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NFL Capsule: Jaguars at Bills

NFL Capsule: Jaguars at Bills

JACKSONVILLE (2-9) At BUFFALO (4-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bills by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Jacksonville 6-5; Buffalo 5-6

SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 6-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jaguars No. 30; Bills No. 23

LAST MEETING - Jaguars beat Bills 36-26, Nov. 10, 2010

LAST WEEK - Jaguars beat Titans 24-19; Colts beat Bills 20-13

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (31), PASS (26)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (29), PASS (28)

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (7), PASS (25)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (31), PASS (18)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Homecoming week for two former Bills. Coach Mike Mularkey returns to Orchard Park for first time since resigning as Bills coach following volatile offseason in January 2006, during which team president Tom Donahoe was fired. LB Paul Posluszny, Buffalo's 2007 second-round draft pick, also returns after leaving to sign with Jacksonville in July 2011. ... Mularkey 14-18 in two seasons in Buffalo. ... First meeting between two franchises was 1996 AFC wild card playoff at Orchard Park. Jaguars won 30-27 in what was Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly's final game. ... Jacksonville hasn't scored TD on opening possession since 30-20 loss to Cincinnati on Oct. 9, 2011. ... Jags have opportunity to score 20 points in three consecutive games for first time since six-game streak in middle of 2010 season. ... QB Chad Henne has gone 33 of 59 for 615 yards with six TDs and one interception since replacing injured Blaine Gabbert in second series of 43-37 OT loss at Houston on Nov. 18. ... Seven sacks allowed against Titans were season-worst and third-most in team history. ... WR Cecil Shorts has chance to extend TD receiving streak to four games to match Reggie Williams (Dec. 9-30, 2007) for team record. Shorts leads NFL with five 20-plus-yard TD catches this season. ... Bills close season with four of five at home, including annual ``home'' game at Toronto on Dec. 16 against Seattle. ... RB C.J. Spiller's 6.75 yards rushing average is third most in NFL through 11 games (minimum 110 carries) since 1960 behind only Miami's Mercury Morris (6.79 in 1973) and Cleveland's Jim Brown (6.78, 1963). ... With 74 TDs passing, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick four short of moving into third on team list ahead of Jack Kemp. ... DE Mario Williams has four sacks in two games and moved into team lead with 8 1/2. Team total 27 sacks two short of last year's total, and already matched 2010 season total. ... Have been outscored 179-104 in second half this season. ... In 25 drives into red zone over past eight games, Buffalo has nine TDs and 12 field goals. ... This is 11th time since 2000 Bills have had losing record after 11 games. ... Bills in jeopardy of extending NFL's longest active playoff drought to 13 seasons.

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What's next for Barry Trotz?

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What's next for Barry Trotz?

Barry Trotz is no longer the head coach of the Washington Capitals and, after resigning, he is officially free to pursue other opportunities. So what's next for the now former Capitals head coach?

For those who believe Trotz will simply retire, that seems unlikely. Trotz is only 55 years old. Plus, general manager Brian MacLellan indicated the main issue in the contract negotiations between him and Trotz was term. If Trotz was, in fact, seeking a five-year contract, that doesn't sound like someone who is ready to walk away from the game.

There is only one head coaching vacancy left in the NHL, that of the New York Islanders. New President of Hockey Operations Lou Lamoriello cleaned house after getting hired and fired both general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight earlier in June. Now, suddenly, there is a Stanley Cup-winning coach on the market.

While it certainly makes sense for the Islanders to pursue Trotz, there's one big reason why Trotz, or anyone, would likely be hesitant to accept the job on Long Island and that is John Tavares.

New York's franchise player is a pending free agent and, until his contract situation is resolved, convincing anyone to take the head coaching job with the Islanders is a tough sell. If the Islanders re-sign Tavares, improve the defense and bring in a dependable starting goalie, then there is no reason to think they cannot be a playoff team.

But those are a lot of "ifs" and Tavares is a big one. If he goes, suddenly the situation on Long Island is much different. Tavares' decision could be the difference between the Islanders being a playoff team or getting a high lottery pick.

For Trotz to walk away from a team that just won the Stanley Cup to go to a New York team that may or may not have its best player back next season does not make a lot of sense.

But just because there may be only one head coaching vacancy open doesn't mean Trotz does not have any options.

The 2017-18 season saw no head coaching changes made during the season for the first time since the league expanded in 1967. Chances are jobs will begin to open up during the season especially if those teams believe they can land a Cup-winning coach as a replacement.

If you're Trotz, you just won a Stanley Cup. There is no reason to rush into another opportunity. Trotz will instantly be near or at the top of every wish list for teams in need of a head coach.

Don't just assume that Trotz will be on Long Island to start the 2018-19 season just because it is the only opportunity currently available. He can wait for the perfect opportunity to come to him.

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Cavaliers are gunning for Kawhi Leonard, though it's doubtful they have enough to interest Spurs

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Cavaliers are gunning for Kawhi Leonard, though it's doubtful they have enough to interest Spurs

With word out that Kawhi Leonard wants a trade from the Spurs, teams are lining up with offers to San Antonio and one of the NBA’s best teams has reportedly already made a call.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have contacted the Spurs about a potential Leonard trade, according to Cleveland.com. Terry Pluto wrote on Sunday that multiple teams have done the same. That is to expected, of course, as Leonard is one of the best players in the NBA. He's a two-time defensive player of the year and he's only 26.

Let's look at Cleveland as a potential destination. It should first be noted that it's questionable whether they have enough to land a player of Leonard's caliber. They have the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft, but it may take a lot more than that to get Leonard.

They also have Kevin Love, who is an All-Star still in his prime. But if they gave him up, they would then need to seek more help to surround Leonard and LeBron James, if James decides to stay. Though James and Leonard are both top-five players in the NBA, they still likely wouldn't be able to beat the Warriors unless they had another running mate. Those two plus Love and then you're talking.

Whether the Cavs have the goods to land Leonard or not, it's no wonder why they are trying for him. Getting Leonard, a two-time All-NBA selection, would likely be enough to retain James, the best player in the game. If James were to look around the league for a top-shelf running mate, he would be hard-pressed to find one better than Leonard.

That is assuming Leonard is healthy, of course. He did miss all but nine games this past season with a quadriceps injury. That injury was central in a saga of discord between him and the team. Until he hits the court again, Leonard offers no guarantees. Still, he may be worth the risk for Cleveland, as the alternative is potentially seeing James walk. 

If the Cavs got Leonard, that would probably solidify their standing as the best team in the Eastern Conference, even if they lost Love in the process. Leonard is better than Love and they would arguably have the two best players in the East. They may not have enough to beat the Warriors, but that would likely give them the edge over the young teams like Boston and Philly that have been nipping at their heels.

Sending Leonard to the Cavs would get him out of the Western Conference and that might be enticing to the Spurs. If they send him to the Lakers, his reported preferred destination, that could come back to bite them much more often than it would if he was traded to the East. Though putting him in Cleveland would form another very good team, they wouldn't affect the Spurs directly but for two regular season games, unless they were to meet in the NBA Finals.

The Spurs haven't indicated they will actually trade Leonard, but it does seem to be heading in that direction. It sounds like Cleveland will at the very least give it a shot. 

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