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Noontime’s Preseason NFL Top 20 Poll


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

Daily Noontime – August 22, 2011

Are you ready to watch Plaxico Burress lead the Jets to victory?

It’s a brand new week, which means, yes, it’s officially Monday! Howdy and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines and news of the day, so enjoy, friends! 


* The New York Jets played their second preseason game on Sunday, but also, they welcomed Plaxico Burress back to the gridiron, who made an immediate impact on the first team offense.

* The Dallas Cowboys defense didn’t look too impressive on Sunday, which is why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan took the blame for their first poor play against the San Diego Chargers. Doesn’t this remind you of former head coach, Wade Phillips?

* According to the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, he expects his linebackers to be in prime shape and “ready to win the Super Bowl.”

* Apparently the Los Angles of Anaheim Angels dished out a great deal of money recently to sign Jered Weaver to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.

* Sadly, the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants recently suffered a set back, as their closer, Brian Wilson was placed on the 15-day disable list with inflammation in his right elbow.

* Kyle Busch held onto earn his fourth win on Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway.

Games to Watch: 

* Detroit at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Chicago Bears at New York “Football” Giants (NFL Preseason) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Boston at Texas (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s a look at Plaxico’s first touchdown with the New York Jets! 

Daily Noontime – January 5, 2011

Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to the Daily Noontime for January 5, 2011. What a day or should we say, hey… this is going to be a fun day? Does that sound silly? Either way, have a great day and here is your Daily Noontime!


* Two great teams and one big game on Wednesday, which will be played in Boston, as the Celtics welcome the NBA’s best [29-5] San Antonio Spurs to the T.D. Garden.

* Nothing has been reported about a possible firing of the University of Michigan’s football head coach, Rich Rodriguez.

* The Ohio State Buckeyes took the lead early and survived a late Arkansas comeback to win the Sugar Bowl Tuesday, 31-26.

* A former member of the 1986 Boston Red Sox, Bill Buckner, has agreed to manage the Brockton Rox for their upcoming 2011 CanAm League season.

* The Miami Heat keep on rolling, as they knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday to earn win number 19 out of 20 games.

* The Houston Texans have decided to improve their defense for the 2011 season, which meant hiring former Dallas Cowboys head coach, Wade Phillips.

* Former Denver Broncos and two time Super Bowl winner John Elway, has been hired by the organizations front office to make changes, but can he turn a terrible squad into winners? We shall see.

Games to Watch:

* Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Atlanta at Florida (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* San Antonio at Boston (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

* Atlanta at Utah (NBA) – 9:00pm eastern

* LA Lakers at Phoenix (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Videos to Watch:

It is good to have Bill Buckner back in Boston!

Daily Noontime – November 23, 2010

It is Tuesday November 23, 2010, and we are just a few days away from Thanksgiving. Are you excited? We are, so lets get even closer with today’s, Daily Noontime!


* It almost seems certain that the NBA will have a lockout in 2011, but what does that mean exactly? Here are some more details!

* The San Antonio Spurs have made it 11 straight wins in a row on Monday, as they defeated the Orlando Magic.

* So the NBA has problems, so does the NFL. Here are some concerns too about their possible lockout for the 2011 season.

* Could Ron Artest possibly be considering switching from the NBA to the NFL?

* So San Diego defeated Denver last night on “Monday Night Football,” 35-14, so where exactly do they go from here?

* Now that Brad Childress is a free man and isn’t scheduled to coach the Vikings, what are some possible jobs he could pursue? Here are some answers.

* So Wade Phillips is now comparing himself to Dallas Cowboys great, Tom Landry? That seems bizarre.

Games to Watch:

* Temple at Miami (Ohio) (NCAA FB) – 7:00pm eastern

* UConn at Michigan State (NCAA BB) – 7:00pm eastern

* Edmonton at Phoenix (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern

* Chicago at L.A. Lakers (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Was this a good thing for the NFL? You decide!

Can Jason Garrett improve the Dallas Cowboys?

Is Jason Garrett ready to retool this "talented" Cowboys team?

Wade Phillips has officially left the building, but stepping into his role will be former Dallas Cowboys back up quarterback and offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett. What can Garrett bring to this offense? Will he change the struggling defense? Is he really prepared for this position?

Keep the questions coming because between now and kickoff on Sunday against the New York Giants, the Cowboys will become the new Brett Favre of the media. Every second will be scrutinized. Every play the team runs in practice will be questioned. No one is going to side with owner Jerry Jones and his “fan like decisions.”

This team has gone from desperate to hopeless, but can things possibly change?

Can the Cowboys turn their troubled season around?

Could they be the next coming of the Tennessee Titans from ’09?

What can Garrett do to fix this entire mess?

Here are some ideas!

1.) Focus – Just say this word over and over again. It gets you pumped up and ready to go. The Dallas Cowboys have shown little to no focus all season. Silly turnovers, mental errors and mistakes, as well as not smart fundamental football has plagued this team big time. What Garrett needs to implement right away is a new Cowboys attitude. He needs to get this team back to basics, which was what supposedly what Phillips tried last week before their epic collapse against the Green Bay Packers. If the Cowboys can focus all week by studying film, correcting careless mistakes, practicing much harder than usual, then things can turn around. Don’t expect a major turnaround, such as an eight game winning streak, but something along the lines of focusing more than they did in September and October.

Can Jon Kitna turn the Cowboys offense around?

2.) Pass Protection – Garrett has been scrutinized all season over his play calls, so this time he better get it right because he is now the head coach. With quarterback Tony Romo sidelined and Jon Kitna under center, the Cowboys offensive line needs provide more protection for their gunslinger. Kitna has been rushed out of the pocket, sacked and intercepted multiple times since he stepped onto the Cowboys Stadium turf back in October, but has appeared lost, confused and uncertain at times. If he can get more protection then this so called, “dangerous offense” could actually compete against their remaining opponents.

3.) Run Game – The Cowboys have three great running backs… well … I don’t know if I would use the term “great,” but they could be described that way if their production improved. This offense has been reluctant to run the ball, which has put so much pressure on Kitna to find any open target. If Garrett can return to a balanced offensive attack, it would not only take the load of the aging Kitna, but also, keep his struggling defense off the field. Marion Barber and Felix Jones this season have combined for 513 yards and two touchdowns. Certainly, expectations were much higher for these two backs, but why hasn’t Tashard Choice seen more action? The running game needs to change immediately. The Giants are second against stopping the run, so that could pose for some challenges.

Overall, these are just a few things that need to be adjusted. Of course, the list could go on and on, but if the Cowboys can figure out a way to get back to basics, things might work out with Garrett at the helm.