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NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Broncos

NFL Capsule: Buccaneers at Broncos

TAMPA BAY (6-5) At DENVER (8-3)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Broncos by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 7-3-1; Denver 6-5

SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 5-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 12; Broncos No. 5

LAST MEETING - Broncos defeated Buccaneers 16-13, Oct. 5, 2008

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Falcons 24-23; Broncos beat Chiefs 17-9

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (11), PASS (13)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (1), PASS (32)

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (20), PASS (6)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (9), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Broncos QB Peyton Manning needs nine completions to pass Dan Marino for second on all-time list (4,967). ... Bucs TE Dallas Clark, a former Colt and longtime teammate of Manning's, has touchdowns in two of his past three games. ... Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil needs two more sacks to get to double digits for third time in his career. ... Denver clinches AFC West with win over Tampa Bay or loss by San Diego. ... Buc WR Vincent Jackson averages 18.5 yards per catch since 2008, best in NFL. ... Jackson and WR Mike Williams rank first and third in NFL in yards per catch (16.9). ... Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas has 100-plus receiving yards in three of five home games this season. ... RB Knowshon Moreno set to make second straight start for Broncos in place of Willis McGahee. Rushed for 85 yards last week vs. Chiefs. ... Bucs QB Josh Freeman has 104.1 passer rating with 16 TDs and three INTs in last seven games.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

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