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NFL Capsule: Broncos at Patriots

NFL Capsule: Broncos at Patriots

DENVER (2-2) At NEW ENGLAND (2-2)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 2-2; New England 3-1

SERIES RECORD - Broncos lead 27-18

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 13; Patriots No. 6

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Broncos 45-10, Jan. 14, 2012

LAST WEEK - Broncos beat Raiders 37-6; Patriots beat Bills 52-28

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (14), PASS (9)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (9), PASS (13)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (6)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (7T), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots have scored at least 41 points in each of last three wins against Broncos and are 3-1 in last four matchups. ... Denver has outscored opponents in fourth quarter by league-high 45 points. New England scored 31 against Buffalo in fourth quarter last Sunday. ... Tom Brady and Peyton Manning meet for 13th time and first since Manning joined Broncos. Brady has won eight of 12 meetings. ... Last season, Patriots beat Broncos 41-23 in December and 45-10 in playoffs with Tim Tebow starting at quarterback in both games for Denver. ... In last Sunday's win over Oakland, Manning completed 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions - and wasn't sacked. ... Denver 5-2 in last seven games at New England. ... Dan Koppen expected to start at center for Broncos after eight seasons as Patriots starting center. ... Willis McGahee leads active NFL players with 32 games of at least 100 yards rushing. He ran for 112 against Raiders. ... Eric Decker with 24 catches and Demaryius Thomas with 21 tied for second for receptions by teammates this season. Patriots first with Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd catching 25 passes each. ... New England leads NFL with 438.3 yards per game after gaining 580 against Buffalo. ... Against Bills, Rob Gronkowski and Welker each had more than 100 yards receiving while Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley each rushed for more than 100 yards. ... Patriots came up with six turnovers at Buffalo, four of them interceptions. ... Brady tied with Brett Favre for third place with 36 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass. Only players ahead are Drew Brees and Johnny Unitas, with 47 each. ... Stephen Gostkowski, most accurate kicker in Patriots history, has missed three of last four field goal attempts.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

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Need to Know: A closer look at Alex Smith's contract with the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 26, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Contract makes Alex Smith a Redskins for at least three seasons

This post was originally published on March 19. 

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details. 

Until now. 

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. 

Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer). 

But there I another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million. 

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith but since we have no details we’ll set those aside for now. 

The cap hits on the contract are as follows: 

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022. 

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five. 

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