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NFL Capsule: Eagles at Giants

NFL Capsule: Eagles at Giants

PHILADELPHIA (4-11) At NEW YORK GIANTS (8-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Giants by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Philadelphia 3-11-1; New York 6-7-2

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 82-75-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Eagles No. 29; Giants No. 15

LAST MEETING - Eagles beat Giants 19-17, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK - Eagles lost to Redskins 27-20; Giants lost to Ravens 33-14

EAGLES OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (11), PASS (14)

EAGLES DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (22), PASS (11)

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (17), PASS (12)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (25), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Giants must beat Eagles in what might be Andy Reid's final game as Philadelphia's coach, then have Minnesota and Chicago lose and have Washington beat or tie Dallas to make playoffs. ... Eagles have had Giants number in recent years, winning seven of eight, including September game in which Giants K Lawrence Tynes was short on late 54-yard field goal attempt. ...With rookie Nick Foles out with broken hand, Michael Vick returns to starting lineup for first time since suffering concussion Nov. 11. It might also be last start with team. ...RB LeSean McCoy has rushed for at least 100 yards in last three games against New York, averaging 121.3 yards. ...Receiver Jeremy Maclin has 21 catches for 293 yards and two TDs in past three games. He had two TD catches in last game vs. Giants. ...WR-PR Damaris Johnson has 287 yards on punt returns, second most by Philadelphia rookie. ...DE Trent Cole has three two-sack games vs. Giants. LB DeMeco Ryans leads team with 111 tackles. . After 6-2 start, Giants missing playoffs for third time in four years seems likely for defending Super Bowl champs. ... Manning needs 260 yards passing to record fourth straight 4,000-yard season. In past four meetings, he has 11 TDs, three interceptions and 101.5 quarterback rating. ... RB Ahmad Bradshaw needs 92 yards rushing for second 1,000-yard season. ... Victor Cruz has gained at least 100 yards receiving in last three games vs. Eagles. He now has two straight seasons with at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. ... WR Hakeem Nicks failed to catch pass last week for first time in 53 games. ... S Stevie Brown leads NFL with 259 yards on interception returns, most by a Giant in single season.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.