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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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For seven seasons, London Fletcher delivered every single time he played for the Redskins

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For seven seasons, London Fletcher delivered every single time he played for the Redskins

The Redskins have largely been a mystery in the 2000s. From season to season, game to game and sometimes even quarter to quarter, it's never quite clear which Washington will show up.

There was no mystery when it came to the relentless, spectacular London Fletcher, though.

On Monday night, the defender who played seven seasons for the Burgundy and Gold will be inducted into the team's Ring of Fame. He'll be the 50th player to have his name placed there, a distinction he absolutely deserves.

Fletcher signed with the Redskins in 2007, during an era in which many of their free agent acquisitions inked big contracts and produced small results. His production, however, was unmatched.

There was his consistency. He started all 112 regular season contests on defense in D.C., a remarkable number for any position but especially remarkable for an NFL middle linebacker. That run was a part of his overall 256-game streak, a truly preposterous accomplishment. 

Then, of course, there were his contributions. He didn't just play every week; he starred every week.

From 2007-2013, Fletcher was the sport's leader in total tackles and ranked third in solo tackles. His 12 interceptions were the most by a linebacker and his 53 passes defensed were tied for the most by anyone at that spot. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, yet still probably underappreciated for all he did.

And finally, there was his leadership. No. 59 was a captain, a role that sometimes can be overblown but one that certainly wasn't overblown when he held it. His effort and energy and dedication were all palpable, qualities that spread from his post in the center of the unit to everyone around him.

"It is a tremendous honor to be going into the Ring of Fame," Fletcher said recently. "I grew up watching a lot of the old Redskins players whether it was Darrell Green, John Riggins and some of the old guys that wore the Burgundy and Gold, so for me to be joining them in the Ring of Fame is something."

Now, Fletcher will join the collection of legends he once watched, a permanent reminder of what he meant to the organization. So, in a fitting way, he'll be there every Sunday, Monday and Thursday the Redskins take the field — just like how it was back when he played.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Ryan Mountcastle earns Orioles’ top prospect award

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Ryan Mountcastle earns Orioles’ top prospect award

The Mariners claimed their second-ever win against the Orioles in a game of 13 innings or longer (September 5, 2003). Check out the latest news and notes from the  Baltimore Orioles' clubhouse. 

Player Updates:

RP John Means will start Sunday against the Mariners. Over 143.0 innings Means sits at a 10-11 mark so far, with a 3.65 ERA, 112 Ks, and 35 BBs. 

1B Ryan Mountcastle earned the Orioles’ top prospect award which he received before Saturday's first pitch. The 22-year-old hit .312 for Norfolk with an OPS of .871. Mountcastle hit 25 home runs and had 83 RBIs.

Injuries

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Sunday, 9/22: Mariners at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Monday 9/23: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. Rogers Centre

Tuesday 9/24: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. Rogers Centre

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