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What to watch for: Bengals at Redskins

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What to watch for: Bengals at Redskins

What:Redskins vs. Bengals
Where:FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
When:Sunday, 1 p.m.
TV:CBSAfter a triumphant opener in New Orleans, the Redskins didnt just stumble in St. Louis last week, they suffered a pair of significant injuries that could hamper them for the rest of the season.On Sunday, the Redskins (1-1) will get their first taste of life without two-time Pro Bowl selectionBrian Orakpoand defensive endAdam Carrikerin their home opener againstAndy Daltonand the Bengals (1-1).The defensive front seven was supposed to be the Redskins strength this season and Orakpo was supposed to lead the charge.Now its a major concern for a unit that yielded 31 points to the previously punchless Rams.The void left by Orakpo is so daunting, in fact, defensive coordinatorJim Haslettsaid he intends to use a trio of unproven reserves Rob Jackson,Chris WilsonandMarkus White in the hopes that three will equal one. None, however, has ever made an NFL start.In addition, the Redskins defense could be without starting cornerbackJosh Wilson(concussion) and strong safetyBrandon Meriweather(knee) against a Bengals offense that features a Pro Bowl quarterback-receiver tandem in Dalton andA.J. Green,plus running backBenJarvis Green-Ellis.Since the start of training camp, Coach Mike Shanahan has touted his teams improved depth.This weekend, well find out how much deeper the pool actually is.Injuries aside, there are a handful of other storylines the crew atwww.csnwashington.comwill be following: Among them:1) One unit that has been consistent for the Redskins thus far has been theRobert Griffin III-led the offense. It has racked up 40 and 28 points in the first two games and Griffin has been the talk of the league.Although the status of wide receiverPierre Garon(sore foot) remains unclear, Griffin could be primed for a big home debut against a Bengals defense that has struggled this far. In the first two games, in fact, Cincinnati that has yielded a total of 434.5 yards (30th) and 35.5 points on average (29th).2) Special teams remain a problem for the Redskins. A season after five field goals were knocked down, punterSav Roccapunts blocked in consecutive games. Both blocks, meantime, led directly to pivotal touchdowns for the opponent.This week, Shanahan professed confidence in special teams CoachDanny Smith, pointing out that players not scheme were to blame for both miscues. Either way, the unit must get turned around. And quick.3) How much will Griffin run the ball? Eyebrows were raised last week when the dual-threat rookie carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards totals that ranked just five and seven, respectively, behind running backAlfred Morris.Griffins ability to run for first downs, extend plays and make something out of nothing with his legs is a huge bonus for the Redskins. It could, however, prove to be an even greater risk.Although Griffin said hes well versed in how to avoid taking punishing hits, it should be pointed out that at least one last week appeared to stun him. On a 15-yard keeper up the middle in the second quarter, Griffin took a shot to the back of his helmet. One play later, he tossed arguably the worst pass of his fledgling NFL career, an off-balance, off-target throw that ended up in the hands of cornerbackCortland Finnegan.

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Tom Wilson to have hearing with Department of Player Safety for hit on Blues prospect

Tom Wilson to have hearing with Department of Player Safety for hit on Blues prospect

Capitals winger Tom Wilson will have a hearing today with the NHL’s department of player safety for interference on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas on Friday night.

Early in the third period of the Blues’ 4-0 preseason victory at Capital One Arena, Wilson curled around a teammate and blasted Thomas with a shoulder check in front of the visitors’ bench after Thomas appeared to lose control of the puck.

Wilson is listed a 6-4, 217; Thomas is 6-0, 192.

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The Blues did not like the hit. Almost immediately, St. Louis winger Dmitri Jaskin challenged Wilson to a fight at center ice.

Wilson was not assessed a penalty for the hit on Thomas.

Asked if he was surprised that the NHL requested a hearing, Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday morning, “I was a little bit. I didn’t really go through it. I saw it real briefly, just on the monitor like we always do, and I didn’t think much of it. But obviously they did.”

Trotz added: “I was a little surprised. Whatever decision that they have we’ll deal with it. They do a good job.”

Wilson, who has been fined but never suspended, was originally scheduled to be in the lineup vs. the Hurricanes on Saturday night. Brett Connolly will skate in his place.

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Slapshot dressed up as Pennywise the Clown and it was horrifying

Slapshot dressed up as Pennywise the Clown and it was horrifying

There was only one thing more terrifying than the final score of the Capitals-St. Louis Blue preseason game on Friday: Slapshot.

The normally loveable Caps' mascot decided to don a new costume for Friday's home opener and it was terrifying.

That is Slapshot dressed up as Pennywise the clown from the horror movie "IT." As if clowns weren't scray enough, Stephen King had to write a whole book about one to forever haunt out dreams.

Perhaps you thought the friendly confines of Capital One Arena would provide an escape from the Pennywise mania that is gripping the country.

You thought wrong.

Well, at least it was all in good fun. No harm, no fo...IS THAT HIM NEXT TO THE MITES ON ICE?!? RUN CHILDREN, RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!

"We all skate down here, Georgie."