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Wide receivers Tate, Rice step up for Seahawks

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Wide receivers Tate, Rice step up for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Sidney Rice and Golden Tate have become the go-to targets for Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Rice, healthy for the first time in three years, is enjoying a resurgence for the Seahawks. A hip injury derailed his final season in Minnesota before Rice signed with Seattle following the lockout.

Rice couldn't escape the injury bug last year, either, with a pair of bad shoulders and two concussions bringing his season to a premature end. Rice caught just 32 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns in his first year with the Seahawks.

Tate is finally having the breakthrough he's been waiting for after two mostly unimpressive seasons in Seattle. Entering this season, Tate had never had more than 61 yards receiving in his two years a pro. Through 12 games, Tate has already matched or exceeded his career highs in catches (35), yards (486) and touchdowns (7).

As Wilson has continued to progress as a quarterback, Rice and Tate have shown they can be dynamic weapons in the Seattle passing game.

``We're out here having fun. It feels good to be a part of a team that's so committed to each other,'' Rice said.

The Seahawks' offense has become more reliant on the passing game over the past two months. While Seattle still heavily relies upon the legs of Marshawn Lynch to carry the load, the Seahawks have put more on the shoulders of Wilson and the offense has responded. Seattle is averaging over 25 points over its last five games.

``Ever since that Patriots game we've been really throwing it a good amount and guys making explosive plays,'' Wilson said.

The receiver tandem has stepped up and provided more production. Their seven touchdowns apiece are already the most by any Seahawks receiver since Darrell Jackson had 10 in 2006.

The receiver position for Seattle has constantly been devoid off top-end talent. They have not sent a receiver to the Pro Bowl since Brian Blades in 1989. While neither Rice nor Tate seem destined for Honolulu this season, they have helped elevate the Seahawks' offense in the second half of the season.

``We've been getting things rolling these last few weeks and we want to continue to build from there. We know we've got an opportunity to do something special,'' Rice said.

Rice finally feels healthy again and it's showing in his play on the field. He leads the team in all receiving categories with 43 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. Rice took a blow to the head from Bears safety Major Wright while scoring the game-winning touchdown in Chicago, but has already been cleared and is expected to play this week against Arizona.

``It feels great. Just being back out here on the field, I'm enjoying it. I love it. I love being out on the field being able to make plays for my team,'' Rice said.

Tate credited Wilson's attention to detail and openness in discussing every aspect of the offense for the Seahawks' improved success in the second half of the season.

``Since the three years I've been here, we've never watched the film with the quarterback,'' Tate said. ``But after practice we watch the film with the quarterbacks. When there comes a ball that's an incompletion I always ask, `What do you think Russ,' and then he'll say what he thinks and then I'll say what I think, Sidney will say what he thinks. We're all on the same page I think. We still got some work to do but we're all on the same page and moving in the right direction.''

Tate believes the offense is just scratching the surface of their potential. With the passing game taking a step forward and a manageable schedule over their final four games, the Seahawks are looking to make a strong push to solidify a spot in the playoffs.

``I think with this offense the sky is the limit,'' Tate said.

Notes: The Seahawks added CB Chandler Fenner to the practice squad. ... DE Red Bryant (foot) and CB Marcus Trufant (hamstring) did not practice for a second straight day. S Kam Chancellor (groin) was also held out of practice Thursday. ... LB Leroy Hill (ankle) and C Max Unger (hip) were limited. ... RB Marshawn Lynch (back) and WR Sidney Rice (head) were able to fully participate.

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How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

How to watch Capitals vs. Sabres NHL 20 simulation

Monday night was supposed to be another night of Capitals action with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Unfortunately due to the NHL’s hold on the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the show can not go on as originally planned. 

However, with some minor adjustments to the presentation, there is still a way to keep things going. 

Monday night at 7 p.m. ET the Capitals will be taking the ice to play the Sabres as planned, only this time it will be virtual ice on an NHL 20 simulation. 

In partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBC Sports Washington will be airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 2K20 games. The format of these games includes watching the simulated versions of Caps games based on the existing schedule with the bonus of commentary from NBCSW’s experts. 

To make things even more fun, in between the simulation and the re-air of the simulation, there is a chance to relive a classic Caps game. So don’t forget to stick around and re-watch Dowd and the Capitals dominate the Penguins from earlier this season. 

Here's everything you need to know to watch. 

When: Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. ET

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

Broadcast schedule: 

7:00 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (P)
8:00 PM: NHL Classics: Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins (R) 
10:30 PM: NHL 20 Simulation: Capitals @ Buffalo Sabres (R)

Starting lineups: 

Capitals: TBD
Sabres: TBD

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LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

These 2K simulations certainly do agree with the Wizards. Coming off a stunning victory over the Bucks Friday, Washington turned around on the second night of a back-to-back and beat the Lakers 73-66 at virtual Capital One Arena. 

LeBron James was a one-man wrecking crew for LA, Bradley Beal led the scoring attack for the Wizards and Thomas Bryant got revenge on the team that waived him. 

Here's how the Wizards picked up their fourth-straight 2K win. 

Offensive rebounds

The Lakers are one of the biggest teams in the NBA with James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard playing heavy minutes, but it was the Wizards who dominated the boards in this one. 

Bryant led the way for Washington on the glass with seven of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Lakers shot the ball significantly better than the Wizards (47% to 39%) but Washington was simply overwhelming them on the glass to create more opportunities. 

Washington grabbed 18 offensive rebounds compared to the Lakers' eight, and it ended being the major difference in the result. 

LeBron's one-man show

The real-life Lakers' biggest weakness is their lack of playmaking outside of James. In a game where James had everything working for him, the Lakers struggled to get anything going whenever he didn't have the ball. 

Rajon Rondo struggled mightily despite tallying eight assists (2-11 FG) and Davis had a bad game relative to his standards (10 points, one rebound, three blocks).

I'd be curious to see what virtual LeBron would have to say about his teammates after this particular game. 

Thomas Bryant's revenge

As we stated before, Bryant was waived by the Lakers after his rookie season and his virtual self took it all out on his former team Saturday night. 

He dominated the boards and once again protected the paint in a way that would make Elvin Hayes proud. He finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. 

With Bryant playing the way he has been the last few simulations, the Wizards' defense has been exceptional. Outside of defensive versatility, having a strong defensive center anchoring the defense is paramount to an effective unit. 

Other parting thoughts

Jerome Robinson continues to play well as a starter, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes. The Wizards didn't get that long of a look at Robinson before the NBA suspended its season.

After acquiring him at the trade deadline in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, it'd be another steal by Tommy Sheppard if Robinson can play like this consistently in real life. 

Instead of erupting in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards secure a win, Beal went off for 14 points in the third this time. He finished with 24 points and went 12-for-30 from the field.

Markieff Morris made a return to DC in this one. The Lakers uniform looks weird on him. 

It's hard to capture just how quick Ish Smith is in a video game, but this spin move came pretty close. 

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