Daily Noontime (Monday, September 21, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Ah, the ‘Daily Noontime’ has officially returned – yay! 

Yes, that is correct, everyone. The ‘Daily Noontime’ is back and will be with you going forward every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

Are you excited? 

The format will be somewhat the same – maybe we can mix in some new links, etc. – but this is a post that has significant meaning to our blog when we launched/got started with creating content in May 2009. 

So, let’s kick off a brand new day – and yes, a brand new week, too! – with the revamped ‘Daily Noontime.’ Have a great day, everyone! 

Russell Wilson shines against the New England Patriots  

Russell Wilson matched a career-high with five touchdown passes last night as the Seattle Seahawks topped the New England Patriots, 35-30. 

Wilson and the Seahawks improved to 2-0n while the Patriots dipped to 1-1. 

According to ESPN.com, Wilson “became only the fourth player in NFL history to throw at least four touchdown passes in each of his team’s first two games.” 

Cam Newton and the Patriots did keep pace with Wilson and the Hawks for a majority of the contest but could not convert the go-ahead/game-winning touchdown pass on their final drive of the contest. 

Seattle will host the Dallas Cowboys next week while the Patriots will entertain the Las Vegas Raiders

NFL Coaches, Personnel need to ‘Mask Up!’

According to ProFootballTalk.com (PFT), the National Football League (NFL) will be in contact today – not sure exactly when? – with coaches and sideline personnel regarding masks and face covers not being worn during contests

This is the second time PFT has blogged about this issue after seeing a slew of coaches – and yes, personnel, too – not cover their noses and mouths last week during the opening week of the 2020 season. 

Just a reminder to everyone … we are living in a pandemic, so make sure to mask-up! 

The Dallas Cowboys’ comeback was … incredible! 

Yes, our site’s editor and founder (Matt Noonan) is a life-long Dallas Cowboysfan, but for some reason, he didn’t worry too much when ‘America’s Team’ was trailing by 20 points. 

Really, Matt? 

But somehow, Noonan’s team – that would be the Dallas Cowboys – erased the deficit and stunned the Atlanta Falcons for an exciting 40-39 victory yesterday at AT&T Stadium

The win – not the prettiest – was VERY exciting and also proved that this Dallas Cowboys team has a lot more grit and toughness under first-year coach Mike McCarthy. Sorry, Jason Garrett!

Also, kudos to Greg Zuerlein for not just drilling the game-winning field goal, but also kicking the craziest onside kick that we have ever seen

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

The first official week of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) season is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our second power rankings of the week, which continues to find the Kansas City Chiefs in the top spot followed by the Baltimore Ravens (second) and Seattle Seahawks (third). 

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 Two Power Rankings (Sept. 15, 2020)

1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0, LW: No. 1): The defending Super Bowl champions looked pretty impressive last week against the Houston Texans

2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0, LW: No. 3): Lamar Jackson and the Ravens rolled past the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and should have no problem scoring its second win of the 2020 season this weekend when Baltimore visits Houston for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff. 

3. Seattle Seahawks (1-0, LW: No. 9): Russell Wilson was unstoppable on Sunday against an Atlanta Falcons team that did not have an answer with hows to stop the Seahawks’ offense. 

4. New Orleans Saints (1-0, LW: No. 4): Drew Brees and the Saints looked A LOT better than Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5. New England Patriots (1-0, LW: No. 11): In Bill Belichick we trust. And the same should be said for Cam Newton, too. 

6. San Francisco 49ers (0-1, LW: No. 2): The 49ers offense did not look great against the Arizona Cardinals, especially quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

7. Buffalo Bills (1-0, LW: No. 8): Quarterback Josh Allen completed 33 of 46 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a game-high 57 yards on 14 carries in the Bills’ initial win of the 2020 season against the New York ‘Football’ Jets

8. Tennessee Titans (1-0, LW: No. 6): The Titans are a good team. But they did not look great last night against the Denver Broncos, especially the special teams. 

9. Green Bay Packers (1-0, LW: No. 13): The Minnesota Vikings had no answer for Aaron Rodgers, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns. 

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0, LW: No. 10): Daniel Jones may have thrown more passes in last night’s contest, but Ben Roethlisberger looked much better as the veteran signal-caller completed 21 of 32 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns. 

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1, LW: No. 5): Bruce Arians is not afraid to speak his mind about quarterback Tom Brady. But what will Arians say if Brady and the Bucs don’t beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday? 

12. Arizona Cardinals (1-0, LW: NR): Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins were fun to watch against the 49ers last weekend. 

13. Los Angles Rams (1-0, LW: No. 17): The Rams may have squeaked out an opening day win against Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys but they certainly proved they can march up and down the field. 

14. Dallas Cowboys (0-1, LW: No. 7): Mike McCarthy was NOT happy about a late-game pass interference call, which helped the Rams escape with a three-point win. The Boys are already banged up on both sides of the ball and face a must-win on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. 

15. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1, LW: No. 14): So, who had the Eagles losing to the Washington Football Team in week one? 

