NFL Capsule: Seahawks at Bears

NFL Capsule: Seahawks at Bears

SEATTLE (6-5) At CHICAGO (8-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Bears by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Seattle 7-4; Chicago 6-5

SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 9-6

AP Pro32 RANKING - Seahawks No. 13; Bears No. 8

LAST MEETING - Seahawks beat Bears 38-14, Dec. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Seahawks lost to Miami 24-21; Bears beat Vikings 28-10





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Seattle 1-5 on road. Lone win was at Carolina. Losses were at Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco, Detroit and Miami. ... Leon Washington tied Josh Cribbs' NFL record with eighth career kickoff return for TD last week when he ran one back 98 yards. Washington ranks third in NFL with 31.9 kickoff return average. ... Russell Wilson leads rookie QBs with 17 TD passes. ... Marshawn Lynch third in NFL with 1,051 yards rushing. ... DE Chris Clemons has eight sacks. He and Bruce Irvin rank fourth among DE tandems in NFL with 15 sacks. Irvin leads rookies with seven sacks. ... Bears lead Green Bay by game in NFC North. ... Have outscored opponents 277-175, a 102-point differential that's fourth best in NFL. ... Chicago leads NFL with 33 takeaways. ... Bears defense has scored seven touchdowns, all on interception returns. Seven INT returns for TDs are club record and tied for third in league history behind 1998 Seahawks (eight) and 1961 San Diego Chargers (nine). ... Bears tied with New England and New Orleans with five red-zone takeaways. ... Chicago tied for fifth in NFL with 30 sacks. ... QB Jay Cutler ranks third on Chicago's all-time passing list with 11,261 yards. Needs 307 to surpass Jim Harbaugh (11,567) for second. ... WR Brandon Marshall fifth in NFL with 1,017 yards receiving. ... Henry Melton second among NFL DTs with six sacks. ... CB Tim Jennings leads league with career-high eight INTS.


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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes preseason Game 4: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The preseason continues after the Capitals' loss in Montreal Thursday night. They are hoping to gain some momentum and dominate in Friday's game.

Even without the home advantage, they hope to take home a win as they face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes are one of the four teams the Capitals will face in preseason play, along with the Bruins, Canadiens and Blues.

The Capitals and Hurricanes will meet once again, next Friday at Capital One Arena. But first, it's time to get back on the ice for Game 4 of the seven-game preseason schedule.


What: Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

When: Friday, September, 21, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Hurricanes preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Hurricanes preseason on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7


7:00 PM: Washington Capitals: My Day with the Cup (R)
7:30 PM: NHL Preseason: Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes 
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)


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Need to Know: Smith says Redskins just need to execute vs. Rodgers and the Packers

Need to Know: Smith says Redskins just need to execute vs. Rodgers and the Packers

Here is what you need to know on Friday, September 21, two days before the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers  

Talking points

Here are a few things heard around Redskins Park this week along with my comments. 

Alex Smith on if the offense would feel any additional pressure because they are facing Aaron Rodgers: "I think that you can get sucked into that. In the end, of course, we want to dominate regardless the offense we’re playing, of course, we want to go out there and execute, move the chains . . . It just comes through execution, though . . . The way to do that is just play good offense."

Comment: The Redskins probably will need to score at least 30 points to win this game. Since 2016, the Packers have lost one game that Rodgers started and finish where the opponent scored fewer than 30 points. But Jay Gruden can’t come up with a special “we have to score 35 points” game plan. What he can do, however, is remember what happened to the Bears in Week 1 and remain aggressive if they do build a lead.

D.J. Swearinger on defending the back-shoulder pass against Rodgers: "You’ve got to defend the receiver. The receiver will tell you if he’s going back shoulder or if he’s going [deep] based on body language."

Comment: This is a great detail here. Defensive back can get so scared to get beaten deep that they just keep running while the receiver slows down to catch an intentionally underthrown Rodgers pass. The key is watching the receiver’s eyes as that will give away where the ball is going. It’s easier said than done, but the discipline to do so is critical when playing against a QB like Rodgers. 

Trent Williams on the shuffling that the offensive line likely will have to do with LG Shawn Lauvao out: "It’s a challenge any time you have anybody who has to move positions or any guy who’s new to the lineup. It’s definitely a learning curve to get caught up to speed on how we like to do things. With Tony being a veteran and knowing the offense inside and out, Chase kicking over to guard, those are two of the smarter guys in the offensive line room."

Comment: He doesn’t appear to be too worried that Tony Bergstrom will move in at center and starting center Chase Roullier will slide over to left guard. I don’t think that there should be too much concern about Bergstrom knowing what he needs to do. But his performance in the preseason was spotty at best. We will see how the revamped interior line performs against the Packers’ quality group on the interior defensive line.

Injuries of note

Out: S Troy Apke (hamstring), G Shawn Lauvao (calf)
Limited: WR Paul Richardson (shoulder), LB Zach Brown (oblique), G Brandon Scherff (knee), OT Trent Williams (knee)

Changes from Wednesday: Richardson and Brown from out to limited

The agenda

Today: Practice 12:15 p.m.; Jay Gruden news conference and open locker room after practice approx. 2 p.m.

Upcoming: Packers @ Redskins (Sept. 23) 2; Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 17; Cowboys @ Redskins 30