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NFL Capsule: Cowboys at Bengals

NFL Capsule: Cowboys at Bengals

DALLAS (6-6) At CINCINNATI (7-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Dallas 4-8; Cincinnati 6-5-1

SERIES RECORD - Cowboys lead 6-4

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cowboys No. 16; Bengals No. 13

LAST MEETING - Cowboys beat Bengals 31-22, Oct. 5, 2008

LAST WEEK - Cowboys beat Eagles 38-33; Bengals beat Chargers 20-13

COWBOYS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (30), PASS (2)

COWBOYS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (17), PASS (10)

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (13T), PASS (13)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (11), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Dallas has won three of last four, scoring 38, 23, 38 and 38 points. Cowboys trying to win back-to-back games for second time this season. ... Bengals trying to win five games in row for second straight season. ... Tony Romo has thrown 19 TD passes. He needs one more to become first Cowboy to throw for 20 TDs five times. ... Romo completed all 10 of his passes for 169 yards and three TDs in second half of 38-33 win over Philadelphia last week. ... Romo threw for three TDs - including a 57-yarder to Terrell Owens - in 31-22 win over Bengals in Dallas in 2008. ... TE Jason Witten had third 100-yard receiving game of season against Eagles. His 17 career 100-yard games are club record for tight end. ... WR Dez Bryant has career highs in catches (71) and yards receiving (978). ... Cincinnati's Andy Dalton ranks second in AFC in fourth-quarter passer rating at 100.1, trailing Denver's Peyton Manning (107.9). ... RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis has run for more than 100 yards in each of last three games, a career best and best by Bengals player since Corey Dillon in 1999. Last Bengal to run for 100 yards in four straight was Paul Robinson in 1968. ... Green-Ellis needs 115 yards to reach 1,000 for second time in career. He also did it in 2010 with New England (1,008 yards). He has carried 226 times, three shy of career high. ... Green-Ellis has runs of 48, 41 and 39 yards in last two games, three longest of career. ... After averaging only 93.7 yards rushing in first nine games, Cincinnati has averaged 179.3 in last three games. ... WR A.J. Green scored TD in each of first nine games, but has been kept out of end zone in last two. ... Bengals lead NFL in sacks with 39, followed by Denver (38) and Houston (36). Cincinnati has never led league in sacks. Club record for season is 48. ... DT Geno Atkins leads NFL interior linemen with 9 1/2 sacks. Chicago's Henry Melton is second with 6.

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

Even though it was a bright, warm Wednesday in Ashburn the Redskins held their OTA session in the practice bubble because recent rains have left their outdoor fields to soggy to use. Here are my observations from the practice:

—A few Redskins were not present and a few who were there were not participating in the drills. Jay Gruden said that OT Trent Williams is rehabbing in Texas and that LB Zach Brown is in the process of relocating to the Washington area. RB Chris Thompson and OT Morgan Moses were present, but both were spectators. 

— It should be noted that even though Moses didn’t practice and is still rehabbing after ankle surgery, he still participated in the sideline-to-sideline running the team does at the end of practice.

—At rookie camp, RB Derrius Guice was first in line to do every drill. Today, he gave way to the veterans to all take their reps and then he went first among the rookies. 

— “Fat Rob” Kelley never really was fat but he is now lean and mean. He also seems to be a half step quicker than he was in the past. Added competition in the form of second- and fourth-round picks being added at your position will do that to a player. 

—The “starting” offensive line from left to right was Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and John Kling. The interior could well start the season; the tackle position awaits the returns of Williams, Scherff, and Ty Nsekhe. 

—RB Byron Marshall, who was on the team briefly last year before getting injured, looked very quick with good acceleration.

—CB Josh Norman was back with the group fielding punts. I seriously doubt that he will handle any kicks in games, even preseason games, but perhaps with DeAngelo Hall being gone he wants to be available as an emergency option. Also back with the punt returners were CB Danny Johnson, CB Greg Stroman, WR Maurice Harris, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, and, of course, WR Jamison Crowder.

—S D.J. Swearinger spent most of the special teams practice on the sideline working on catching passes with his hands extended away from his body. A little while later, he had a chance to make an interception with his arms extended. Of course, he dropped it. 

—It seems like QB Alex Smith and Crowder have some good rapport built already. Once on the right sideline and a few minutes later on the left, Smith threw a well-placed ball into Crowder, who was well covered on both occasions. 

—Eventually, CB Orlando Scandrick caught on and he swatted down a quick out to Crowder. 

—With Brown out, Josh Harvey-Clemons was with the first unit at inside linebacker. He’s still skinny but less so than he was last year. The second-year player was impressive in coverage, staying with Crowder step for step on a deep pass down the middle.

—The play of the day was a deep pass down the right side from Smith to WR Paul Richardson. Stroman was with the receiver step for step on the 9 route but Smith laid the ball out perfectly and Richardson made a lunging catch. Even though it doesn’t have to under the new rule, the catch did survive the ground. 

—WR Cam Sims had a few impressive plays. On one, QB Colt McCoy lofted one high in the air down the right side. Sims kept his focus on the ball while two defenders lost it and made the catch. 

—WR Trey Quinn had his moments. He made a good grab while being bumped by Scandrick. But a while later he dropped a fairly easy one. 

—The running backs all looked good but Guice looked the best of all of them. He had an ability to cut and maintain his speed that not many have. With the warning that they were playing with no pads with no contact and not at full speed, Guice’s vision appeared to be outstanding. 

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

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.