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NFL Capsule: Titans at Packers

NFL Capsule: Titans at Packers

TENNESSEE (5-9) At GREEN BAY (10-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Packers by 10 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 6-8, Green Bay 8-6

SERIES RECORD - Titans lead 6-4

AP PRO32 RANKING - Titans No. 25; Packers No. 6

LAST MEETING - Titans beat Packers 19-16 OT, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK - Titans beat Jets 14-10; Packers beat Bears 21-13

TITANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (19), PASS (21)

TITANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (25), PASS (19)

PACKERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (13)

PACKERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (14T), RUSH (14), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Titans have won three straight against Packers and four of six. ... Titans 29-14 against NFC since 2002, 1-2 this season. ... Jake Locker threw for career-high 378 yards with two TDs and no interceptions with 113 passer rating in last game vs. NFC team. Locker ran for first TD of season in last game. ... Chris Johnson ran for 122 yards in last week's win over Jets, including franchise-record 94-yard TD run. He has five 100-yard games this season, and six career TD runs of 80 yards or longer are most in NFL history. ... Kendall Wright leads NFL rookies with 62 catches. ... Linebacker Akeem Ayers leads Titans with 90 tackles. ... Rookie linebacker Zach Brown had career-high two sacks and recovered fumble against New York. ... Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin each had two interceptions against New York. ... Packers have won 19 of last 20 home games at Lambeau, 25 of last 27. ... Packers have clinched second straight NFC North title. ... Aaron Rodgers 174 of 272 for 2,234 yards with 25 TDs and three interceptions with 115.7 passer rating in past eight games against AFC. ... Packers 26-0 when Rodgers starts and has 115 or better passer rating. Rodgers has won 24 of past 26 starts at home, and has 64 TDs, 17 interceptions and 110 rating in those games. ... Ryan Grant ran for 86 yards in last game with Titans. ... Randall Cobb, Tennessee native, had career-high 115 yards receiving last week. With 892 yards receiving and 964 yards on kick returns, he can become first player in NFL history with at least 1,000 yards on kick returns and 1,000 yards or more receiving. ... With 2,241 all-purpose yards, Cobb is 9 shy of matching Ahman Green's franchise record, set in 2003. ... James Jones has career-best 12 TD catches, best in NFL. He had three TD catches last week. ... Clay Matthews had two sacks last week, his first game since Nov. 4. He has 10 in 14 games against AFC teams. ... Casey Hayward, who played at Vanderbilt, leads rookies with six interceptions. ... Packers allowed 107 yards passing last week.

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

The last time the Washington Capitals had a first-round draft pick, they selected a WHL defenseman. They did not go off script on Friday.

With the last pick of the first round, selecting for the first time as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals selected Alexander Alexeyev, a left-shooting, two-way defenseman from St. Petersburg.

Alexeyev, 18, certainly boasts NHL size at 6' 4", 196 pounds. He currently plays for Red Deer in the WHL, a junior league that has become a major pipeline for the Capitals. In his second season with Red Deer, he tallied 37 points in 45 games.

The NHL Central Scouting's rankings list Alexeyev as the 22nd best North American skater of the draft. TSN projects him to be a top-four, two-way defenseman.

Analyst Craig Button described Alexeyev as a "Smart, effective defenceman who moves the puck, plays with a calm and doesn't make things complicated for himself."

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