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NFL Capsule: Texans at Titans

NFL Capsule: Texans at Titans

HOUSTON (10-1) At TENNESSEE (4-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Texans by 4 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Houston 7-4; Tennessee 4-7

SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 14-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bears No. 1; Titans No. 27

LAST MEETING - Texans beat Titans 38-14, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK - Texans beat Lions 34-31 OT; Titans lost to Jaguars 24-19

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (5), PASS (10)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (2), PASS (16)

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (19), PASS (20)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (27), PASS (27)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans can clinch playoff berth with win and set single-season record for most wins in franchise history after winning 10 in 2011. ... Texans 5-0 on road this season. ... Matt Schaub averaging 421 yards passing in past two games and is 14-1 with 24 TDs and 10 interceptions with 97.5 passer rating in past 15. In past seven against Titans, Schaub 5-2 with 15 TDs and one interception with 106.9 passer rating. . Arian Foster looking for sixth straight game with 90 yards or more rushing. He has 1,064 yards and needs 136 yards rushing to reach 1,200 for third straight season. He had his 22nd career 100-yard rushing game last week. Houston 16-6 when Foster rushes for 100 yards or more. ... Andre Johnson has 461 yards receiving in past two games, highest total in two-game span by player in NFL history. His nine career TD catches vs Tennessee most against any opponent. ... J.J. Watt had a career-best three sacks last week and his 14 1/5 sacks most in franchise history. ... Titans 7-3 at home vs Texans. ... Jake Locker 52 of 74 for 607 yards with three TDs and one interception and a 102.7 passer rating in two starts at home. ... Chris Johnson is averaging 93.6 yards rushing against Houston and needs 58 yards to reach 1,000 for fifth straight season. ... Kendall Wright leads NFL rookies with 48 catches. ... Jared Cook has 1,211 yards receiving since 2011, third-most by tight end in AFC. ... Titans had season-high seven sacks last week. ... Rookie LB Zach Brown had 1 1/2 sacks last week. ... Kamerion Wimbley needs 2 1/5 sacks to reach 50 for his career.

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National League All-Star Game Roster Projection: How it will all break down

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National League All-Star Game Roster Projection: How it will all break down

In less than a month, the 2018 MLB All-Star game will take place at Nationals Park.

There are plenty of details that still need ironing out, but none are more important than the 64 players that will be taking the field at the Midsummer Classic.

Surely the Washington Nationals are hoping that many of their hometown stars will make the cut.

So, lets clear the air. How are the MLB All-Star rosters created? Well it is a combination of the fan vote, the player ballots, and the MLB Commissioners Office. No, it is not a 33-33-33 split, but rather a political (yet fair) process. Here is how it shakes out for there to be 32 players on each team:

  • Fan vote: eight position players in NL/ nine in AL (DH); plus final vote for each league
  • Player’s ballots: next 16 players in NL; 17 players in AL (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
  • MLB Commissioner’s Office: seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players) and five AL players (four pitchers, one position player)

Keep in mind, the MLB Commissioner’s Office merely is just there to ensure that there is one representative from all 30 MLB teams. Additionally, the player’s ballots are generally in-line with statistics and name recognition.

So let’s see how this shakes out for the National League All-Star Game roster. This factors in the latest fan vote returns:

National League All-Star Roster Projection:

C – Buster Posey, Giants (Fan Vote), Wilson Contreras, Cubs (Player Ballot)
1B – Freddie Freeman, Braves (Fan Vote), Jose Martinez, Cardinals (Player Ballot), Justin Bour, Marlins (Commissioner’s Office)
2B – Ozzie Albies, Braves (Fan Vote), Scooter Gennett, Reds (Player Ballot)
3B – Nolan Arenado, Rockies (Fan Vote), Kris Bryant, Cubs (Player Ballot)
SS – Brandon Crawford, Giants (Fan Vote), Chris Taylor, Dodgers (Player Ballot)
OF – Nick Markakis, Braves (Fan Vote), Bryce Harper, Nationals (Fan Vote), Matt Kemp (Fan Vote), Albert Almora Jr., Cubs (Player Ballot), Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (Player Ballot), Corey Dickerson, Pirates (Player Ballot), David Peralta, Diamondbacks (Commissioner’s Office), Christian Yelich (Commissioner’s Office)

SP – Max Scherzer, Nationals (Player Ballot), Sean Newcomb, Braves (Player Ballot), Jon Lester, Cubs (Player Ballot), Aaron Nola, Phillies (Player Ballot), Jacob deGrom, Mets (Player Ballot), Mike Foltynewicz, Braves (Commissioner’s Office)

RP – Brad Hand, Padres (Player Ballot), Sean Doolittle, Nationals (Player Ballot), Josh Hader Brewers (Player Ballot), Wade Davis, Rockies (Commissioner’s Office), Kenley Jansen (Commissioner’s Office), Jeremy Jeffress (Commissioner’s Office)

Manager: Dave Roberts, Dodgers

After this, there will be one more player chosen by another fan vote. The MLB Commissioner’s Office, along with the manager, choses five players to be selected in the penultimate vote. 

This puts three Nationals on the All-Star team with the Braves leading the charge with five selections.

Now of course nothing ever goes to plan, but heck its baseball, not everyone will be happy.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Suddenly the Caps are in need of a head coach

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Suddenly the Caps are in need of a head coach

Less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, the Caps are in need of a new head coach.

Barry Trotz resigned as the Caps coach on Monday after he and the team failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. How did we get here and where do both parties go from here? JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break it all down.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.