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NFL Capsule: Patriots at Rams

NFL Capsule: Patriots at Rams

NEW ENGLAND (4-3) vs. ST. LOUIS (3-4) at London

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 4-3; St. Louis 5-2

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 6-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 7; Rams No. 23

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Rams 23-16, Oct. 28, 2008

LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Jets 29-26 OT; Rams lost to Packers 30-20

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (5), PASS (5)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (8), PASS (29)

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (15), PASS (25)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (11T), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - This will be NFL's sixth regular-season game played overseas. Patriots won second game played in London, beating Tampa Bay 35-7 in 2009. Rams playing first international game but canceled plans for games in 2013-14 to ease fan discontent and concentrate on stadium lease negotiations. ... Patriots have won two straight and four of six in series. ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick 4-1 vs. Rams; Rams coach Jeff Fisher 1-5 vs. Patriots. ... Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels held same position with Rams last season. ... Patriots beat Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl to end 2001 season. ... Patriots 38-12 vs. NFC under Belichick and Brady 34-8 vs. NFC. ... Patriots have NFL's top offense, averaging 31 points and 436.1 yards. ... Patriots QB Tom Brady has 2,104 yards passing, most in AFC. Brady has 49 career 300-yard games, tied with Warren Moon for seventh on career list. ... WR Wes Welker leads NFL with 54 receptions, 688 yards. ... RB Stevan Ridley has 589 yards rushing, third-best in AFC. ... K Stephen Gostkowski kicked tying and winning field goals last week vs. Jets and leads AFC with 71 points. ... Rams 10th in NFL in total defense (324.4 yards) and point allowed (20.1). ... RB Steven Jackson has 501 yards from scrimmage, including 354 yards rushing, in last four games vs. AFC. ... RB Daryl Richardson third among NFC rookies with 282 yards rushing. ... WR Chris Givens first rookie with 50-yard catch in four consecutive games since Bears' Willie Gault in 1983 and averages 27 yards on 10 receptions. ... DE Robert Quinn tied for third in NFL with seven sacks. ... WR Brandon Gibson has 25 catches, best among active Rams. Danny Amendola leads team with 32 receptions despite missing last three games with collarbone injury. ... Rookie P Johnny Hekker third in NFC with 49-yard average.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

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Max Scherzer thoroughly enjoyed the All-Star experience in D.C.

Max Scherzer thoroughly enjoyed the All-Star experience in D.C.

All-Star Weekend is entertaining for fans and provides and much-needed break in the 162-game MLB season.

It’s not all just for fun, though. Following his start Tuesday night, Max Scherzer shared the benefits of being able to spend a few days sharing a locker room with players from across the league.

Being in the clubhouse, talking to veterans, talking to guys who have been here, getting to know everybody, getting the personalities, you can actually learn a lot from the other players in the league. They’re watching you, they’re watching your team and you get these conversations and it’s great. You’re talking about everybody and you find little things in the game that make them successful and what made you successful and see if you can get better.

Scherzer also didn’t hold back when talking about how great a job the city and his team did hosting the rest of the league. This is his sixth season as an All-Star, so he's speaking from quite a bit of experience.

It was awesome, what an atmosphere. I thought we were a great host team, all the other players in here loved the facilities and the treatment they received - D.C. did it right.

So according to Max Scherzer, the All-Star Game is great, but All-Star Weekend in D.C. is as good as it gets.

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