Noontime’s NFL Power Rankings: Week Two (Sept. 15, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The first official week of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second power rankings of the week, which continues to find the Kansas City Chiefs in the top spot followed by the Baltimore Ravens (second) and Seattle Seahawks (third). 

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Noontime’s Week Two Power Rankings (Sept. 15, 2020)

1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0, LW: No. 1): The defending Super Bowl champions looked pretty impressive last week against the Houston Texans

2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0, LW: No. 3): Lamar Jackson and the Ravens rolled past the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and should have no problem scoring its second win of the 2020 season this weekend when Baltimore visits Houston for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff. 

3. Seattle Seahawks (1-0, LW: No. 9): Russell Wilson was unstoppable on Sunday against an Atlanta Falcons team that did not have an answer with hows to stop the Seahawks’ offense. 

4. New Orleans Saints (1-0, LW: No. 4): Drew Brees and the Saints looked A LOT better than Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5. New England Patriots (1-0, LW: No. 11): In Bill Belichick we trust. And the same should be said for Cam Newton, too. 

6. San Francisco 49ers (0-1, LW: No. 2): The 49ers offense did not look great against the Arizona Cardinals, especially quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

7. Buffalo Bills (1-0, LW: No. 8): Quarterback Josh Allen completed 33 of 46 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 57 yards on 14 carries in the Bills’ initial win of the 2020 season against the New York ‘Football’ Jets

8. Tennessee Titans (1-0, LW: No. 6): The Titans are a good team. But they did not look great last night against the Denver Broncos, especially the special teams. 

9. Green Bay Packers (1-0, LW: No. 13): The Minnesota Vikings had no answer for Aaron Rodgers, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns. 

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0, LW: No. 10): Daniel Jones may have thrown more passes in last night’s contest, but Ben Roethlisberger looked much better as the veteran signal-caller completed 21 of 32 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns. 

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1, LW: No. 5): Bruce Arians is not afraid to speak his mind about quarterback Tom Brady. But what will Arians say if Brady and the Bucs don’t beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday? 

12. Arizona Cardinals (1-0, LW: NR): Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins were fun to watch against the 49ers last weekend. 

13. Los Angles Rams (1-0, LW: No. 17): The Rams may have squeaked out an opening day win against Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys but they certainly proved they can march up and down the field. 

14. Dallas Cowboys (0-1, LW: No. 7): Mike McCarthy was NOT happy about a late-game pass interference call, which helped the Rams escape with a three-point win. The Boys are already banged up on both sides of the ball and face a must-win on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. 

15. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1, LW: No. 14): So, who had the Eagles losing to the Washington Football Team in week one? 

16. Houston Texans (0-1, LW: No. 16): The Texans looked OK, but not great last week against the Chiefs. But how will they look this week against the Ravens? 

17. Denver Broncos (0-1, LW: NR): The Broncos had a chance to beat the Titans last night, but Drew Lock and the offense only moved 18 yards on its final drive. 

18. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0, LW: NR): Somehow, the Chargers scored a dramatic opening day win against the Cincinnati Bengals. Will this trend continue this week, as well as going forward? 

19. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0, LW: No. 20): Somehow the Silver and Black won a wild road game against the Carolina Panthers.

20. Atlanta Falcons (0-1, LW: No. 18): The Falcons looked lost against the Seahawks last week, but should be able to attack the Cowboys’ weakness this week: the Dallas secondary. 

On the Rise: Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team 


Noontime’s Preseason Rankings (Aug. 4, 2020) 

Noontime’s Week One Power Rankings (Sept. 8, 2020)

Touchdown Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2020)

Touchdown Tuesday

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday, everyone. 

Starting today – and yes, every Tuesday throughout the fall – we are going to be highlighting some exciting touchdowns from the past week, including high schools and colleges. And yes, we will revisit some impressive scores from the National Football League (NFL), too. 

So, let’s kick off our brand new Tuesday post by celebrating touchdowns – let’s go! 


Touchdown Tuesday for September 15, 2020 

Last night – Monday, September 14, to be exact – JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrated one of his two touchdowns of the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers by posting with these marvelous photos. Isn’t it great to score a touchdown? 

Let’s switch gears to the high school world where we saw this beautiful touchdown pass – wow, what a throw and catch! 

 

What’s a great way to celebrate the first-ever Touchdown Tuesday post then sharing that first passing score of the 2020 season. 

