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NFL Capsule: Bengals at Texans

NFL Capsule: Bengals at Texans

CINCINNATI (10-6) At HOUSTON (12-4)

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Texans by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 9-6-1; Houston 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Series tied 3-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 12; Texans No. 8

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Bengals 31-10, Jan. 7

LAST WEEK - Bengals beat Ravens 23-17; Texans lost to Colts 28-16

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (18), PASS (17)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (12), PASS (7)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (8), PASS (11)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (7), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Houston looking for fifth straight win against Bengals. ... Bengals have reached playoffs in two straight seasons for first time since 1981-82. ... Cincinnati is looking for first playoff win since Jan. 6, 1991 against Houston Oilers. ... It is Cincinnati's fourth postseason appearance under coach Marvin Lewis. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton is 19-13 as starter, highest winning percentage by Cincinnati quarterback with minimum of 20 starts in franchise history. ... Dalton's 3,669 yards passing and 27 touchdown passes were both career highs. ... Dalton grew up in Houston suburb of Katy. ... Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for career-high 1,094 yards this season. ... Green-Ellis had 183 yards rushing in four career postseason games with New England. ... Cincinnati WR A.J. Green has 1,350 yards receiving to become second player in franchise history to reach 1,300 yards receiving in a season. ... Green's 162 receptions in first two seasons are second most to start career in NFL history behind Marques Colston's 168. ... Green is first WR selected to Pro Bowl in both of his first two seasons in NFL since Randy Moss in 1998-99. ... Bengals DT Geno Atkins has 12 1/2 sacks and DE Michael Johnson has 11 1/2. ... Houston CB Johnathan Joseph was first-round draft pick by Bengals in 2006 and spent first five seasons in Cincinnati. ... Bengals PR Adam Jones has two career punt return touchdowns against Texans. ... Texans (12-4) have most wins in franchise history. ... Houston was 6-0 at home against AFC teams this season. ... Houston QB Matt Schaub will make his first career postseason start on Saturday after missing last year's playoffs with injured foot. ... Schaub has thrown for more than 4,000 yards for third time in career. ... Schaub is 2-0 with 672 yards passing, seven touchdowns and one interception in two career starts against Bengals. ... Texans DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 20 1/2 sacks, tied for sixth most since sacks became official statistic in 1982. ... Watt's 16 passes defended are most among defensive linemen. ... Watt has 3 1/2 sacks in two career playoff games, and had 29-yard interception return for touchdown last year in playoff win against Bengals. ... Houston RB Arian Foster has rushed for more than 130 yards in both his career postseason games. ... Foster had 153 yards rushing with two scores in last year's playoff win over Bengals. ... Foster leads NFL in total touchdowns since 2010 with 47. He had seven 100-yard rushing games this season. ... Houston WR Andre Johnson has career-high 1,598 yards receiving. He joins Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison as only players in NFL history with at least three seasons with 1,500 yards receiving. ... Johnson is averaging 122.7 yards receiving in his past three games against Cincinnati. ... Houston WR Kevin Walter played with Bengals from 2003-05. ... Texans TE Owen Daniels had career-high six touchdown receptions this season. ... Texans LB Whitney Mercilus tied for first among AFC rookies with six sacks.

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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

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Five of the most memorable and wild Redskins upsets from the past 10 years

Upsets get a lot of attention in March, due to the allure of the NCAA Tournament and the non-allure of everyone who loves to talk about how THEY CALLED that upset that YOU DIDN'T.

With that being said, upsets happen every month of the year, and they go down weekly in the NFL. So, how about we look back at some of the Redskins' particularly surprising wins from the past decade?

Here are five of the most memorable. 

5) 2014 - Redskins 27, Eagles 24

The Eagles came into FedEx Field late in 2014 with a 9-5 record needing a win to remain squarely in the playoff hunt. The Redskins, meanwhile, were just 3-11 and had changed quarterbacks a depressing five times.

Yet in this matchup, Robert Griffin III managed the offense well and DeSean Jackson had more than 120 receiving yards against his former team because DeSean Jackson is awesome.

Yes, the 'Skins were outproduced in nearly every major stat category. But Mark Sanchez — sorry, future Redskin great Mark Sanchez — had two costly turnovers and Cody Parkey missed two field goals (Philly fans have probably forgiven him by now), allowing the home team to squeak out a W.

4) 2009 - Redskins 27, Broncos 17

This is one of those random Redskins games you've probably forgotten about because it came in a lost season, but it was still a miraculous victory.

