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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Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

LAS VEGAS—Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom weren’t expecting to lose their head coach less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup.

But business is business, Ovi said, and Barry Trotz is handling his by attempting to capitalize on claiming the championship.

“It’s sad,” Ovechkin said on the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he accepted his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy on Wednesday night. “Obviously, we won together.”

The Caps’ captain also thanked Trotz for directing him—and his teammates—to new heights.  

“First of all, [I want to] thank him for a great job to be our coach, to be our dad, to give us a chance to win,” Ovechkin said. “But then again, it’s a business. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine and I wish him luck.”

Backstrom, meanwhile, said he was caught off guard by Trotz’s decision to step down over a contract stalemate with the team. Trotz asked for $5 million per for five seasons; the Caps balked over the terms Trotz’s camp sought.   

“I was a little surprised, obviously,” Backstrom said. “I heard the scenario.”

Like Ovechkin, though, Backstrom praised the job Trotz did during his four-year tenure.

“He’s done a great job in Washington,” Backstrom said. “We obviously have him to thank for a lot. He’s done a tremendous job of schooling us and winning a championship. No one is going to take that away from him.”

Trotz’s next move is unclear, but he’s a free agent and currently eligible to negotiate with any team. The Islanders are the only team with an opening for a head coach.

As for Washington, GM Brian MacLellan said that associate coach Todd Reirden will get the first crack at replacing Trotz.

Ovechkin said he thinks Reirden would be a good fit.

“We all respect Todd,” Ovechkin said. “We all like him. Again, it’s not our thing to say who’s going to be head coach, but if it’s going to be Todd, it’s going to be fun.”


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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

How do you make a photo of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time even more memorable?

You make it out of all the Capitals' game scores this year, of course.

Capitals fan and artist Daniel Duffy (@RealArtOfWords) posted a phenomenal finished piece commemorating the Cup win on Wednesday, June 20. It's a little meta and astounding to look at, but very fun to try and read. If you want to relive the glory that was the parts of the 2017-18 Capitals season, check out the piece.

The piece, which appears to be done in a traditional medium like pen or marker, holds the team faced, arena played at, and final score of every game. It uses six colors and over sixty lines of text. Ovechkin roars as he holds the Stanley Cup overhead, the white away jersey shaded with bits of grey text. It takes a skilled eye to sort text and colors into shapes and shading, but Daniel did a fantastic job! It's awesome to see a fanbase create different interpretations of iconic moments. We'll surely see more of Ovechkin in this moment.

Just as we thought we were going to get tired of the celebration, fans find new ways to surprise us. Stay creative, Caps fans!