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NFL Capsule: Jets at Bills

NFL Capsule: Jets at Bills

NEW YORK JETS (6-9) At BUFFALO (5-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bills by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 7-8; Buffalo 6-9

SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 54-50

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jets No. 24; Bills No. 25

LAST MEETING - Jets beat Bills 48-28, Sept. 9

LAST WEEK - Jets lost to Chargers 27-17; Bills lost to Dolphins 24-10

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (12), PASS (30)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (27), PASS (2)

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (6), PASS (24)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (32), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jets have won six straight over Buffalo and have chance to match longest winning streak of seven, set from 1984-'87. ... In past six meetings, Jets have scored 38 or more points three times and defeated Bills by average margin of 30.1-17.1. ... In season opener, Jets turned four Bills turnovers into 24 points, including Antonio Cromartie 40-yard TD interception return. ... QB Mark Sanchez returns as starter, taking over after Greg McElroy began showing signs of concussion-like symptoms Thursday. ... Sanchez had been benched after five turnovers in 14-10 loss at Tennessee on Dec. 17. He was 19 of 27 for 266 yards with three TDs and interception in opener against Buffalo. ... Futures of Sanchez and backup QB Tim Tebow uncertain. ... Unclear when McElroy was hurt, but sacked 11 times against San Diego in first start last week. ... Of eight times Jets have produced 200 yards rushing over past four seasons under coach Rex Ryan, four have come against Bills. ... Defense has limited opponents to converting 6 of 56 third-down chances over past three games. ... Under NFL tiebreaking rules, Bills guaranteed finishing fourth in AFC East for fifth consecutive year. ... In three seasons under coach Chan Gailey, Buffalo 3-14 against AFC East. ... RB C.J. Spiller had career-best 169 yards rushing and TD in season-opener against Jets. Spiller's averaging 6.48 yards per carry, NFL's best since 1960 among players with at least 150 attempts through 15 games. ... Defense has allowed 426 points, third-most in team history and 28 shy of team low set in 1984. ... NFL's worst run defense has given up 150 yards rushing seven times this season. ... Offense has managed 13 touchdowns (five rushing, eight passing) in past eight games, after scoring 20 (five rushing, 15 passing) in first seven. ... Futures uncertain for Gailey and starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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3 reasons why the Caps beat the Sabres

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 knock out the punchless Sabres

3 stars of the game: Caps knock out 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 first two goals. 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.