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  • Titans break horseshoe curse, beating Colts for first time in 12 games

    Titans break horseshoe curse, beating Colts for first time in 12 games

    Marcus Mariota threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor with 5:29 left , and the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL's longest active losing streak against one team. Mariota didn't move around much on a cool night after...

  • Rams understand Adrian Peterson is older but still a threat

    Rams understand Adrian Peterson is older but still a threat

    He might have been riding the high from intercepting a pass in the Rams’ victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. And he was no doubt unaware of what was happening across the country in the Arizona Cardinals’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So when Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman was...

  • Todd Gurley doesn't get left in Leonard Fournette's dust as Rams beat Jaguars

    Todd Gurley doesn't get left in Leonard Fournette's dust as Rams beat Jaguars

    Todd Gurley stood on the sideline, the Rams offense yet to take the field. The Rams running back watched as Leonard Fournette, the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie sensation, bolted for a 75-yard touchdown run on the first snap. Fournette, an early favorite to follow Gurley as an offensive rookie of...

  • Hunter Henry shines on Chargers' winning drive

    Hunter Henry shines on Chargers' winning drive

    The situation wasn’t bleak, not when you’ve got Philip Rivers — the veteran quarterback and author of 23 fourth-quarter comebacks since 2006 — under center with four minutes left and a mere two-point deficit to overcome. Still, it wasn’t ideal. Their offense limited to two touchdowns and struggling...

  • So far, the Rams appear to be a contender

    So far, the Rams appear to be a contender

    There’s no hiding it from Rams players. They know it’s out there. People are waiting for them to fade, waiting for the lush mirage to transform into a bone-dry sand pit. They can’t be real. They’ve got warning-track power. They’re fake news. But so far, with as many wins through six weeks as they...

  • Rams bounce back to beat Jaguars 27-17

    Rams bounce back to beat Jaguars 27-17

    The Rams are ensconced here at a plush beachfront resort, a staging ground for an extended trip that includes an upcoming flight across the Atlantic Ocean to Great Britain. Regardless of the accommodations, the Rams would have been miserable if they were forced to stay far from home in the same...

  • Chargers find a way to defeat the Raiders in Oakland: with a leap of faith

    Chargers find a way to defeat the Raiders in Oakland: with a leap of faith

    It was fourth down, and Melvin Gordon would have preferred not to jump. The Chargers running back did it once last season, leaping into the end zone for a score, but he paid a steep price, taking a shot below the waist that still haunts him. “I felt like my world was about to end,” Gordon remembered....

  • Tony Romo was only joking when he hinted about coming out of retirement, right?

    Tony Romo has found instant success in his second career as a color commentator for NFL games on CBS. Everyone seems to love the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback in his new gig. He provides lots of great insight and has an uncanny ability to accurately predict plays. And he’s pretty funny. Check...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 6

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 7-7 (.500); season 45-32 (.584). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-8 (.429); season...

  • Philadelphia Eagles knock off the Carolina Panthers 28-23

    Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 on Thursday night to improve to an NFC-best 5-1. The Eagles turned two interceptions deep in Carolina territory into 15 points, with touchdown passes to Zach Ertz, and LaGarrette...

  • Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams reach agreement on four-year contract extension

    From the day he arrived at training camp, Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree said he was confident that an agreement would be reached on a contract extension. Ogletree continued to remain positive as defensive lineman Aaron Donald’s contract holdout dragged on throughout camp. On Thursday, Ogletree...

  • Fire in Northern California has NFL officials keeping eye on air quality for Chargers-Raiders game in Oakland

    The Chargers are sure they’ll play the Raiders on Sunday. They’re not sure where they’ll play them. As fires in Northern California’s wine country continue to smolder, air quality concerns in the Bay Area have the NFL monitoring the situation. There is a possibility the game could be relocated....

  • Chargers need more consistent all-around play, which is why they are 1-4

    While many teams have forged an identity five weeks into the season, the Chargers remain an enigma, a 1-4 club that has shown promise in many phases of the game and a capacity to collapse in all of them. A tough, physical running attack was a priority for first-year coach Anthony Lynn, and the...

  • Rams searching for new punt returner after Tavon Austin admittedly has melted down

    During his first three seasons with the Rams, Tavon Austin proved a dynamic punt returner. The 5-foot-8 speedster, the eighth pick in the 2013 draft, scored three touchdowns on returns. But after Austin struggled to break free in 2016, his problems mounted this season. He has muffed multiple kicks,...

  • Roger Goodell to NFL teams: 'We believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem'

    Roger Goodell believes NFL players should stand for the national anthem. The commissioner has a plan to help the league get past the current controversy involving the song, he said in a letter sent Tuesday to all 32 teams. He said this plan will be discussed at the league’s annual fall meetings...

