NFL Capsule: Bills at Colts

NFL Capsule: Bills at Colts


Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Colts by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Buffalo 5-5; Indianapolis 6-4

SERIES RECORD - Bills lead 35-30-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bills No. 22; Colts No.15

LAST MEETING - Bills beat Colts 30-7, Jan. 3, 2010

LAST WEEK - Bills beat Dolphins 19-14; Colts lost to Patriots 59-24





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Indianapolis had won six straight against Buffalo before losing at Orchard Park in mean-nothing 2009 season finale, in which already playoff-bound Colts rested Peyton Manning and most other starters for final three quarters. ... Bills 3-2 this season when S Jairus Byrd has a hand in a turnover. Byrd leads team with four interceptions, three forced fumbles and tied for team lead with two fumble recoveries. ... With sack against Miami, DE Mario Williams took over Bills lead with 5 1/2. ... Of Bills' 23 sacks, 17 have come in victories. ... After allowing season-low 184 yards against Miami, Bills defense jumped from 31st to 27th in NFL rankings. Rushing defense moved up one spot despite limiting Dolphins to 60 yards. ... Since start of last season, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 6-1 when making 29 or fewer pass attempts, and 4-15 when attempting more than 30. ... With 73 TDs, Fitzpatrick five short of passing Jack Kemp for third on team list. ... Bills settled for four field goals in four trips inside Dolphins 20, and have scored eight touchdowns in 22 red-zone drives over past seven games. ... Colts 2-1 against former AFC East rivals since moving to AFC South as part of NFL realignment in 2002. ... Colts have yet to lose two straight this season, and are 4-1 at home. ... QB Andrew Luck coming off fifth 300-yard game to pass Manning and set NFL mark for most by rookie. Luck's 2,965 yards passing most by NFL rookie through 10 games. ... With 1,003 yards receiving, WR Reggie Wayne has passed the 1,000 mark for the eighth time in his career, tying him with Marvin Harrison for most with Colts. No other Colts players have more than one 1,000-yard season. ... Wayne has 938 career catches, three short of passing Art Monk for 12th on NFL list. ... LB Robert Mathis attempting to extend home sack streak to five games.


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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat


This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."

Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lodge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.


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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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