NFL Capsule: Raiders at Chargers

NFL Capsule: Raiders at Chargers

OAKLAND (4-11) At SAN DIEGO (6-9)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS


RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 4-11; San Diego 7-8

SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 58-46-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Chargers No. 21; Raiders No. 30

LAST MEETING - Chargers beat Raiders 22-14, Sept. 10

LAST WEEK - Raiders lost to Panthers 17-6; Chargers beat Jets 27-17





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Chargers coach Norv Turner, general manager A.J. Smith expected to be fired after season since Chargers out of playoffs for third straight season. Turner 113-122-1 in three stints as head coach, including at Oakland from 2004-05. ... Chargers can thank Raiders fans for sellout that lifted TV blackout in Southern California. Previous three Chargers home games were blacked out after several thousand tickets for each game went unsold. ... Chargers had four blackouts this season. ... Chargers had no players selected to Pro Bowl for first time since 2003, when they were NFL-worst 4-12. Six seasons ago, Chargers had 11 Pro Bowlers, including five starters. ... Raiders also had no players picked for AFC roster. ... Teams have combined for 10 wins; four of them have been against Kansas City (2-13), which is last in AFC West. ... Raiders coach Dennis Allen says it's possible both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor could play after starting QB Carson Palmer went out with cracked ribs and bruised lung after being hit from behind by Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. ... Chargers have won seven of last nine home games vs. Raiders. ... Chargers scored one TD in season-opening 22-14 win at Oakland on Sept. 10, relying on five FGs from Nate Kaeding, who was released Oct. 30.


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For seven seasons, London Fletcher delivered every single time he played for the Redskins

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For seven seasons, London Fletcher delivered every single time he played for the Redskins

The Redskins have largely been a mystery in the 2000s. From season to season, game to game and sometimes even quarter to quarter, it's never quite clear which Washington will show up.

There was no mystery when it came to the relentless, spectacular London Fletcher, though.

On Monday night, the defender who played seven seasons for the Burgundy and Gold will be inducted into the team's Ring of Fame. He'll be the 50th player to have his name placed there, a distinction he absolutely deserves.

Fletcher signed with the Redskins in 2007, during an era in which many of their free agent acquisitions inked big contracts and produced small results. His production, however, was unmatched.

There was his consistency. He started all 112 regular season contests on defense in D.C., a remarkable number for any position but especially remarkable for an NFL middle linebacker. That run was a part of his overall 256-game streak, a truly preposterous accomplishment. 

Then, of course, there were his contributions. He didn't just play every week; he starred every week.

From 2007-2013, Fletcher was the sport's leader in total tackles and ranked third in solo tackles. His 12 interceptions were the most by a linebacker and his 53 passes defensed were tied for the most by anyone at that spot. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, yet still probably underappreciated for all he did.

And finally, there was his leadership. No. 59 was a captain, a role that sometimes can be overblown but one that certainly wasn't overblown when he held it. His effort and energy and dedication were all palpable, qualities that spread from his post in the center of the unit to everyone around him.

"It is a tremendous honor to be going into the Ring of Fame," Fletcher said recently. "I grew up watching a lot of the old Redskins players whether it was Darrell Green, John Riggins and some of the old guys that wore the Burgundy and Gold, so for me to be joining them in the Ring of Fame is something."

Now, Fletcher will join the collection of legends he once watched, a permanent reminder of what he meant to the organization. So, in a fitting way, he'll be there every Sunday, Monday and Thursday the Redskins take the field — just like how it was back when he played.


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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Ryan Mountcastle earns Orioles’ top prospect award

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Ryan Mountcastle earns Orioles’ top prospect award

The Mariners claimed their second-ever win against the Orioles in a game of 13 innings or longer (September 5, 2003). Check out the latest news and notes from the  Baltimore Orioles' clubhouse. 

Player Updates:

RP John Means will start Sunday against the Mariners. Over 143.0 innings Means sits at a 10-11 mark so far, with a 3.65 ERA, 112 Ks, and 35 BBs. 

1B Ryan Mountcastle earned the Orioles’ top prospect award which he received before Saturday's first pitch. The 22-year-old hit .312 for Norfolk with an OPS of .871. Mountcastle hit 25 home runs and had 83 RBIs.


OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Sunday, 9/22: Mariners at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Monday 9/23: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. Rogers Centre

Tuesday 9/24: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. Rogers Centre