NFL Capsule: Titans at Jaguars

NFL Capsule: Titans at Jaguars


Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Titans by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 4-6; Jacksonville 5-5

SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 20-15

AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 23; Jaguars No. 31

LAST MEETING - Titans beat Jaguars 23-17, Dec. 24, 2011

LAST WEEK - Titans had bye; Jaguars lost to Texans 43-37 OT





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Titans 13-10 after bye week. ... Titans have won last two road games. Jaguars have lost all five at home, having been outscored 153-44 at EverBank Field. ... Titans RB Chris Johnson looking for third consecutive 100-yard game. Jones needs 138 yards on ground for fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season. ... Titans WR Nate Washington has at least one reception in 73 straight games. ... Titans WR Kendall Wright leads NFL rookies in catches with 43. ... Titans QB Jake Locker has one road win in two seasons. It came two weeks ago at Miami. ... Tennessee defensive coordinator held same position under Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey while they were in Buffalo (2004-05). ... Jaguars 6-23 in last 29 games. ... Jacksonville has dropped seven in row. ... Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis needs 42 yards receiving to join Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell as only players to reach 3,000 in franchise history. ... Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon needs 42 yards receiving to surpass franchise rookie record (527) set by Pete Mitchell in 1995. ... Jaguars QB Chad Henne will make first start since early last season. Henne came off bench and threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns last week at Houston. Coach Mike Mularkey named Henne starter this week based on performance - not because of Blaine Gabbert's season-ending forearm injury. ... Jaguars will be without RB Maurice Jones-Drew at least another week. Jones-Drew is out of walking boot - sign of progress - but hasn't been cleared to start running or practicing.


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Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

LAS VEGAS—Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom weren’t expecting to lose their head coach less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup.

But business is business, Ovi said, and Barry Trotz is handling his by attempting to capitalize on claiming the championship.

“It’s sad,” Ovechkin said on the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he accepted his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy on Wednesday night. “Obviously, we won together.”

The Caps’ captain also thanked Trotz for directing him—and his teammates—to new heights.  

“First of all, [I want to] thank him for a great job to be our coach, to be our dad, to give us a chance to win,” Ovechkin said. “But then again, it’s a business. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine and I wish him luck.”

Backstrom, meanwhile, said he was caught off guard by Trotz’s decision to step down over a contract stalemate with the team. Trotz asked for $5 million per for five seasons; the Caps balked over the terms Trotz’s camp sought.   

“I was a little surprised, obviously,” Backstrom said. “I heard the scenario.”

Like Ovechkin, though, Backstrom praised the job Trotz did during his four-year tenure.

“He’s done a great job in Washington,” Backstrom said. “We obviously have him to thank for a lot. He’s done a tremendous job of schooling us and winning a championship. No one is going to take that away from him.”

Trotz’s next move is unclear, but he’s a free agent and currently eligible to negotiate with any team. The Islanders are the only team with an opening for a head coach.

As for Washington, GM Brian MacLellan said that associate coach Todd Reirden will get the first crack at replacing Trotz.

Ovechkin said he thinks Reirden would be a good fit.

“We all respect Todd,” Ovechkin said. “We all like him. Again, it’s not our thing to say who’s going to be head coach, but if it’s going to be Todd, it’s going to be fun.”


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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

How do you make a photo of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time even more memorable?

You make it out of all the Capitals' game scores this year, of course.

Capitals fan and artist Daniel Duffy (@RealArtOfWords) posted a phenomenal finished piece commemorating the Cup win on Wednesday, June 20. It's a little meta and astounding to look at, but very fun to try and read. If you want to relive the glory that was the parts of the 2017-18 Capitals season, check out the piece.

The piece, which appears to be done in a traditional medium like pen or marker, holds the team faced, arena played at, and final score of every game. It uses six colors and over sixty lines of text. Ovechkin roars as he holds the Stanley Cup overhead, the white away jersey shaded with bits of grey text. It takes a skilled eye to sort text and colors into shapes and shading, but Daniel did a fantastic job! It's awesome to see a fanbase create different interpretations of iconic moments. We'll surely see more of Ovechkin in this moment.

Just as we thought we were going to get tired of the celebration, fans find new ways to surprise us. Stay creative, Caps fans!