MINNESOTA (7-6) At ST. LOUIS (6-6-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE - Rams by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 6-7; St. Louis 9-4
SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 17-14-2
AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 15; Rams No. 17
LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Rams 38-10, Oct. 11, 2009
LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Bears 21-14; Rams beat Bills 15-12
VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (3), PASS (32)
VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (14), PASS (18)
RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (16), PASS (22)
RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (13), PASS (11)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Vikings RB Adrian Peterson enters game with seven straight 100-plus yards games. He is 400 yards from becoming eighth RB in league history to rush for 2,000 in single season. ... Peterson averaging more yards per rush (6.0) than QB Christian Ponder is per pass (5.98). ... Vikings have started same five OL all 13 games. ... Vikings 1-5 on road this year and have lost 12 of last 15 away from Metrodome. ... Game features two of best young kickers in league in Vikings rookie Blair Walsh and Rams rookie Greg Zuerlein. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and Rams coach Jeff Fisher were teammates in Chicago from 1981-85. ... Rams RB Steven Jackson needs 71 yards to reach 10,000 for his career. ... Rams have won three straight for first time since 2006. ... Rams tied for second in NFL in sacks with 39, three behind Cincinnati. Robert Quinn leads team with 9 1/2. ... Rams QB Sam Bradford emerging as clutch performer in fourth quarter. Has thrown seven of his 15 TDs in fourth quarter and has driven Rams to a lead in final period five times this season. Rams 3-1-1 in such games.
With their 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, the Capitals' playoff future is starting to come into focus. Washington has only one game remaining and can finish in either third or fourth in the round robin standings. That limits the number of possible playoff opponents for the Caps when the games really start to matter.
First, before talking about who the Caps may play, it is important to remember why. Under the NHL's regular format, a normal year would see teams advance in a bracket, meaning each team knows going in they will be playing the winner of a specific matchup if they advance. This year, the NHL is going back to its old format of re-seeding after each round. This makes determining matchups a bit harder to figure out.
Here's what we know. The Caps are going to finish in the bottom half of the round robin meaning they will play one of the highest two seeded teams coming out of the qualifying round. The Carolina Hurricanes swept their qualifying round series against the New York Rangers. As the No. 6 seed coming in, Carolina is going to be one of the top two qualifying round teams.
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Washington's final seed will be determined by Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins. A win in regulation, overtime or a shootout will mean the Caps are No. 3, while a loss in any fashion will bump them down to No. 4.
The simplest scenario for Washington is that If the Pittsburgh Penguins rally to win their series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Caps are guaranteed to play either Pittsburgh or Carolina as the No. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively. It gets a little trickier if the Penguins lose. If that happens, the Hurricanes become the top qualifying team and will play No. 4. The top team behind them then becomes No. 6 which, as of now, could be the New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs or the Columbus Blue Jackets.
So a rematch with the Hurricanes is a definite possibility for the Caps, as is a matchup with the rival Penguins.
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Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, have announced the formation of a new organization called 'Nats for Masks' that will help provide masks to underprivileged and at-risk populations in DMV area.
As part of the initiative, the Scherzers will auction off some of their personal collection of memorabilia to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the DMV. Some of the auction items available included autographed game-used jerseys, caps, and even Max’s 2019 All-Star Game nameplate.
Giving back to the community is nothing new to the Scherzer family. As animal lovers, back in 2017 during the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Scherzer’s rallied to cover adoption fees for all animals at the Washington-based Humane Rescue Alliance in order to make space for animals brought in from Houston.
Erica is also on the Board of Directors of the Humane Rescue Alliance, and Max has also contributed in the past in a PSA to raise awareness for the shelter.
As if we needed another reason to adore the Scherzer family and what they do for our community, just add this to the list.
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