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NFL Capsule: Chargers at Jets

NFL Capsule: Chargers at Jets

SAN DIEGO (5-9) At NEW YORK JETS (6-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Jets by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Diego 6-8; New York 7-7

SERIES RECORD - Chargers lead 16-19-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 24; Jets No. 22

LAST MEETING - Jets beat Chargers 27-21, Oct. 23, 2011

LAST WEEK - Chargers lost to Panthers 31-7; Jets lost to Titans 14-10

CHARGERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (27), PASS (22)

CHARGERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (7), PASS (20)

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (10), PASS (30)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (29), PASS (2)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Matchup of teams out of playoff contention and with plenty of questions needed to be answered in offseason. Chargers coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith expected by many to be fired at end of season, while Jets coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum also on hot seat. ... Chargers have first losing season since 2003, and missed out on playoffs for three straight seasons - team's longest drought since stretch from 1996-2003. ... QB Philip Rivers needs 210 yards passing to become first Chargers player with five straight seasons of 3,500 or more. Will have fifth straight season of 25 or more TD passes with three more in last two games. ... TE Antonio Gates needs one TD catch to become Chargers' career leader with 82, breaking tie with Lance Alworth. ... WR Danario Alexander enjoying breakout season, setting career highs with 33 catches, 555 yards and five TDs in eight games, but was held without reception last week vs. Panthers. ... LB Shaun Phillips tied with Gary ``Big Hands'' Johnson for second on team's career sacks list with 67. ... Jets eliminated from playoff hunt for second straight season after consecutive trips to AFC title game in 2009 and 2010. ... Sunday's game marks first NFL start for Jets QB Greg McElroy, selected as starter by Rex Ryan over Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. McElroy, team's seventh-round pick last year, made NFL debut three weeks ago when he stepped in for struggling Sanchez and threw for game's only TD in 7-6 win over Arizona. ... RB Shonn Greene 49 yards rushing from becoming fifth player in Jets history to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, joining Freeman McNeil, Adrian Murrell, Curtis Martin and Thomas Jones. ... WR Braylon Edwards, reacquired by Jets last week off waivers from Seattle, had three catches for 47 yards in return. ... G Brandon Moore has started 135 consecutive games, most of any offensive lineman in NFL, while T D'Brickashaw Ferguson has started 110 straight, most by any tackle. ... New York defense has held opponents to 4 of 44 on third-down conversions (9.1 percent) during last three games, tops in NFL.

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Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

Possible playoff opponents for the Capitals are starting to come into focus

With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.

First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.

Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.

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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.

The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.

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Report: Derrius Guice's attorney denies client's domestic abuse allegations

Report: Derrius Guice's attorney denies client's domestic abuse allegations

Derrius Guice's representation has released a statement that says the Washington Football Team running back "adamantly denies" the charges that he was arrested for on Friday

Guice turned himself into the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office facing one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count destruction of property.

The following statement from Peter Greenspun was obtained by Ben Standig of The Athletic. 

"Mr. Guice will not be commenting on these charges, which he adamantly denies. We ask that the media respect Mr. Guice's privacy," the statement read. 

"Unfortunately, the investigators did not seek a statement or any input for Derrius before the warrants were issued. The failure to fully investigate allegations of events, which allegedly took place months ago is inexplicable."

Greenspun, who has a historic career and most notably was a defense attorney in the 'D.C. Sniper trial,' called the charges of his client "unsubstantiated." He also called out the football franchise for releasing Guice prematurely without inquiring about the investigation. 

"... a full vetting of the allegations will take place, in contrast to actions by local law enforcement and the Washington Football Team that assumed the worst, directly contradicting every sense of fairness and due process," the statement concluded.

The Washington Football Team released Guice less than an hour after his arrest became public. The move came through as a part of the culture Ron Rivera has vowed to instill during his first few months as head coach. This is also not the first time Guice has faced issues for off-the-field behavior. He fell to the team back in the 2018 draft due to issues he had while with LSU.

In his short tenure, Rivera has dealt with a tumultuous series of issues arising from the franchise including current and former players facing other serious allegations, a monumental name change, and serious allegations of the culture within the team's executives.

Despite injuries mounting in two years for the 23-year-old back, it was expected that Guice would become the leading rusher in the backfield this season. Still, he had yet to prove to be a consistent contributor with only 42 carries for 245 yards and two touchdowns entering his third season.

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