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). 

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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 High School Football Play Of The Week (Sept. 14, 2020)

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (AL) earned our first-ever high school football play of the week honor. (PHOTO COURTESY: Michael Casagrande / Twitter)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Yes, high school football is being played in the United States of America despite the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight some exciting plays from the gridiron, right? 

This week, we’re starting a new weekly high school football post, which will be published every Monday that will showcase our favorite play from the past weekend. And this week’s choice was too easy. 

In case you don’t know by now, Tuscaloosa Hillcrest somehow miraculously won its Friday evening contest last week Wetumpka, thanks to nine laterals on the game’s final play

As noted in the Los Angeles Times piece, AL.com called the play “Bronco,” which is certainly an interesting name, right? 

Either way, the play somehow worked and even got the attention of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who tweeted the following: “This is why we love football.” 

Indeed, we love football and this might be the craziest play we have ever seen. And hopefully, we see more plays like this as the season progresses. 

Tom Brady

Brady Struggles In His Tampa Bay Debut Against New Orleans

Tom Brady

Tom Brady wasn’t perfect in his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (PHOTO COURTESY: AP/NJ.com)

By Brian Willwerth 

This will not go down as one of Tom Brady’s finest moments.

In his first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady started out like the Brady of old: marching his team down the field and scoring on a vintage quarterback sneak that he did so often in New England.

After that?  It was pretty much a train wreck.

Brady threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. But it was much more than that. There seemed to be a lot of miscommunication with his receivers. A number of his passes were way off the mark, which could be attributed to learning a new playbook and a lack of reps with his new teammates due to the pandemic.

But you can’t blame it all on Brady, who concluded his team’s initial contest of the season completing 23 of 36 passes for 239 yards, while adding nine yards on three carries. It doesn’t help when your offensive line can’t protect you. It doesn’t help when you have no running game to support the aerial attack. Both of those components have plagued the Bucs for years – not weeks or months, but years.

Brady and head coach Bruce Arians still have time to figure this out. This was just one game, against a very good New Orleans Saints team. And I think the chemistry between Brady and his receivers will improve. 

As any New England Patriots fan should know by now: don’t count him out just yet.

Cam Newton Scores His First Win With New England

Cam Newton rushed for two touchdowns in his New England Patriots debut. (PHOTO COURTESY: AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

By Matt Noonan 

With no fans in the stands, Cam Newton still shined, leading the New England Patriots to a hard-fought 21-11 victory over the Miami Dolphins

Newton completed 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards while rushing for a game-high 75 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. 

The first-year Patriots signal-caller almost recorded three touchdowns after converting a fourth-and-one at the Miami five-yard line late in the fourth quarter, but he was stopped just short of the goal line by Jerome Baker and Zach Sieler. New England would score on its next play as Sony Michelle burst up the middle for a one-yard score. 

While today’s performance may have not mimicked Tom Brady, Newton certainly provided New England’s fans with an exciting glimpse of what he can do, both with his arm and feet. 

Newton concluded the game with 60 rushing touchdowns, which is the most recorded by any single quarterback in National Football League (NFL) history. 

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)