 

Yes, we love watching the offense score touchdowns, but when we heard the McAdory High School defense scored three times, we needed to highlight them in this particular post. #JacketNation 

 

Griffin Hanson of the Mars Hill Bible School football team did an amazing job avoiding a sack before throwing a touchdown pass to Hunter Kilpatrick

 

If you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals then you will certainly enjoy watching this clip of Joe Burrow zigzagging his way to the end zone for his first-ever professional touchdown. 

 

If you’re a New England Patriots fan then you will certainly enjoy rewatching Cam Newton‘s first touchdown of the 2020 season. We know we enjoyed revisiting this awesome score! 

 

And finally, how about celebrating that first touchdown pass of your senior year? Great throw, Dylan Fluellen

 

Do you want your touchdown highlighted in our weekly ‘Touchdown Tuesday’ post? If so, tweet us your touchdowns so we can add them to future posts! 

The AP Top 25 College Football Poll Welcomes 10 New Teams

The University of Memphis joined this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Poll. (PHOTO COURTESY: The University of Memphis Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Two weeks of college football are in the books. Well, maybe three weeks to be exact if you want to count a Week 0 matchup between Central Arkansas and Austin Peay

On Sunday, the Associated Press (AP) unveiled its latest college football poll, which did not include either team but did feature 10 new squads that had not appeared on the previous Top 25 list. And one of those teams happened to be the Memphis Tigers, which checked-in 16th overall. 

Memphis was idle this past weekend – the Blue and White scored an opening day over Arkansas State earlier this month – and will return to action at the end of the month when the UTSA Roadrunners on Friday, September 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern. 

Other teams joining this week’s poll included the University of Miami, which checked-in 17th overall, Brigham Young University (21st), and Army (22nd). The Black Knights are the lone 2-0 team on this week’s poll following back-to-back wins against Middle Tennessee (42-0) and UL Monroe (37-7). 

This week, Army will host BYU in what should be a good test for the Black Knights before they cap their September schedule with a visit to No. 13 Cincinnati

Clemson remains the top team in this week’s poll – the Tigers topped Wake Forest this past weekend by a score of 37-7 – while Alabama and Oklahoma secured the second and third spots, respectively. Georgia secured the fourth position while Florida checked-in fifth overall. 

Noontime’s High School Football Play Of The Week (Sept. 14, 2020)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (AL) earned our first-ever high school football play of the week honor. (PHOTO COURTESY: Michael Casagrande / Twitter)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Yes, high school football is being played in the United States of America despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight some exciting plays from the gridiron, right? 

This week, we’re starting a new weekly high school football post, which will be published every Monday that will showcase our favorite play from the past weekend. And this week’s choice was too easy. 

In case you don’t know by now, Tuscaloosa Hillcrest somehow miraculously won its Friday evening contest last week Wetumpka, thanks to nine laterals on the game’s final play

As noted in the Los Angeles Times piece, AL.com called the play “Bronco,” which is certainly an interesting name, right? 

Either way, the play somehow worked and even got the attention of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who tweeted the following: “This is why we love football.” 

Indeed, we love football and this might be the craziest play we have ever seen. And hopefully, we see more plays like this as the season progresses. 

Tom Brady

Brady Struggles In His Tampa Bay Debut Against New Orleans

Tom Brady

Tom Brady wasn’t perfect in his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (PHOTO COURTESY: AP/NJ.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

This will not go down as one of Tom Brady’s finest moments.

In his first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady started out like the Brady of old: marching his team down the field and scoring on a vintage quarterback sneak that he did so often in New England.

After that?  It was pretty much a train wreck.

Brady threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. But it was much more than that. There seemed to be a lot of miscommunication with his receivers. A number of his passes were way off the mark, which could be attributed to learning a new playbook and a lack of reps with his new teammates due to the pandemic.

But you can’t blame it all on Brady, who concluded his team’s initial contest of the season completing 23 of 36 passes for 239 yards, while adding nine yards on three carries. It doesn’t help when your offensive line can’t protect you. It doesn’t help when you have no running game to support the aerial attack. Both of those components have plagued the Bucs for years – not weeks or months, but years.

Brady and head coach Bruce Arians still have time to figure this out. This was just one game, against a very good New Orleans Saints team. And I think the chemistry between Brady and his receivers will improve. 

As any New England Patriots fan should know by now: don’t count him out just yet.