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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...

  • Rams tape review: Defensive ups-and-downs in a victory over the Buccaneers

    Rams tape review: Defensive ups-and-downs in a victory over the Buccaneers

    The Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 37-32, on Sunday to move to 2-1 on the season and remain at the top of the standings in the NFC West.  Each week we take a look at the tape to review what worked, what didn’t and what you might have missed. Today, we’ll focus on some coverage breakdowns...

  • Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy arrested on cocaine charge

    Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy arrested on cocaine charge

    Former Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy, who remains unsigned after a tumultuous 2015 season revolving around his domestic violence case in North Carolina, was arrested on a cocaine possession charge in Texas.  Hardy was booked early Monday and later released on $5,000 bond in the Dallas suburb...

  • Two out of three ain't bad, but 2-1 Rams are keeping things in perspective

    Two out of three ain't bad, but 2-1 Rams are keeping things in perspective

    The Rams have not won a division title since 2003 or played in a postseason game since 2004. So despite a 2-1 start that puts them in first place in the NFC West, no one associated with the franchise is getting too far ahead of themselves after three games, especially Coach Jeff Fisher. “Do the...

  • Chargers lose Manti Te’o for rest of season

    Chargers lose Manti Te’o for rest of season

    San Diego linebacker Manti Te’o will miss the rest of the season because of a torn left Achilles’ tendon, the Chargers said Monday. The fourth-year pro from Notre Dame was hurt during Sunday's 26-22 loss at Indianapolis.  The Chargers (1-2) have lost a key player for the season in each of their...

  • Running backs rush Falcons past Saints, 45-32

    Running backs rush Falcons past Saints, 45-32

    Tevin Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two TDs, and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the winless New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night.  The game was played nearly 10 years to the day after the Saints' memorable...

  • 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...

  • What we learned from Rams' 37-32 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    What we learned from Rams' 37-32 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    What we learned from the Rams’ 37-32 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Rams know how to deal with weather delays For the second time in three years, the Rams won a close game at Raymond James Stadium after sitting through a weather delay. Sunday’s 70-minute delay eclipsed the 51-minute...

  • 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...

  • Broncos, Eagles, Ravens, Vikings stay unbeaten; Redskins, Bills and Dolphins get first wins

    Broncos, Eagles, Ravens, Vikings stay unbeaten; Redskins, Bills and Dolphins get first wins

    Trevor Siemian threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first road start and was nearly perfect under fourth-quarter pressure on Sunday, rallying the visiting Denver Broncos to a 29-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  The defending Super Bowl champions are 3-0 under Siemian, who took...

  • Rams' defense comes up big against Buccaneers' Jameis Winston

    Rams' defense comes up big against Buccaneers' Jameis Winston

    Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston was carving up the Rams early in the fourth quarter Sunday, driving the Buccaneers to the brink of a go-ahead touchdown when the massive right hand of Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and the lumbering legs of lineman Ethan Westbrooks intervened.   Winston connected...

  • The Rams start the season 2-1 for the first time since 2006

    The Rams start the season 2-1 for the first time since 2006

    Rams Coach Jeff Fisher told, practically pleaded, with his team before the season that he wouldn’t settle for another year of mediocrity.  There would be no finishing 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 or even 10-6, Fisher said in an episode of the HBO series “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams.” ...

  • Rams withstand Buccaneers and lightning delay for 37-32 win

    Rams withstand Buccaneers and lightning delay for 37-32 win

    Music filled the locker room and players stretched or had a bite to eat while coaches strategized before delivering instructions. It was not much different than any pregame or halftime scene, except  here were two minutes left on the game clock at Raymond James Stadium and the Rams were backed...

  • Colts rally in final minutes to stop Chargers, 26-22

    Colts rally in final minutes to stop Chargers, 26-22

     Andrew Luck shook off a sore throwing shoulder, then watched T.Y. Hilton break a tackle on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 to play Sunday, giving the Indianapolis Colts a 26-22 victory over the San Diego Chargers.  It's the second time this season Luck has produced a late score to give Indy...