The most iconic play from this one was a Hunter Smith to Mike Sellers TD on a fake field goal — a fake, mind you, that came after a timeout by Jim Zorn because the unit's first fake punt attempt included only 10 players on the field.

Denver was 6-2 but lost Kyle Orton to injury at halftime. Jason Campbell, on the other hand, helped the Burgundy and Gold score more than 17 points for the first time all year.

"We've had a desert experience -- very arid, if you will -- for the last few weeks," Zorn said postgame. "So to be able to come out with a win, you almost don't know how to feel."

The Zorn Era was terrible, but you have to give the dude credit for working "very arid" into an NFL press conference.

3) 2012 - Redskins 40, Saints 32

There was plenty of hype surrounding RG3's debut, but there was no way he was going to lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints... in his debut... in the Superdome... right?

Wrong. Incorrect. Not right.

Griffin found Pierre Garcon early for an 88-yard score and the offense stayed hot all afternoon, outpacing a New Orleans squad that was favored by more than a touchdown. If you want a further reminder of how impressive this effort was, look back at what happened to this franchise in the Superdome this past season. 

2) 2014 - Redskins 20, Cowboys 17

Dallas' six-game winning streak stood no chance against Colt McCoy, as the Texas legend went into the Cowboys' house for a wild Monday Night triumph.

Kai Forbath's field goal sealed it in overtime and Bashaud Breeland dominated Dez Bryant, but McCoy was the star. On the way to his first successful start in close to three seasons, the signal caller went 25 for 30 in the air and found the end zone on the ground, too.

1) 2017 - Redskins 17, Seahawks 14

If someone in your life thinks they can't do something, just pull up the box score or highlights from this contest. They will then realize that nothing is impossible, because the Redskins beating the Seahawks on this Sunday should've been impossible, yet it somehow happened anyway.

Washington went into Seattle's harsh environment down six starters, including three on the O-line, but Kirk Cousins kept things together and found Brian Quick and Josh Doctson for long completions on a harrowing last drive to steal this result. It wasn't quite UMBC over Virginia, but it was absolutely a stunning final nonetheless. 

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With nine games left, where do the Wizards stand in the East and NBA Draft Lottery?

With nine games left, where do the Wizards stand in the East and NBA Draft Lottery?

At the beginning of the week, the Washington Wizards had 12 games left on the schedule and needed to win a minimum of eight or nine of those games if they hoped to make the playoffs.

It’s Thursday night and Washington’s loss to the Jazz makes three in a row.

With nine games left on the schedule, where do they stand in the East postseason race and the draft lottery order?

Eastern Conference Standings

Losing three-straight games hasn’t actually dropped the Wizards from the 11th spot in the East, where they’ve hovered the last couple weeks. For that they can thank the tanking Atlanta Hawks.

Don’t think those L’s aren’t costing Washington, though. In the same span of time, the 8-seed Heat have won three in a row.

Now Bradley Beal and Co. are a full six games out of the final playoff spot with nine games to go. They also trail Orlando (34-38) in ninth and Charlotte (32-39) in 10th.

They’re not absolutely, certainly, 100-percent eliminated from playoff contention, but they must win every game left.

Even that might not be enough.

NBA Draft Lottery

Back-to-back-to-back losses took a major toll on whatever playoff hopes Washington had left. For a silver lining, look no further than the team’s draft lottery position.

The Wizards started the week ninth in the draft lottery order, which gave them 20.3 percent odds of scoring a top-four pick (preferably in the form of a Duke freshman or Ja Morant). That ninth spot also carries a 4.5 percent chance at the top-overall pick.

While the Wiz kids were busy dropping 3 games, the two teams immediately ahead of them in the lottery order had better luck.

The Grizzlies won their only game so far this week, while the Pelicans won one of two.

Those results dropped New Orleans to number nine, boosted Washington to number eight and left them tied with Memphis at 15.5 games out of number one in the lottery order (though Memphis’s win percentage is fractionally lower and keeps them in seventh).

If the Wizards can pass the Grizzlies and climb into seventh, that’s a big deal in terms of lottery odds. Simulating the drawing, the ninth-place team gets a top-four pick once in every five simulations. The seventh-place team gets a top-four pick once in every three simulations.

Look Ahead

Washington can’t lose another game if they want to make the playoffs. This is literally must-win territory.

Even winning out is no guarantee they’ll advance to the postseason.

Up next, Washington hosts Miami at home on Saturday, followed by a West Coast road trip the following week.

Games to Watch

Heat at Wizards, Saturday 7 PM

Timberwolves at Grizzlies, Saturday 8 PM

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