NFL 2012: AFC East Preview

By Matt Noonan 

The AFC East may not be the flashiest division this season, but don’t underestimate Buffalo, New York or Miami. All three teams have challenged the Patriots over the past few seasons, and can certainly provide the unnecessary head ache to Patriots coaches, fans and players, especially when they least expect it.

However, New England shouldn’t have a problem winning this division, but keep your eyes on the Bills and Jets.

1.) New England Patriots (12-4) – Some analysts believe this team may mimic their record-breaking performance from 2007, while others think they’re a shoe-in for this year’s Super Bowl. In order for the Patriots to be successful, they’ll need rookies Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower to pressure opposing quarterbacks and provide all sorts of havoc.

Will Chandler Jones be the Patriots most valuable defensive player this season? We’ll see! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

2.) Buffalo Bills (9-7) – The Bills bolted out of the gate last season, but couldn’t maintain their momentum, as injuries and errors derailed their chances of a successful season. This year, Buffalo added Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to their defense, and drafted two potential studs in Cordy Glenn and Stephon Gilmore. The usual cast is back on offense – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson and Steve Johnson, but the main question from last year remains: Can they stay healthy? Also, can they be consistent, too?

3.) New York Jets (7-9) – No offense Jets fans, but your team is in complete disarray. New York didn’t locate the end zone until their fourth preseason game, and there’s still questions surrounding their offense and defense. Yet, probably one of the biggest sagas surrounding this team is when will Rex Ryan swap Tim Tebow for Mark Sanchez?

4.) Miami Dolphins (5-11) – There will be a lot of ups and downs this season for the Dolphins, but expect Miami to conclude their year with at least four or five wins.

New England Patriots Kick-Off 2012 On The Road

By NoontimeSports.com 

According to a recent blog post via ESPNBoston.com — the New England Patriots will kick-off their 2012 campaign on the road.

Mike Reiss mentioned in his blog post that it’s likely the Pats will face one of the following teams in week one — Baltimore, Buffalo, New York, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee or Jacksonville.

Of the seven teams listed above, which team would you want to see in the first week? Post your comments below or send us a tweet @NoontimeSports.

Randy Moss Prepares To Return To The NFL In 2012

Where will Randy Moss end up in 2012? (Photo Credit: MLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Monday happens to be Randy Moss’s birthday, and according to sources, the former New England Patriots wide receiver is interested in returning to the gridiron in September.

However, don’t expect the birthday boy’s wish to open the gates at Gillette Stadium, especially because Bill Belichick or Tom Brady have moved on since his departure in October of 2010.

Moss played three seasons in New England before being traded to Minnesota. He played four games with the Vikings, and then was released and acquired by Tennessee.

In 2011, the highly touted wide out sat out due to family reasons, but now is determined to make a comeback, and play professional football, again.

So, with all this in mind, here are a few thoughts on what teams should acquire Moss for the upcoming season.

Buffalo BillsThe Bills have roughly $36 million to spend, so acquiring Moss could certainly help their passing attack, as well as open up running lanes for running back Fred Jackson.

New England Patriots Moss left a sour taste in the mouth of owner Robert Kraft, as well as many Patriot fans because of his postgame rant about his contract in September of 2010. So, I highly doubt that he returns, but knowing Belichick, anything is possible.

Kansas City ChiefsAfter the way things ended in December and January of this past season, I strongly believe that Kansas City is on the rebound, and adding Moss could help quarterback Kyle Orton. It’s been a while since the Chiefs had a top-notched receiver, and certainly he’s someone, despite being 35-years-old, who could help Kansas City compete in a rather weak AFC West division.

Chicago BearsHe’s played a majority of his career against this particular squad, and clearly, the Bears need someone to help quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears receiving core isn’t exactly the greatest in the NFL, so again, adding Moss could definitely help Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, as well as the running game.

The NFC West Division All four teams, (Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams) have money to spend, and could use a receiver like Moss. The 49ers would probably be ideal for him, but so would the Cardinals. If he lands a job with Arizona, it would most likely help their quarterback find more options.

Willwerth: Breaking Down The AFC

Could Tim Tebow help the Denver Broncos win the AFC West? (Photo Credit: Predominantly Orange)

By Brian Willwerth 

A quick overview of the division races in the AFC with five games remaining…

AFC EAST

The Patriots are in great shape. They have a two-game lead over the Jets, and own the tiebreaker by virtue of beating New York twice already. Their next two games are against the winless Colts and the subpar Redskins. It looks more and more like there will be another home playoff game in Foxboro in January.

The Jets came up with a much-needed win over the Bills last Sunday to stay in the playoff hunt. Buffalo, after getting off to such a hot start, has dropped four straight and now sits at 5-6.

AFC NORTH

This is the best division in football. The Ravens and Steelers are tied atop the division at [8-3] records, but Baltimore has the edge because it has beaten Pittsburgh twice. What makes the North so intriguing is the surprising play of the Bengals. They’re [7-4], just one game out of first place. But they’ve already lost to both Pittsburgh and Baltimore once, so the Bengals would have to beat those teams the second time around to have any shot at the division title. Still, it is very possible that both wild cards could come from the North.

AFC SOUTH

The Texans are [8-3], riding a five-game winning streak, and have one of the best defenses in the league. But who’s going to play quarterback for them the rest of the way?  Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart are both done for the year with injuries.  Right now T.J. Yates is the man, but you’d have to think Houston’s going to pick someone up for the stretch run. Tennessee is in the hunt at [6-5], and if Chris Johnson keeps running like he did Sunday against the Buccaneers, watch out.

AFC WEST

While the North may be the best division in football, the West may be the most interesting to watch down the stretch. And it’s all because of one guy: Tim Tebow. People can say what they want, but he’s [5-1] as a starter. As much hype as there is surrounding Tebow, people tend to overlook the fact that the Raiders have a one-game lead over Denver, and are coming off a big win at home against the Bears. Oakland and Denver split the head-to-head matchups during the season.

So who is the best team in the AFC? Take your pick. There is a four-way tie for the top spot between the Pats, Ravens, Steelers and Texans. We may not know who gets the byes until the final weekend.

Daily Noontime – November 28, 2011

The Patriots rallied to defeat the Eagles on Sunday, 38-20!

Good Monday to everyone and welcome back to the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines and news to kick-start your day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* New England’s quarterback Tom Brady tossed three touchdowns on Sunday, as the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-20.

* Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson mocked both New York Jets receivers Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes, as well as admitted his actions were “stupid” after his team lost their sixth game of the season.

* After his team’s seventh loss of the season, Andy Reid admitted that he didn’t pay attention to the Philadelphia crowd, who chanted, “Fire Andy.”

* Once again, the Houston Texans are faced with a critical quarterback issue, and it’s not certain who’ll be the signal caller for Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

* Tim Tebow once again rallied his troops to beat San Diego in overtime on Sunday, 16-13.

* According to multiple reports — Syracuse University has officially fired Bernie Fine after another source confirmed that he molested a young man nine years ago.

Games to Watch: 

* New York Giants at New Orleans (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

* San Jose at Los Angles (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s Sunday’s conversation with Tim Tebow on CBS, enjoy!