Daily Noontime (Thursday, October 16, 2020)

 

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Thursday, everyone! 

It’s quite chilly outside this morning. In fact, I almost ordered a hot coffee from Starbucks but chose a cold brew instead. Was that a bad decision? 

Let’s get to some news from the sports world, beginning with a recent update from the National Football League (NFL): The Atlanta Falcons are shutting down their facility due to “multiple positive tests.” 

What exactly does this mean? We’re unsure, but as of now, the Falcons are scheduled to meet the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, but that game could be postponed or canceled, so stay tuned. 

I am sorry to share not-so-good news (again!), but Nick Saban, who is the head coach of the University of Alabama‘s football team, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, Greg Byrne, who is the school’s athletic director, also tested positive, which means this weekend’s conference clash between the Tide and the University of Georgia could be postponed, but who knows? 

As we noted yesterday on our mid-afternoon ‘Daily Noontime,’ two Southeastern Conference (SEC) football games for this weekend have been postponed. According to this week’s schedule from ESPN.com (as of 9 a.m. this morning), three college football games have been postponed this week. Could we see a few more due to a recent uptick in coronavirus cases?  

Staying in the college athletic world, the NCAA‘s Division I Council voted yesterday to provide student-athletes that compete during the wintertime an extra year of eligibility. And according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, those that play basketball or hockey would be able to return to campus next year even if they play one or two contests. 

The NCAA also unveiled 450 host sites for upcoming championships, including lacrosse, which will return to Gillette Stadium in 2025 and 2026

Here are some more news and links from the world wide web: 

Noontime’s NFL Power Rankings: Week Six (Oct. 14, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Five weeks of professional football are in the books, but it wasn’t easy. 

Also, what did you think about Tuesday Night Football? Did you know the last Tuesday evening game was played ten years ago between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles? Well, now you know! 

Alright, enough jibber-jabber, let’s unveil this week’s Noontime Power Rankings for the sixth week of the 2020 National Football League (NFL).

As usual, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone!  


Noontime’s Week Six Power Rankings (Oct. 14, 2020)

1. Seattle Seahawks (5-0, LW: No. 2): Somehow, the Seahawks pulled out a win on Sunday evening against the Minnesota Vikings. 

2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1, LW: No. 1): The Chiefs suffered their first setback since last November, which seems or sounds crazy, right? Maybe the loss was exactly what coach Andy Reid and his team needed. 

3. Green Bay Packers (4-0, LW: No. 3): The Packers were idle this past weekend, but they have looked pretty good through four weeks. This week, Green Bay will visit Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what should be a decent matchup. 

4. Baltimore Ravens (4-1, LW: No. 4): Baltimore’s defense shined against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but the offense seems to be inconsistent. 

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0, LW: No. 6): The Steelers are really good at drafting receivers. 

6. Tennessee Titans (4-0, LW: No. 7): The Titans returned to the gridiron last night for the first time in a few weeks and looked really good. And we mean, really good! 

7. Buffalo Bills (4-1, LW: No. 5): Did the Bills come down to earth last night or are they still pretty good? 

8. Cleveland Browns (4-1, LW: No. 14): Something is different about this Browns team than previous years. Maybe this is finally the year the Browns officially turn the corner and establish a winning culture? 

9. New England Patriots (2-2, LW: No. 8): It’s been a chaotic past few days for the Patriots, but let’s hope things start going in the right direction, especially with today’s news about Cam Newton returning to the practice field tomorrow. 

10. Los Angeles Rams (4-1, LW: No. 11): The Rams returned to their original form from earlier this season with a runaway win over the Washington Football Team this past weekend. Their early season success should continue against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. 

11. New Orleans Saints (3-2, LW: No. 10): The Los Angeles Chargers did not make things easy for Drew Brees and the Saints on Monday in Louisiana.   

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2, LW: No. 9): Can someone please tell Tom Brady that there are four downs in football, not five! 

13. Carolina Panthers (3-2, LW: No. 16): After starting the season with back-to-back losses, the Panthers have bounced back with three-straight wins. Is it time to consider them a contender for the NFC South? 

14. Las Vegas Raiders (3-2, LW: No. 19): Whatever the Raiders did this past weekend against the Chiefs, they must do going forward. 

15. Chicago Bears (4-1, LW: No. 15): Did you know the Bears have won four of five contests this season? Are they flying under the radar with Nick Foles

16. San Francisco 49ers (2-3, LW: No. 13): Injuries are piling up and the 49ers are looking like a one-hit-wonder (in our minds!). 

17. Dallas Cowboys (2-3, LW: No. 17): The Cowboys secured the top spot in the NFC East last week with a much-needed divisional win over the New York Giants, but did lose Dak Prescott to a season-ending injury. Ouch! 

