It’s that time again. School is back in session, parents are headed back to work and those long lines at the ice cream parlor are dwindling.
Football season has returned to New England, as well as the rest of the country. And this year, similar to last, Noontime Sports will be unveiling its preseason predictions, along with a Super Bowl thought, too.
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As noted by ESPNBoston and the Boston Herald — the NFL announced on Thursday that games slated for 4:15PM will be moved to 4:25PM. However, if a contest is currently scheduled for 4:05PM, it’ll remain scheduled.
The New England Patriots will have two of its games bumped back against the Denver Broncos (Week 5/Oct. 7) and New York Jets (Week 7/Oct. 21) — both matches will be played at Gillette Stadium.
Reports by both outlets explained that later start times for double-headers on CBS and FOX will allow fans to watch the entirety of both games.
The NFL provided data that showed 44 of its 1PM games from 2009-11 finished later 4:15PM. Those games were switched to the second game of the networks double-header, but had this new rule been intact during those seasons, 15 of them would have been turned off early.
The NFL announced on Wednesday that the New Orleans Saints, who were originally selected to to play in the Hall of Fame Game, will face-off against the Arizona Cardinals on August 6, 2012.
The Cardinals haven’t made a trip to Canton, Ohio since they were the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986, while the Saints haven’t played in this particular game since their 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007.
Finally, the NFL Network will broadcast the exhibition game, too.