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NFL Capsule: Vikings at Packers

NFL Capsule: Vikings at Packers

MINNESOTA (6-5) At GREEN BAY (7-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Packers by 9

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 5-6; Green Bay 5-6

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 53-48-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 17; Packers No. 9

LAST MEETING - Packers beat Vikings 45-7, Nov. 14, 2011

LAST WEEK - Vikings lost to Bears 28-10; Packers lost to Giants 38-10

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (3), PASS (30)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (15), PASS (14)

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (23), PASS (14)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (11), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Something will have to give on ground. Packers haven't allowed 100-yard rusher since San Francisco RB Frank Gore in season opener while Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has rushed for 100 or more yards in five straight games, matching Robert Smith's franchise record. Peterson has already established new Vikings career mark by rushing for 1,000 yards in five seasons. ... Peterson's average of 5.8 yards per carry is about a yard better than that of league's other top rushers. ... Of Vikings DE Jared Allen's 115 career sacks, 12 1/2 have been of Aaron Rodgers, including his single-game high of 4 1/2 on Oct. 5, 2009. ... Packers have won last nine against NFC North opponents. ... Packers have won four straight against Vikings, and have swept season series four of the past six years. ... Packers WR Greg Jennings expected back after missing last seven games with torn muscle in abdomen. ... Fifteen of last 19 regular-season games have been decided by seven points or less. ... Green Bay's 38-point win in last year's series finale was largest by either team in 50-year rivalry. ... Christian Ponder and Aaron Rodgers both made first career starts in the rivalry. ... Green Bay has won 23 of its last 25 regular-season games at home.

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

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