18. Indianapolis Colts (3-2, LW: No. 12): Maybe the three-game winning streak from the earlier this season was a fluke? 

19. Arizona Cardinals (3-2, LW: No. 18): The Cardinals have beaten the following teams: San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, and the Washington Football Team. And they have suffered setbacks to these teams: Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers. So, how good is this team? 

20. Miami Dolphins (2-3, LW: NR): The Dolphins came close to beating the Seahawks two weeks ago, but did score a much-needed win over the 49ers on Sunday. Is something cooking in South Beach that we don’t know about? 

On the Rise: Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles


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

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

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

Noontime’s Week Four Power Rankings (Sept. 29, 2020) 

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, September 30, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s the final day of September – man, this month moved quickly! I guess it is time to begin the countdown for Halloween, right? 

We hope it has been a great month for you (and your families), as well as your friends – we have enjoyed hosting a slew of podcasts to generating some new content on football and other subjects over the past few weeks. And as we head into the final stretch of 2020, we’re excited to produce even more football content, along with some other blogs, podcasts, and videos, so stay tuned, Noontime fans and friends! 

Alright, let’s kickstart a brand new day with the ‘Daily Noontime’ for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – have a great day, everyone! 

NFL vs. Covid-19

News broke yesterday morning regarding the National Football League‘s (NFL) enduring its first official coronavirus hurdle with eight members of the Tennessee Titans, including three players testing positive.

Both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who was Tennessee’s most recent opponent, have closed their respective facilities and will be working remotely this week – how do you work remotely in professional sports? I don’t know, but I am guessing there will be a LOT of Zoom meetings. 

As of now, it appears both teams will be back on the field this weekend but stay tuned. 

Just a short time ago, we learned of fourth player testing positive, which is NOT good news. However, no member of the Vikings tested positive, which is good news, right? 

Two former Harvard University football players start a $55 million sports-focused venture fund

Just a short time ago, Scott Soshnick of Sportico reported that two former Harvard football alums, including Isaiah Kacyvenski, who was one of the founders of the Sports Innovation Lab here in Boston, has formed a team to start “the first early stage, institutionally-backed ventured fund.”

The firm believes sports will fuel “the next great wave of technological innovation,” and we certainly will be keeping our eyes on this group, which was raised $55 million has some impressive partnerships in place already.

The 2020 NBA Finals tips-off this evening

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will compete against the Miami Heat this evening in game one of the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

James and the Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, while the Heat beat our beloved Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami enters the championship round with a great deal of momentum and should not be taken lightly. 

But what makes this matchup so intriguing is James used to play for the Heat – remember when promised multiple championships?  

Finally, are you excited for day number two of the MLB playoffs? 

The first official day of the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason is in the books. And in case you were curious, the New York Yankees won their first game against the Cleveland Indians

More games are on the docket today, New York-Cleveland, as well as Los Angeles DodgersMilwaukee Brewers at 10 p.m. eastern. 

While it is upsetting to not see the local nine in the playoffs – that would be the Boston Red Sox – it is nice to have playoff baseball on your television! 

Noontime’s NFL Power Rankings: Week Four (Sept. 29, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday, everyone! 

After a much-needed bye week – we apologize for the radio silence! – we’re back to producing a weekly National Football League (NFL) Power Rankings. And we’re excited to generate this list every week. 

So, let’s unveil this week’s Top 20 teams through three weeks! 

As usual, make sure to stop by every day for brand new football content while following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!


Noontime’s Week Four Power Rankings (Sept. 29, 2020)

1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0, Previously: No. 1): Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs looked pretty well last night against the Baltimore Ravens. In fact, we think they looked really good! 

2. Seattle Seahawks (3-0, Previously: No. 3): If you let Russell Wilson cook, then he will make a delicious meal. And so far, Wilson is cooking up some magic after three impressive outings. 

3. Baltimore Ravens (2-1, Previously: No. 2): Yes, the Ravens lost to the Chiefs last night, but they are still the second-best team in the AFC. 

4. Green Bay Packers (3-0, Previously: No. 9): Initially, we thought the Packers would take a step back this year, but apparently our preseason thought has been incorrect, especially with three weeks of the 2020 season in the books. 

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0, Previously: No. 10): Ben Roethlisberger has looked pretty good thus far, but the same could be said for the Pittsburgh defense. Maybe they will be able to challenge the Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North? 

6. Buffalo Bills (3-0, Previously: No. 7): Josh Allen is having a great season thus far. And their win against the Los Angeles Rams was an important one, especially after they squandered a 28-3 advantage. 

7. Tennessee Titans (3-0, Previously: No. 8): Yes, we know the Titans and Minnesota Vikings will be sidelined until this weekend due to eight members of the Tennessee organization testing positive for the coronavirus. But whether they play or not this upcoming week, these Titans should not be overlooked – they’re a good football team. And they certainly remain the favorites in the AFC South. 

