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NFL Capsule: Seahawks vs. Bills

NFL Capsule: Seahawks vs. Bills

SEATTLE (8-5) vs. BUFFALO (5-8) at Toronto

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Seattle 9-4; Buffalo 6-7

SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 6-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Seahawks No. 8 (tie); Bills No. 26

LAST MEETING - Bills beat Seahawks 34-10, Sept. 7, 2008

LAST WEEK - Seahawks beat Cardinals 58-0; Bills lost to Rams 15-12

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (4), PASS (29)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (10), PASS (4)

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (6), PASS (25)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (28), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Buffalo's fifth and final game of Bills In Toronto series deal team reached with Toronto-based Rogers Communications in 2008. Bills and Rogers officials close to completing series extension deal. ... Bills 1-3 in regular season games at Toronto after defeating Washington 23-0 last year. ... Seahawks have never played regular-season game outside U.S., and 0-2 in international preseason games, including 24-21 loss to San Francisco at Vancouver in 1998. ... Bills have moved down notch in Seahawks record book after Seattle's 58-0 win over Arizona. Seattle's previous record for most points scored came in 56-17 win over Buffalo in 1977. ... Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch ranks second in NFL with career-best 1,266 yards rushing. Lynch was selected 12th overall in 2007 draft by Buffalo before being traded to Seattle for fourth-round draft pick a month into 2010 season. ... Seahawks control own playoff destiny in being tied with Chicago in race for NFC's two wild-card spots. Seattle loss or San Francisco win would clinch 49ers the NFC West title. ... Russell Wilson has become NFL's first rookie QB since 1970 to go 6-0 at home, but is 2-5 on the road. ... Seahawks 3-3 when trailing with two minutes left. ... Bills have twice lost when leading with under two 2 minutes left. ... QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's 77 TDs tied with Jack Kemp for third on team list. ... With 944 yards on 144 carries, RB C.J. Spiller averaging 6.55 yards per run. That's NFL's highest total through 13 games since 1963, when Hall of Famer Jim Brown averaged 6.61 with Cleveland Browns. ... DE Mario Williams has team-best 10 1/2 sacks, six in past four games. ... In six games since bye week off, Bills defense has jumped from 31st in NFL in allowing an average 424.1 yards, to 21st in averaging 362.1 yards. ... After allowing average 177 yards rushing through seven games, Bills have allowed average of 85 over past six. That includes allowing fewer than 90 in past four - team's best stretch since a four-game streak in 1999.

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How the Wizards have taken Raptors big man Serge Ibaka out of the series on offense

How the Wizards have taken Raptors big man Serge Ibaka out of the series on offense

The Wizards-Raptors first round playoff series has evolved to feature the emergence of several players who started off slowly including Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre, Jr. The opposite has happened for Toronto big man Serge Ibaka.

After Ibaka lit up the Wizards for 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in Game 1, there has been a disappearance. His scoring has gone missing and it's a big reason why the Wizards have won two straight games and earned a 2-2 series split.

Head coach Scott Brooks knows Ibaka well from their days in Oklahoma City. He helped develop Ibaka and has since watched from afar as his game has changed to include a consistent outside game.

Brooks has on several occasions referred to Ibaka as one of the best three-point shooting big men in the league. The numbers back that up. Last season, he shot 39.1 percent from three on 4.0 attempts per game, excellent for a 6-foot-10 power forward.

This season that number dipped to 36 percent, but he hit 41 percent of his threes in his final 16 games of the regular season. That carried over into the playoffs when he went 3-for-4 in Game 1 as part of an 8-for-11 shooting night overall.

The Wizards made a point to take away those outside shots following their series-opening defeat. The way they are doing that is by crowding him when he gets the ball, even if it means him getting past the initial defender.

"You want to make sure you meet him on the catch. You want to take away his shot," Brooks said. "When he gets open shots, they are money. He's going to knock them down... We did a good job of meeting him on his catch and making him put the ball on the floor with his left hand. You can live with the results."

After his 23-point outburst in Game 1, Ibaka has scored just 20 points total in the last three games. He has gone 2-for-6 from three.

The Wizards are taking away his shot attempts in general. He took 11 shots in each of the first two games of this series, but just four in Game 3 and five in Game 4. In Game 3 he had three points and three turnovers and on Sunday he had seven points and four turnovers.

Here are two examples of the Wizards' defense on Ibaka. On this first play, Markieff Morris meets Ibaka as soon as he catches the ball and the result is a turnover:

On this next play, Morris follows Ibaka all the way to the rim and even though he goes up on a pump fake, Morris recovers to alter Ibaka's shot and force a miss:

The Wizards, however, did get away with one against Ibaka. He was left wide open for a three in the final minute, but the shot rimmed out:

As the first two plays demonstrate, Morris deserves a lot of credit for the Wizards' success against Ibaka. He has the size and mobility to keep up with him and is willing to use contact to his advantage.

"Just playing the tendencies," Morris said. "We're making them do things they are uncomfortable with and are getting better results."

Ibaka was fourth on the Raptors this season in points per game and third in shot attempts. He is their third option behind All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. If the Wizards can continue to lock up Ibaka, it will be difficult for the Raptors to beat them.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Death Row D.C. and the Wizards are back

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Death Row D.C. and the Wizards are back

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller were joined by Julie Donaldson to break down the Wizards' wins in Games 3 and 4.

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat are back and the Wizards are a different team because of it. Plus, how regaining their Death Row D.C. mentality has changed this series.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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