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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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NFC East Update: The division race is shaping up very well for the Redskins

NFC East Update: The division race is shaping up very well for the Redskins

The Redskins helped themselves in the NFC East division race with a big Week 10 win over the Buccaneers, and then the Cowboys helped their rival out again with a big win in Philadelphia.

With seven games remaining and the NFL calendar starting to get serious about playoff situation and scenarios, the 6-3 Redskins are in the driver's seat in the division. 

"I think the good thing being 6-3, being in first place is we control what we have to control. We don’t have to look at the other teams, we just have to focus on what we do and if we do our job, we don’t have to worry about anything," head coach Jay Gruden said Monday. 

And he's right. The Redskins have built a cushion in the division, and if they keep winning at a .667 clip, nobody can catch them.

Here's the NFC East update:

  1. Washington Redskins (6-3, 2-0) - This team isn't winning pretty, and they certainly don't make many highlight plays on offense, but the Washington formula for victories is working. At +11, the Redskins are 3rd in the NFL in turnover margin and they own a defense that doesn't give up many points. Fans can debate if the offense is too limited, but for now running the ball and playing strong defense is piling up wins. Washington hasn't been 6-3 since 2008. Another large test looms on Sunday when Houston comes to FedEx Field, riding a six-game win streak. Up next: Nov. 18th vs Texans,1 p.m.
  2. Dallas Cowboys (4-5, 2-1) - Things have been a roller coaster in Big D. Two weeks ago it looked like the Cowboys season might spiral out of control after a blowout loss at home to the Titans. Speculation began to mount about the future for head coach Jason Garrett. A week later, after a major win in Philly on Sunday Night Football, Cowboys fans are back focused on the playoffs, not firing their coach. Dallas has built an impressive young defense, though the offensive struggles remain. Similar to the Redskins, Dallas has one of the worst pass games in the NFL but relies on running the football. Up next:  Nov. 18th @ Atlanta, 1 p.m. 
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5, 1-1) - At no point this season have the Eagles looked like the same 2017 juggernaut that won the city's first-ever Super Bowl. Much of that was chalked up to injury, particularly Carson Wentz working back from a knee injury last year, and new parts on defense. The Eagles had a Week 8 bye, made a trade to acquire WR Golden Tate, and were facing the slumping Cowboys in Week 9. All signs pointed to a big Eagles win and the Philly machine getting back on track for the second-half of the 2018 season. Only it didn't happen. The Eagles haven't won two games in a row yet this season, and road games against the Saints and the Rams are still on deck. Up next: Nov. 18th @ New Orleans, 4:25 p.m.
  4. New York Giants (2-7, 0-3) - The Giants doubled their season win total with a road win in San Francisco over the 49ers. It was a good victory, but hardly impressive. The Niners are equally bad and currently starting their 3rd-string QB. Still, Odell Beckham remains optimistic for his New York squad and thinks the team could go on a undefeated streak to close out the season. It's not realistic considering the offensive line and Eli Manning's play at quarterback, but it's a nice theory. The Giants are 0-4 at home and 0-3 in the division. Up Next: Nov. 18th vs Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

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Tom Wilson’s suspension reduced to 14 games by neutral arbitrator

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Tom Wilson’s suspension reduced to 14 games by neutral arbitrator

Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension has been reduced to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator meaning he is eligible to return as early as Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the arbitrator’s decision.

Wilson was suspended 20 games for a hit to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the preseason. The suspension was announced on Oct. 3 and upheld by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Wilson’s first appeal.

Though the second appeal was technically successful in getting the suspension reduced, the lengthy process ended up costing him an extra two games as the Caps are already 16 games into the season. The good news for him is that he will recoup $378,048.78 of the over $1.2 million he was originally due to forfeit as a result of the suspension.

This marks the second suspension that Shyam Das, the neutral arbitrator, has reduced this season. Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was suspended 27 games for domestic assault, but had his suspension reduced to 18 games after taking his appeal to the neutral arbitrator.

Tuesday’s ruling may mark the end of Wilson’s suspension and of the appeals process, but it hardly marks the end of the entire saga and controversy surrounding Wilson and his style of play. A 14-game suspension is still significant and should not be seen as vindication that Wilson did nothing wrong in the eyes of the league.

If there is another suspension, it will be longer and neither Wilson nor the Caps can afford for that to happen. Wilson still must change the way he plays or everyone is going to end up going through this entire process again and nobody wants that.

The Caps will have a morning skate at 12:30 p.m. ET which should provide more clarity on whether Todd Reirden intends to play Wilson immediately and where he could slot into the lineup.

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