8. New England Patriots (2-1, Previously: No. 5): The Patriots are proving they can win games with everyone in their locker room – we saw that on Sunday when they leaned heavily on Rex Burkhead, who rushed for three touchdowns. This week, the Pats face their toughest test of the season: Kansas City. 

9. Los Angeles Rams (2-1, Previously: No. 13): The Rams came close to beating the Bills this past weekend but struggled to stop Josh Allen and the offense down the stretch. But as Sean McVay said after the game, the team will learn from this setback and bounce back. And we certainly expect that to happen this week against the New York Giants

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1, Previously: No. 11): Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have won back-to-back contests. And they should be able to string together another win this week against the Los Angeles Chargers (fingers crossed!). 

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-1, Previously: No. 6): The 49ers have scored back-to-back wins against perhaps the two worst teams in the NFL – that would be the New York Giants and New York Jets. They should tack on another win this week against the winless Philadelphia Eagles

12. New Orleans Saints (1-2, Previously: No. 4): Sure, the Saints have stumbled since beating Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, but this team needs to win this week to regain its week one mojo. 

13. Chicago Bears (3-0, Previously: On The Rise): Somehow, Matt Nagy and the Bears have won three-straight games. Can they continue this momentum this week against the Indianapolis Colts

14. Indianapolis Colts (2-1, Previously: No. Not Ranked): Philip Rivers and the Colts have won back-to-back contests, but face a good test this week against the undefeated Bears. 

15. Dallas Cowboys (1-2, Previously: No. 14): The Cowboys have the talent, but are also banged up. Give the Boys credit for putting up a fight against the Seahawks, but they should be able to learn from this game, as well as their week one loss heading into a must-win contest on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns

16. Cleveland Browns (2-1, Previously: Not Ranked): Nick Chubb highlighted his team’s second-straight win of the 2020 season. He will certainly be a player to watch this week against the Cowboys. 

17. Arizona Cardinals (2-1, Previously: No. 12): The Cardinals should have beaten the Detroit Lions, but instead faltered down the stretch. Can they rebound this week against the 1-2 Carolina Panthers? We’ll have to wait and see! 

18. Las Vegas Raiders (2-1, Previously: No. 19): The Silver and Black sustained their first setback of the season to the Patriots on Sunday, but have looked somewhat decent against both the Panthers and Saints. 

19. Miami Dolphins (1-2, Previously: Not Ranked): The Dolphins finally cracked the win column last week thanks to their tenured quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick

20. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2, Previously: No. 18): The Chargers looked good against the Chiefs one week ago, but did not look good against the Panthers, especially down the stretch. 

On the Rise: Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, and Houston Texans 


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

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

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

Team Noontime’s NFL Week Two Picks

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s time to kick off the second week of the National Football League (NFL) this evening, which means it is time to unveil our ‘Team Noontime Week Two Picks!’ 

Liz H. Noonan predicted eight of 16 contests correctly while Matt Noonan enters a new week boasting a 7-9 record. 

As always, thanks for stopping by and seeing our predictions, and enjoy the second week of the NFL! 

 

Team Noontime’s NFL Week Two Picks 

Matt Noonan’s Picks

Liz H. Noonan’s Picks

Cincinnati Bengals over Cleveland Browns Cincinnati Bengals over Cleveland Browns
Tennessee Titans over Jacksonville Jaguars Tennessee Titans over Jacksonville Jaguars
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers over Denver Broncos  Pittsburgh Steelers over Denver Broncos 
Philadelphia Eagles over Los Angeles Rams  Los Angeles Rams over Philadelphia Eagles 
San Francisco 49ers over New York Jets  San Francisco 49ers over New York Jets
Buffalo Bills over Miami Dolphins  Buffalo Bills over Miami Dolphins 
Minnesota Vikings over Indianapolis Colts  Minnesota Vikings over Indianapolis Colts 
Green Bay Packers over Detroit Lions  Green Bay Packers over Detroit Lions 
Dallas Cowboys over Atlanta Falcons  Dallas Cowboys over Atlanta Falcons 
Chicago Bears over New York Giants  Chicago Bears over New York Giants 
Arizona Cardinals over Washington Football Team  Arizona Cardinals over Washington Football Team 
Kansas City Chiefs over Los Angles Chargers  Kansas City Chiefs over Los Angles Chargers 
Baltimore Ravens over Houston Texans  Baltimore Ravens over Houston Texans 
New England Patriots over Seattle Seahawks  New England Patriots over Seattle Seahawks 
New Orleans Saints over Las Vegas Raiders New Orleans Saints over Las Vegas Raiders

Matt Noonan’s record: 7-9 

Liz H. Noonan’s record: 8-8

We’ll be posting our Team Noontime NFL Picks every Thursday and will be keeping track of who was correct with their predictions, too!