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NFL Capsule: Bills at Cardinals

NFL Capsule: Bills at Cardinals

BUFFALO (2-3) At ARIZONA (4-1)

Thursday, 4:05 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Cardinals by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 2-3; Arizona 3-2

SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 5-4

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 27; Cardinals No. 10

LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat Bills 41-17, Oct. 5, 2008

LAST WEEK - Bills lost to 49ers 45-3; Cardinals lost to Rams 17-3

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (5), PASS (26)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (30), PASS (24)

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (25)

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11T), RUSH (14), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Since taking 21-7 third-quarter lead over New England two games ago, Bills have been outscored 90-10. ... Buffalo has given up 1,208 yards in last two games, most since New York Yanks allowed 1,207 in consecutive weeks in 1950. ... Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick grew up in Gilbert, in suburban east Phoenix, and was big Arizona State and Cardinals fan. His favorite player for both Arizona State and Cardinals was QB Jake Plummer. ... Bills signed ex-Cardinal OL Reggie Wells on Tuesday to bolster injury-ravaged offensive line. Wells spent first seven of his 10 NFL seasons with Arizona. ... Three Buffalo offensive linemen are out with injuries and another's status uncertain for Sunday. ... Bills spent week in Arizona, practicing at Arizona State, after losing at San Francisco on Sunday. ... Bills allowing 449.4 yards per game, Arizona's offense is averaging 273.2. Both are second-worst in NFL. ... Arizona lost RB Ryan Williams to season-ending shoulder injury in loss to Rams. Fellow RB Beanie Wells out for at least next five games with turf toe. ... Cardinals have yet to collect 300 yards in a game. ... Arizona has won eight straight at home, five in OT. Cardinals haven't won nine straight since 1925, when they played in Chicago's Comiskey Park against likes of Dayton Triangles and Pottsville Maroons, who ended that Cardinals' home win streak. .. If Cardinals win, their 5-1 mark would be best start in 36 years. .... Arizona has allowed 98 fewer points than Buffalo, 78 to 176. ... By going 4-1 this season, QB Kevin Kolb is 7-7 as an Arizona starter.

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Instant analysis: 5 field goals lift Redskins past Jets

Instant analysis: 5 field goals lift Redskins past Jets

LANDOVER, MD — Here is my instant analysis of the Redskins’ 15-13 preseason win over the New York Jets.

— Alex Smith started the game and so did most of the other players who are expected to start Week 1. Rob Kelley was at running back, Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson lined up at receiver, and the offensive line was intact — with the exception of Geron Christian playing left tackle. Vernon Davis was the tight end. 

— Smith moved the team efficiently on the first drive, completing four of six passes for 48 yards. He converted one third-and-9 by finding Doctson in a big soft spot in the Jets’ zone for 11 yards. On third-and-goal at the 4, he threw a pass a little behind Trey Quinn; it was catchable but not easy and Quinn couldn’t handle it. A field goal made it 3-0. After that 11-play, 71-yard drive, Smith and most of the rest of the offensive starters left the game. 

— Ten of the 11 regular defenders started the game, the exception being Matt Ioannidis. In his first series in a Redskins uniform, Daron Payne stopped the drive with a sack on third down. After that three-and-out, they weren’t as effective against Sam Darnold on their second possession. The rookie was sharp leading a 12-play, 42-yard field goal drive. 

— The first time Samaje Perine touched the ball, he ran for 30 yards off left tackle, following a nice block from J.P. Holtz, a tight end who was lined up at fullback. Since they released the only fullback on the roster last week, TE as FB is likely to be the plan. Perine then left the game with an ankle injury. He did not return. 

— There were some special teams gaffes in the first half. Dustin Hopkins hit the right upright on a 35-yard field goal try but it went through. On the ensuing kickoff, though, the kick went out of bounds. Later on, Byron Marshall put the ball on the ground on a kickoff return but replay showed it that he was down. So there was one costly miscue and two near-misses. 

— The Redskins backup defensive unit was back on its heels in a second-quarter drive with most of the Jets’ offensive starters in. They ended the drive when Danny Johnson make a good tackle to force a third and one. The Jets went for it and Darnold’s pass was tipped by Deshazor Everett and intercepted by Troy Apke. Tim Settle dominated in the middle, usually matched up against former Redskins center Spencer Long. 

— It was bad news, then good news for rookie WR Cam Sims in the second quarter. First he had a pass in his hands for a first down in the red zone but the ball popped out without him being touched and the pass was picked off. On the Redskins’ next possession he made a nice catch between two defenders for a 27-yard gain on third-and-10. Later in the drive he made a leaping catch in the end zone, but a penalty negated the TD. He has been inconsistent in practice in Richmond and is carrying over. 

— The Redskins had some red zone woes in the first half. The had three shots from there and settled for field goals every time. They also had the situation where Sims had the pass in his hands in the red zone before it popped out for an interception. 

— Long shot Martez Carter got his name on the board with a runs of nine and then 30 yards, showing blazing speed around the corner on both runs. He remains a long shot but speed like that will get you some attention. 

— Third QB Kevin Hogan was able to lead a scoring drive on his first possession but it was done mostly via Carter’s runs and the first application of the new helmet rule in a Redskins’ game this preseason, a flag that went against the Jets. The next two possessions he went two for three for seven yards and the Redskins went three and out both times. 

— The Jets kicked a late field goal to take a 13-12 lead. Hogan had a chance to bring them back and got them into Jets territory. Then Cam Sims made a 20-yard grab to set up a 40-yard field goal attempt. Hopkins hit it as time ran out to give the home team a 15-13 lead. 

— The win doesn’t mean anything but it’s always more fun to win than to lose. 

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 and on Instagram @RichTandler

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Washington Nationals announce the addition of a bullpen cart

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Washington Nationals announce the addition of a bullpen cart

Sean Doolittle has gotten his wish - the Washington Nationals will now have a bullpen cart for the remainder of the 2018 season. 

In a release on Thursday, the Nationals announced that they will unveil a the WGL Energy Bullpen Cart on their upcoming Friday night game against the Miami Marlins. The cart will be at all remaining home games at Nationals Park.

Both the Nationals’ pitchers and opponents will be able to utilize the cart to enter a game as a reliever. The cart will transport the relief pitcher from the bullpen to their dugout instead of the traditional long trout out to the mound. 

Players are not required to use the vehicle if they do not want to. 

Earlier this season, Doolittle was the first National ever to use the bullpen cart at Chase Field, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Afterward, he noted that although he had less time, he was not out of breath and “loved it.”

In addition to the Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers, the Nationals are the third active team to have a bullpen cart. Per the release, this is the first season that the bullpen cart has been used in MLB since 1995.

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