Willwerth: Can Haynesworth Help Tampa Bay

Can Albert help the Buccaneers? We’ll see!

By Brian Willwerth 

It didn’t take long for former New England Patriot Albert Haynesworth to find a new home.

Just one day after being released by the Pats, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed the defensive tackle off waivers on Wednesday. Earlier this week, the Bucs announced their 2010 first-round draft pick, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would miss the rest of the season with a torn right biceps.

Haynesworth signed a $100 million contract with the Redskins two-years ago. Since then, he hasn’t lived up to the billing. He was a bust in Washington. His impact in New England was limited. Now he heads to Tampa – a team that desperately needs help on defense.

The Buccaneers are giving up an average of 398 yards per game, including 132 on the ground, and rank 24th in the league in scoring defensive, allowing 24.5 points a game. In fact, they have struggled mightily on defense ever since the glory days of Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Ronde Barber, (Barber is still there.)

Did I mention Arian Foster and the Texans come to Ray-Jay this week?  Ay ay ay.

Will Haynesworth work out on the gulf coast of Florida? We’ll see starting this Sunday. But this Bucs’ fan sees it as a low-risk move for a team looking up at the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South.

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.

Daily Noontime – September 1, 2011!

Did Obama plan to spoil the opening night of the NFL season?

Happy Thursday to everyone, but also, it’s September 1st, wahoo! Yep, that means, 2011 is almost over! OK, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but really, let’s kick-off the day with some headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* Apparently, President Obama’s speech to the Nation could conflict with the first NFL game of the 2011 season between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

* More news has been released on the latest Madden video game, but this time, it’s about the “franchise mode.”

* According to various reports, Texas A&M is planning to lave the Big 12 Conference next July (2012) and hopefully join the SEC.

* Due to Hurricane Irene, the UConn-Fordham game will be played Saturday at noon, which will still be somewhat exciting, right?

* Houston Texans running back Arian Foster admitted after his recent MRI that he’s “fine” and appears ready to play week one against the Indianapolis Colts.

* More information is being revealed about the LSU football team, as well as recent bar fight, which could result in more arrests and various players suspended.

Games to Watch: 

* New York Yankees at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* New York Giants at New England (NFL Preseason) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at New York Jets (NFL Preseason) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Please don’t try this at home! 


Daily Noontime – August 29, 2011

How will the Texans do if Foster isn't ready for opening day?

Happy Monday everyone and of course, welcome to yet another dandy “Daily Noontime!” I’m sure many of you are without power due to our friends Irene, thanks Mother Nature, but for those with electricity, here’s your headlines and news of the day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Houston Texans are somewhat optimistic that Arian Foster will be ready for the upcoming season, especially after he sustained a hamstring injury on Saturday.

* It was an exciting Sunday for a bunch of 11-year-old boys from California, who beat Japan in the 2011 Little League World Series Championship, 2-1.

* Kelly Kraft earned an impressive win on Sunday, as he defeated Patrick Cantlay in the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament on Sunday.

* Despite a wacky, crazy and wild weekend in Boston, as well as New England, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek expressed in a recent interview his drive and passion for the game of baseball.

* In case you missed Sunday’s clash between the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints, here’s a quick recap of “what we learned.”

* According to a recent report, the NBA is broke, which isn’t a good sign for the ongoing Lockout, right?

Games to Watch: 

* Philadelphia at Cincinnati (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Colorado at Arizona (MLB) – 9:40pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Get excited fans, Madden ’12 hits stores Tuesday and yes, here’s a quick snip-it, enjoy! 

NFL Week 1 – Games to Watch

Expect Arian Foster to have a good day on the ground against the Colts

The 2010 NFL season kicked off in the Bayou on Thursday, as the Saints defeated the Vikings, 14-9.

Sunday marks the official start to a brand new NFL season and below is a few games that every NFL fan should keep their eye on. Best of luck to all fans, hope your team wins and feel free to send us your comments and feedback at NoontimeSports@gmail.com.

Indianapolis at Houston – 1:00pm: The Texans are bound to have a good season, but only time will tell if they are going to be a great squad. Their season begins against a very tough opponent in the Colts.

Every fan knows that Peyton Manning changes the play at the line of scrimmage probably four to five times throughout each series, but the Texans must pressure the opposing quarterback, running back and wide receivers on every play. The Texans will also need to rely heavily on their air attack, especially since the Colts ranked 18th in total defense in ’09 while the Texans offense ranked first in passing yards, averaging 290.9 yards a game.

Look for Matt Schaub to concentrate on throwing to his various targets, which includes Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels. Also, Arian Foster will need his offensive line to be at their best, so he can repeat his preseason performance against the Cowboys, where he rushed for a total of 110 yards and one touchdown.

Expect a back and fourth battle, but in the end, the Texans will earn their second all time victory against the Colts. Prediction: Texans 31 – Colts 26

Green Bay at Philadelphia – 4:15pm: Let the Kevin Kolb era begin in the city of “Brotherly Love.” Kolb appeared in a five games last season, completing 62 of his 96 attempts for 741 yards, four touchdown passes and three interceptions.

The Packers defense is going to blitz the young quarterback multiple times and pressure their receivers too. They were ranked second in total defense last season, as well as held their opponents ground game to 83.3 yards per game. Can the Eagles counteract with their running attack of LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell?

Besides the question marks for the Eagles, the Packers are led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who finished last season with 30 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Look for him to continue to attack the Eagles defense, which struggled at the end of the season against the Cowboys passing game.

Overall, this will be a fun game to tune into and in the end; the Packers will leave Philadelphia with a 1-0 record. Prediction: Packers 23 – Eagles 14

Will Miles Austin be a major factor this season for the Cowboys?

Dallas at Washington – 8:30pm: The Cowboys have a great deal of pressure on their shoulders entering week one against their divisional foe. Already, the Boys know the Super Bowl is in their stadium and that they need to win the division, along with a few playoff games too.

Tony Romo is coming off a great ’09 campaign where he threw 26 touchdown passes and tallied 4,483 yards through the air. Part of his success is owed to one of his new favorite targets, Miles Austin, who emerged as a perennial wide receiver last season. Austin is due to have a great year, but don’t forget about the other targets Romo has, which consists of rookie Dez Bryant, Roy E. Williams, Jason Witten and Kevin Ogletree. The Cowboys also have a great three-headed running attack that features Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Yet, don’t forget about their doomsday defense, which will pressure opposing offenses all four quarters of the game.

As for the Redskins, it will be interesting to see how quarterback Donovan McNabb’s ankle holds up. This squad certainly has a lot of questions on both sides of the ball and certainly one name that the broadcasters will focus on throughout the telecast will be Albert Haynesworth and his emotional training camp too.

Cowboys fans, feel free to rejoice now because your team should win this game. Prediction: Cowboys 21 – Redskins 13