NFL Capsule: Chargers at Buccaneers

NFL Capsule: Chargers at Buccaneers

SAN DIEGO (4-4) At TAMPA BAY (4-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Diego 4-4; Tampa Bay 5-2-1

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 8-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 16; Buccaneers No. 14

LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Buccaneers 41-24, Dec. 21, 2008

LAST WEEK - Chargers beat Chiefs 31-13; Buccaneers beat Raiders 42-32





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - San Diego has won eight of nine games between teams, including all five played in Tampa. ... Four years ago, Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for 287 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions the only time he faced Buccaneers. Ninth-year pro completed 18 of 20 passes for 220 yards, two TDs and one interception in last week's 31-13 victory over AFC West rival Kansas City. ... Win over Chiefs stopped three-game slide for Chargers. Bucs have won three of four to climb back to .500 following 1-3 start. ... Former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson signed five-year, $55.55 million contract with Tampa Bay last winter and averaging NFL-leading 22.9 yards per reception ( 31 catches for 710 yards, six touchdowns). ... Bucs offense has blossomed over past four games, with QB Josh Freeman completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 1,257 yards, 11 TDs and one interception. ... Rookie RB Doug Martin had 214 yards from scrimmage (135 rushing, 79 receiving) in road win at Minnesota two weeks ago. For encore, first-round draft pick out of Boise State rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns to pace last week's 10-point win at Oakland. ... Tampa Bay has scored more than 28 points in four consecutive games for first time in franchise history while improving to fifth in NFL in scoring at 28.3 per game. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates shares team lead with three touchdown catches. He needs two to tie Hall of Famer Lance Alworth for most receiving TDs in club history (81). ... Chargers RB Ronnie Brown has 32 receptions, second-highest among running backs around league. ... Bucs lead NFL in rushing defense (77.3 yards per game) but last in pass defense (321.1).


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Nationals Roundup: Nats blow multiple leads in frustrating walk-off loss to Mets

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Nationals Roundup: Nats blow multiple leads in frustrating walk-off loss to Mets

The Nationals lost to the New York Mets, 6-5, Tuesday to drop their record to 19-29. 

Consider these news and notes as Washington trudges through its four-game series in New York: 

Players Notes:


Erick Fedde made his first start of the season for Washington Tuesday night and put together a solid outing. The 26-year-old threw five innings of one-run baseball, allowing four hits, a walk, and strikeout. Thirty-one of his 61 pitches were sinkers.

Do you believe in the broadcaster's jinx theory? Perhaps you might after reading up on what Juan Soto did in the 2nd inning Tuesday. Then, later in the 8th, Soto scorched a go-ahead double to deep right notching his 100th career RBI. 


Amed Rosario was the hero at Citi Field. His walk-off infield single off Kyle Barraclough was the difference in New York's 6-5 comeback win. 

The Mets got a quality start from starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, who threw seven innings of four-hit ball, three earned runs, two walks, and six strikeouts. 78 of his 118 pitches were thrown for strikes. 

Pete Alonso is lighting it up right now. His game-tying 417-foot home run in the 8th marked his 16th of the season. 


SP Jeremy Hellickson: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 31

RP Justin Miller: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 31

SP Anibal Sanchez: hamstring, expected to be out until at least May 27

OF Andrew Stevenson: back, expected to be out until at least May 24

1B Matt Adams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least May 22

1B Ryan Zimmerman: foot, expected to be out until at least May 23

RP Koda Glover: elbow, expected to be out until at least May 25

RP Trevor Rosenthal: viral infection, Expected to be out until at least May 21

RP Austen Williams: shoulder, expected to be out until at least Jun 13

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 5/22: Nationals @ Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field 

Thursday, 5/23: Nationals @ Mets, 12:10 p.m. ET, Citi Field

Friday, 5/24: Marlins @ Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, Nationals Park


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Brandon Scherff confirms that he and the Redskins have 'been talking' about a contract extension

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Brandon Scherff confirms that he and the Redskins have 'been talking' about a contract extension

Bruce Allen identified getting a contract extension done for Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff as one of the Redskins biggest priorities of the 2019 offseason. To this point, however, nothing has happened. 

That doesn't seem to have Scherff concerned. 

"We've been talking, but I'm not really worried about that," he said after OTAs on Monday. "I'm here for another year, so that's all I'm worried about right now. Everything will take care of itself."

Scherff, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has played at an elite level since his rookie season. He's made two Pro Bowl teams in four years, and until last year, had been remarkably durable. 

In 2018, Scherff's season started very strong. 'Skins coach Jay Gruden described the former Iowa Hawkeye as the best pulling guard in the NFL and it was well-earned praise. Then, in a Week 8 loss, Scherff went down with a torn pectoral muscle. His season was over. 

At OTAs, however, Scherff was a full participant with no brace or apparent encumbrances from the injury. 

"I'm feeling really good, just taking it slow and making sure I'm 100 percent," he said. 

Expect the free agent market to be quite bullish. Once a lesser-paid position than tackle, guards have recently started pulling in significant cash. Zach Martin's recent contract extension in Dallas pays him more than $14 million per season, and Jacksonville is paying Andrew Norwell more than $13 million this year. 

For Scherff, expect top of the market money. He has the talent, pedigree and ability that if Washington won't pay in the neighborhood of Martin and Norwell, he can wait for free agency.