Sam Farmer

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Sam Farmer, a three-time finalist for California Sportswriter of the Year, is in his 20th season covering the NFL. Because he works for the Los Angeles Times and is in a city that doesn't have an NFL team, he's had unique assignments such as traveling with an officiating crew, spending a week behind the scenes with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, spending a Sunday watching games with John Madden, sitting next to Al Michaels in the "Monday Night Football" booth, and climbing Mount Rainier – or at least to base camp – with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Farmer, a 1988 graduate of Occidental College, began his career at small papers in the Pacific Northwest before moving onto the San Jose Mercury News, where he was an Oakland Raiders beat writer for five seasons. At various times, he has also been a beat writer covering the NBA, PGA Tour, and college football and basketball.

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  • Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 4

    Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 4

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 7-9 (.438); season 31-17 (.646). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-10 (.375); season...

  • Arizona Cardinals, competitive and embraced by fans, have shown how to win over a city

    Arizona Cardinals, competitive and embraced by fans, have shown how to win over a city

    Los Angeles went two decades without an NFL team. Sometimes, even though the Cardinals were here, Arizona felt that way too. “There were a lot of fans from the visiting team in the stands,” recalled retired quarterback Jake Plummer, who spent his first six seasons with the Cardinals. “I’d throw...

  • Sam Farmer's pick on Thursday's Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals NFL game

    Sam Farmer's pick on Thursday's Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals NFL game

    MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-2) TV: Channel 2, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PDT. Line: Bengals by 7½. Over/Under: 44. Sam Farmer’s pick: The Bengals don’t have a great track record in prime-time games, but they get the edge in this one at home, and it figures to be close. Bengals 23,...

  • NFL's five remaining unbeaten teams all have spun straw into quarterback gold

    NFL's five remaining unbeaten teams all have spun straw into quarterback gold

    Three weeks into the NFL season, and five teams are undefeated: Philadelphia, Minnesota, New England, Baltimore and Denver. These franchises all have something in common besides their 3-0 records. They all bent a giant quarterback question mark into an exclamation point. While the Eagles are enjoying...

  • Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick scores Rams' first touchdown of the season

    Brian Quick had a rough start to the season. The Rams receiver struggled with drops during training camp and the exhibition season, Coach Jeff Fisher twice calling out the fifth-year pro to hold on to the ball. Quick made a huge play Sunday, catching a 44-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum early...

  • Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    Rams flip the script by finishing Week 3 with a winning record

    The Rams have been 1-1 every year under Coach Jeff Fisher. In each of the last four years, they lost in Week 3 to drop to 1-2. With a win at Tampa Bay on Sunday, they flipped the script. Maybe that won’t mean much at the end of the year. Maybe this team is fatally flawed, destined to finish at...

  • Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

    Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler passed for a touchdown in an exhibition opener against Green Bay, but he didn’t bother to keep the ball as a memento — unwittingly denying his dad a prized keepsake for his mantel. “He’s not about records and trying to impress people,” Don Kessler said...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

    Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s NFL matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 12-4 (.750); season 22-8 (.733). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 9-7 (.563);...

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