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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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Tim Connelly explains his interview with Wizards, decision to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly explains his interview with Wizards, decision to stay with Nuggets

Tim Connelly sat down with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis about the head front-office opening on Friday.

On Monday, NBC Sports Washington confirmed that he decided to stick with his role as president of basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets

A day later, he spoke to the media at a press conference and answered questions about his meeting with Washington.

Clear in Connelly's comments were his respect for Leonsis, but commitment to continuity in Denver. 

"I had a really nice conversation with Mr. Leonsis and his staff. He's a fantastic owner, I think a real visionary. I was really impressed by who he was and his thoughts for the team. That team's going to be special quickly under his leadership. We just had a conversation and not much more than that."

As for the reason for the discussion with Leonsis, Connelly said it came down to his love for the franchise. 

"I spent 14 years there. Certainly it's where I'm from, it's where my wife's from, so I just wanted to have the conversation because I care about the organization," he said.

"I'd never had an audience with [Leonsis], so to have that conversation and exchange of ideas, you know, it's flattering." 

Ultimately, however, the Baltimore native emphasized that Washington couldn't entice him away from the franchise he'd spent the last six years building. 

"Loyalty and patience is such a rarity in professional sports and that's here in spades. Those things matter to me," he said. "I had a hard time envisioning myself elsewhere."

With Connelly out of the picture, the list of candidates for the Wizards front-office opening is narrowing. Currently, Tommy Sheppard, Danny Ferry and Troy Weaver remain in the conversation. 

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The Wizards' GM search was kind of a mess, but the NBA has much bigger drama right now

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The Wizards' GM search was kind of a mess, but the NBA has much bigger drama right now

So, the Wizards' search for a GM kind of turned into a mess. 

We thought Tim Connelly was set to take the job of President of Basketball Operations. All signs pointed to him being the guy from the beginning. All reports said this was going to happen.

Then, he turned it down

The thing with the NBA though is there always seems to be someone else that says "hold my beer" when you think you've seen all the drama. 

Sure, fans are disappointed that Tim Connelly decided to stay with the Nuggets, but people turn down jobs all the time. Everyone wanted him to be the guy, but it didn't work out.

Things could be a lot worse.

Always remember, at least you're not a Lakers fan. 

First, there was Magic Johnson eviscerating the organization on First Take.

Then, conveniently enough, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka had to face the media while introducing his new head coach that clearly wasn't anything near his first choice, on the same day. He did all this while faking a smile with us all knowing he was fuming inside. 

 

The Lakers continue to be the most dysfunctional team in the NBA, and just can't seem to get out of their own way. Now granted, if Magic really wasn't ever around the organization, it's understandable that people might be upset. We've all worked with that person that just always seems to be out of the office. 

That being said, the airing of the dirty laundry, the hiring of their tenth (?) choice at head coach, and the terrible disaster of a 2018-19 season all put together continues to sink the Lakers father and farther down the respectability list.  

Not to be outdone though, #NBATwitter made sure to bring us another round of Kevin Durant social media drama, going after Fox Sports' Chris Broussard. 

Followed by some random guy named "Kam".

This is the thing about the NBA, it's reality TV when you're not watching games. Some love it, some hate it, and most refuse to admit that deep down you can't get enough of it.

So just remember Wizards fans, you might not be getting Connelly, but at least the Wizards aren't fighting with random fans on Instagram. And that, in this week's rankings of the NBA's greatest soap opera-inspired drama, is some great offseason news.

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