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NFL Capsule: Texans at Jets

NFL Capsule: Texans at Jets

HOUSTON (4-0) At NEW YORK JETS (2-2)

Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

OPENING LINE - Texans by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 4-0; New York 2-2

SERIES RECORD - Jets lead 5-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 1; Jets No. 23

LAST MEETING - Jets beat Texans 30-27, Nov. 21, 2010

LAST WEEK - Texans beat Titans 38-14; Jets lost to 49ers 34-0

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (9), PASS (21)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (11), PASS (2)

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (24), PASS (27)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (31), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans appearing on Monday Night Football for just fifth time in team history with one win in four previous appearances. ... Texans have never beaten Jets, including 0-3 against them on road. ... Victory would make Texans first pro football team in Houston to start 5-0 since the Gamblers of the USFL in 1985. ... Houston looking for second five-game winning streak in team history. ... QB Matt Schaub has led Texans to victory in each of his last eight starts dating to last season. ... WR Andre Johnson 76 yards receiving shy of 10,000 for his career, and would become sixth-fastest player in NFL history to accomplish feat, doing it in 127th game. ... RB Arian Foster needs 23 yards rushing to reach 3,500 for his career. Can tie Domanick Williams' team record by scoring TD in seventh consecutive regular-season game. Including playoffs, Foster has scored in eight straight. ... Texans' top-ranked defense had three takeaways and returned two interceptions for TDs against Titans. ... DE J.J. Watt, AFC defensive player of month, recovered fumble and had two sacks. Watt has more than one sack in every game this season to set franchise record, giving him NFL-leading 7 1/2. ... Houston leads NFL in scoring defense (14 points), yards allowed (273) and third-down efficiency (25 percent), and leads AFC in passing defense (182.8 yards). ... Texans have not given up lead this season, and have trailed for combined 18 minutes, 52 seconds. ... Texans will be without S Quintin Demps, who broke left forearm against Tennessee and had surgery Monday. ... A week after Jets lost CB Darrelle Revis for season with torn knee ligament, WR Santonio Holmes injured left foot and was placed on season-ending IR Wednesday - leaving New York without top offensive and defensive players. New York signed former Lions CB Aaron Berry to help replace Revis and former Jaguars/49ers WR Jason Hill to help make up for loss of Holmes. ... Jets inducting former DE Mark Gastineau and WR Wesley Walker into team's Ring of Honor at halft ime. ... New York coming off first shutout loss since falling 9-0 at Green Bay on Oct. 31, 2010, and it was biggest home shutout loss since being routed 37-0 against Buffalo in 1989. ... After scoring four offensive touchdowns in season opener vs. Buffalo, Jets have just two since. ... QB Mark Sanchez's 69.6 quarterback rating ranks 30th in NFL, ahead of just rookies Ryan Tannehill of Miami and Brandon Weeden of Cleveland. ... WR Jeremy Kerley ranks fourth in NFL and fifth in AFC with 17-yard average on punt returns. ... Backup QB Tim Tebow completed his first pass with Jets last week, a 9-yard toss to TE Dedrick Epps, who injured knee on play. Tebow, whom many fans and media think should be given bigger role on offense, has 38 yards rushing on nine carries.

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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.

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O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

O-line, D-line is the move for the Redskins at No. 13, according to Charles Davis

We are nearing the start of the NFL Draft, less than three days to be exact, and right now there are a ton of names circling around whom the Washington Redskins should take at No. 13.

You’ve probably read countless mock drafts at this point (if you haven’t or need another here is ours), and there’s one thing that is consistent: nothing.

So let's concern ourselves less of ‘who’ and exactly what each player will bring to the Redskins.

There are very few evaluators of talent better than the NFL Network’s Charles Davis, so he got to talk with J.P. Finlay and Mitch Tischler on the latest edition of the Redskins Talk podcast.

LISTEN TO THE FULL PODCAST WITH CHARLES DAVIS HERE

He broke down EVERYONE that Washington could be taking at No. 13 overall. If you don’t have time to listen (which we highly recommend that you do), here are some of the highlights:

“This could be a wild first night,” said Davis. “All of these different trade scenarios are out there right? My experience has been that most of that calms down as we get closer. There’s a lot of discussion and chatter about it, but we don’t usually have it.”

REDSKINS NEEDS:

“At 13, when you’re really down to it, Mitch I think you had said to me even before we began ‘O-line, D-line man, let’s talk O-line, D-line,’ and I think that is the perfect place for this Washington team.”

VITA VEA, DT, WASHINGTON

“If Vita Vea from Washington somehow is sitting there at 13, and the idea that you could go up there and put him a line and get Jonathan Allen back from last year, I think that’d be a great place to go. This is a top-10, top-5 talent in this draft that possibly could still be around at 13.”

“When we’re talking about the people that are in our business, the talking heads that people kind of go to and kind of get held accountable for their mock drafts… you don’t really see Vea in any consistency in the top ten.”

“Eleven is kind of the breakpoint for him.”

MAURICE HURST, DT, MICHIGAN

“I like him. I don’t know that I like him quite that high.”

DA’RON PAYNE, DT, ALABAMA

“I like Payne, better than Hurst, but again I don’t know about quite that high.”

“The medical, you can’t help it when you’re talking about a heart. You can’t help but be a little bit concerned. Now he has gotten clearance, that has come through, but we all know that each team is going to do it’s own research and got to decide how comfortable they are with that.”

QUENTON NELSON, OL, NOTRE DAME

“I doubt he is falling to 13, because if somehow he falls to eight to the Bears and if the Bears don’t run up to the podium and plug him in, I’d be stunned.”

ORLANDO BROWN JR., OT, OKLAHOMA

“Normally when you have a combine and you have some things that you have some questions marks on, normally you have some balancers. Orlando Brown had zero balancers. Everything was historically bad.”

WILL HERNANDEZ, G, UTEP

“Now Will Hernandez has had about as good a postseason as an offensive lineman can have.”

“This kid Hernandez has become a massive road grater, quicker than you would think, better pass protector and he did all of this on an 0-12 team last year. So he is another guy to keep an eye on, especially if as you said they are able to move back.”

DERRIUS GUICE, RB, LSU

“I’d be surprised at 13.”

“Get back to 19 and then I think Guice is in play at 19. If that indeed is the runner that they like. I think the running back renaissance is real.”

JOHN KELLY, RB, TENNESSEE

“I think this John Kelly kid from Tennessee is a really good runner. He had a little trouble off-field last year, missed a game because of all that, but this kid runs hard, plays hard, he’s not Alvin Kamara… but this kid is more of a pure running back than Kamara is, he’s just not a bulky guy.”

TRADING BACK

“They’re in a tough spot because of the number. We’ve got all of this stuff now.”

“That’s a tough one, because if I’m Dallas and I want to come up and get my guy [Calvin Ridley], I don’t need to come up as high as 13 anyway, if you really think about it.”

BILLY PRICE, OL, Ohio State

“He’s a really good player. The kid played guard, he played center. Price is a really good technician. 44 a possibility? Possibility. Before the injury he was going late-first, early second.”

This is only scratching the surface of what the expert talked about. Get the full experience and listen to the full podcast.

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