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Capsule Jaguars at Titans

Capsule Jaguars at Titans

JACKSONVILLE (2-13) At TENNESSEE (5-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m. CBS

OPENING LINE - Titans by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Jacksonville 7-8; Tennessee 6-9

SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 20-16

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jaguars No. 31; Titans No. 26

LAST MEETING - Jaguars beat Titans 24-19, Nov. 25

LAST WEEK - Jaguars lost to Patriots 23-16; Titans lost to Packers 55-7

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (30), PASS (22)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (24)

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (21), PASS (21)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (23), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jaguars can finish .500 in AFC South with win. Jaguars have won three of past four in series. ... Chad Henne threw for 349 yards in only start at Tennessee with Miami on Dec. 20, 2009. He had two TDs and one interception with 108 passer rating in last game vs Titans. Henne threw for 348 yards last week, ninth career game with 300 yards or more. ... Maurice Jones-Drew has 76 touchdowns, second-most among active players. Jones-Drew averaging 124 yards per game in past five games with Titans. ... Montell Owens totaled 119 yards from scrimmage last week. ... Justin Blackmon leads NFL rookies with 786 yards receiving and second among rookies with 58 catches. ... Marcedes Lewis needs five catches for 50 in season for second time in career. He had 58 in 2010. ... Paul Posluszny has team-high 129 tackles. ... Jason Babin had 12 1/2 sacks with Titans in 2010 and tied for third in NFL with 37 1/2 sacks since 2010. ... Rashean Mathis has six career interceptions against Titans. ... Derek Cox has four interceptions this season, tied for career-best. ... Titans have won three of four at home against Jaguars. ... Jake Locker has thrown for 300 yards or more in two of past three home games. ... Chris Johnson needs 13 yards to reach 1,200 for fourth time in career. ... Kenny Britt has four TD catches in past three games against Jaguars. He has career-best 43 catches this season. ... Kendall Wright leads rookies with 62 catches, second-most by rookie in franchise history. Bill Groman had 72 in 1960. ... Titans had season-high seven sacks in last game against Jaguars. ... LB Zach Brown had 10 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in last game against Jaguars. .. Jason McCourty has career-high four interceptions this season.

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3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

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3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

You may think this was an ugly four-game road trip for the Caps, but with a 3-2 win in Buffalo on Monday, Washington managed to earn five out of a possible eight points.

Here is why the Caps beat the Sabres and managed to save the road swing.

A missed high-stick (maybe) from Ovechkin

Ovechkin scored the first goal of the game in the second period as he deflected a high-shot from Christian Djoos down past goalie Chad Johnson. But did the deflection come on a high stick? The play was reviewed and the goal was ultimately upheld. According to the NHL, it was determined that "video review supported the Referee's call on the ice that Alex Ovechkin's stick was at or below the height of the crossbar when he tipped the puck into the Buffalo net."

NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May broke the play down during the second intermission and made his case for why the NHL actually got the call wrong.

Was that a high stick? I don't know. As compelling an argument as May made, it still looks inconclusive which means the review made the right call. What surprises me is that the referee did not disallow the goal on the initial call.

Whether the review is truly inconclusive or flat out wrong, Washington was fortunate to walk away from this sequence with the goal.

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A centimeter of ice

Hockey is a game of inches and it took less than an inch to put Washington up 2-0. When an Evgeny Kuznetsov shot hit off the boards and bounced back to the front of the net, it sparked a scrum next to goalie Chad Johnson. Eventually, John Carlson was able to get a swipe on the puck sending it trickling to the goal line, but Kyle Okposo was there waiting and appeared to kick it out to safety just before it crossed. A review triggered by the Situation Room, however, revealed that the puck had just barely managed to cross the goal line before Okposo got to it.

Here's the view the NHL released after the review:

Philipp Grubauer's third period

After dominating the first 40 minutes of the game and taking a 2-0 lead, Buffalo predictably made a late push in the third period with two goals to pull within one. Washington outshot the Sabres in the first and second periods, but Buffalo reversed that trend in a big way in the third as they outshot the Caps 17-6. Grubauer turned aside 15 of those shots and was impressive after barely being tested in the first two periods.

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3 stars of the game: Caps knockout the punchless Sabres

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3 stars of the game: Caps knockout the punchless Sabres

Coming off an ugly 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a Buffalo Sabres team missing star Jack Eichel was just what the doctor ordered for the Caps to get back on track. Washington dominated the first two periods and then survived a late surge from Buffalo for the 3-2 win.

After battling to a scoreless first, Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson spotted Washington a 2-0 lead in the second. They then held on in the third period as Buffalo began to tilt the ice in their favor, with Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring the empty-netter to put this game out of reach. Evander Kane would pull Buffalo within one, but with only three seconds left it was too little, too late.

Here are the three stars of the game:

1. Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin opened up the scoring in the second period as he deflected down an innocent shot from Christian Djoos past Chad Johnson. Ovechkin also set a physical tone as he battled with defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen all game long. After taking a high elbow from Ristolainen early in the game Ovechkin skated up to Ristolainen prior to the faceoff on his next shift and let him know that it was on. 

2. John Carlson: Carlson had a hand in both of Washington's goals on Monday. He recorded a secondary assist on Ovechkin's goal as he made a blue line pass to Djoos which Djoos fired on net and Ovechkin deflected. Carlson then managed to hit the puck past the goal line in a scrum next to Johnson. It looked initially like Kyle Okposo had managed to kick out the puck just before it crossed, but Carlson was awarded the goal as a review showed the puck had completely crossed the line.

3. Philipp Grubauer: A Sabres team that ranks last in the NHL in scoring and that was also without its leading scorer did not test Grubauer much in the first two periods. Facing a 2-0 deficit, however, Buffalo made a third period push to try to tie the game, but Grubauer was up to the task as he turned aside 15 of the 17 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes. He finished with 32 total saves on the night.