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NFL Capsule: Browns at Raiders

NFL Capsule: Browns at Raiders

CLEVELAND (3-8) At OAKLAND (3-8)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 6-4-1; Oakland 3-8

SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 13-8

AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 25, Raiders No. 31

LAST MEETING - Raiders beat Browns 24-17, Oct. 16, 2011

LAST WEEK - Browns beat Steelers 20-14; Raiders lost at Bengals 34-10

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (26), PASS (23)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (19), PASS (21)

RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (29), PASS (8)

RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (28), PASS (24)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Browns lost 12 straight road games starting with last year's defeat in Oakland. ... Last year's meeting was final start for Raiders QB Jason Campbell, who broke collarbone in first half. Carson Palmer acquired following week. ... Cleveland K Phil Dawson perfect on kicks this season, making all 21 FG tries and 20 PATs. Dawson made last 27 FG tries. ... Sebastian Janikowski's only miss for Oakland was 64-yard FG attempt. ... Cleveland had eight takeaways last week, most in NFL since 2001. .. Browns allowed 112 yards rushing past two weeks, holding consecutive opponents under 65 yards for first time since 1989. ... Cleveland rookie RB Trent Richardson averaging 101.8 yards rushing per game over last four. ... Browns WR Josh Gordon second among rookies with 530 yards receiving. ... Raiders lost four straight for first time since '08 and been outscored by 90 points in skid. ... The 169 points allowed in skid are second most in four-game span since 1970 merger to Tennessee's 177 in 2004. ... Palmer 9-3 all-time vs. Browns, completing 62.0 percent of passes with 25 TDs, 14 INTs for 90.6 passer rating. ... Oakland's Marcel Reece leads all RBs with 447 yards receiving. ... Raiders WR Denarius Moore's six TD catches most for franchise since Jerry Porter had six in '07. ... Oakland has one FG and 4 turnovers on 1st possession of game, while allowing 38 points on first possession for opponent.

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.

 

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