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NFL Capsule: Rams at Seahawks

NFL Capsule: Rams at Seahawks

ST. LOUIS (7-7-1) At SEATTLE (10-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 10

2012 RECORD VS. SPREAD - St. Louis 10-5; Seattle 11-4

SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 17-12

AP PRO32 RANKING - Rams No. 18; Seahawks No. 5

LAST MEETING - Rams beat Seahawks 19-13, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK - Rams beat Buccaneers 28-13; Seahawks beat 49ers 42-13

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (19), PASS (19)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (16), PASS (15)

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (2), PASS (27)

SEAHAWKS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (11), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Seattle has already wrapped up postseason berth and will be No. 5 seed in NFC playoffs at worst. A win over St. Louis and San Francisco loss would give Seattle division title and at least No. 3 seed. If both 49ers and Packers lose, Seattle could jump as high as No. 2 seed. ... Rams trying to finish with winning record for first time since 2003. Rams finished 8-8 in both 2004 and '06. ... Rams only NFC West team without division loss (4-0-1). ... Rams beat Seahawks in Week 4 19-13 on strength of special teams. K Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals and P Johnny Hekker threw 2-yard TD pass in win. ... No Rams were voted as starters/reserves for Pro Bowl. ... QB Sam Bradford needs 63 yards passing to set career high for single-season. Has 3,450 yards. ... RB Steven Jackson has 990 yards rushing and would become sixth NFL player with eight straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards. ... Rams tied for third in NFL with 46 sacks. ... CB Janoris Jenkins has four TD returns this season - three by interception, one by fumble - most ever by rookie defensive player. ... Seattle trying to reach 11-win mark for the third time in franchise history, last coming in 2005 (13-3). ... Seahawks riding four-game winning streak, longest of coach Pete Carroll's tenure, and longest since 2007. ... Seahawks have outscored last three opponents 150-30. ... Seattle scored 100 straight points at home until giving up David Akers' field goal in the second quarter last Sunday, becoming first team since 1991 Redskins to score 100 straight points at home. ... QB Russell Wilson needs two TD passes to set NFL record for most TDs passing by a rookie. Wilson has 25 thanks to a four-TD night last week against 49ers. Peyton Manning holds record with 26 in 1998. ... With a win, Wilson becomes first QB to go 8-0 at home in rookie season. ... Seahawks have top scoring defense in NFL at 15.5 ppg. ... Seahawks fourth-ranked overall defense in the NFL. ... LB Bobby Wagner No. 3 in NFL for total tackles among rookies with 130. ... CB Richard Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension, and will be available for Sunday's game and playoffs.

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Lars Eller intends to leave bubble for the birth of his second child

Lars Eller intends to leave bubble for the birth of his second child

The disruption to the NHL season because of the coronavirus has affected more than just the postseason. For Lars Eller, it will mean having to leave the team in order to be with his family for the birth of his second child.

The 2020 postseason is scheduled to begin Aug. 1. Eller's wife is due on Aug. 8, the same day as the Capitals' third round robin game. Obviously that means unless she delivers early, the baby will be born after Eller has left for Toronto.

Eller, however, expressed Tuesday that he intends to be with his family when the baby is born.

"We're working on making the necessary arrangements so I can be for the birth and come back to the bubble after that," Eller said.

When the whole point of the bubble is to isolate the players and limit their contact with the outside world in order to keep them from contracting the coronavirus, obviously this will present some challenges.

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Eller, however, is hardly the only player who is facing this dilemma. The season pause means several players who thought they were going to have an offseason baby now will be having their new additions during the postseason. While the NHL and NHL Players' Association were negotiating the health and safety protocols for the league's return to play plan, family access became one of the major talking points. It's hard to maintain a bubble if you also allow family members in, but players did not want to be away from their families for several months. Certain rules were written in that would allow players to leave the bubble and return if necessary and those are the rules Eller is now trying to figure out so he can rejoin the team after his baby is born.

"You're going to have to take a lot of precautions for when you leave," Eller said. "Depending on how you travel and you travel back and forth and who you're going to be in contact with and so on, I'll have to serve some time inside the bubble and test a number of times before I can join my teammates again and play games. We're working on trying to figure out how we do that the best possible way."

Players did have the option of opting out of the playoffs, but Eller elected not to take that option. For him, trying to win a second Stanley Cup is still a priority, it's just not more important than his family.

"We're going to have a new addition to our family here in a couple weeks," Eller said. "I don't know when it's going to happen, but it's going to happen. But at the same time, I want to be with my team and also committed to that and want to win another Cup."

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There's an impressive list of names reportedly joining Bradley Beal in bid to buy the New York Mets

There's an impressive list of names reportedly joining Bradley Beal in bid to buy the New York Mets

Apparently, the New York Mets are popular.

In a group that looks more like some sort of ESPY's afterparty guest list, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal is reportedly joined by names such as Super Bowl LIV champ Travis Kelce, NFL Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas, current Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, oh, and some people named Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez in a bid to buy the Mets. 

That's quite an eclectic group. 

They've already submitted their initial bid of $1.7 billion, according to the New York Post. Hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen has reportedly made a top bid so far of $2 billion. The report says Mets COO Jeff Wilpon would prefer to sell to the "J-Rod" led group if its offer is close to the best bid at the end of the auction. Both have apparently already put up $300 million of their own money towards the potential purchase.

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According to ESPN, the group is awaiting word from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on what will happen next. 

Really the more pressing question though has to be how they all came together. Who would've thought Mason Plumlee and J-Lo would go into business together. Or Beal and Kelce. 

Either way, it's a story that continues to gain traction, and clearly has the star power to make for an interesting future for the Mets organization should the deal go through.  

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