NFL Capsule-Seahawks at Dolphins

NFL Capsule-Seahawks at Dolphins

SEATTLE (6-4) At MIAMI (4-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Seattle 7-3; Miami 4-6

SERIES RECORD - Dolphins lead 9-4

AP PRO32 RANKING - Seahawks No. 10; Dolphins No. 24

LAST MEETING - Dolphins beat Seahawks 21-19, Nov. 9, 2008

LAST WEEK - Seahawks beat Jets, 28-7; Dolphins lost at Bills, 19-14





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Seahawks are last in NFL in big plays, and Dolphins are next-to-last. Seattle has gained at least 20 yards 27 times, Miami 29 times. ... Miami punter Brandon Fields leads NFL with average of 51.0 yards. Seattle's Jon Ryan ranks fourth at 49.0. ... Reggie Bush will play against former college coach, Seattle's Pete Carroll. ... Russell Wilson leads NFL rookies with 15 touchdown passes, but Seahawks rank last in league at 175 yards passing per game. ... On road, Wilson has only four TD passes and eight interceptions. ... Seahawks Bruce Irvin leads all rookies with seven sacks. ... Seahawks rank second in points allowed at 16.1 per game, but opponents 16 for 16 on field-goal tries. ... Ryan Tannehill needs 91 yards passing to break Dolphins' rookie record of 2,210 set by Dan Marino in 1983. ... Tannehill has thrown six touchdown passes, which is tied for 31st in league. ... Dolphins have scored touchdown on one of their past 30 offensive possessions. ... Bush has totaled 41 yards rushing over past two games. ... Dolphins have allowed touchdowns on 37 percent of red-zone possessions, second-best in the league. ... Dolphins rank last in league in fourth-down defense. Opponents have converted nine of 10 tries. ... Miami's Dan Carpenter 13 for 18 on field-goal tries for career-low 72 percent, which ranks 29th in league.


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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy


NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.


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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.