NFL Capsule: Broncos at Chargers

NFL Capsule: Broncos at Chargers

DENVER (2-3) At SAN DIEGO (3-2)

Monday, 8:30, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 2-3; San Diego 3-2

SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 55-48-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 15; Chargers No. 13

LAST MEETING- Broncos beat San Diego 16-13 OT, Nov. 27, 2011

LAST WEEK - Broncos lost to Patriots 31-21; Chargers lost to Saints 31-24





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chargers lead Broncos by one game in AFC West. ... Peyton Manning has won 11 of 15 Monday starts, with 96.3 passer rating. ... Last week, Manning registered 66th career 300-yard passing game, most in NFL history. .. Broncos wasted Manning's 345-yard, three-touchdown performance in loss to Patriots. ... San Diego's Philip Rivers is 7-3 on Monday nights, with 17 touchdowns, 105.2 passer rating. ... Chargers have won nine of last 12 in series, but Broncos have won two of last three in San Diego. ... Although this is first matchup against Manning since he signed with Broncos, Chargers have had QB's number since 2005, going 5-1 against him while he was with Indianapolis. Chargers eliminated Manning's Colts from playoffs in 2007 and '08. ... San Diego 5-4 overall against Manning since 1998, when he was No. 1 draft pick overall and Chargers took Ryan Leaf No. 2. ... Denver had as many playoff wins last season, one, as Chargers have in last four seasons. Chargers missed playoffs last two seasons. ... San Diego coach Norv Turner is 110-115-1 in regular season in stops with Washington, Oakland and San Diego. ... Chargers appear ready to take training wheels off RB Ryan Mathews after limiting his carries last two games in punishment for fumbling at Atlanta 4-yard line in 27-3 loss to Falcons three weeks ago.


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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

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Cavaliers clamp down on Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- No. 1 Virginia allowed just seven points in the first half and secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title outright with a 66-37 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Freshman guard De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to lead the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-1 ACC) with 14 points in a game that didn't take big offensive efforts from Virginia's regulars. Of the five starters, only guard Ty Jerome exceeded his season average with 13 points.

The game was never competitive, as Virginia started on an 8-0 run and Pitt didn't make a field goal until Jared Wilson-Frame hit a 3-pointer at the midway point of the first half.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett rested most of his regulars in the second half. Reserve Nigel Johnson added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Parker Stewart led Pitt (8-22, 0-17) with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Pitt had next to no presence inside. The Panthers were outscored 28-8 in the paint and out-rebounded 36-24. Seven of Pitt's 11 made field goals were from beyond the arc.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

3 reasons the Caps beat the Sabres

The Caps could not shake Buffalo for two periods, but a dominant finish on Saturday helped them pull away for a 5-1 win. Here's how they finally put away the Sabres.

A quick start

Strong starts go a long way towards helping a team in the middle of a slump. It's a confidence boost for a group in desperate need of one and the Caps got that boost on Saturday from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov used his wheels to zip in behind the defense and score just 50 seconds into the game. Washington led 1-0 at the end of the first, just the second time in 19 games they have held a lead after the opening 20 minutes.


Andre Burakovsky snapping a second period slump

It looked in the second period like the Caps were caught trying to protect the lead again, but Andre Burakovsky woke the team back up with his incredible highlight end-to-end goal. It really looked like Buffalo was going to tie the game at one, but instead, Burakovsky extended the lead to two. Going end to end the way he did shows a player who is starting to play with some confidence, something Burakovsky has lacked for much of the season.

Ovechkin's two-goal third period

Buffalo would not go away. Sam Reinhart got the Sabres on the board just 14 seconds into the third period and suddenly the Caps found themselves in a one-goal game again. But Ovechkin ended any hopes for the comeback as he struck in the top corner of the net on the power play from the office. He would later add a deflection goal to extend the lead to 5-1, giving a scuffling Washington team the dominant win they so sorely needed.