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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…


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.


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.


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.


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 16, 2011

Coach K. has officially surpassed Bobby Knight as the winningest basketball coach in Division I NCAA Basketball!

Alright, it’s “hump day,” which means … the weekend is almost here, and the week is almost over, wahoo! Here’s some headlines, news and more, enjoy! 


* Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski officially became the winningest head coach in college basketball on Tuesday, as the Blue Devils beat Michigan State, 74-69.

* Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub recently admitted that he’s quite “bummed” about ending his season.

* With Schaub injured, could the Texans consider acquiring Brett Favre to their roster?

* Justin Verlander added some hardware to his collection on Tuesday, as he was named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

* The Boston Bruins stretched their winning streak to six games on Tuesday, as the Black and Gold defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-3.

Games to Watch: 

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

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

* Chicago at Vancouver (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is called breaking a world record – riding a 90 foot wave! 

Daily Noontime – November 15, 2011

Don't expect anything drastic to occur for the NBA anytime soon!

Alright, it’s Tuesday, which means the current week is motoring along, right? Here’s the latest news, headlines and more! 


* In case you haven’t heard, the NBA Players Association rejected the Owners proposal on Monday, which means the Lockout has shifted to a “nuclear winter,” according to commissioner David Stern.

* The Green Bay Packers pulverized the Minnesota Vikings on Monday evening, as well as earned their ninth win in a row.

* According to multiple sources, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel have suffered serious injuries, and will most likely miss the remainder of the season.

* On Monday, the Philadelphia media confirmed that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played Sunday with two broken ribs, and also hurt two more too.

* Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky proclaimed on a recent NBC interview that he is innocent.

* Apparently Aaron Rodgers is on target to shatter Tom Brady‘s 50 TD record this season. Rodgers currently has 28 TDs, and certainly is on par to tie the record.

Games to Watch: 

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

* Ottawa at Calgary (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern 

* No. 2 Kentucky at No. 11 Kansas (NCAA Basketball) – 9:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Wow! Here’s Aaron Rodgers talking after a community college football game! 

NFL Week 3 – Three Games to Watch

It is officially another “Football Friday” at Noontime Sports, which means it is time to dish out our three games to watch on Sunday. Matt Noonan is currently 4-2 with his picks, but let’s see how he fairs this weekend. Enjoy week three of the NFL and root for Noonan and Noontime Sports!

Are you ready for a classic Texas football "air it out" classic with Romo and Schaub?

Dallas [0-2] at Houston [2-0] – 1:00pm: They say everything is bigger in the state of Texas, but this game is definitely… BIG! Both teams have come out of the gates in different directions, but in all honestly, who would have imagined the Texans would be in first place entering week three of the 2010 season? Their 2-0 record may not be a fluke, especially since they’ve exhibited the fact that they can rally when trailing an opponent, which was demonstrated in week two against the Washington Redskins.

Quarterback Matt Schaub is the proud owner of a passer rating of 102.6 and has already thrown four touchdowns. His offense ranks first in points (32.0), overall yards (440.5) and rushing (157.5), as well as sixth in passing yards (283.0). Although, the focal point has been running back Arian Foster who has recorded three touchdowns and 300 yards on the ground. Foster will be an important part of the Texans offense, yet the Cowboys rank sixth in the league for their run defense. Also, defensive end Mario Williams could cause nightmares for the Cowboys offensive line because he has already recorded 4 sacks in two games. Look for Williams to cause matchup problems for both the left and right tackles.

The Dallas Cowboys have shown signs of greatness, but the biggest issue that needs to be addressed is their running game. Running backs Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice have under performed in the past two games, combining for 132 yards and no touchdowns. Quarterback Tony Romo was very vocal this past week and demanded that the running attack needed to be more balanced and incorporated more into the various plays that are chosen by offensive coordinator and former Cowboy quarterback, Jason Garrett. The Cowboys running attack was a vital part in ’09, so look for Barber, Jones and Choice to receive more attention on Sunday.

Despite their failures to produce first downs or touchdowns on the ground, wide receiver Miles Austin has recorded 20 catches for 288 yards and one touchdown. Austin currently leads the league in receiving yards. If the offense can put points on the board early and often, it will take the pressure of their struggling defense who has allowed an average of 297 yards per game.

This matchup has all the makings for both teams to air it out constantly, but most importantly, the Cowboys need to shut down Foster, early and often, otherwise, it will be a field day for the second year back. In the end, the Cowboys will earn their first victory of the 2010 season and head into their bye week with a record of 1-2. Prediction: Cowboys 28 – Texans 24

Are Falcons fans ready to watch Jason Snelling take on the Saints defense?