  • Raiders get defensive in 17-10 win over the Titans

    Raiders get defensive in 17-10 win over the Titans

    Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 17-10 Sunday with their defense finally coming up with some big plays.  The Raiders (2-1) forced three turnovers and had a sack after coming into this game having given up more yards than any team...

  • Rams-Buccaneers: How they match up

    Rams-Buccaneers: How they match up

    Rams pass offense vs. Buccaneers pass defense: The Rams rank last in the NFL in passing offense, averaging 169.5 yards a game. Quarterback Case Keenum is completing 54% of his passes. Keenum is most efficient when the running game is a threat, allowing him to make play-action throws. Kenny Britt...

  • NFC notes: Which Vikings running back will step in for Adrian Peterson?

    NFC notes: Which Vikings running back will step in for Adrian Peterson?

    Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals haven’t turned the ball over and lead the NFL with seven takeaways. Arizona is riding a five-game winning streak on the road. Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones was taken out of the Falcons’ first two games because of injuries. He has 172 yards receiving with two scores....

  • AFC notes: Broncos have been the best in September over the last three years

    AFC notes: Broncos have been the best in September over the last three years

    Baltimore Ravens: Dennis Pitta is tied for most catches (12) by a tight end and ranks second in yards (141). The Ravens are looking for their first 3-0 start since 2009. Buffalo Bills: The Bills defense gave up 493 yards to the New York Jets last week. Anthony Lynn will make his debut as offensive...

  • After 67 years of greatness calling Dodgers games, Vin Scully just wants to be remembered as a good man

    After 67 years of greatness calling Dodgers games, Vin Scully just wants to be remembered as a good man

    The young man bid his mother farewell. It was his first day on the job, and he had a train to catch. He was 10 months out of college, still living with his parents. The train carried him from New York to Philadelphia, and a taxi delivered him to Shibe Park. It was opening day, the third Tuesday...

  • Anticipated matchup between Rams' Jared Goff and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston isn't likely

    Anticipated matchup between Rams' Jared Goff and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston isn't likely

    It had the makings of a marquee matchup, a potential duel between the top picks in the last two NFL drafts. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick in 2015, going up against Rams quarterback Jared Goff, this year’s No. 1 pick. That was the thought in late April anyway. Five...

  • Falcons' Julio Jones back at practice, might play Monday

    Falcons' Julio Jones back at practice, might play Monday

    Julio Jones joined practice for the first time this week, increasing his chances to play in the Atlanta Falcons' game at New Orleans on Monday night.  After being held out on Thursday and Friday with a calf injury from last week's win at Oakland, Jones was limited in Saturday's practice. Coach...

  • 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...

  • Rams' Todd Gurley will try to break through against Tampa Bay

    Rams' Todd Gurley will try to break through against Tampa Bay

    Todd Gurley lined up in the backfield, looked across the line of scrimmage and saw a crowd. A large one. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks stacked defenders to stop the second-year running back. Only the allowable 11 defensive players were on the other side of the ball, but it seemed...

  • Buccaneers release Austin-Seferian Jenkins after his DUI arrest

    Buccaneers release Austin-Seferian Jenkins after his DUI arrest

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived tight end Austin-Seferian Jenkins on Friday, hours after the third-year pro was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.  The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round draft pick out of the University of...

  • Seahawks' Michael Bennett on national anthem protests: 'You need a white guy to join the fight'

    Seahawks' Michael Bennett on national anthem protests: 'You need a white guy to join the fight'

    Colin Kaepernick started a movement in professional sports by choosing not to stand during the national anthem to raise awareness to social injustice, with several players around the NFL staging similar protests of their own. But Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett thinks something —...

