The Wackiest Wednesday In NFL History

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s been a busy day in the NFL.

* The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets in exchange for two draft picks.

* The NFL announced that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton would be suspended for the upcoming season without pay due to his team’s bounty program, which began when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was hired in 2009. Williams has officially be suspended indefinitely, while the team’s GM Mickey Loomis has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season. Also, the Saints will be fined $500,000, too.

* Finally, beneath the Tebow trade and league ruling on the Saints – the San Francisco 49ers resigned quarterback Alex Smith to a three-year contract. According to the Associated Press, Smith will earn $8 million per year with $16.5 million guaranteed.

So, without further ado – we’d like to know your thoughts on what was the biggest story of the day thus far? Cast your vote below!

Daily Noontime – March 13, 2012

Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 25 points on Monday, which lifted Boston past Los Angles! (Photo Credit: NBA.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kick-start the day with news and headlines.

* The Boston Celtics snapped their one-game losing skid in Los Angles on Monday, as they defeated the Clippers, 94-85. Paul Pierce paced all scorers with 25 points, while Rajon Rondo tallied 10 assists. Boston will continue its eight-game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Oakland to face the Golden State Warriors.

* During Boston’s match against Los Angles, Ray Allen sustained a left ankle injury, which the shooting guard believes won’t hamper him going forward.

* Sources confirmed late Monday evening that former New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss has inked his name on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The highly touted wide receiver did not play this past season, but certainly is excited about returning to the gridiron.

* The Boston Bruins will attempt to end their two-game losing streak on Tuesday when they travel to Tampa Bay for a 7:30pm face-off.

* Finally, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team will begin their quest toward a NIT championship on Tuesday when they tip-off against Mississippi State at 7:00pm.

Noonan: AFC/NFC Conference Championship Predictions

Can Ray Rice repeat his 2009 postseason performance against New England's defense on Sunday? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan

Last week, I went 3-1. This week, I am expecting to go 2-0, but let’s see what happens!

New England 27, Baltimore 24 – I am super excited for this matchup, especially since these two teams always find a way to end the game with a dramatic sequence. Baltimore defeated New England last time these two teams met in the postseason, 33-14. Running back Ray Rice tallied 159 yards on 22 carries, and two touchdowns, while quarterback Joe Flacco finished the game 4 of 10 for 34 yards. Although, the true matchup to watch on Sunday will be the Ravens defense against the Patriots offense. Tom Brady tossed six touchdowns last weekend against Denver, and certainly is capable of tearing apart Baltimore’s secondary. However, if Baltimore’s front seven can pressure Brady, as well as control the time of possession on offense, then they’ll win the game. Yet, if New England can control the time of possession, and contain Rice, they’ll win.

San Francisco 24, New York 20  – I am not exactly the biggest fan of head coach Jim Harbaugh, but what he’s done in San Francisco has been rather impressive. Harbaugh revamped the 49ers defense to become one of the best in the league, and against Eli Manning, I’m expecting the front seven to not only pressure him, but also record two or three sacks, too. Alex Smith proved he’s a clutch quarterback, as he tossed three strikes to the end zone last weekend against New Orleans, which included the game winning touchdown to Vernon Davis. San Francisco handed New York a loss earlier this season, and once again, I am expecting them to defeat the Giants in the City By The Bay.

Noonan: NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

Can Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos keep their playoff magic going on Saturday against New England? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Here are my predictions for the NFC Divisional Round.

New Orleans 30, San Francisco 21: The Saints cashed in on five offensive series in the second half against the Detroit Lions last weekend, and are expected to keep their high-flying offensive attack going against the 49ers on Saturday. Drew Brees clearly is on a mission, which is why I believe they’ll defeat San Francisco, and advance to the NFC Championship game for the second time in three seasons.

New England 28 – Denver 16: The story of Tim Tebow has been fascinating, but against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, I’m expecting him to struggle, and possibly throw two or three interceptions.

Baltimore 28 – Houston 21: Earlier this season, the Ravens defeated the Texans, 29-14. Joe Flacco completed 20-of-33 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown, while Billy Cundiff kicked five field goals. Can Baltimore duplicate their week five performance against Houston on Sunday? My answer… YES!

New York 24 – Green Bay 21: This is a total shot in the dark, but the Giants have gained a great deal of momentum over the past few weeks, and might have what it takes to knock out the defending NFC and Super Bowl champions. I like New York’s front seven on defense, especially since they could provide a great deal of chaos toward quarterback Aaron Rodgers. If the Giants pressure the Packers, and force a few turnovers, then expect Big Blue to walk away winners on Sunday.

NFL Postseason Schedule Announced

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NFL announced the 2011 playoff schedule on Sunday, and here are the potential match-ups.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 – Wild Card Round 

* (No. 6) Cincinnati at (No. 3) Houston Texans — 4:30pm eastern 

* (No. 6) Detroit at (No. 3)  New Orleans — 8:00pm eastern 

Sunday, January 8, 2012 — Wild Card Round 

* (No. 5) Atlanta at (No. 4) New York — 1:00pm easter 

* (No. 5) Pittsburgh at (No. 4)  Denver — 4:30PM eastern 

Saturday, January 14, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Atlanta/New York/New Orleans at (No. 2) San Francisco (Afternoon) 

* Cincinnati/Denver/Pittsburgh at (No. 1) New England (Evening)

Sunday, January 15, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Denver/Houston/Pittsburgh at  (No. 2) Baltimore (Afternoon)

* Atlanta/Detroit/New York at (No. 1) Green Bay (Afternoon) 

Sunday, January 22, 2012 — AFC/NFC Championship Games

* AFC Championship — 3:30pm eastern 

* NFC Championship — 6:30pm eastern 

Sunday, January 29, 2012 — NFL Pro Bowl

* AFC vs. NFC — Time TBA 

Sunday, February  5, 2012

* AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion — Time TBA