Daily Noontime (Tuesday, September 22, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone! 

As you know, we’re back to producing a ‘Daily Noontime’ every day – well, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to be exact – and we are excited. And speaking of being excited – yes, we’re smiling while writing this post! – let’s kickstart a brand new day with the Daily Noontime for Tuesday, September 22, 2020. 

Be well, stay safe, and keep smiling, everyone! 

Viva Las Vegas (Raiders)! 

After scoring a wild – and yes, crazy – opening day win against the Carolina Panthers, the Las Vegas Raiders won its first-ever contest in the state of Nevada as the Silver and Black topped the New Orleans Saints by a score of 34-24. 

Derek Carr highlighted his team’s second-straight win by completing 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns while Darren Waller led all receivers (and yes, tight ends) with 12 catches for 103 yards and one score.

Las Vegas has posted 34 points in back-to-back games and will look to continue its early-season momentum on Sunday when they visit the New England Patriots.  

DraftKings continues to expand its portfolio 

While 2020 has been a year of ups and downs, it has also been a year of positives for DraftKings, which not only when public in the spring, but has continued to expand its daily fantasy (and yes, sportsbook) empire. 

Recently, the Boston-based daily fantasy company inked a new deal with Athletes Unlimited to expand the league’s fan experience as they head into the final days of their initial softball season. 

Athletes United has been in the news lately for its professional women’s softball league, which concludes September 28, but they will also have an indoor volleyball league that will startup next February. 

More headlines (and yes, links!):

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! 

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)

Team Noontime’s NFL Week One Picks

By NoontimeSports.com  

Football has officially returned. And yes, I know it will look quite different this year due to the pandemic, but at least it will provide us with some sense of normalcy, right? 

Starting today – and yes, every Thursday – two of our Noontime Sports team members (Matt Noonan and Liz H. Noonan) will be dishing out predictions for every contest, including tonight’s matchup between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs

Let’s kick off a brand new season with some predictions! 


Listen to our Noontime Sports 2020 NFL Season Preview (and yes, predictions, too) on Apple Podcast and Spotify


Team Noontime’s NFL Week One Picks 

Matt Noonan’s Picks 

Liz H. Noonan’s Picks

Kansas City Chiefs over Houston Texans

Kansas City Chiefs over Houston Texans

Atlanta Falcons over Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks over Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills over New York Jets 

Buffalo Bills over New York Jets 

Detroit Lions over Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears over Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings over Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings over Green Bay Packers

New England Patriots over Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots over Miami Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team

Carolina Panthers over Las Vegas Raiders

Carolina Panthers over Las Vegas Raiders

Indianapolis Colts over Jacksonville Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts over Jacksonville Jaguars

Baltimore Ravens over Cleveland Browns

Baltimore Ravens over Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers over New Orleans Saints

San Francisco 49ers over Arizona Cardinals 

San Francisco 49ers over Arizona Cardinals 

Dallas Cowboys over Los Angeles Rams

Dallas over Los Angeles Rams

Pittsburgh Steelers over New York Giants 

Pittsburgh Steelers over New York Giants 

Tennessee Titans over Denver Broncos

Tennessee Titans over Denver Broncos 

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

Noontime’s NFL 2020 Predictions

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are the favorites to win the Super Bowl. (PHOTO COURTESY: Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to the official start date for the National Football League (NFL)

Are you ready for some football?

Whether or not, the season – yes, a new season of professional football – begins this evening with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs in what should be an intriguing matchup. 

Yet, before the defending Super Bowl champions begin their quest for a second-straight title later today, allow me to share my predictions for the upcoming season, including who I think will celebrate a championship next February in Tampa Bay, Florida. 


Listen to our Noontime Sports 2020 NFL Season Preview (and yes, predictions, too) on Apple Podcast and Spotify


Noontime’s NFL 2020 Predictions

AFC East Champions: Buffalo Bills 

AFC North Champions: Baltimore Ravens

AFC South Champions: Tennessee Titans 

AFC West Champions: Kansas City Chiefs 

AFC Wild Card Teams: Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots, and Pittsburgh Steelers 

AFC Championship Prediction: Kansas City over Tennessee 

NFC East Champions: Dallas Cowboys 

NFC North Champions: Minnesota Vikings 

NFC South Champions: New Orleans Saints 

NFC West Champions: Seattle Seahawks 

NFC Wild Card Teams: Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

NFC Championship Prediction: New Orleans over Tampa Bay 

Super Bowl Prediction: Kansas City over New Orleans 

Coach of the Year: Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) 

Offensive Player of the Year: Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) 

Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Offensive Rookie of the Year: CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys) 

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Chase Young (Washington Football Team)

Comeback Player of the Year: Cam Newton (New England Patriots)


Listen to our Noontime Sports 2020 NFL Season Preview (and yes, predictions, too) on Apple Podcast and Spotify