Skins improve conversion percentage, Caps break winning streak, Wizards fizzle in Detroit

After last Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins looked to change the tables at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. With the game tied at 16 in the fourth quarter, Redskins kicker Graham Gano tried to kick a game winning 47-yard field goal. He came up short. He had a chance to redeem himself in overtime and did so. Gano knocked in the game winning 48-yard field goal to give the Redskins its fifth win of the season, one more then last year. The final score was 19-16.

Last week the Redskins went 0-10 on third down conversions. The team was last in the league coming into Sunday’s game at 22 percent. The worst team on third down conversions did not show up in Nashville. The Redskins went 8-16, a solid 50 percent. The Skins also won the penalty match up as they had three penalties for 20 yards and the Titans had 11 penalties for 81 yards.

Even with the win, the Skins lost eight players due to injury. The major injury was to running back Clinton Portis who re-injured his groin.

Next Sunday the Redskins return to FedEx Field to face the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 p.m. on Fox.

The team with the best record in the NHL did not look like the best team on the road Friday as the Washington Capitals got blanked 5-0 by the Atlanta Thrashers. They had to rebound after that awful performance and travel back to the Verizon Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. With the Caps down 4-3 and 40 seconds left in regulation, Eric Fehr tied the game with a slap shot to send the game into overtime. The rebound fell flat when the team had to kill a 4-3 penalty with 90 seconds remaining in the game and did not score in a shootout. The loss broke the Caps seven-game home ice win streak. This week the Caps play New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, and Tampa Bay Lightening.

After winning Friday to the Memphis Grizzlies at Verizon Center 89-86, the Wizards looked to go two in a row and to get their first win on the road this season. Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Mich. the game was tied. Andray Blatche had a chance to hit the winning three-pointer at the buzzer to win it. He missed. The Wizards fell in overtime 115-110. Rookie John Wall sat out his fourth straight game with sprained ankle. He was active before the game, but decided to rest it one extra day. The Wizards return to the Verizon Center Tuesday to host the Philadelphia 76ers.

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