By Matt Noonan
Happy Monday, everyone! And welcome to the final few days of October – crazy, right?
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Alright, let’s begin today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ for Monday, October 26, 2020 – have a great day, everyone!
By now, you probably know our beloved New England Patriots suffered a very bad loss yesterday, falling to Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers.
Yes, Jimmy G. looked good – we all enjoyed seeing our former backup quarterback compete against the unhappy Bill Belichick – but what really caught my attention from yesterday’s contest was the following:
- Jeff Wilson Jr. had no issue running against the Patriots defense – before departing the game with an injury, he rushed for 112 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns.
- Cam Newton and yes, Jarrett Stidham, both struggled to move the ball down the field – they also combined for four interceptions while the San Francisco defense sacked each signal-caller once.
New England will visit the Buffalo Bills next week for a VERY important divisional matchup.
Buffalo somehow outlasted the New York Jets yesterday, thanks to six field goals by rookie Tyler Bass.
Here are some other news and notes from another bizarre yet interesting day of professional football:
- It wasn’t the most impressive win, but somehow the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to hang on and beat the Tennessee Titans, 27-24. Pittsburgh remains the only undefeated team heading into the eighth week of the season.
- None of the four teams in the NFC East, including my beloved Dallas Cowboys, have more than two wins through seven weeks.
- Speaking of the Cowboys, things are starting to get ugly in ‘Big D’ – is anyone even listening to Mike McCarthy these days?
- Tom Brady recorded five touchdowns yesterday, including one on on the ground, which helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Las Vegas Raiders, 45-20.
Following the win, Brady learned that he had become the all-time passing touchdown leader in the National Football League (NFL) with 559 touchdown passes.
- Did you watch last night’s game? If not, the Arizona Cardinals scored an impressive win, defeating the Seattle Seahawks in overtime by a score of 37-34.
Alright, here is some other news and links from the world wide web:
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are one win away from capturing their first World Series since 1988. The Dodgers topped the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, and will return to the diamond tomorrow evening with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m. (eastern).
- The National Basketball Association (NBA) seems to have plans in place to start the 2020-21 season in December.
- The National Hockey League (NHL) still seems to be on track for a January 1 2021 start. But could we see some regional bubbles to start the season?