NFL Capsule: Vikings at Seahawks

NFL Capsule: Vikings at Seahawks


Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Seahawks by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 4-4; Seattle 5-3

SERIES RECORD - Seahawks lead 6-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 12; Seahawks No. 13

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Seahawks 35-9, Nov. 22, 2009

LAST WEEK - Vikings lost to Buccaneers 36-17; Seahawks lost to Lions 28-24





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Matchup of top two running backs in NFC. Adrian Peterson leads conference with 775 yards rushing, Marshawn Lynch second at 757 yards. ... Vikings lead NFL with 11 runs of 20 yards or more. ... Vikings 0-2 facing rookie QBs this season, losing to Indianapolis (Andrew Luck) and Washington (Robert Griffin III). ... After playing well for most of the first six weeks, Vikings QB Christian Ponder has completed just 52 percent of his passes and thrown three interceptions past two weeks. ... WR Percy Harvin tied for NFL lead with 60 catches and with Cris Carter for franchise record for most catches through first eight games. ... DE Jared Allen has sack in six straight games. ... Vikings second in NFL allowing 3.44 yards per rush on first down. ... LB Chad Greenway leads NFL with 81 tackles. ... Vikings lost CB Chris Cook to broken right arm. He is expected to be out for six to eight weeks. ... Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell held same position in Minnesota from 2006-10. ... Seahawks play next two games at home before bye week. Seahawks have won five of last six at home dating back to last season, including 3-0 this year. ... QB Russell Wilson coming off season-high of 35 pass attempts and 25 completions vs. Detroit. ... Lynch averaged 8.75 yards per carry last week vs. Detroit, second highest in franchise history (min. 10 carries). Lynch finished with 105 yards on 12 carries, although 77 yards came on longest TD run of career. ... WR Sidney Rice playing first regular season game against former team. Rice spent four seasons with Vikings and was Pro Bowler in 2009. ... TE Zach Miller had first TD reception in two seasons with Seahawks last week vs. Detroit. Miller had five TDs his final season in Oakland in 2010. ... Seahawks have 21 sacks in eight games. Last year, they did not record 21st sack until Game 12. ... Seahawks defense rank 27th in NFL in third-down defense and last at allowing third-down conversions of 10 yards or more - allowing conversions 16 of 37 times.


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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!