Atlanta [1-1] at New Orleans [2-0] – 1:00pm: The New Orleans Saints escaped a close, but exciting Monday Night affair with the San Francisco 49ers in week two, as kicker Garrett Hartley secured the victory with 2 seconds remaining the fourth quarter. The Saints return to the Super Dome on Sunday to face their NFC South foe, the Atlanta Falcons. While the Falcons are flying high after their week two wallop against the Arizona Cardinals, this matchup seems pivotal for both squads.

With Reggie Bush sidelined, the Saints will need to rely heavily on Pierre Thomas and fullback Heath Evans to lead their ground attack. The Falcons have not appeared equipped or able to stop the run thus far this season, especially since they have allowed an average of 130.5 yards per game on the ground. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one, they couldn’t stop running back Rashard Mendenhall, who scored the game’s only touchdown.

Quarterback Drew Brees will need to pick his spots perfectly, since the Falcons defense ranks 10th in passing yards allowed. Although, the Saints offense may not appear as they did in ’09, but the defense has clearly been the catalyst in securing two difficult wins this season. Pressuring the running backs and receivers is a must for the Saints defense.

The Falcons looked unstoppable against the Cardinals. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and running back Jason Snelling scored twice on the ground too. The offense will need all of their players, including running back Michael Turner, receivers Roddy White, Harry Douglas and tight end Tony Gonzalez to play up to their potential if they are to beat the defending Super Bowl champions.

The Saints have won seven of their last eight games against the Falcons. If the Falcons defense can force the Saints to run the ball, it could turn into a victory for the men dressed in red and black. Prediction: Falcons 30 – Saints 26

Can the Jets defense stop Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams?

New York Jets [1-1] at Miami [2-0] – 8:20pm: An early meeting that could decide the faith of the Jets and Dolphins 2010 season. The Dolphins have defeated the Jets in three of their last four meetings, which included a win on Monday Night Football in ’09.

Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Dolphins defense prevented quarterback Brett Favre from having one his magical field days. Favre threw three interceptions and did not toss a single touchdown pass. Running back Adrian Peterson tallied 145 yards of offense on the ground, but scored only once against a Dolphins defense that ranks first in points allowed. The defense has been a major factor, but so has outside linebacker Cameron Wake, who has recorded two sacks, one in each of the past two games.

Both quarterback’s for each team hasn’t been incredibly sensational, but have at least kept their teams in each game. Chad Henne is off to a slow start with only one touchdown toss, while Jets signal caller Mark Sanchez has connected for three touchdown passes. Both Dolphins running backs, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown have combined for 237 yards on the ground, but yet to cross the pylon. The Jets defense has held their opponents to an average of 50.5 yards on the ground, which could be an issue. Yet, against the Jets in week five in ’09, Brown ran 21 times for 74 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Overall, if the Jets can ignore the paparazzi and buzz surrounding wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who was arrested this past week for a DWI, as well as allow Sanchez to spread the ball around, then expect a “Gang Green” to earn a victory. Although, sloppy mistakes and errors will allow the Dolphins to escape with a 3-0 record. Miami’s defense will be the biggest factor in this contest, which is why the Dolphins will be victorious and earn their third “w” of the season.

Prediction: Dolphins 24 – Jets 16

Daily Noontime – September 20, 2010

Schaub and the Houston Texans maybe too legit.

Good Morning! It is a brand new week and Noontime Sports is excited to kick it off with our Daily Noontime for Monday September 20, 2010. Have a wonderful day and let’s all have a great week!


* The Dallas Cowboys continue to struggle and now are 0-2. Yet, so are the Minnesota Vikings. What is going on with these two teams that were playoff bound last season?

* Did Rex Ryan enjoy a snack after the New York Jets beat the New England Patriots, 28-14? Also, how good was Mark Sanchez on Sunday?

* Michigan State University head coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack after his football team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday.

* Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards in his team’s second win of the 2010 season on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

* San Francisco Giants regain their lead in the NL West as Jose Guillen and Barry Zito power pass the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-2 on Sunday.

* New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs decided to throw his helmet into the stands on Sunday, as his team lost to the Indianapolis Colts, 38-14.

* Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is playing too awesome. Yet, while the young shortstop is injury prone, Tulowitzki keeps on rolling.

Games to Watch:

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

* Atlanta at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* New Orleans at San Francisco (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

DJ Steve Porter did a great job with this pre-game video, so here is his latest installment that was for the Manning Bowl on Sunday. Yet, Peyton Manning defeated his younger brother Eli, 38-14 in Indianapolis.