NFL Capsule: Bears at Lions

NFL Capsule: Bears at Lions

CHICAGO (9-6) At DETROIT (4-11)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Bears by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Chicago 7-8; Detroit 5-10

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 95-65-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 13; Lions No. 28

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Lions 13-7, Oct. 22

LAST WEEK - Bears beat Cardinals 28-13; Lions lost to Falcons 31-18





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bears can clinch playoff spot with win and Minnesota loss. ... After victories Nov. 4, Bears were 7-1, Lions were 4-4. Since then, Bears have lost five of seven and Lions have dropped seven straight. ... Detroit QB Matthew Stafford needs seven attempts to break NFL single-season record (691) by Drew Bledsoe. ... Chicago's defense has eight interception returns for touchdowns, tied for second most in season in NFL history. Detroit has allowed league-high 10 TDs on interception, fumble, punt and kickoff returns. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson surpassed Jerry Rice's single-season record for yards receiving last weekend and now has 1,892. ... With Bears, QB Jay Cutler is 6-1 vs. Lions with 11 TDs and only one INT. ... Chicago DE Julius Peppers has 11 sacks and five forced fumbles in nine games vs. Detroit. ... Detroit RB Mikel Leshoure has eight rushing scores in last eight games. ... Johnson has 100 or more yards receiving in eight straight games, longest streak in NFL history. Has 11 games of 100 yards or more, tied for most in season with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. ... Bears lead league with 40 takeaways - 17 fumbles and 23 interceptions.


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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

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Nationals-Phillies postponed on Monday night

WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper came back to the District on Monday. No baseball was played.

Rain storms cycled through the DMV starting around 6 p.m. at first delaying the series-opening game between the Nationals and Phillies, before it was finally postponed at 10 p.m. The game will be made up as part of a split-doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game is at 1:05 p.m., the second at 7:05 p.m.

The Tuesday starters for both teams remain the same: Patrick Corbin for the Nationals and Jake Arrieta for the Phillies.

Washington will need an extra starter during the week because it is playing seven games in six days. For instance, the Nationals could call someone up to pitch the first game Wednesday, and have Max Scherzer pitch on regular rest Wednesday night. The doubleheader being played Wednesday instead of Tuesday allows the Nationals plenty of time to import a starter for the day, if they choose to do it then.

However, Tuesday’s forecast is also rain-filled. Stay tuned.



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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

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The Capitals were mentioned on Jeopardy! and of course we're proud of it

The Stanley Cup no longer resides in Washington, and all eyes have shifted toward the offseason as the Capitals look to retool for next season. But, that doesn't mean we can't stop and appreciate the magical 2018 season now and again.

A week after reminiscing about the championship run and ensuing parade, the famous game show "Jeopardy!" gave us one more moment of glory on Monday night.

One of the clues featured in the latest episode had the Capitals as the answer and even featured Alexander Ovechkin.

It appears that one of the contestants did answer it correctly. More importantly, according to the replies, it was also cleared up that no one brought up the Pittsburgh Penguins during that round. 

While it may be somewhat hard to cope with the fact that the Capitals will not be enjoying another offseason of championship partying in 2019 we can take pride in the fact that the question was about the Caps winning the Stanley Cup, and not centered around a dreaded title drought.