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Dominant Rams defense gets first 'goose egg' since 2014

Two minutes remained against the Arizona Cardinals when Rams coach Sean McVay walked down the sideline to meet with several players on the defense. McVay spoke animatedly as cornerback Trumaine Johnson bounced up and down, defensive lineman Michael Brockers nodded, and linebacker Alec Ogletree...

  • Rams punter Johnny Hekker likely to get a lot of love in London

    Rams punter Johnny Hekker likely to get a lot of love in London

    The game between the Rams and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday features quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Palmer, and star players such as Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald. Fans at Twickenham Stadium, however, are apt to save their loudest cheers for Rams punter Johnny Hekker and...

  • Raiders score on final play of game to beat Chiefs

    Raiders score on final play of game to beat Chiefs

    Derek Carr threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Oakland Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. With their season on...

  • Eagles' Chris Long is donating his entire 2017 salary to charity

    Eagles' Chris Long is donating his entire 2017 salary to charity

    Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long won’t pocket a cent from his play in the regular season this year. He’s donating his entire salary to charity. After already using his first six game checks on scholarships for two students from his hometown of Charlottesville, Va., Long announced Wednesday...

  • Chargers linemen Michael Schofield and Dan Feeney make former coach proud

    Chargers linemen Michael Schofield and Dan Feeney make former coach proud

    Jeff Obradovich wears his favorite jersey Sundays as he goes to bars in suburban Chicago to watch football, the sport he loves to coach. The 47-year-old will slide up to the bar to order drinks, a craft beer for him and a white wine or sangria for his wife Joan. His South Side accent is thicker...

  • NFL: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers will need surgery

    NFL: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers will need surgery

    Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy knew that this was one injury that his two-time NFL MVP could not shake off, and Monday confirmed the worst. McCarthy said Rodgers will have surgery on his broken right collarbone, putting the rest of the quarterback’s season in jeopardy. “He’ll be out a minimum,...

  • 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...

  • National anthem protests take center stage when NFL players, owners meet this week

    National anthem protests take center stage when NFL players, owners meet this week

    It’s ultra-rare for NFL players to participate in the annual fall meetings of the league’s owners, but these are unusual times. A group of players, their union’s leader, and Commissioner Roger Goodell will join team owners Tuesday before the regularly-scheduled meetings at the Conrad New York hotel...

  • Chargers 'miss' injured Denzel Perryman and await his return to stabilize linebackers situation

    Chargers 'miss' injured Denzel Perryman and await his return to stabilize linebackers situation

    Injuries and some uneven play kept the Chargers’ linebacker corps in a state of flux Monday, with the team signing free agent Josh Keyes to the active roster, waiving rookie Nigel Harris and hoping the ankles of Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman continue to heal. “It’s a real thin group, and we...

  • Chargers put trust in Nick Novak, who comes through with game-winning field goal

    Chargers put trust in Nick Novak, who comes through with game-winning field goal

    The Chargers, as much as anyone in the NFL, have their reasons to be skeptical when it comes to the guy who is supposed to knock the football between the two yellow posts. In their season opener in Denver, they had a game-tying kick blocked in the final seconds. In Week 2, they missed a pair of...

  • Chargers' top draft pick Mike Williams makes his debut and first reception

    It was a simple “dig” route, a play in which Mike Williams sprinted about 15 yards downfield and made a quick 90-degree turn toward the middle. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, on a third and six from the Oakland Raiders 34-yard line and his team trailing by three points in the fourth quarter,...

  • Rams' special teams have 'fantastic day' against Jaguars

    Rams' special teams have 'fantastic day' against Jaguars

    John Fassel reminds his special teams unit every week that no Rams player has returned a kickoff for a touchdown since 2005. Finally, the veteran coordinator can change the date. The Rams not only returned a kickoff for a touchdown on Sunday, but also blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown,...

  • 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....

  • Ask Farmer: Examining the coin toss and aiding of ball carriers near goal line

    Ask Farmer: Examining the coin toss and aiding of ball carriers near goal line

    Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Email questions to: sam.farmer@latimes.com :: Is there a standard coin used for pregame tosses? Is there a rule about the...

  • Jaguars' offense runs through Leonard Fournette, and Rams must find a way to stop him

    Jaguars' offense runs through Leonard Fournette, and Rams must find a way to stop him

    In the days leading up to the start of their 11-day trip, the Rams spent time making sure they were appropriately packed, including passports required for the second leg to London. So it’s probably a good thing that film study of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ tendencies was relatively uncomplicated....

  • Chargers' rookie receiver Mike Williams expects to get first snaps of season against the Raiders

    Mike Williams was “limited” in Friday’s practice and listed as “questionable” on the injury report, but in the mind of the Chargers receiver, he will make his long-awaited NFL debut against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. “I’m just excited to get out there with my teammates for the first time,”...

