Noontime’s NFL 2020 Predictions

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are the favorites to win the Super Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to the official start date for the National Football League (NFL)

Are you ready for some football?

Whether or not, the season – yes, a new season of professional football – begins this evening with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs in what should be an intriguing matchup. 

Yet, before the defending Super Bowl champions begin their quest for a second-straight title later today, allow me to share my predictions for the upcoming season, including who I think will celebrate a championship next February in Tampa Bay, Florida. 


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Noontime’s NFL 2020 Predictions

AFC East Champions: Buffalo Bills 

AFC North Champions: Baltimore Ravens

AFC South Champions: Tennessee Titans 

AFC West Champions: Kansas City Chiefs 

AFC Wild Card Teams: Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers 

AFC Championship Prediction: Kansas City over Tennessee 

NFC East Champions: Dallas Cowboys 

NFC North Champions: Minnesota Vikings 

NFC South Champions: New Orleans Saints 

NFC West Champions: Seattle Seahawks 

NFC Wild Card Teams: Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

NFC Championship Prediction: New Orleans over Tampa Bay 

Super Bowl Prediction: Kansas City over New Orleans 

Coach of the Year: Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) 

Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) 

Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Offensive Rookie of the Year: CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys) 

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Chase Young (Washington Football Team)

Comeback Player of the Year: Cam Newton (New England Patriots)


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Commentary: Re-Thinking Where Tom Brady Plays In 2020

By Matt Noonan

A few weeks ago, I shared five landing spots for Tom Brady, who is inching closer to inking his name on a new contract with either the New England Patriots or another team for the upcoming 2020 season.

As of today, we’re a bit closer since my last ‘commentary’ blog post – in fact, the NFL free agency period will truly begin two weeks from today (March 18th, 2020), so we should know where the six-time Super Bowl champion will be playing shortly.

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Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? We should know the answer to that question in two weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: ADAM GLANZMAN/GETTY)

But in the meantime, I thought I would re-think (and revisit) my thoughts from a few weeks ago and share where I think Brady will play next fall.

New England Patriots. I find it hard to believe that Tom Brady would want to leave New England for another team. Seriously, I don’t think he wants to play for another team.  Brady would probably have to ask for less money so the Patriots could spend some money on new pieces for their offense.

If Brady doesn’t return, which is certainly possible, then it truly is because of coach Bill Belichick and his eagerness to lead the Patriots to a championship without the greatest signal-caller that is not named Joe Montana.

San Francisco 49ers. I floated this idea a few weeks ago – I won’t take credit for the thought – but seeing Brady suit up for his hometown 49ers would truly be a fairytale ending to his historic career.

If the 49ers were to acquire the six-time Super Bowl champion, then they would most likely send Jimmy Garoppolo packing. And most likely, Jimmy G would return to New England to lead his former team, which provided him with two Super Bowl rings.

I really like the thought of Tom Brady playing for the 49ers because he would make them an immediate lock for next year’s Super Bowl.

Tennessee Titans. Until the rumors of the 49ers started floating or the thought of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo switching places started, I thought Tennessee was a lock. But I am not so sure about Brady playing for the Titans next season.

If Tom Brady does play for the Titans then the next question is will Derrick Henry be on the field with him? Per reports, it sounds like the Titans will use the franchise tag on Henry, but another report confirms that Brady would not want to play for Tennessee without the former Alabama halfback.

Tennesse seems like an ideal fit, of course, so don’t rule this team out as we inch closer to the first day of free agency. Plus, you know Tom Brady would love to play for his former teammate, Mike Vrabel.

Other potential landing spots (in my opinion) could also include the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I don’t think we will see Brady sporting a Dallas Cowboys uniform or playing for the Los Angeles Chargers. And I will end this post by saying I don’t think he will play for the Las Vegas Raiders, but I could be wrong.

Noontime Commentary: Five Potential Landing Spots For Tom Brady

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Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? PHOTO COURTESY: Charles Krupa / Associated Press/LA Times

By Matt Noonan 

It may be only February – Friday, February 14th, 2020, to be exact – but the thought of where Tom Brady will play next season continues to be on the minds of many, including myself.

So, below are five potential landing spots for the six-time Super Bowl champion – I am sure all five of these teams, including the New England Patriots, would certainly benefit from having Brady both in their locker room and on the field guiding their respective offense.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys begin a new era under head coach Mike McCarthy. And you know the former Green Bay Packers coach would love to have a veteran quarterback like Brady to guide his offense to not just a division crown, but also a Super Bowl championship.

Dallas may have their quarterback of the future in Dak Prescott, but it seems as if he and his agent want a lot of money for a signal-caller that has yet to guide the Silver and Blue to a conference title. Prescott is 1-2 in the postseason, and does not seem interested in attending minicamp and possibly training camp until he receives what he wants, so why not lure Brady to Texas so the Cowboys can win their sixth (and possibly seventh) Super Bowl in franchise history.

Las Vegas Raiders: Could you imagine Tom Brady donning a Silver and Black uniform? If so, I’ll buy it – I don’t wear jerseys anymore – but with Brady under center, he would immediately turn the Raiders into a team that would not only compete with the Kansas City Chiefs for an AFC West crown but also a conference championship.

The Raiders begin a new era in their franchise history this fall – sadly, they are not competing in Oakland or Los Angeles anymore, so adding Brady to their roster for one or two years would be an ideal way to start the next chapter of Raider Nation.

New England Patriots: Returning to the Patriots makes the most sense to me, but I am not entirely sure if Brady would want to play for New England, especially with how this past season concluded.

Sure, the Patriots weren’t “loaded” or the team to beat this past fall as they relied more on their defense than their offense, but if Brady were to return then I think coach Bill Belichick would need to lure some marquee free agents to Gillette Stadium so the veteran signal-caller can have a chance to end his career with at least one or two more Super Bowls.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans’ postseason run was exciting. But imagine what it will be like next year with Tom Brady under center?

If Brady joins the Titans then consider them the team to beat in the AFC besides the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens.

Most likely, Ryan Tannehill will return to Tennessee, but I could see Brady’s former teammate and current head coach Mike Vrabel finding a way to lure the veteran signal-caller to Nashville.

San Francisco 49ers: This would be an ideal way to end a historic career.

Brady, as we all know, grew up rooting for the 49ers, so why not find a way to end your career with your favorite team. And I am sure both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch would love to have Brady compete for a team that is certainly capable of returning to the Super Bowl next season.

For this move to happen, Brady could do one of two things. He could sign with the 49ers once free agency begins next month or ink his name on a new deal with the Patriots, but then ask either Bill Belichick or Robert Kraft to trade him to San Francisco. And if the Patriots did trade Brady, then you can bet that Belichick would ask for Jimmy Garoppolo in return.

I know this sounds like a crazy idea and I doubt the 49ers want to give up on Jimmy G,  but if Brady were to sign with the 49ers then he will certainly have a chance to end his career with at least one, possibly two, Super Bowl rings.


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