16. Houston Texans (0-1, LW: No. 16): The Texans looked OK, but not great last week against the Chiefs. But how will they look this week against the Ravens? 

17. Denver Broncos (0-1, LW: NR): The Broncos had a chance to beat the Titans last night, but Drew Lock and the offense only moved 18 yards on its final drive. 

18. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0, LW: NR): Somehow, the Chargers scored a dramatic opening day win against the Cincinnati Bengals. Will this trend continue this week, as well as going forward? 

19. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0, LW: No. 20): Somehow the Silver and Black won a wild road game against the Carolina Panthers.

20. Atlanta Falcons (0-1, LW: No. 18): The Falcons looked lost against the Seahawks last week, but should be able to attack the Cowboys’ weakness this week: the Dallas secondary. 

On the Rise: Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team 


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

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

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

By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to the first week of the National Football League’s (NFL) 2020 season. Are you ready for some football? 

This year – well, more this season – Noontime Sports will be producing a slew of content on the NFL, including our weekly power rankings, which will be posted every Tuesday. 

Let’s get ready – and yes, excited! – for a brand new season with our Week One Power Rankings (below). 


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

1. Kansas City Chiefs (0-0): The defending Super Bowl champions will have a target on their back, but don’t expect that bullseye to derail their chances of reaching the title game for the second-straight year. 

2. San Francisco 49ers (0-0): The 49ers return a majority of last year’s squad, including coaches, too, which should make them a favorite to win the NFC for the second-straight season. 

3. Baltimore Ravens (0-0): Can Lamar Jackson take that so-called ‘next-step’ and lead the Ravens to not just a postseason victory, but also a championship? 

4. New Orleans Saints (0-0): This Saints team should be a lock for the NFC Championship game as New Orleans is loaded with talent, especially on offense.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0): Leonard Fournette joins a talented offense led by quarterback Tom Brady that will certainly be fun to watch, especially this weekend against the Saints. But excluding the offense, don’t overlook this defense, which should raise some eyebrows as the season progresses. 

6. Tennessee Titans (0-0): The Titans won the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes, which will certainly make this defense a lot better. As for the offense, look for another big year from Derrick Henry

7. Dallas Cowboys (0-0): Is this the year the Boys finally win a playoff game – maybe two? – and return to the Super Bowl? Maybe, but it will all depend on their defense, which struggled at various times last season. But the front seven has the potential to be very good, pending everyone stays healthy. 

8. Buffalo Bills (0-0): The Bills are our pick to win the AFC East – yes, we think Buffalo will win their respective division! – but Josh Allen needs to be more accurate than he was one year ago.  

9. Seattle Seahawks (0-0): For Seattle to be successful this fall, they will not just need their offense to make plays, but also their defense to come up with big stops, especially on third down. Expect another solid year from quarterback Russell Wilson

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0): As long as Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy, then this team has the potential to be a tough out come January. 

11. New England Patriots (0-0): Can Cam Newton lead the Patriots to not just a divisional crown, but also a postseason victory next January? We’ll have to wait and find out! 

12. Minnesota Vikings (0-0): Adding Yannick Ngakoue to the Vikings defense will make this unit one to watch, not just this weekend, but all season. 

13. Green Bay Packers (0-0): Yes, the Packers came within one game of reaching the Super Bowl last season, but don’t expect Green Bay to return to the title game this year. 

14. Philadelphia Eagles (0-0): A slew of preseason injuries should make the Philly fans somewhat concerned for a successful 2020 season. 

15. Indianapolis Colts (0-0): The Colts have a new quarterback – that would be Phillip Rivers, to be exact – and should be in the mix for a spot in the postseason. 

16. Houston Texans (0-0): Deshaun Watson may have a new contract, but here’s the real question: how will this offense do without DeAndre Hopkins

17. Los Angeles Rams (0-0): Todd Gurley will not be lining up in the backfield, which means a lot of the attention will be shifted to Jared Goff

18. Atlanta Falcons (0-0): The Falcons are our pick to make the postseason after ending their 2019 campaign with a great deal of momentum. 

19. Cleveland Browns (0-0): Is this the year for the Browns? Let’s wait and see … 

20. Las Vegas Raiders (0-0):  The Silver and Black have the potential to surprise a lot of football fans this year. 

On the Rise: Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers, and Miami Dolphins. 


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

Noontime’s Preseason NFL Top 20 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s time to start producing some football content for NoontimeSports.com – we love football.

And while we know this fall will be different – we will miss covering the small colleges here in New England – it is time to kick-off our National Football League (NFL) coverage with our first (of many) Noontime Top 20 Polls.

Like we have in the past, specifically with our New England D-III Football Poll, we will be producing a weekly Noontime Sports NFL Top 20 Poll, pending of course there is a season and games are played. But as we know, nothing is certain, especially during a pandemic, so hopefully this post (and poll) provides you with some hope for the 2020 season.


Noontime’s Preseason Top 20 NFL Poll (Tuesday, August 4, 2020)

1. Kansas City Chiefs: The defending Super Bowl champions will certainly have a target on their back once they begin their title defense on Thursday, September 10 against the Houston Texans.

2. Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Lamar Jackson seems extremely motivated to lead his team on a deep postseason run. Will that happen this year?

3. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers were the best team in the NFC last year and should once again be a team to watch (and beat) in what should be a rather competitive NFC West.

4. New Orleans Saints: The Saints want to erase the memories of last year’s early postseason exit to the Minnesota Vikings. Expect another big year from quarterback Drew Brees, along with some new acquisitions, including Malcolm Jenkins and D.J. Swearinger.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Did you see today’s workout video on twitter between Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski? Brady looks in midseason form.  

6. Seattle Seahawks: Never count out Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, but will they be able to continue their previous momentum from years past without fans in the stands this year?

7. Tennessee Titans: As long as the Titans stay healthy, this team will be tough to stop. Also, can quarterback Ryan Tannehill continue his success from a year ago? And will this team once again run through halfback Derrick Henry?

8. New England Patriots: Yes, the Patriots have lost a great deal of depth and experience with eight players electing to opt-out for the upcoming season, but it is hard to count out coach Bill Belichick and newly acquired signal-caller Cam Newton.

9. Buffalo Bills: The Bills will certainly challenge the New England Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East, especially with some impressive new pieces on both sides of the ball, including Josh Norman and Stefon Diggs. Hopefully, quarterback Josh Allen has improved his accuracy (fingers crossed!).

10. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz played an entire season last fall for the Green and White, and should continue his progress – he is one of the best signal-callers in the game (in our opinion). In addition to Wentz taking another step forward, every member of the organization must stay healthy, too.

11. Green Bay Packers: So, what is the future hold for quarterback Aaron Rodgers? Who knows, but as long as he is under center, then we should not count out Go Pack Go.

12. Dallas Cowboys: A new sheriff is in town – his name is Mike McCarthy – and his resume includes a Super Bowl championship with the Green Bay Packers. We are excited to see the new schemes McCarthy implements, as well as some touchdown passes from Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger wants to do everything he can to lead the Steelers to victory, but does he have enough left in the tank?

14. Indianapolis Colts: Can Philip Rivers make the Colts a team to beat not just in the AFC South, but the entire conference? Also, similar to Ben Roethlisberger, how much is left in the tank?

15. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings were like the Dallas Cowboys last season, but made the playoffs. This team has the potential to win big games, but can they put it all together for an entire season, as well as 60 minutes?

16. Houston Texans: Every year, it seems like this team has the potential to do great things, but never does. For starters, the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting Deshaun Watson, while the defense needs to improve.

17. Cleveland Browns: A new era begins in Cleveland – how many times have you heard this saying before? – but will first-year coach Kevin Stefanski really get this team trending in the right direction?

18. Los Angeles Rams: It is hard to count out the Rams, especially with so much talent on both sides of the ball, but they took a step backward last season. The Blue and Yellow may be playing in a new stadium this fall – they will also be wearing some new uniforms, too – but they bid farewell to some key pieces on both sides of the ball, as well as defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

19. Atlanta Falcons: After a bad start to its 2019 campaign, the Falcons regrouped and won six of eight contests, including an end of season win against the Buccaneers in overtime. Expect that end of season momentum to translate to future success in 2020.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Yes, the Cardinals of Arizona are on our list. And the reason: wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.


 On The Rise: Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, and Miami Dolphins

On This Date In History: Thursday, April 16th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

As usual, we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe – we know better days are ahead, of course.

Let’s kick-off a brand new day – well, more your mid-to-late morning (or afternoon) – with a new historical post.


On This Date in History: April 16th, 2020

  • 1987: Michael Jordan netted 61 points in a 117-114 setback to the Atlanta Hawks and became the first player in 24 seasons to score 3,000 points in a single-season since Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the feat.

    “I think it’s a great compliment to be mentioned in the same sentence as Wilt and a great achievement,” Jordan said, via the Los Angeles Times. “It caps off a great season for me.”

  • 1990: The Milwaukee Brewers pounded the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park by a score of 18-0. The game, which took place at 11:06 a.m. on Monday, April 16th, saw the visitors produce 18 runs on 20 hits while recording just one error. Boston registered just three hits in nine innings.
  • 1992: The New York Rangers concluded their 1991-92 regular season campaign with 50 wins, thanks to a commanding 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers would advance to the 1992 postseason, winning just one round – their opening series against the New Jersey Devils – before falling to the Penguins in six games in the semifinals.

    The 50 wins translated into 105 points, which was the most recorded by any team in both the Patrick Division and Wales Conference.

  • 1997: The Chicago Cubs lost their 12th consecutive contest, falling to the Colorado Rockies at home by a score of 4-0. Chicago would not register a win until Sunday, April 20th when they beat the New York Mets in the second game of a double-header. Chicago would conclude its 1997 campaign with a 68-94 record.
  • 2018: Yuki Kawauchi won the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:15.58 while Desiree Linden finished first in the women’s race with a time of 2:39.54.
  • 2019: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the highest-paid signal-caller, inking his name on a $140 million, four-year extension. The new deal, which runs through the 2023 season, includes a $65 million signing bonus, along with a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.