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NFL Capsule: Lions at Cardinals

NFL Capsule: Lions at Cardinals

DETROIT (4-9) At ARIZONA (4-9)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Lions by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 5-8; Arizona 5-8

SERIES RECORD - Lions lead 31-24-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 24; Cardinals No. 29

LAST MEETING - Cardinals beat Lions 31-24, Dec. 20, 2009

LAST WEEK - Lions lost to Packers 27-20, Cardinals lost to Seahawks 58-0

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (21), PASS (1)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (20), PASS (13)

CARDINALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (28)

CARDINALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (30), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Lions WR Calvin Johnson needs 303 yards receiving to break Jerry Rice's NFL single-season record (1,848) and is 140 yards shy of Herman Moore's franchise record (1,686). ... Lions and New England only NFL teams averaging more than 400 yards per game. ... Detroit has blown double-digit lead three straight games, matching NFL record. ... Series dates to 1930, when it was Portsmouth Spartans against Chicago Cardinals. ... Lions dominated series 13-0-3 from 1934 to 1941. ... Cardinals 8-3 against Detroit since moving to Arizona. ... Kurt Warner threw for 233 yards and two TDs and Beanie Wells rushed for 110 yards and TD in victory that clinched NFC West title for Arizona three years ago. ... If Cardinals lose, it will tie franchise record for consecutive losses (10) in season. Team went 0-10 in 1944, when it was merged with Pittsburgh Steelers because of player shortage during World War II. ... With his one catch for 2 yards at Seattle, WR Larry Fitzgerald has receptions in 130 consecutive games. It's the second-longest active streak in NFL behind Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (190). ... Cardinals have eight TDs in nine-game losing streak and none in last two games.

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Tom Haberstroh believes Wizards' Rui Hachimura should be NBA All-Rookie First Team

Tom Haberstroh believes Wizards' Rui Hachimura should be NBA All-Rookie First Team

Rui Hachimura has had an impressive rookie season, even if there were some struggles along the way. But, was his first NBA campaign impressive enough to land an NBA All-Rookie First Team nod?

According to NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh, the answer is a clear yes.

“He does, in my book he’s first-team all-rookie," Haberstroh said Sunday on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Pregame Live.

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Haberstroh understands that Hachimura may not get the same attention as other big-name rookies such as Zion Williamson or Ja Morant, but that shouldn't take away from his body of work. Though there were some tough showings at points during the campaign, which is to be expected, Hachimura established himself as a solid scorer. 

Yet, what is more impressive to Haberstroh than the 13.4 points per game as a rookie is how Hachimura kept that scoring total despite Washington's situation. The forward was thrown right into the middle of a young roster and asked to create shots. The analyst also noted that Hachimura started playing the sport of basketball at a much later age than other rookies and he's still competing at the same level.

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Hachimura also didn't have the luxury of John Wall, a point guard who could've helped him find more shot opportunities. For times throughout the season, he was asked to be one of "the guys" in Washington, which is no easy task for a rookie. When looking at what he did and who he did it with, Haberstroh thinks the All-Rookie honor makes sense. 

“The minutes that he played, the consistency from a scoring standpoint and the fact that he didn’t have a true playmaker to work with, John Wall out for the season," Haberstroh said. “It’s really been an impressive year for Rui Hachimura and I think he’s done a very, very good job considering the environment that seemed like guys were dropping left and right.”

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‘Stephen Strasburg’ the dog catches first pitch for Stephen Strasburg’s first start

‘Stephen Strasburg’ the dog catches first pitch for Stephen Strasburg’s first start

Stephen Strasburg made his 2020 debut Sunday after missing the first two and a half weeks of the season with a nerve issue in his throwing hand. But before he could take the mound, the Nationals put up a video on the jumbotron of another Stephen Strasburg catching the first pitch.

“Stephen Strasburg” was adopted from the Humane Rescue Center by Nationals fan Mary Elizabeth Pratt just before last fall’s World Series. Her pitch was a little bit outside but Stephen had no problem scooping it up and running it back over to her.

The baseball-playing Stephen Strasburg is coming off a year in which he won World Series MVP honors and signed a seven-year extension to remain with the Nationals.

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