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NFL Capsule: Chargers at Browns

NFL Capsule: Chargers at Browns

SAN DIEGO (3-3) At CLEVELAND (1-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Chargers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Diego 3-3; Cleveland 3-3-1

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 14-7-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 16; Browns No. 30

LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Browns 30-23, Dec. 6, 2009

LAST WEEK - Chargers had bye; Browns lost to Colts 17-13

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (17) PASS (19)

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (1), PASS (25)

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (30), PASS (16)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (24), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chargers, who were off last week, trying to bounce back after two straight losses in which they were outscored 52-7 in third and fourth quarters. ... Chargers have won nine of last 11 against Browns, including last three in Cleveland. ... Chargers giving up just 71.2 yards rushing per game. ... Four times Chargers have held opponents to less than 60 yards on ground. ... QB Philip Rivers 2-0 against Browns, passed for 373 yards in San Diego's most recent win over Cleveland. ... Rivers will be making 103rd consecutive start. Only Eli Manning (126) has started more consecutive games. ... Rivers and TE Antonio Gates have combined for 51 career TDs, most for a QB-TE tandem. ... Gates (78) needs three TD catches to match Lance Alworth's team record (81). ... Chargers will travel third-most air miles (25,766) of any NFL team. Only Oakland (28,692) and Seattle (26,200) will accrue more frequent-flyer miles. ... Browns have lost 12 of 13. ... This will be first home game for new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. ... Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden has thrown two TD passes in three straight games. ... Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson held to 8 yards on eight carries last week while playing with rib injury. ... Weeden leads all rookies in yards passing (1,783), TDs (nine) and completions of 20 or more yards (25). ... Rookie WR Josh Gordon has TD of more than 30 yards in three straight games, first to do that since Randy Moss did it four times in 1988. ... Browns have 16 rookies on active roster. ... Browns lead AFC with 10 interceptions.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Early favorites for Wizards' 1st round pick; Mark Turgeon joins the show

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon at the NBA Combine.

Turgeon talked about his three draft-eligible players and what this time is like advising them. Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their early favorites for the Wizards' first round pick and their biggest takeaways from the NBA Combine measurements.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.