  • Cardinals acquire Adrian Peterson in a trade with the Saints

    The Arizona Cardinals, with the worst rushing game in the NFL, have acquired running back Adrian Peterson from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed 2018 draft pick. The 32-year-old Peterson has rushed for 11,828 yards and 97 touchdowns in his 10-plus pro seasons. The four-time...

  • NFL: Odell Beckham, J.J. Watt out for season

    The NFL, already fighting to preserve its popularity with a divided fan base, lost two superstars Sunday. The winless New York Giants will be without receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the rest of the year, while three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt suffered a season-ending injury for...

  • Sammy Watkins confused with role in Rams offense

    The Rams’ acquisition of receiver Sammy Watkins in August sent shockwaves through the NFL as the Rams traded for a player expected to ignite the offense. On Monday, the day after his team lost to the Seattle Seahawks, coach Sean McVay spent part of the day counseling Watkins about his lack of targets...

  • Young QBs are outplaying older ones, with a couple of expected exceptions — and one extremely surprising one

    Young quarterbacks all over the NFL are thriving — Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Dak Prescott. Several quarterbacks in their 30s seem to be heading in the other direction — Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler. With one group, we’re counting the...

  • Losing streak is over but penalty-plagued Chargers still have much work ahead

    When Chargers coach Anthony Lynn watched the film from his team’s 27-22 victory Sunday over the New York Giants, he couldn’t allow himself to bask in the glow from his first victory in the NFL — and his team’s first as the “Los Angeles Chargers” in more than five decades. No, the amount of laundry...

  • Rams waive safety Maurice Alexander; add Mike Thomas to roster

    A day after he was designated as a healthy inactive against the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams on Monday waived safety Maurice Alexander and added wide receiver Mike Thomas to the roster. Alexander, 26, had started the first four games. He was replaced by rookie John Johnson, who intercepted a pass...

  • What we learned in the Rams' 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks

    What we learned in the Rams’ 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks: Jared Goff remains a work in progress The second-year pro showed moxie and poise in leading the Rams on a potential game-winning drive in the final minute. But heroics probably would not have been required if Goff had made better...

  • Dolphins assistant resigns after video appears to show him snorting powdery substance

    Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned Monday and said he was seeking medical help after a social media video surfaced appearing to show him snorting three lines of a white powdery substance at a desk. Hours after the 56-second video was posted on Facebook and Twitter, Foerster...

  • Jerry Jones: Cowboys ‘will not play' if they disrespect flag

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the NFL can't leave the impression it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and any Cowboys making such displays won't play. Jones had his strongest comments so far on the national anthem controversy Sunday night. They started with his response to a question...

  • Rookie safety John Johnson III makes a splash in first start with Rams

    Rams rookie safety John Johnson III made his first start, grabbed his first interception and nearly scored his first touchdown in a 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. If only he hadn’t run out of gas 19 yards short of the goal line at the Coliseum. Johnson stepped in front of tight end...

  • What we learned in the Chargers’ 27-22 win over the Giants

    Here’s what we learned in the Chargers’ 27-22 win over the Giants: 1. This team needed a win. The Giants aren’t very good. Eli Manning is close to motionless in the pocket. Their running game is as anonymous as a league source. Their receivers went to the locker room one by one until only one was...

  • Rams' run defense makes strides, but it's not enough against Seahawks

    Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips can rest assured that he won’t have to answer the same question at his weekly news conference. “Why can’t the Rams stop the run?” For the first time in three games, the Rams stopped the run and slowed Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. But it wasn’t...

  • Rams' high-powered offense sputters in second half vs. Seahawks

    Keep the throwback uniforms, Rams. Lose the throwback offense. As their offense sputtered and wheezed in the second half against Seattle on Sunday, it was as if the Rams were using last year’s playbook. They looked uninspired and predictable, nothing like the team that tore through the first month...

  • Rams hurt themselves with five turnovers in 16-10 loss to Seahawks

    One day, perhaps sooner than later, Jared Goff will lead a fourth-quarter drive that produces a dramatic comeback victory. The Rams’ second-year quarterback had an opportunity in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins and, on the first play of the drive, threw an ill-advised pass that was easily...

  • Chargers defense 'came up huge' in victory over Giants

    Poor Ereck Flowers. The New York Giants left tackle lined up for a third-down play early in the third quarter Sunday with two of the NFL’s most menacing edge rushers in his face, Joey Bosa just off his right shoulder pad and Melvin Ingram off his left. The Chargers tandem is difficult enough to...

  • M and M (Melvin Gordon and Melvin Ingram) have sweet performances in Chargers' first victory

    The Ls had been piling up over the last 10 months, a span where the Chargers played nine times without a W, chasing and failing to catch one in all kinds of dramatic fashion. But Sunday at MetLife Stadium, they figured they needed to flip things. “M and M, baby,” Chargers running back Melvin Gordon...

  • Philip Rivers leads the Chargers to their first win after a messy first half

    Philip Rivers’ messy fingerprints were all over the first 40 minutes of Sunday’s game in MetLife Stadium, a brutal stretch of football that the Chargers somehow overcame to notch their first win of the season, a 27-22 victory over the New York Giants. There was a miscommunication on a snap that...