  • Buccaneers tight end arrested on DUI charge

    Buccaneers tight end arrested on DUI charge

    The Florida Highway Patrol says a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.  Sgt. Steve Gaskins said in a news release that Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested Friday morning.  According to the release, Trooper Tabarie Sullivan...

  • 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);...

  • Rams must refund deposits for personal seat licenses or offer tickets to some in St. Louis, judge says

    Rams must refund deposits for personal seat licenses or offer tickets to some in St. Louis, judge says

    A federal judge in St. Louis ruled Wednesday that the Rams must refund deposits to some fans who purchased personal seat licenses during the franchise’s two decades in the city and offer others the opportunity to buy season tickets to games in Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh...

  • Patriots blank Texans, 27-0, behind rookie QB Jacoby Brissett

    Patriots blank Texans, 27-0, behind rookie QB Jacoby Brissett

    Another week, another new quarterback, another win for the New England Patriots.  Jacoby Brissett had a 27-yard touchdown run in his first NFL start at quarterback, LeGarrette Blount added scoring runs of one and 41 yards, and the Patriots beat the Houston Texans, 27-0, on Thursday night.  It was...

  • Rams need directions to the end zone

    The Rams, the only NFL team without a touchdown, are trying to keep it light. Coach Jeff Fisher gathered the offense in the end zone before practice this week at Cal Lutheran and instructed all the players to touch a ball, ostensibly to give them the feeling of what it’s like to finish a drive...

  • The Huddle: Petrino is back on top, but Malzahn is on the hot seat

    Each week during the season, visit “The Huddle” for the latest in college football news, notes, conversation and opinion.  This is notable Coach Bobby Petrino is 3-0 at Louisville against teams ranked in the top 10, including last Saturday’s 63-20 victory over then-No. 2 Florida State. Before Petrino’s...

  • Brian Hoyer prepares to start at quarterback for Bears

  • Richard Sherman says people are ignoring message of NFL players' protests

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman did not take questions from reporters on Wednesday during his media session, instead reading a statement that said the message of NFL players’ protests during the national anthem has been lost. The former Compton Dominguez High and Stanford star said...

  • Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner plays well despite broken toe

    Generously listed at 5 foot 8 and 185 pounds, Lamarcus Joyner has displayed toughness throughout his college and NFL careers. So it probably should come as no surprise that the cornerback has played most of the Rams’ first two games despite a broken toe. Joyner, a third-year pro from Florida State,...

  • Sam Farmer predicts Thursday's Houston Texans at New England Patriots game

    NFL Thursday HOUSTON (2-0) AT NEW ENGLAND (2-0) TV: Channel 2, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PDT Line: Texans by 1 Over/under: 40 ½ Sam Farmer’s pick: The Patriots are scary at home, even with rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. But Houston has the firepower to go up there and win. The Patriots will...

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson to undergo surgery, could return in 2016

    Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus and, Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer says the star running back could return this season. Peterson was injured in Sunday night’s victory over Green Bay. The 2012 league MVP and reigning rushing champ made a fast...

  • Rams secondary still has plenty to prove with game against Buccaneers

    Rams cornerback Coty Sensabaugh gave Jameis Winston a rude introduction to the NFL. Sensabaugh was playing for the Tennessee Titans in the 2015 season opener when he intercepted Winston’s first pass for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and returned it for a touchdown. “Hopefully,” Sensabaugh said Tuesday,...

  • Rams tape review: Big passes from Case Keenum, a save by Troy Hill and a forced fumble to win

    The Rams made their return to the Coliseum on Sunday a triumphant one with a 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Each week we review the tape to see what worked, what didn’t and what you might have missed from the previous week. Today, we focus on the passing game. What: Seahawks FB Will Tukuafu...

  • Pete Carroll and Seahawks are penalized

    Seattle Coach Pete Carroll was fined $200,000 and the Seahawks were fined $400,000 and will lose a fifth-round draft choice for violating the NFL’s work rules on contact in the off-season. The Seahawks will forfeit the draft pick in 2017 and also lose a week of organized team activities for allowing...

