for 223 receiving yards. McAllen ended the season as on the Worcester Area Football Association’s second team, while also earning first-team all-conference from the NEWMAC.
  • Sam Casey (Defensive Back | Winchester, Mass.): The Winchester native posted a career-high 65.0 total tackles last fall, including a career-best 23 assists. He concluded the 10 game schedule with 42 solo stops, seven tackles shy of matching his career-high of 49, which he recorded during the 2017 season. Additionally, Casey recorded three tackles for a loss and a trio of interceptions, along with a pair of pass break-ups. For his effort, Casey was tabbed first-team all-conference by the NEWMAC, while also earning a spot on the Worcester Area Football Association’s first-team defense.
  • Nick Ostrowski (Linebacker | Charlton, Mass.): Ostrowski concluded his team’s 2018 campaign with a career-best 76.0 total tackles, along with a career-high 36 assists. The Charlton native tallied 40 solo stops, while also recording four tackles for a loss for 29 yards and two forced fumbles. Ostrowski was named first-team all-conference by the NEWMAC and earned a first-team nod on defense from the Worcester Area Football Association.

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D3 Football: Amherst College Announces Its 2019 Captains

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Months after finishing its 2018 campaign with an 8-1 record, the Amherst College football team announced its captains for the upcoming season yesterday on Twitter.

Ollie EberthJames O’ReganAvery Saffold, and Henry Atkeson were each elected captains, according to the team’s Twitter handle, which credited all four student-athletes as “great leaders on the field and great ambassadors off it.”

All four student-athletes helped the Mammoths finish 4-0 at home last season, as well as capture their annual meeting with Williams College, too, which provided the Purple and White with its second-straight Little Three crown (they also beat Wesleyan University last season, as well).

Here are some highlights of all four student-athletes that will be tasked with leading Amherst to its third consecutive Little Three crown this season, as well as its first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title since 2015.

Avery Saffold (Defensive Back | Chicago, Ill.): Safford ended his junior year with a career-high 30.0 total tackles, including 21 solo stops in nine games. His 21 total tackles were the most he has recorded in his three years with Amherst. He also recorded four total tackles in three games while registering a quartet of solo stops in two contests.

James O’Regan (Wide Receiver | Wilmington, Mass.): O’Regan concluded his team’s nine-game schedule last fall with 39 catches (4.3 receptions per game) for 579 yards and four touchdowns. His best outing came against Wesleyan when he hauled in seven receptions for a season-best 134 yards and one touchdown.

Ollie Eberth (Quarterback | Andover, Mass.): The former St. John’s Prep signal-caller concluded his junior year with a career-best 1,634 passing yards on 122 completions (208 attempts) for 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for a career-high 405 yards on 97 carries for nine touchdowns. He tossed three touchdowns in a pair of wins over Bowdoin College and Colby College before rushing for a season-best three touchdowns in his team’s season-finale against Williams.

Henry Atkeson (Punter/Kicker | Raleigh, N.C.): Atekson recorded 39 punts last fall, including a career-long 72-yard boot against Middlebury College. The North Carolina native finished the season with 1,455 punting yards with 15 kicks landing inside his opponents’ 20-yard line. Additionally, four kicks resulted in touchbacks.

Brady Wins His Sixth Super Bowl As New England Tops L.A. In Super Bowl LIII

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Tom Brady has now won six Super Bowl championships. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patriotswire.USAToday.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Tom Brady will be adding an additional ring to his championship collection, thanks to a hard-fought 13-3 win this evening by the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Brady, who became the first-ever NFL quarterback to win six Super Bowls, engineered a key five-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter, which was capped by a two-yard plunge by Sony Michel to provide the Patriots with a 10-3 advantage.

The Rams attempted to answer on the ensuing possession but saw quarterback Jared Goff‘s pass down intercepted by Stephon Gilmore. Nine plays later, the Patriots sealed the win with a 41-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, who concluded the contest with a pair of field goals (his second attempt in the second quarter provided the Patriots with a 3-0 lead).

