NFL Capsule: Rams at Buccaneers

NFL Capsule: Rams at Buccaneers

ST. LOUIS (6-7-1) At TAMPA BAY (6-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 9-5; Tampa Bay 7-5-2

SERIES RECORD - Rams lead 11-8

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 18; Buccaneers No. 20

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Rams 18-17, Oct. 24, 2010

LAST WEEK - Rams lost to Vikings 36-22; Buccaneers lost to Saints 41-0





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Mathematically, Rams remain in contention for playoff berth and can finish with winning record by beating Bucs, then closing with win over Seattle. Tampa Bay has dropped four straight and already assured of missing postseason for the fifth straight year. ... St. Louis third-year QB Sam Bradford threw for a career-best 377 yards in last week's loss to Minnesota and has topped 3,000 yards passing in a season for the second time in his career. ... Rams RB Steven Jackson is 91 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 yards for eighth consecutive year. He went over 10,000 for his career last week. ... St. Louis rookie CB Janoris Jenkins is tied for NFL lead with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. He's also scored on fumble return, giving him three TDs in past four games. ... Bucs QB Josh Freeman had one of worst games of career in last week's loss at New Orleans, throwing four interceptions and losing fumble. He's thrown for 3,471 yards and 25 touchdowns while joining Brad Johnson as only players in franchise history with three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons. ... Tampa Bay rookie RB Doug Martin has rushed for 1,250 yards and third in league with 1,647 total yards from scrimmage. He needs to average 176.5 yards per scrimmage in team's remaining two games to join Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as only rookies to finish with 2,000 yards from scrimmage. ... Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, who has a career-best five sacks, played at Oklahoma with Bradford and was third overall pick in 2010 draft - two spots behind Rams QB. They also faced each other as rookies, with Freeman throwing TD pass in closing seconds for 18-17 Bucs win.


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How to watch NBCSW's 'Predict The Game' broadcast of Redskins vs. Falcons

How to watch NBCSW's 'Predict The Game' broadcast of Redskins vs. Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons play host to the Washington Redskins in their penultimate preseason game.

The Redskins will be looking to solidify their lineup with Trent Williams still holding out over a new contract, and Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and Dwayne Haskins competing for the starting quarterback job.

This year during the preseason, Redskins fans can participate in a one-of-a-kind broadcast, Predict The Game, where fans can win cash prizes each quarter. This live viewing experience will be on NBC Sports Washington Plus with the regular game broadcast aired on NBC Sports Washington. 


What is this broadcast? Predict The Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 30 questions that will appear on screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict The Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of the contest will be revealed during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

How do I win? Fans will earn points for correct predictions, with the top eligible scorer at the end of the game earning or splitting the $500 prize. 

Fans must enter Predict The Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at


What:  Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons, 2018-19 NFL Preseason Game 

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

When: Thursday, August 22, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Redskins at Falcons game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder).

Live Stream: You can live stream Redskins at Falcons on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.


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Washington D.C.'s XFL team unveiled as the Defenders

Washington D.C.'s XFL team unveiled as the Defenders

It's one of the most exciting components during the beginning of a new franchise or league: finding out the team names.

On Wednesday, the XFL finally revealed the names for their debut franchises.

Within the group is a team that's based out of a nation's capital. Sticking with that theme, they'll be known as the D.C. Defenders.

Whether you like the name or not, one thing is for sure: The defensive side better be stout or the jokes will fly.

In addition to the Defenders, the Seattle Dragons and Dallas Renegades are among the seven other teams in the league.

The XFL is preparing to launch in 2020, with Pep Hamilton in line to be the head coach of the Defenders. Hamilton last spent time at the University of Michigan as an assistant head coach during the 2017-18 season and carries with him a great deal of NFL coaching experience.