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NFL Capsule: Colts at Patriots

NFL Capsule: Colts at Patriots

INDIANAPOLIS (6-3) At NEW ENGLAND (6-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Indianapolis 6-3; New England 5-4

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 46-29

AP PRO32 RANKING - Colts No. 12; Patriots No. 8

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Colts 31-24, Dec. 4, 2011

LAST WEEK - Colts beat Jaguars 27-10; Patriots beat Bills 37-31

COLTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (14), PASS (8)

COLTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (22), PASS (15)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (5), PASS (7)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (9), PASS (29)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Colts and Patriots meet for 13th time since 2003 despite being in different divisions. Three of those games were during postseason. ... Patriots have huge advantage in turnover differential. They lead NFL at plus-16, while Colts tied for fourth worst at minus-9. ... Patriots already equaled total losses for all last season. Colts have four more wins than last year. ... Colts' Reggie Wayne leads NFL with 69 receptions, Patriots' Wes Welker tied for third with 66. ... Colts have won last four games but none vs. teams with winning record. ... QB Andrew Luck needs one game with 300 yards passing to break Peyton Manning's rookie record of four in one season. ... Former Patriot CB Darius Butler had two INTs, one for TD, and fumble recovery last Sunday. ... Colts defense allowed Jaguars just 37 yards rushing, now face Patriots offense that's fifth in NFL with average 146 yards on the ground. ... LB Robert Mathis participated fully in practice after missing Jaguars game with back injury, has six sacks despite sitting out four games. ... Donald Brown missed two games but leads Colts with 361 yards rushing. ... Patriots on three-game winning streak with one victory in overtime and last Sunday's win after Devin McCourty's interception in end zone with 23 seconds left. ... Patriots lead NFL with 33.2 points and 430.3 yards per game. ... TE Rob Gronkowski had at least one TD catch in each of last three games, total of five. ... Welker has streak of 103 regular-season games with a reception, including all 86 with Patriots. ... Tom Brady looks to extend streak to 42 games with TD pass. Only Drew Brees, with current streak of 52, and Johnny Unitas, with 47, have more in NFL history. ... LB Rob Ninkovich has four forced fumbles. ... Patriots 17-0 in second half of season starting in 2010.

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Need to Know: Redskins training camp preview—Offense

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Need to Know: Redskins training camp preview—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, July 22, four days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Training camp preview: Offense

Here are some of the big topics surrounding the offense at Redskins training camp along with some of the things I’ll be observing closely when training camp gets underway on Thursday. 

Alex Smith

The subheadline here doesn’t need any elaboration. The Redskins gave up a top-100 draft pick, a promising player, and $71 million in guaranteed money to get him. When asked about the timetable for Smith picking up the offense, Jay Gruden said, “He has got to get it down by the first game.”

That first game is seven weeks from today. Of course, the process has already started as Smith appeared to have a solid grasp of things in the offseason practices. There is every reason to think that he will look good in Richmond. 

The question is, how much will the coaches push him? Will they focus on him having success on shorter, easier throws to build his confidence? Or will they call plays that test his ability to throw deep? Last year in Kansas City his ability to hit on long passes helped transform him from being an above-average quarterback to an MVP candidate. The Redskins need him to be effective deep starting Week 1 and training camp needs to be the starting point. 

The running back rotation

This is primarily about Derrius Guice, who is the most anticipated rookie running back in team history. The Redskins were 28th in rushing yards last year and they bring back the same offensive line (although hoping for better health) and three of the same running backs. They are counting on Guice to be the difference maker. 

But Guice can’t do it by himself. Gruden will be wary of overworking his rookie, who has an aggressive running style and who was banged up for a lot of his last year at LSU. He also may give Guice a light load if he struggles in pass protection early on. Chris Thompson’s role is set. Where do Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine line up? Does one or the other take most of the first-team reps when Guice is getting a rest? 

The difference between being the third back and the fourth is big. The fourth back on the depth chart is unlikely to be active most game days. The active back could get five to 10 carries per game.

Who’s at left guard?

Is Shawn Lauvao going to be the left guard? It doesn’t seem logical that they would put all their eggs in Lauvao’s injury-prone and frequently ineffective basket. Will Ty Nsekhe line up there? Do they think that Tyler Catalina or Kyle Kalis can push for the starting job? Is a trade in the offing? 

Jordan Reed’s health

This does not need much explanation if you’ve been paying attention the last several years. It would be both a good sign and a major surprise if he starts camp healthy and doesn’t miss any time due to injuries. If he’s out there, there is no question that he and Smith will quickly develop chemistry. 

Wide receiver depth chart

The stakes at wide receiver are similar to those at running back. The top backup behind the three starters, who could be any of Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Brian Quick or Try Quinn, will have a regular role in the offense line Ryan Grant had last year. The fifth guy will rarely play, the player who has the sixth spot will rarely play, and the seventh won’t have a job. 

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

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Timeline 

Happy birthday to Redskins running back Quinton Dunbar, who was born on this date in 1992.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 4
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 18
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 41

The Redskins last played a game 203 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 49 days. 

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Jay Gruden shown no love in preseason coaches ranking

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Jay Gruden shown no love in preseason coaches ranking

Yahoo! Sports ranked all 32 head coaches in the NFL and Washington Redskins fans may not be too happy with where Jay Gruden ended up.

Entering his fifth year as head coach, Gruden was ranked as the No. 27 head coach in the NFL. Here's Yahoo!'s rationale behind his ranking:

"Four years, one playoff berth, one plus-.500 season, one franchise quarterback run out of town."

All that is ... not false, but the whole franchise quarterback being run out of town thing is at least debatable. And even if the ranking is fair, it's still okay to be upset because it's the middle of July, training camp hasn't started yet and the offseason is the perfect time to get irrationally angry about things like these.

Elsewhere in the NFC, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur checks in at No. 23, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is No. 17 and the Eagles' Doug Pederson is No. 2.

Unsurprisingly, Bill Belichick was ranked No. 1; he may be the greatest of all time when all is said and done, if not already. The top five rounds out with Pederson at No. 2, New Orleans's Sean Payton at No. 3, Minnesota's Mike Zimmer at No. 4 and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin at No. 5.

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