Los Angles did have a chance to slice the deficit on the game’s final drive, but Greg Zuerlein‘s second field goal sailed wide left.

The win – New England’s sixth Super Bowl since winning its initial crown 17 years earlier – ties the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most championships won in the Super Bowl era. The Patriots captured their first championship 17 years ago on this exact date when they defeated the Rams, 20-17, thanks to a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

Neither team was able to produce points until New England’s fourth drive when Gostkowski capped a seven-play, 39-yard drive with a 42-yard field goal.

Los Angeles had a chance to even the score before halftime, but all three of its final series ended with a punt.

Extra, Extra

  • In the Brady-Bill Belichick era, the Patriots are now 3-2 in Super Bowls when leading at the break. The Patriots are 2-0 when tied at the break (won in 2004 and 2014), and 1-1 when trailing (won in 2016, lost in 2017).
  • Los Angeles is now 0-2 in Super Bowl era with their initial loss coming in 1980 against the Steelers.
  • Los Angles hasn’t won a championship in football since defeating the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 NFL Championship.
  • As an organization, the Rams are 1-2 in the Super Bowl with their lone win coming in 1999 when they defeated the Tennesse Titans, 23-16. The win over the Titans occurred in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • As an organization, the Rams are 1-1 when competing in Super Bowls in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • LA was held to a season-low three points – they scored just six points two months ago when they lost to the Chicago Bears, 15-6.
  • The last team to hold the Rams to just three points in a game was the Seattle Seahawks on December 15, 2016.
  • Sony Michel led all rushers with 94 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown, while Todd Gurley was held to just 35 yards on 10 carries (3.5 yards per carry).
  • Julian Edelman hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 141 yards, while Brandin Cooks led the Rams with eight catches for 120 yards.
  • New England’s defense recorded four sacks, while the Rams recorded just one sack.

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New England D3 Football Teams Of 2018

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By NoontimeSports | @NoontimeSports 

Earlier this week, SB Nation posted its college football ‘Teams of 2018 for all 50 states,’ including six teams that represented our New England region.

MIT was tabbed the team of the year from Massachusetts, while Salve Regina represented Rhode Island and Middlebury College secured the nod for Vermont.

This particular post had us thinking who would we pick as our 2018 New England D3 Football Teams of the Year?

Well, we gave it some thought and have provided the answers below!

Let us know what you think by posting a comment or sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_FB. 


Connecticut Team of the Year: Trinity College. Once again, the Bantams captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with an 8-1 record. They should once again be the team to beat next fall.

Connecticut Honorable Mentions: Coast Guard Academy and Western Connecticut. 

Maine Team of the Year: Husson University. In his final years with the Eagles, coach Gabby Price guided the Green and Gold to an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown, as well as a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Maine Honorable Mentions: Colby College. 

Massachusetts Team of the Year: MIT. In his first year as head coach, Brian Bubna guided the Engineers to their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title, as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Engineers finished its 2018 campaign 9-1 and 6-1 in league play.

Massachusetts Honorable Mentions: Amherst College, Bridgewater State, Endicott College, Framingham State, Springfield College, Tufts University and Western New England. 

New Hampshire Team of the Year: Plymouth State. The Panthers are the lone New England D3 team in the Granite State, so they automatically receive our special honor. Plymouth State concluded its past campaign 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Their signature win of the 2018 season came on a rainy day in Framingham last October.

Rhode Island Team of the Year: Salve Regina. Similar to Plymouth State, Salve Regina is the lone D3 team in the Ocean State, so they get the nod from us as well like they did from SB Nation. Coach Kevin Gilmartin‘s unit overcame a 2-3 start to finish the 2018 season with a 7-4 record. They secured a spot in one of the three New England Bowl games following an exciting win in November over Endicott College.

Vermont Team of the Year: Middlebury College. The Panthers secured the nod from SB Nation and now us, too, after for posting the best record among all three teams in the Green Mountain State. Their biggest win from 2018 came last October when Will Jernigan led the Blue and White to a 21-10 win at Williams College.

Vermont Honorable Mention: Norwich University. 


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