  • New England Patriots edge Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14

    Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England's porous defense showed signs of improvement Thursday night in a 19-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Super Bowl champions rebounded from a last-second loss to Carolina, despite Brady turning the ball over twice — on his...

  • Sam Farmer's NFL Week 5 picks

    The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 9-7 (.563); season 38-25 (.603). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 7-9 (.438); season...

  • Rams like what they see with Michael Brockers on the outside looking in on the defensive line

    As a run-stopping defensive tackle surrounded by playmaking teammates, Michael Brockers spent his first five NFL seasons largely confined to the middle of the line of scrimmage. But Wade Phillips, the Rams’ new defensive coordinator, has given Brockers some much-appreciated space. Last week against...

  • Cam Newton's comments show work still needs to be done on equality for all

    I stood on the court at the WNBA Finals, a day after the Sparks chose to remain in the locker room for the playing of the national anthem, waiting to talk to Candace Parker. Parker, I heard, was one of the players who wanted to stand during the anthem. But the team couldn’t reach a consensus —...

  • Chargers waive rookie kicker Younghoe Koo and replace him with veteran Nick Novak

    The phone call almost always comes on a Monday. Nick Novak has been waived by enough NFL teams and joined enough of them mid-season to know that the first day of the work week, after Sunday’s missed field goals, botched point-after tries and injuries, is when changes are made at kicker. “It was...

  • The NBA All-Star Game format: Do the changes go far enough?

    When the NBA All-Star Game takes place at Staples Center in February, it will look a lot different than it has in the past. The league announced Tuesday that it’s getting rid of the old East vs. West format and will instead form the two teams by letting captains choose the players playground-style....

  • NFL: Danny Trevathan’s suspension cut to 1 game

    The NFL has reduced Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan’s suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams from two games to one. Adams was taken off the field on a stretcher in the third quarter Thursday night after getting hit in the head during a tackle...

  • Rams Coach Sean McVay wants to see more PATs than FGs

    The Rams split two games against the Seattle Seahawks last season, winning a close one at the Coliseum and losing in a rout at CenturyLink Field. The common thread: The Rams did not score a touchdown in either game. They defeated the Seahawks 9-3 with three field goals by Greg Zuerlein, who also...

  • Rams rookie Cooper Kupp steps up in victory over Dallas Cowboys

    Rams rookie receiver Cooper Kupp reemerged as a top target for quarterback Jared Goff in a 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. The win was especially sweet for Kupp, who said he grew up partial to the Cowboys after his dad played one season for the organization in 1991. “It was incredible,”...

  • Chargers report: Defensive backs must find the middle ground on hits

    NFL defensive backs sometimes feel like major league pitchers who are getting squeezed by umpires — they’re confused by a shrinking strike zone. The league, in an attempt to reduce brain injuries, has tried to crack down on helmet-to-helmet contact, giving referees the authority to eject players...

  • Rams among teams with big Week 5 home games on the horizon

    Jared Goff is rebooted. Deshaun Watson is rolling. Mitchell Trubisky is just getting started. And Eli Manning is looking to finally get his team in gear. Those are four of the quarterbacks preparing for big Week 5 home games as the NFL season heads into its second quarter. The Rams head into a...

  • Rams face a difficult stretch in their schedule

    With the exception of their loss to the Washington Redskins, the first quarter of the season could not have turned out better for the Rams. They are 3-1, the highest-scoring team in the NFL, and in first place in the NFC West. Now comes the tough part. The Rams must prove they can sustain their...

  • Without a victory, it's difficult for Chargers to win over L.A. fans

    A banner criticizing Chargers owner Dean Spanos for moving his team from San Diego flew over StubHub Center on Sunday for the third consecutive game. With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on hand to assess the league’s latest relocation project, Philadelphia Eagles fans staged a hostile takeover...

  • Rams rookie Tanzel Smart made first start in victory over Dallas Cowboys

    Rams rookie defensive tackle Tanzel Smart made his first start Sunday in a 35-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Smart played alongside tackles Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald. “It’s crazy being in an environment like that and making your first NFL start,” Tanzel said after the...

  • What we learned in the Chargers’ 26-24 loss to Philadelphia

    Here’s what we learned in the Chargers’ 26-24 loss to Philadelphia: The loss isn’t a fluke. This is the toughest truth the Chargers need to face after losing for the ninth time in their last nine tries — a stretch that goes back to Week 12 last season. These aren’t accidents. This isn’t just “bad...

  • A charged-up Rivers is anything but calm

    It was time to take a chance — at least, Philip Rivers thought so. The Chargers quarterback convulsed in frustration on the field before screaming his way off of it in the third quarter of a 26-24 loss to the Eagles. The offense faced fourth down and wanted to stay on the field. And Rivers, the...

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