NFL Week Seven – News and Notes

Josh Freeman and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to earn an impressive win in London on Sunday against the Chicago Bears!


The seventh week of the NFL is this Sunday, but before it’s officially kick-off, let’s provide some news, notes and links.

* It’s official, the Washington Redskins will indeed start quarterback John Beck this weekend against the Carolina Panthers, but according to Joe Theisman, he’s not too happy with the decision.

* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears will play the annual London game this weekend, but unlike the team from the “Windy City,” the squad from Florida departed across the pond on Monday.

* According to a recent report on, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was added to the’s most influential list.

* According to a source, the Oakland Raiders will indeed start Carson Palmer this weekend at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs.

* News sources have confirmed that St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford won’t miss his team’s contest against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, despite his recent high ankle sprain.

Analyzing Three NFL QB Controversies

Can Tim Tebow save Denver's season? We'll find out on Sunday against Miami!

By Brian Willwerth 

We’re just past the one-month mark of the NFL season, and several teams are either changing their starting quarterbacks, or thinking about it.

Here’s a look at three such cases.

DENVER BRONCOS – It’s Tebow time, as the much-hyped QB will start for the Broncos on Sunday against the winless Dolphins in Miami. The fans have been screaming for Tim Tebow since day one. Kyle Orton was doomed from the start, and his performance against the Chargers, (6-of 13 for 34 yards) was the icing on the cake. Head coach John Fox had to do something to spark his team. Denver is ranked 27th in passing offense and 22nd in rushing. Tebow has the ability to improve both of those numbers. He’ll be returning to the state where he had so much success in college.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – The Vikes are 1-4, and Donovan McNabb may have seen his last action for quite some time. He was benched in the second half of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Bears in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. Of course, you can’t blame McNabb for letting Devin Hester do what he does best, and you can’t blame him for letting Jay Cutler light up the secondary. That said, Minnesota has already blown two big leads already this season vs. Tampa Bay and Detroit. Head coach Leslie Frazier is expected to decide Wednesday whether Ponder will make his first career start against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Washington is over .500 [3-2] but when you have Rex Grossman on your team, well I think you know where I’m heading with this. After playing decent football through the first four weeks of the season, Grossman threw four interceptions in the loss to the Eagles – three of them to Philadelphia safety Kurt Coleman. Mike Shanahan benched Grossman in the second half in favor of John Beck. Will this be a permanent change? We’ll see who lines up under center on Sunday in Carolina.

Daily Noontime – September 27, 2011

Is it fair to state that Tony Romo is becoming a Cowboys legend?

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome into yet another awesome edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the day’s major headlines and news, enjoy! 


* The Dallas Cowboys earned an important win on Monday, as they defeated the Washington Redskins, 18-16.

* According to reports, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has a healthy right hand, as well as decided to back off his “criticism” toward the NFL referees.

* So much for the American League Wild Card lead, as the Boston Red Sox lost to Baltimore Orioles on Monday, as well as remain tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the final playoff spot.

* Similar to the Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves National League Wild Card spot is technically in jeopardy, as they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, 4-2.

* According to the stat-sheet, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has the most passing yard in a three-week NFL span.

* The Chicago White Sox have decided to accept manager Ozzie Guillen‘s orders, which is to release him from his current contract after the season concludes on Wednesday.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* St. Louis at Houston (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Is this catch awesome? Yes or No? 

NFL 2011: NFC East Predictions

Can Jason Garrett lead the Cowboys to playoffs this season? We'll find out!

By Matt Noonan 

This isn’t exactly the “black and blue” division, but instead, four teams that have potential to succeed. They’re decent squads, but one or two of them might underachieve this year, ahem, Cowboys and Redskins fans. Expect the Eagles to soar to a decent amount of victories, while Dallas and New York duke it out for the second and third place.

1.) Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) – After one “comeback” season, quarterback Michael Vick has literally been handed everything, as well as a new contact and an endorsement from NIKE. Yet, don’t expect the aging and injury prone gunslinger to lead his team to the Super Bowl. They’ll be challenged, especially against their NFC East counterparts, who’ll be gunning for a squad that splurged on numerous top-name free agents.

2.) Dallas Cowboys (9-7) – They indeed have injuries, as well as other problems too, but there’s something in the air that says, head coach Jason Garrett will continue the success he experienced during the final eight games of last year.  Expect his guidance, tutelage and swagger to help Dallas rebound from an awful [6-10] season. Also, is this the year that quarterback Tony Romo leads the Cowboys to the promise land? We’ll see!

3.) New York Giants (8-8) – The G-Men made some moves this offseason, as well as said, so long, farewell and good bye to wide receiver Steve Smith. Although, head coach Tom Coughlin expressed to the media recently that he’s focused on the Washington Redskins. The Giants will certainly surprise some this season, but not too many.

4.) Washington Redskins (6-10) – According to various reports, quarterback John Beck isn’t exactly the happiest man these days because Rex Grossman earned the starting spot on the depth chart. Of course, Beck won’t be happy, especially if Grossman plays like he did with the Chicago Bears in ’06. Similar to the other teams in this division, they’ll be somewhat competitive, but in the end, they’ll lose a majority of their games.