NFL Capsule: Colts at Patriots

NFL Capsule: Colts at Patriots


Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Indianapolis 6-3; New England 5-4

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 46-29

AP PRO32 RANKING - Colts No. 12; Patriots No. 8

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Colts 31-24, Dec. 4, 2011

LAST WEEK - Colts beat Jaguars 27-10; Patriots beat Bills 37-31





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Colts and Patriots meet for 13th time since 2003 despite being in different divisions. Three of those games were during postseason. ... Patriots have huge advantage in turnover differential. They lead NFL at plus-16, while Colts tied for fourth worst at minus-9. ... Patriots already equaled total losses for all last season. Colts have four more wins than last year. ... Colts' Reggie Wayne leads NFL with 69 receptions, Patriots' Wes Welker tied for third with 66. ... Colts have won last four games but none vs. teams with winning record. ... QB Andrew Luck needs one game with 300 yards passing to break Peyton Manning's rookie record of four in one season. ... Former Patriot CB Darius Butler had two INTs, one for TD, and fumble recovery last Sunday. ... Colts defense allowed Jaguars just 37 yards rushing, now face Patriots offense that's fifth in NFL with average 146 yards on the ground. ... LB Robert Mathis participated fully in practice after missing Jaguars game with back injury, has six sacks despite sitting out four games. ... Donald Brown missed two games but leads Colts with 361 yards rushing. ... Patriots on three-game winning streak with one victory in overtime and last Sunday's win after Devin McCourty's interception in end zone with 23 seconds left. ... Patriots lead NFL with 33.2 points and 430.3 yards per game. ... TE Rob Gronkowski had at least one TD catch in each of last three games, total of five. ... Welker has streak of 103 regular-season games with a reception, including all 86 with Patriots. ... Tom Brady looks to extend streak to 42 games with TD pass. Only Drew Brees, with current streak of 52, and Johnny Unitas, with 47, have more in NFL history. ... LB Rob Ninkovich has four forced fumbles. ... Patriots 17-0 in second half of season starting in 2010.


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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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