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NFL Capsule: Eagles at Giants

NFL Capsule: Eagles at Giants

PHILADELPHIA (4-11) At NEW YORK GIANTS (8-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Giants by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Philadelphia 3-11-1; New York 6-7-2

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 82-75-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Eagles No. 29; Giants No. 15

LAST MEETING - Eagles beat Giants 19-17, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK - Eagles lost to Redskins 27-20; Giants lost to Ravens 33-14

EAGLES OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (11), PASS (14)

EAGLES DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (22), PASS (11)

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (17), PASS (12)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (25), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Giants must beat Eagles in what might be Andy Reid's final game as Philadelphia's coach, then have Minnesota and Chicago lose and have Washington beat or tie Dallas to make playoffs. ... Eagles have had Giants number in recent years, winning seven of eight, including September game in which Giants K Lawrence Tynes was short on late 54-yard field goal attempt. ...With rookie Nick Foles out with broken hand, Michael Vick returns to starting lineup for first time since suffering concussion Nov. 11. It might also be last start with team. ...RB LeSean McCoy has rushed for at least 100 yards in last three games against New York, averaging 121.3 yards. ...Receiver Jeremy Maclin has 21 catches for 293 yards and two TDs in past three games. He had two TD catches in last game vs. Giants. ...WR-PR Damaris Johnson has 287 yards on punt returns, second most by Philadelphia rookie. ...DE Trent Cole has three two-sack games vs. Giants. LB DeMeco Ryans leads team with 111 tackles. . After 6-2 start, Giants missing playoffs for third time in four years seems likely for defending Super Bowl champs. ... Manning needs 260 yards passing to record fourth straight 4,000-yard season. In past four meetings, he has 11 TDs, three interceptions and 101.5 quarterback rating. ... RB Ahmad Bradshaw needs 92 yards rushing for second 1,000-yard season. ... Victor Cruz has gained at least 100 yards receiving in last three games vs. Eagles. He now has two straight seasons with at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. ... WR Hakeem Nicks failed to catch pass last week for first time in 53 games. ... S Stevie Brown leads NFL with 259 yards on interception returns, most by a Giant in single season.

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Lars Eller intends to leave bubble for the birth of his second child

Lars Eller intends to leave bubble for the birth of his second child

The disruption to the NHL season because of the coronavirus has affected more than just the postseason. For Lars Eller, it will mean having to leave the team in order to be with his family for the birth of his second child.

The 2020 postseason is scheduled to begin Aug. 1. Eller's wife is due on Aug. 8, the same day as the Capitals' third round robin game. Obviously that means unless she delivers early, the baby will be born after Eller has left for Toronto.

Eller, however, expressed Tuesday that he intends to be with his family when the baby is born.

"We're working on making the necessary arrangements so I can be for the birth and come back to the bubble after that," Eller said.

When the whole point of the bubble is to isolate the players and limit their contact with the outside world in order to keep them from contracting the coronavirus, obviously this will present some challenges.

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Eller, however, is hardly the only player who is facing this dilemma. The season pause means several players who thought they were going to have an offseason baby now will be having their new additions during the postseason. While the NHL and NHL Players' Association were negotiating the health and safety protocols for the league's return to play plan, family access became one of the major talking points. It's hard to maintain a bubble if you also allow family members in, but players did not want to be away from their families for several months. Certain rules were written in that would allow players to leave the bubble and return if necessary and those are the rules Eller is now trying to figure out so he can rejoin the team after his baby is born.

"You're going to have to take a lot of precautions for when you leave," Eller said. "Depending on how you travel and you travel back and forth and who you're going to be in contact with and so on, I'll have to serve some time inside the bubble and test a number of times before I can join my teammates again and play games. We're working on trying to figure out how we do that the best possible way."

Players did have the option of opting out of the playoffs, but Eller elected not to take that option. For him, trying to win a second Stanley Cup is still a priority, it's just not more important than his family.

"We're going to have a new addition to our family here in a couple weeks," Eller said. "I don't know when it's going to happen, but it's going to happen. But at the same time, I want to be with my team and also committed to that and want to win another Cup."

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There's an impressive list of names reportedly joining Bradley Beal in bid to buy the New York Mets

There's an impressive list of names reportedly joining Bradley Beal in bid to buy the New York Mets

Apparently, the New York Mets are popular.

In a group that looks more like some sort of ESPY's afterparty guest list, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal is reportedly joined by names such as Super Bowl LIV champ Travis Kelce, NFL Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas, current Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, oh, and some people named Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in a bid to buy the Mets. 

That's quite an eclectic group. 

They've already submitted their initial bid of $1.7 billion, according to the New York Post. Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen has reportedly made a top bid so far of $2 billion. The report says Mets COO Jeff Wilpon would prefer to sell to the "J-Rod" led group if its offer is close to the best bid at the end of the auction. Both have apparently already put up $300 million of their own money towards the potential purchase.

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According to ESPN, the group is awaiting word from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on what will happen next. 

Really the more pressing question though has to be how they all came together. Who would've thought Mason Plumlee and J-Lo would go into business together. Or Beal and Kelce. 

Either way, it's a story that continues to gain traction, and clearly has the star power to make for an interesting future for the Mets organization should the deal go through.  

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