NFL Capsule: Lions at Vikings

NFL Capsule: Lions at Vikings


Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Lions by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 4-4; Minnesota 4-5

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 67-33-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 13; Vikings No. 18

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Lions 20-13, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK - Lions beat Jaguars 31-14; Vikings lost to Seahawks 30-20





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Vikings ended rare three-game losing streak, their first since 1991-92, to Lions with earlier win at Ford Field, fueled by TD returns by Percy Harvin (kickoff) and Marcus Sherels (punt). Lions still rank next-to-last in league in kickoff coverage, letting opponents start at an average of 25-yard line. ... Lions playing fourth road game in last five weeks and have been home once since Vikings game. Five of last seven games in Detroit. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford second-fastest player in NFL to reach 10,000 yards passing, in 37 career games. Kurt Warner did it in 36. ... RB Mikel Leshoure had three TD runs in first half last week at Jacksonville, first to do that for Lions since 1934. WR Calvin Johnson playing with bad left knee and has one TD this year. He totaled 129 yards on seven catches last week against Jaguars. ... Lions have 3,287 yards of offense, their most in franchise history through eight games. ... Vikings lost 20-0 halftime lead and lost to Lions in overtime in 2011, last time they met at Metrodome, known as Mall of America Field. ... Harvin's availability for game in doubt because of badly sprained left ankle. He leads league with 62 receptions. ... Two lowest yardage totals of QB Christian Ponder's career have come in last three weeks, 58 against Arizona on Oct. 21 and 63 last week at Seattle. ... RB Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 957 yards rushing, coming off season-best 182 yards against Seahawks. ... Vikings have two sacks in last two games and have slipped into tie for seventh in league with 24. ... In last four games, Vikings have forced three turnovers and committed 10.


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Not everyone thinks the Redskins need to invest more at wide receiver

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Not everyone thinks the Redskins need to invest more at wide receiver

While the rumors about the Redskins potentially trading for Marvin Jones from over the weekend were total nonsense, a reason they resonated so much with fans is because many believe Washington needs major help at wide receiver.

But during a segment of Monday's Redskins 100 show, analyst Trevor Matich assessed the position group and actually thinks that, as a whole, the team should be relatively pleased with the talent it has outside.

"I like it better than I have in recent years, especially if Paul Richardson stays healthy," Matich said.

His "especially" qualifier is a common one, and that's because Richardson is the most established wideout currently on the roster — and he still has just 1,564 career receiving yards to his name. However, a healthy Richardson (which the 'Skins never really saw in his first year, considering he got injured early in training camp and was never the same) provides Jay Gruden the field stretcher he loves to have.

Richardson isn't the only player Matich is anxious to see, though.

"Terry McLaurin, their draft choice from Ohio State, is legitimately a 4.3 guy," he said. "He gets deep down the field and catches the ball in space."

One of the biggest issues for the 2018 Redskins was a lack of speed at every single spot. In Richardson and McLaurin, the Burgundy and Gold now have a pair of pass catchers who can fly past corners, do damage 30-plus yards down the sideline and open things up for other targets as well.

Overall, in reacting to the Jones storyline, Matich really doesn't see a huge need for the organization to make any additions to that collection of pieces. 

"I think that when you take a look at all the other guys, Trey Quinn in the slot, things like that, this receiving corps is fine," he said. "It's not desperate. They don't need to invest resources to bring extra people in."

Now, is "fine" and "not desperate" the level the front office and coaches want their receivers to be? Of course not. But Matich's stance is intriguing, because he's content with who'll be lining up there while plenty of others absolutely don't see it that way and feel a trade would be prudent.

If you're in that second group, recent history indicates this is the dead zone for NFL deals. So try not to waste your time refreshing Twitter over and over and over.

Perhaps Washington gets to Richmond and, after a few weeks of practices and a couple of exhibition contests, realizes their depth chart could use another name. Or maybe an injury happens and forces their hand. But according to Matich, as of now, the offense can function with the parts it has in place.


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Orioles fans cheer their hearts out for Manny Machado in return to Baltimore as a Padre

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Orioles fans cheer their hearts out for Manny Machado in return to Baltimore as a Padre

For the first time since he was traded last July, Manny Machado returned to Camden Yards as a visiting player when the San Diego Padres came to town Tuesday.

The Orioles faithful was very welcoming to Machado, who was a four-time All-Star in seven seasons with Baltimore. 

They cheered him loudly when he was announced during pre-game introductions, and Machado signed hats, balls and shirts for Orioles fans prior to first pitch.

He received a standing ovation when he entered the batter's box for his first at-bat in the first inning. The Orioles welcomes him as well, playing a tribute video on the scoreboard as he took the box.

The applause for Machado didn't last too long, though. In his first at-bat, he struck out looking, and the Camden Yards crowd erupted in cheers.

He'd get his revenge however in the third, launching a solo shot to give the Padres a 5-1 lead. Manny homeruns are something the Orioles crowd is used to, but seeing it help the opponent had to sting a little.