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Seahawks take break after getting to 5-0 at home

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Seahawks take break after getting to 5-0 at home

SEATTLE (AP) Pete Carroll kicked his players out of the Seattle's practice facility Monday with a simple message for their week off.

Get some rest.

``Hopefully we can cash in on it. What we will gain is rest and the rehab part of it and then we've got to go back to work and really hit it in earnest Monday,'' Carroll said.

``I do feel good about where we are going and the guys have worked really hard and performed very consistently. They've done everything we've asked them to do in terms of the prep and focus and bringing it week in and week out and I trust they understand that.''

Rather than starting to look ahead for their next game Nov. 28 at Miami, Carroll decided after 10 weeks it was best for the Seahawks - winners of two straight - to get an extended break. So following a short team meeting Monday, the Seahawks were sent on their way coming off Sunday's 28-7 rout of the New York Jets.

The Seahawks (6-4) are 5-0 at home for the first time since 2005, the season they won the NFC championship and played in their only Super Bowl. Their final three home games are all against division foes - San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis - but sweeping those three still might not be enough to make the playoffs in the highly competitive NFC.

Still, the 6-4 start is the best for the franchise since 2007, the last time Seattle won 10 games.

``Disappointed in the way we've played on the road that we didn't find a way to get a couple more of those wins. We've been in every one of them. We understand all of that,'' Carroll said. ``I think we've been very consistent. I think we understand what we're trying to do. ... I think we're getting harder to beat.''

Seattle easily dispatched the Jets with another impressive defensive effort and subtle halftime adjustments that got the Seahawks' run game started. The highlights came on two touchdown passes from Russell Wilson and by Golden Tate's shot put TD pass to Sidney Rice on a fourth-quarter reverse that capped the victory.

But Seattle rushed for 122 yards in the second half, the fourth time this season they have topped 100 yards rushing in the final 30 minutes. Marshawn Lynch had 85 of his 124 yards after halftime and for the second straight week Seattle held possession for more than 12 minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Seahawks had it for 12:10 in the fourth against Minnesota in Week 9. On Sunday, they held the ball for 12:05 of the final quarter against the Jets.

Carroll said Seattle was caught ``overtargeting'' its blocking targets in the first half with the Jets showing some different defensive looks. Adjustments were made by assistant head coach Tom Cable at halftime and the results were obvious.

``We just adjusted to that and I thought that was a really good sign of communication and really we're growing together,'' Carroll said.

Wilson now has 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions at home. While it's not the ultimate determinant of a quarterback's play, Wilson's 122.0 passer rating in home games is the best in the league. According to the NFL, Wilson is the first rookie quarterback since the merger to win his first five starts at home.

``I think the biggest thing is to relax the mind and relaxing the body more than anything,'' Wilson said of the break. ``It's been a long season so far.''

Defensively, the 185 total yards the Jets had were the fewest allowed by the Seahawks this season. They've now held eight of 10 opponents under 100 yards rushing and, after a third-down disaster in Detroit on Oct. 28, have drastically improved getting off the field. The Lions were 12 of 16 on third down en route to beating the Seahawks 28-24. The last two weeks, Minnesota and New York were a combined 5 of 21 on third-down attempts.

Carroll is hopeful that when the Seahawks return from their week off they will be fully healthy. Guard James Carpenter and linebacker K.J. Wright both missed Sunday's game with lingering concussions. Carroll expects both will be cleared. Reserve defensive tackles Greg Scruggs (oblique) and Clinton McDonald (groin) were both inactive and are expected to be back.

But there are a number of other nicks and bumps that could use healing. Seattle had nine players listed as probable on its final injury report Friday.

``We set a lot into motion right now and we want to make sure that when we come back, we're better than when we left,'' Carroll said. ``Hopefully our guys can do that.''

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.

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—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Game 5 Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 5 Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Alex Ovechkin said the Caps would return to Washington with a tied series. The Caps captain is a man of his word as the Caps won both Game 3 and Game 4 to even up the series at two games apiece.

John Tortorella had no answers after seeing his Columbus Blue Jackets fall in Game 4, but he will have to figure things out quickly as the series shifts back to Washington for a pivotal Game 5.

The Caps return home with two straight wins and all the momentum. There's just one problem: No one seemingly can win at home.

What: Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Round 1, Game 5

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 3:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 5 will be broadcast on NBC.

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 5 on NBC Sports' live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?

The Capitals take on the Blue Jackets in Game 5 on Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET in Washington. The series is tied 2-2.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME ON?

Capitals-Blue Jackets, Game 5 will be broadcast on NBC. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 2:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 2:30 p.m. Tune back to NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 6:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

2:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
2:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
3:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Blue Jackets on NBC
5:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
6:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?

Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 5 is available to stream live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS GAME?

Here are the Caps' projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly- Lars Eller - Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Scratches: Travis Boyd, Andre Burakovsky (upper-body), Shane Gerisch, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

CAPITALS-BLUE JACKETS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

SEE THE CAPITALS VS. BLUE JACKETS FULL SERIES SCHEDULE HERE

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