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Raiders seek consistency on defense

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Raiders seek consistency on defense

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Jamaal Charles had nowhere to run, Brady Quinn was under pressure all day and the Oakland Raiders defense posted its most statistically dominating performance in decades.

Coach Dennis Allen said that kind of game proves what the Raiders are capable of defensively when they play to their ability. The key now is doing that more often.

``We've proven that we can do it at times, but we've got to be more consistent at it,'' Allen said Monday. ``That will be our challenge moving forward.''

So far the Raiders (4-10) haven't proved much more than they can shut down the lowly Chiefs (2-12) and Jaguars (2-12). In three wins against the NFL's two worst teams, Oakland has allowed 13 points and 209 yards allowed per game.

Against the rest of the NFL, the Raiders have given up 33 points and 414.9 yards per game.

But Allen is less worried about the quality of opponent than the gaudy numbers his defense delivered. The Raiders held Charles to 10 yards rushing on nine carries, sacked Quinn four times and allowed just 119 yards of total offense - the fewest for the team since 1975.

It all added up to Oakland's first shutout since the 2002 regular season finale.

``I think it's important any time you get that opportunity. It's tough to shut anybody out in this league,'' Allen said. ``To get the shutout, to hold the team to 10 yards rushing which is a franchise record, a team that was a top-five rushing team in the NFL this year. I think that was huge for our defense. I think that was a good confidence builder. Now we have to continue to build on that.''

The Raiders have two more chances to duplicate that kind of performance as they end the season with trips to Carolina and San Diego.

Oakland also hopes that its running game can build on one of its best performances after rushing for a season-high 203 yards against the Chiefs. The Raiders had 45 carries in the game - their most in more than two years - with Darren McFadden running for 110 yards on 30 carries and Mike Goodson getting 89 on 13 runs.

That's the formula Allen wants the Raiders to follow each week.

``I think we all saw that when we execute that game plan the way that we feel like we're capable of executing it, we have a chance to win games,'' he said. ``I thought our defense played outstanding yesterday and I thought we were able to run the ball effectively against them. So that will be a key for us moving forward.''

The game also marked the season debut for third quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The former Ohio State star had been on the field just once in his first two seasons, committing a false start before the snap on his only other chance last season.

Pryor came in to start the second quarter and after a false start before the first play, Pryor handed off twice before throwing an incomplete pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey.

``The biggest thing is we wanted him to get into a game,'' Allen said. ``He got in a game last year for one play, there was a false start penalty and really wasn't able to run a play. I wanted to be able to get him in an NFL football game during the regular season and get him a little bit of experience and we'll see where we go from there.''

NOTES: CB Phillip Adams left Sunday's game with his second concussion in three games. He will need to go through the protocol before he is able to return to practice. ... WR Juron Criner (hip), TE Richard Gordon (biceps) and S Mike Mitchell (stinger) all left the game with injuries and will be evaluated Wednesday.

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Capitals at Ducks: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Capitals at Ducks: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Coming off of the adrenaline-pumping 5-1 win over the Sharks on Thursday, the Capitals (32-19-7) will face off against the Anaheim Ducks (22-27-9) Sunday evening. The Capitals hope to maintain their energy with a win over the Ducks, the second-worst team in the Pacific Division.
 
The Ducks broke a seven-game losing streak (which began towards the end of January) to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, but lost again to the Boston Bruins on Friday. The Ducks are seventh in the Pacific Division, only slightly above the Los Angeles Kings.


Here is everything you need to know about the Sunday night, which takes place at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.


CAPITALS at DUCKS HOW TO WATCH


What: Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks, Game 59 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.
When: 9 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Capitals at Ducks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link)
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Ducks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM

CAPITALS at DUCKS TV SCHEDULE


8 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
8:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
9 PM: Capitals at Ducks
11:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
12 AM: Caps Overtime Live


CAPITALS at DUCKS INJURY REPORT

Capitals: 
No injuries to report.

Ducks: 
Ryan Miller -- knee injury as of Feb. 15. 
Nick Ritchie -- illness as of Feb. 15.
Chad Johnson -- head injury as of Feb. 13. 
John Gibson -- back, neck and head injuries as of Feb. 8. 
Patrick Eaves -- flu-like symptoms as of Feb. 7. 
Ondrej Kase -- torn labrum in his right shoulder as of Jan. 18. 

CAPITALS at DUCKS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (39 goals, 27 assists, 66 points): Ovechkin is the leading goal scorer in the NHL. In the Caps’ last game against the Sharks, the team captain contributed one goal and one assist in the team’s blowout 5-1 win.

T.J. Oshie, F, Capitals (18 goals, 18 assists, 36 points): Oshie scored his 500th career point in his second goal against the Sharks on Thursday. He’s been a key player on the ice this February, scoring three goals and contributing with five assists. 

CAPITALS vs. DUCKS SERIES HISTORY


Number of all-time Meetings: 36
All-Time Series Record: Ducks lead 18-17-1
Last Meeting: Ducks win 6-5 (12/2/18)

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Former Nationals GM thinks the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are almost over

Former Nationals GM thinks the Bryce Harper sweepstakes are almost over

Another day, another favorite in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

It’s not a completely new team this time around, but former baseball executive and current analyst Jim Bowden feels pretty confident in the Philadelphia Phillies landing the services of the star outfielder.

“I keep hearing there’s a lot of momentum and traction here on him going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies,” Bowden shared on CBS Sports HQ. “And he could be rounding third and heading home shortly.”

Bowden appeared on the program to help react to the most recent betting odds on Harper, specifically those that have the San Francisco Giants as the clear favorites. Bowden disagrees with that projection, especially considering the length of the offers involved. 

It’s clear the Giants are hoping to sign Harper to a short term deal, but the former Nationals general manager is convinced the outfielder will end up getting a significantly longer deal.

10 years, $300 million is of course the terms of the deal the Nationals reportedly offered Harper months ago as the offseason was getting underway, so if he’s been holding out for a better contract then the Phillies may be forced to top it.

One point Bowden made during the interview was how badly Harper wants to win “right now.” The Giants, Padres, and White Sox don’t appear ready to truly compete for another few seasons, which is why he so emphatically endorses Philadelphia or Washington as the ultimate destination. 

The Phillies and Nats look like the only two competitors who can feasibly win the World Series as early as 2019, and if that’s truly important to Harper, it helps weed out the competition.

Of course, as with the litany of Bryce Harper rumors we’ve heard all winter long, this comes with a baseball-sized grain of salt. 

Various teams have taken turns atop the leaderboard when it comes to guessing where Harper will end up, and while the Phillies are probably the most consistent favorite of the offseason, there’s obviously a reason why they and/or Harper have yet to pull the trigger on a deal. 

The fit seems clear, and the money is there, but for now, Harper is still unemployed, which means every team still has an opportunity to wow him with an offer. It wouldn’t too be surprising if he ultimately ends up in Philadelphia, and if Jim Bowden is to be believed, that news could be coming sooner rather than later.

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