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Noonan: AFC/NFC Conference Championship Predictions

Can Ray Rice repeat his 2009 postseason performance against New England's defense on Sunday? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan

Last week, I went 3-1. This week, I am expecting to go 2-0, but let’s see what happens!

New England 27, Baltimore 24 – I am super excited for this matchup, especially since these two teams always find a way to end the game with a dramatic sequence. Baltimore defeated New England last time these two teams met in the postseason, 33-14. Running back Ray Rice tallied 159 yards on 22 carries, and two touchdowns, while quarterback Joe Flacco finished the game 4 of 10 for 34 yards. Although, the true matchup to watch on Sunday will be the Ravens defense against the Patriots offense. Tom Brady tossed six touchdowns last weekend against Denver, and certainly is capable of tearing apart Baltimore’s secondary. However, if Baltimore’s front seven can pressure Brady, as well as control the time of possession on offense, then they’ll win the game. Yet, if New England can control the time of possession, and contain Rice, they’ll win.

San Francisco 24, New York 20  – I am not exactly the biggest fan of head coach Jim Harbaugh, but what he’s done in San Francisco has been rather impressive. Harbaugh revamped the 49ers defense to become one of the best in the league, and against Eli Manning, I’m expecting the front seven to not only pressure him, but also record two or three sacks, too. Alex Smith proved he’s a clutch quarterback, as he tossed three strikes to the end zone last weekend against New Orleans, which included the game winning touchdown to Vernon Davis. San Francisco handed New York a loss earlier this season, and once again, I am expecting them to defeat the Giants in the City By The Bay.

Thanksgiving Football Prediction: Baltimore-San Francisco

Are you ready for the "Brother Battle" on Thanksgiving?

By Matt Noonan 

If the Ravens are going to be deemed one the best teams in the NFL, then they need to beat the 49ers on Thanksgiving.

Baltimore has struggled this year against under performing squads like Arizona, Jacksonville, and Tennessee, but has somehow managed to defeat Pittsburgh twice. The Ravens defense continues to impress and has held opponents to roughly 25 points per game and 344 offensive yards, as well as bailed out quarterback Joe Flacco too.

San Francisco’s offense has averaged roughly 26 points and 323 offensive yards per game, while quarterback Alex Smith has recorded 13 touchdowns and is on pace to match his career high from the ’09 season, (18 TDs). Running backs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter have combined for seven rushing scores and 1,154 yards on the ground, so expect the 49ers offense to challenge a Ravens unit that will most likely be without linebacker Ray Lewis for the second straight week.

Finally, this matchup will also mark the first time in league history that two brothers, who’re head coaches, will face-off against one another.

FUN FACT – If San Francisco wins this holiday clash, it’ll be the first time the 49ers reached 10 wins since the ’02 season.

Prediction – Expect both squads to come out of the gates with loads of energy, but once it’s all said and done, I expect the Ravens to give their home crowd an early holiday present – their eighth win of the season. Baltimore 20 – San Francisco 14  

NFL Week 11 – News and Notes

What's going on with the so called, "dream team?"

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s officially time to unveil our weekly “NFL News and Notes” post for Week 11. Here are some of the biggest news, and tidbits from around the league, enjoy!

* According to ProFootballTalk.com — Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is quite irritated with the media asking him about Michael Vick‘s ribs. He is also annoyed with various members of the press asking about when the left-handed gunslinger broke his ribs too.

* After attempting to throw the ball 63 times through the air last weekend, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is determined to bounce back against the Carolina Panthers.

* Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is no long on the injury report, and is expected to keep his “November hot streak” going on Sunday against Washington.

* The New York Jets will look to rebound on Thursday, as they travel to Denver for a must-win contest against Tim Tebow. Here’s the breakdown of Gang Green’s schedule going forward via the Washington Post.

* San Francisco will host the Arizona Cardinals this weekend, but according to sources from the desert, they strongly believe head coach Jim Harbaugh has done quite well with the 49ers.

Daily Noontime – October 18, 2011

Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets toppled the Jets on Monday, and snapped their three-game losing streak!

Happy Tuesday y’all and welcome into another edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the latest headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The New York Jets ended a three-game losing streak on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins, 24-6.

* After losing to the Jets on Monday, the Dolphins are now [0-5] and certainly on par to lose their remaining 11-games.

* Good news – Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz won’t be fined by the NFL for their altercation on Sunday after the 49ers-Lions game.

* According to an interest report by the Boston Herald’s John Tomase, he explains why the Boston Red Sox need to re-sign David Ortiz.

* According to reports, the city of St. Louis has been preparing for the World Series for the past week.

* For some reason, running back Matt Forte believes that if the Chicago Bears won’t pay him then another squad will do it.

Games to Watch: 

* Carolina at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Buffalo at Montreal (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* New York Rangers at Vancouver (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

There’s nothing better than hearing a coach tell his players, “shut up!”

NFL Week Six – Hot Topics

Jason Garrett should be blamed for the Cowboy's most recent loss, especially for his conservative play calling!

By Matt Noonan 

Sunday was a busy day across the NFL, but also one that featured a great deal of surprises.

Here are a few thoughts on some key issues that have been discussed by fans, talk-show hosts and bloggers across America on Monday.

Patriots-Cowboys: This was indeed an epic contest that featured two teams going in completely different directions.

With roughly four-minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and Dallas leading New England by a whooping three-points, head coach Jason Garrett elected to run the ball three times, as well as punt on fourth-down, which set up the heroic Tom Brady, who led the Patriots to a game-winning touchdown.

Dallas should have won this game, especially since they forced the Patriots to turn the ball over four times, (two interceptions, two fumbles), but instead, they imploded and handed their opponent another easy “w.”

New England’s offense gassed Rob Ryan’s defense, while Garrett took the ball out of his quarterback’s hands during the team’s final few drives, and put the weight of the contest on rookie running back DeMarco Murray’s back, which probably wasn’t the right decision.

Overall, it wasn’t a pretty game for either team, but an important victory for the Patriots and another heartbreaking loss for the Cowboys.

Sean Payton’s Injured Leg: This was indeed an accident, but again, something you don’t see every day, right?

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caught a pass from quarterback Drew Brees and then collided with head coach Sean Payton, who tumbled to the ground on the team’s sideline. Payton was then assisted to the team’s bench and doctor’s identified his injury – a torn meniscus and fractured bone in his left leg, which was repaired on Monday.

Although, while reports have stated, Payton won’t be able to put pressure on his left leg for roughly eight weeks, one might wonder if this particular accident will propel the Saints downward?

My answer… No!

Brees discussed his coach’s injury with reporters on Sunday, but didn’t seem concerned. The Saints are too good of a football team to let a minor issue, such as a Payton’s injury get in their way, especially against the winless Indianapolis Colts.

Harbaugh-Schwartz handshake: This was bizarre and strange at the same time.

I can’t recall the last time two coaches sparred with one another after a game concluded, but I am convinced that San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh wanted to rub his nose in Jim Schwartz’s face after his team’s fifth win of the season.

I expect the league and commissioner Roger Goodell to fine both coaches for acting inappropriately.

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