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NFL Capsule: Vikings at Bears

NFL Capsule: Vikings at Bears

MINNESOTA (6-4) At CHICAGO (7-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 5-5; Chicago 5-5

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 52-48-2

AP Pro32 RANKING - Vikings No. 14; Bears No. 8

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Vikings 17-13, Jan. 1, 2012

LAST WEEK - Vikings had bye; Bears lost to San Francisco 32-7

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (3), PASS (30)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13T), RUSH (14), PASS (16)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (10), PASS (31)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (8), PASS (11)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meet twice in next three weeks, with Bears visiting Vikings Dec. 9. ... Vikings had dropped two straight before beating Detroit Nov. 11. ... RB Adrian Peterson leads NFL with 1,128 yards rushing - more than 21 teams. Has run for at least 100 in four straight games for second time in career. Team record five straight with 100 or more by Robert Smith. Peterson also tied for second in league with seven TD runs. ... WR Percy Harvin tied for eighth in NFL with 62 receptions. Harvin has caught pass in every game he's played in, including playoffs (56). Harvin (35.9) also second in kickoff return average at 35.9 yards. ... K Blair Walsh 5 for 5 on field goal attempts of at least 50 yards. ... DE Jared Allen has 13 sacks in eight games against Bears, including 3 1/2 in last year's finale. ... Bears coming off back-to-back losses to Houston and San Francisco. ... Chicago leads NFL with 30 takeaways - five in red zone, tying New England and New Orleans for league lead. ... Bears have seven defensive TDs, all on interception returns. ... Bears have outscored opponents 249-165 and rank fifth in point differential. ... QB Jay Cutler missed Monday's game with concussion. Has thrown for 11,073 yards as Bear and needs 131 to pass Jim McMahon. Jim Harbaugh second on club's list with 11,567. ... WR Brandon Marshall just two catches for 21 yards last week. ... Charles Tillman tied third most in team history and the lead among Bears CBs with Donnell Woolford in INTs (32). ... CB Tim Jennings leads NFL with eight INTs this season.

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

As attendance slumps at FedEx Field this season it's become quite clear the Redskins need a new stadium. By all accounts the team is working hard towards that end. 

News emerged last week that the Redskins are working with the Trump administration and D.C. government officials to get back to the RFK Stadium site. It's far from a done deal, but there is some progress. 

Fans remember RFK fondly, as it was the site of the team's greatest seasons. Every Super Bowl team the Redskins ever fielded called the East Capitol Street stadium home. 

Since 1997, however, the Redskins have played at FedEx Field in Maryland, and it appears Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want to lose the team either. Speaking with reporters, Hogan revealed his plans to get a new stadium adjacent to the MGM National Harbor casino in Oxon Hill. 

The Washington Post reported that Hogan has begun the process of a potential "land swap" with the federal government. Maryland would surrender lands in the western portion of the state in return for the parcel of land next to the casino to develop a new Redskins stadium. 

Nothing is official, but conversations have been ongoing between the Hogan administration and the Department of the Interior. There is one important caveat, however, that Hogan wanted to make clear. 

"We are not going to build a billionaire’s stadium, either,” ­Hogan said. “We have no interest whatsoever, and there have been no discussions, ever, about us spending one penny in construction."

The Redskins' lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, but sources have told NBC Sports Washington that if the team builds a new stadium in Prince Georges County, those terms could change. The Oxon Cove site would be in Prince Georges County. 

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

The Redskins average fewer than 20 points-per-game. The Redskins rank 27th in the NFL in yards-per-game. The stats are bad for the Washington offense, and watching the games, it makes sense. 

For a Jay Gruden team, it's odd that the Redskins can't move the ball. Even when Alex Smith was healthy at quarterback, the offense still struggled. 

Watching the games all season, the offense has often been ugly. On Wednesday, Gruden revealed what he believes to be the root cause for the problems. 

"The big thing is we have way, way too many negative runs. Negative runs have been the death, that and penalties, both of those two things have been the curse of this offense and that kills our drives, that kills our momentum, that kills our ability to call plays, keeping everything open in the playbook," Gruden said. 

The coach isn't wrong. 

The Redskins have 24 false start penalties in 13 games, 2nd in the NFL. The Redskins have 27 offensive holding penalties, the most in the NFL. 

Penalties have been a persistent problem all season, as have the negative runs. 

Using data from the NFL, the Redskins have 19 negative rushes when they run to the right. That's tied for the worst in the league. The Redskins have another 26 negative runs to the center or left of the offensive line. 

Teams can't win when they don't run the football, and the Redskins can't run the football with their current penalty problems and negative plays. 

"When you have second and 18, and third and 15, your playbook goes down," Gruden said. "When you're first and 10, second and six and third and two, everything is open and we haven’t had that luxury."

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