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NFL Capsule: Packers at Lions

NFL Capsule: Packers at Lions

GREEN BAY (6-3) At DETROIT (4-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Packers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Green Bay 4-5; Detroit 4-5

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 93-65-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 6; Lions No. 18

LAST MEETING - Packers beat Lions 45-41, Jan. 1

LAST WEEK - Packers had bye; Lions lost to Vikings 34-24

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (23), PASS (12)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (10T), PASS (20)

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (24), PASS (1)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (19), PASS (9)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has 25 TDs and first in NFL with 25 or more in team's first nine games in two different seasons. ... Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passed for franchise-record 520 yards in last meeting with Packers. WR Calvin Johnson caught 11 passes for 244 yards. ... Green Bay LB Clay Matthews will miss game with hamstring injury. ... Detroit's Joique Bell is third among RBs with 307 yards receiving. ... Packers CB Casey Hayward leads all rookies with four INTs. ... Green Bay CB Tramon Williams has 15 INTs since 2010, including playoffs - tied for most in NFL. ... Lions DL Cliff Avril is one of five players in league with 15 or more sacks and six or more forced fumbles since 2011. ... Lions only team in NFL without any runs of at least 20 yards. ... Packers second in league in passer rating in blitz situations. ... Detroit has 22 drives of 10 plays or more, tied with New England for most in league. ... Lions have outscored opponents 24-0 in two-minute offense situations. Packers have been outscored 23-3. ... Green Bay's Randall Cobb only player in NFL with 500 or more yards on kick returns, 500 or more receiving, 200 or more on punt returns and 50 or more rushing. ... Since 2010, Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew third among NFL TEs with 196 catches. ... Lions second in league in first downs with 223. ... Detroit has allowed 85 points from outside red zone. League average 58.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—OTA report, fans excited about young D-line

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 25, 62 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Trades, misses and mistakes explain Redskins' dead cap—This post does a good job of outlining where the Redskins’ dead cap came from. It should be noted that dead cap is a part of the cost of doing business in the NFL and the Redskins have done fairly well managing it this year. Only about a dozen teams have less dead cap on the books than the Redskins $5.2 million. 

Tandler's Take—The best- and worst-case scenarios for the 2018 Redskins—I received some comments saying that my worst-case scenario, a 6-10 finish, is not low enough. Since we’re talking about events that won’t begin to happen for about three and a half months, I can’t really argue with them. But it’s just hard for me to see them dropping more than a game from last year when they were hit harder with injuries than any other team in the NFL. 

Pre-OTAs Redskins player one-liners, defense—An extension for Matt Ioannidis seemed preposterous a year ago, now it seems like a good idea. How many sacks for Lanier? When will Ryan Anderson get his first sack? Plus offensive player one-liners here

Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp—You can’t tell everything from OTAs, but you can tell some things. Taking another look at this post, I gave a good, detailed look at the session, but I didn’t really mention the overall feel, which was fun and energetic. 

Tweet of the week

Certainly, Derrius Guice is the fan favorite of the rookie class. But the great reaction to this tweet shows that there is plenty of love for Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, last year’s top pick. 

In 2016, the starting defensive line consisted of Ricky Jean Francois, Chris Baker, and  Ziggy Hood. The top reserve was Cullen Jenkins. They all had their good qualities and made some plays. But Baker was the youngster of the group and he turned 30 during the season. It clearly was a group on the decline. 

Two years later, the picture is quite different. Payne and Allen lead a younger group that will get better over the next few years. Matt Ioannidis, Anthony Lanier, Tim Settle, and Stacy McGee should round out the group. McGee is by far the senior member of the group at age 28. None of the others have celebrated his 25thbirthday yet. 

Fans should perhaps temper their optimism with the knowledge that potential doesn’t always develop into performance. But unlike years past there is something to look forward to. 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 18
—Training camp starts (7/26) 62
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 76

The Redskins last played a game 145 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 107 days. 

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