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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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NFC East Update: Division race tightens as Redskins stumble, Cowboys surge

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NFC East Update: Division race tightens as Redskins stumble, Cowboys surge

When the sun came up Sunday morning, the Redskins held a two-game lead in the NFC East and looked to have a clear route to a division title. 

By the time the sun went down, a lot changed. 

Washington lost at home in a crazy game to Houston, but big picture, the more important outcome was the broken leg for Alex Smith. The Redskins now turn to backup Colt McCoy, and while the Burgundy and Gold remain in first place, their lead shrunk.

  1. Washington Redskins (6-4, 2-0) - Talk about a roller coaster game. The Redskins got down early to the Texans, trailing 10-0 in the first quarter, but fought all the way back. In the process, the team lost Smith for the season, but McCoy played well when he entered the game. A veteran in Jay Gruden's system, McCoy should be able to step in and run the offense without any hesitation. Will that be enough? What isn't being talked about in Washington: a suddenly slumping run defense. A huge game looms Thursday against Ezekiel Elliott and a surging Cowboys squad. Up next: Nov. 22 @ Dallas, 4 p.m.
  2. Dallas Cowboys (5-5, 2-1) - It seemed like the Cowboys season was over a few weeks ago after a humbling home loss on Monday Night Football to the Titans. Two weeks later, the script has flipped. Dallas won their second straight game on Sunday, holding off a late Atlanta rally and winning the game on a last-second field goal. Elliott went for 201 total yards from scrimmage and the Cowboys young defense continued to make impressive plays. Jerry Jones' team struggles on the road, but at home, the Cowboys are 3-1 this season. Up next: Nov. 22 vs Washington, 4 p.m.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-6, 1-1) - Fans waiting for the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles to get it together might want to stop waiting. Philly got boat raced in New Orleans on Sunday, losing 48-7 and dropping to two games below .500. Carson Wentz threw three INTs in New Orleans and really, while the QB was bad in the Superdome, it's hard to pin the Eagles' woes on any one thing. The offense hasn't been very good, and the defense hasn't either. Sitting just two games back of the 'Skins and one behind Dallas, don't count the Eagles out yet. But don't really count them in either. Up next: Nov. 25th vs New York Giants, 1 p.m.
  4. New York Giants (3-7, 0-3) - Don't look now but the Giants might be the hottest team in the division. Or at least not the coldest team in the division. The Giants won their second game in a row on Sunday, a nail-biting 38-35 victory over Tampa. New York got out to a big lead before the Bucs crept back in it, but powered by four combined TDs between Saquon Barkley and Eli Manning, the Giants did enough. Simple arithmetic suggests the Giants are closer to a Top 5 draft pick than a playoff run, but hey, they haven't been eliminated yet. Crazy things happen in this league. Up next: Nov. 25th @ Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

 

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Five observations from Wizards' 119-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, including Dwight Howard's injury

Five observations from Wizards' 119-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, including Dwight Howard's injury

The Washington Wizards lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 119-109 on Sunday night. Here are five observations from the game...

Not good: It just keeps getting worse. The Wizards have been playing a sleepy, uninspired brand of basketball in recent games and on Sunday they met a Blazers team that does just the opposite.

The result was probably predictable. Though the Wizards edged the Blazers last month in Portland, this time they lost a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score suggested. 

Portland led by as many as 29 points and the Wizards only cut that down late when head coach Scott Brooks emptied his bench. He brought in a host of young guys who were hungry and just happy to be playing like Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant. Hopefully the starters, who have been missing those qualities, were paying attention.

These teams are currently on two entirely different trajectories. The Blazers are trending up, while the Wizards, who have lost two straight, are sliding quickly.

Washington is now 5-11 on the season. That's worse than their mark at this point two years ago when they mounted the famous comeback.

Howard hurt again: Things were already going terribly for the Wizards when they got much worse. Dwight Howard, who was coming off a huge game against the Nets, left in the second quarter after aggravating his strained piriformis muscle injury. 

Howard, of course, missed the first seven games of the year with the injury, which has also been referred to as gluteal soreness. We knew he was still dealing with discomfort when he came back and it has never really gone away.

The injury affects his ability to run and jump. He can't even sit on the bench because of the pain. The fact it's bothering him enough to leave a game is a really bad sign.

Too many fouls: Just like last game, Howard found himself entangled in foul trouble and this time he got started earlier. By the midway point of the first quarter, he had two. By the 5:30 mark of the second quarter, he had three.

At least against the Nets on Friday, Howard was effective when he was on the floor. This time, he couldn't find a rhythm. His time on the court was basically a wash.

These two games show just how easy it is for Howard to rack up fouls and how much it hurts the Wizards when he gets in foul trouble. 

Horrid start: The Wizards have had some lifeless stretches this season, far too often for the talent they have on the roster. The way they began this game was them at their absolute worst.

They just couldn't keep up with the Blazers, who were zipping the ball around the court to find open shooters. Portland built a 20-point lead in the first quarter, 32-12, as they shot 7-for-9 from three. The seventh was a wide open look by C.J. McCollum.

That's C.J. McCollum, as in one of the best shooting guards in basketball. Somehow the Wizards completely lost him and paid for it. Those are the types of plays that are hard to excuse.

Bright spots: If there were any positives to draw from this game, it was the play of Kelly Oubre Jr. and Tomas Satoransky. Neither shot the ball well, but their energy and effort were noticeable on a night when most of their teammates just didn't have it.

They were among the few Wizards players active on defense and closing out on the three-point line. They helped key a 13-0 run to end the first quarter and helped the team show some life in the second half when the game was already out of hand.

Oubre finished with 19 points, four assists, four rebounds, and three blocks. He was +14. Satoransky had 10 points, seven assists and was +22. If Brooks wants some more energy from his team, those two could provide it.

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