  • Things you might have missed in Sunday's Rams-Seahawks game

    Did you notice these small details that often led to big plays in the Rams’ 9-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum? FIRST QUARTER The Rams settled for a field goal on their first possession but could have lengthened the drive if Case Keenum had spotted some wide-open...

  • What we learned from Rams' 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks

    The Rams don’t know their way to the end zone. The Rams enter Week 3 as the only NFL team without a touchdown. They’re taking baby steps. After not reaching the 20-yard-line against the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams crossed into the red zone once against the Seahawks. They scored all of their points...

  • Rams need to get Todd Gurley more touches and space to run

    Todd Gurley is a man of few words. Two weeks into the regular season, he’s also been a man of few yards. “Whatever,” Gurley said. Except if you’re the Rams, it’s not, “Whatever.” Gurley is to the Rams what Kobe Bryant was to the Lakers, what Corey Seager is to the Dodgers. When opponents contain...

  • Rams notes: Kenny Britt gets into a rhythm with Case Keenum

    Tavon Austin is regarded as the Rams’ No. 1 receiver, but Kenny Britt was Case Keenum’s top target on Sunday in the Rams’ 9-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at the Coliseum. Britt caught six passes for 94 yards. “We have that rhythm,” Britt said of his connection with Keenum. “We have a thing...

  • Rams cornerback Troy Hill is tested in win over Seahawks

    From the moment Rams cornerback Troy Hill stepped on the Coliseum field early in the second quarter on Sunday, he could sense Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson eyeing him like a vulture sizing up his prey. Hill, an undrafted free agent from Oregon who replaced the struggling Coty Sensabaugh...

  • After 22 years, Rams' fans are loud and proud

    This is what happens when you wait two decades for the return of your football team. You don’t leave early. You stay to the sweltering end. You raise your sweaty souls above creaky Coliseum seats in the final moments of their homecoming game and you roar with hope and rage and history. You roar...

  • Pete Carroll returns to Coliseum and reunites with an old friend

    For nine magical years, Rick Carr was the guy beside the guy. He handled security for the USC football team, so he was a permanent game-day fixture at the side of Pete Carroll, matching the coach stride for stride onto and off of the field, and virtually everywhere else. So when Carr got the call...

  • It wasn't pretty but Rams win home opener, 9-3, over Seahawks

    Hollywood-style entertainment abounded Sunday at the Coliseum. The Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked the crowd before kickoff. Singer CeeLo Green delivered an inspired national anthem. And television host James Corden danced with cheerleaders, presumably before taking off to attend the Emmy Awards up...

  • Falcons topple the Raiders, 35-28

    Justin Hardy caught a deflected eight-yard touchdown pass to break a tie midway through the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Oakland Raiders, 35-28, on Sunday.  Matt Ryan threw three TD passes, but got a little lucky on the go-ahead one in the fourth quarter. His third-down...

  • Philip Rivers throws four TD passes in Chargers' rout of Jaguars

    Philip Rivers matched his career-high with four touchdown passes, including two to Travis Benjamin, Melvin Gordon ran for one score and had his first 100-yard game in the San Diego Chargers' 38-14 victory against the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.  The Chargers (1-1) bounced back...

  • Watch the Jets' Eric Decker head-butt a fan with his helmet after touchdown catch

    Eric Decker was having a great night. The New York Jets receiver had just caught a five-yard touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills on “Thursday Night Football.” A certain Jets fan sitting behind the end zone seemed to be having a great night too. His favorite team had just gone ahead by double...

  • GOP seeks review of claim NFL tried to sway concussion study

    House Republicans on Thursday called for an independent review of allegations that the NFL sought to improperly influence a government study into the link between football and brain disease.  In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general, GOP leaders of the Energy...

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