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NFL Capsule-Bengals at Eagles

CINCINNATI (7-6) At PHILADELPHIA (4-9)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 6-6-1; Philadelphia 3-9-1

SERIES RECORD - Bengals lead 7-3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 16, Eagles No. 27

LAST MEETING - Bengals 13, Eagles 13 (tie), Nov. 16, 2008

LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Cowboys 20-19; Eagles beat Buccaneers 23-21

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (14), PASS (14)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (11), PASS (10)

EAGLES OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (9), PASS (15)

EAGLES DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (17), PASS (15)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Eagles and Bengals two of seven teams ranked in top 15 in both offense and defense. ... Bengals 4-3 on Thursdays, including 1-2 under coach Marvin Lewis. ... QB Andy Dalton's 90.3 passer rating fifth in AFC. His 25 TD passes seven shy of tying Carson Palmer's single-season team record. ... RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis's streak of 100-yard games ended at three when he had 89 vs. Dallas. ... WR A.J. Green scored TD in each of first nine games, but has been kept out of end zone in last three. ... Bengals lead NFL with 42 sacks. Cincinnati has never led league in sacks. Club record for season 48. ... Defense has allowed 281 yards per game over last five, rising from 20th overall to seventh. ... QB Nick Foles set Eagles' single-game rookie passing records with 32 completions and 381 yards last week vs. Tampa Bay. Foles has 1,174 yards passing, trailing John Reaves (1,508 in 1972) and Davey O'Brien (1,324 in 1939) for team's rookie mark. His 113 completions are an Eagles rookie record. ... All four of Philadelphia's wins have come by two or fewer points this season, which is most in team history ... Rookie DT Fletcher Cox has three sacks in last five games. ... Rookie RB Bryce Brown had 6 yards rushing on 12 carries against Tampa Bay's top-ranked run defense after gaining 347 yards in first two starts. ... Eagles 39-16 in December under Andy Reid.

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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