  • Chargers' left tackle Okung clearing a path for others on and off the football field

    Russell Okung was a self-proclaimed “computer geek,” always tinkering with the machines and learning how to write code as a youngster. “I was definitely into it,” the Chargers’ left tackle recalled before a practice this week in preparation for Sunday’s road game against the Oakland Raiders. “In...

  • Former USC teammates will reunite when Rams play Jacksonville Jaguars

    Former USC receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee can set their phones aside and talk in person when the Rams play the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on Sunday in Florida. Woods and Lee, teammates at Gardena Serra High and for two seasons at USC, are part of a group text that buzzes every...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • With his impressive receiving skills, Rams' Todd Gurley could join an exclusive club

    Roger Craig of the San Francisco 49ers did it first in 1985. Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams accomplished the feat 14 years later. They are the only NFL running backs to rush for 1,000 yards and have 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. Now, Craig, Faulk and others are pleased to see...

  • Sky's the limit for TV shots during Packers-Cowboys game

    Green Bay at Dallas is a sure bet, ratings-wise. But for Fox, that showcase NFL game Sunday is a high-wire act. Get ready for some different camera angles, because for the first time in the regular season, the network will use two SkyCams, with one positioned just behind the quarterback, as usual,...

  • Chargers' Casey Hayward emerges as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL

    There are Arizona’s Patrick Peterson, Seattle’s Richard Sherman, Kansas City’s Marcus Peters, and Denver’s Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. Add in Josh Norman in Washington, Malcolm Butler in New England, Janoris Jenkins with the New York Giants and Xavier Rhodes with Minnesota. And the Chargers’...

  • NFL notes: Availability of Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be a game-time decision

    Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup against the Dolphins. Mariota was listed Friday as questionable for the game in Miami after being limited in practice for the third consecutive day with a left hamstring injury suffered last week in a 57-14 loss...

  • Andrew Whitworth's leadership sparks turnaround for Rams' offensive line

    Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth stood at his locker as reporters approached him, one after another. When there were no reporters left, a public relations official handed Whitworth a phone. On the other end of the line, another reporter. And finally, after practice, workouts and meetings, Whitworth...

  • Seahawks' 'Legion of Boom' backfield will be a big test for the Rams' thriving offense

    The Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield has been making it tough on NFL quarterbacks and receivers for more than half a decade. Cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are mainstays, and cornerback Jeremy Lane the latest to fill the role opposite...

  • How the 0-4 Chargers in 1992 turned it around under coach Bobby Ross and made the playoffs

    Bobby Ross talked about that day in Houston 25 years ago with an inflection in his voice, the kind you’d use when remembering, say, your worst bout of food poisoning. “Horrible,” he said. “We didn’t score a point.” The 1992 San Diego Chargers had lost four games in a row, the most recent a 17-0...

  • Letters: USC fans fighting on after a loss, but not without a few criticisms

    Don't expect any great things from this Trojan team this year so long as Tee Martin remains the offensive coordinator and is setting the game plan and calling plays. It is an embarrassment to think that someone who was a starting quarterback for a championship team has such an inept and ineffective...

  • 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 receiver Mike Thomas returns from four-game suspension

    Rams receiver Mike Thomas said he learned his lesson after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Thomas rejoined the team this week and said Wednesday he was eager to move on. “It just was a disappointment at the end of the day, just...

  • Redskins' Terrelle Pryor: 'You keep calling us the N-word, we going to start acting up'

    Washington Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor apologized Wednesday for cursing at and giving the middle finger to a Kansas City Chiefs fan following the teams’ game earlier this week. But he also said his behavior was a response to being called the N-word in that instance and several others that...

  • Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sees a big difference in Rams quarterback Jared Goff

    The difference is obvious to Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Last season, the Seahawks harassed Rams rookie Jared Goff during a Thursday night game at CenturyLink Field, a game that featured cornerback Richard Sherman’s plowing into the quarterback with a sideline hit. On Sunday, a much more...

  • Greg Zuerlein piles up points and helps Rams get some kicks

    A few Rams veterans get a break from practice each Wednesday so they can utilize extra time to recover from the previous game. Greg Zuerlein is not one of them. But the sixth-year pro probably earned the right to a rest after carrying the Rams with his powerful right leg in Sunday’s victory over...

  • Matchup between oldies Philip Rivers and Eli Manning could be a goodie

    In the car rides between the Chargers facility in Costa Mesa and his home in San Diego County, quarterback Philip Rivers can watch play after play in the mobile film room he had built for the season. He has seen the throws — the interceptions against Denver and Kansas City, and the deep strikes...

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