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I cover @NFL for @LATimes and @TribuneCompany newspapers. Co-host of Pro Football Slam podcast at http://profootballslam.com. Sam.Farmer@latimes.com

Colt McCoy could start if RG3 isn't ready, Redskins coach suggests

latimes.com — The Washington Redskins trailed the Tennessee Titans at halftime, 10-6, and were booed by a home crowd that watched quarterback Kirk Cousins commit his 10th and 11th turnovers of the season. Enter McCoy, who hadn't played a significant role in a win since Nov. 20, 2011, when he helped Cleveland beat Jacksonville.

Rams' fake on punt return is all too real for Seahawks

latimes.com — Usually the 12th Man is a difference maker for Seattle. Sunday, the man wearing 12 played a role in the Seahawks' demise. Stedman Bailey, a second-year receiver for the St. Louis Rams, pulled off the best trick play of the NFL season, fooling everyone - including the TV camera operator - on a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Peyton Manning breaks NFL record with 509th touchdown pass

latimes.com — Denver's Peyton Manning has made NFL history... again. With his third touchdown pass against San Francisco on Sunday night, Manning reached the 509 mark for his storied career, breaking the record set by Brett Favre that he tied earlier in the game.

Ask Sam Farmer: When is the right time to try a two-point conversion?

latimes.com — 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. Question: I love two-point conversions, but TV analysts seem to hate them.

Rookie QBs had to start somewhere

bostonherald.com — LOS ANGELES-They are quarterbacks, but they also formed an offensive "line." The line is one of demarcation - the NFL acted one way before Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Atlanta's Matt Ryan were rookies, and another way after.

Rookie QBs had to start somewhere and Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan proved it

latimes.com — They are quarterbacks, but they also formed an offensive "line." The line is one of demarcation - the NFL acted one way before Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Atlanta's Matt Ryan were rookies, and another way after.

Trade shocker: Seahawks deal Percy Harvin to Jets

latimes.com — In a stunning move, particularly for the middle of the NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2015.

Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets for conditional draft pick

latimes.com — In a stunning move, particularly for the middle of the NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2015.

Sam Farmer's NFL Week 7 picks

latimes.com — The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 10-4-1 (.714); season 59-39-1 (.656). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-7 (.533); season 54-37 (.593).

NFL: Sam Farmer's Week 7 picks

chicagotribune.com — Last week: 10-4-1 (8-7 against the spread). Season: 59-31-1 (54-37 against the spread). Dolphins (2-3) at Bears (3-3) Noon Sunday, CBS-2 Bears by 3 (O/U 48) The Bears offense is finally getting healthier and picking up steam. With Knowshon Moreno out for the Dolphins, that much more weight is heaped on the shoulders of Ryan Tannehill.
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Oct 20, 2014

Phony political hand gesture du jour: Hold your hand up like a claw, fingers forward, and rotate it like you're adjusting a thermostat.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @ESPNNFL: The Chicago Blackhawks have won more games at Solider Field (1) in 2014 than the Chicago Bears (h/t @LATimesfarmer) pic.twitter.com/FQi5Ry0n1H

Oct 20, 2014

@cyclesport Actually, in the context of the whole quote, it's more playful ribbing.

Oct 20, 2014

So tired of politicians and their identical short-thumbed-fist hand gestures.

Oct 19, 2014

@Dylan_Wanagiel Ah, yes, my memory has slipped a bit on that. Fun story to write, anyway. Thanks.

Oct 19, 2014

On the obscure guy who caught Brett Favre's first NFL touchdown pass: articles.latimes.com/2007/sep/30/sp…

Oct 19, 2014

Kitrick Taylor caught Favre's first TD pass. He thought he'd catch a bunch more -- and who is Favre? -- so Taylor let ball get trashed.

Oct 19, 2014

Why I don't like "grading the draft" stories @espn_macmahon Criticized 2013 draft class coming up big for Cowboys: es.pn/1vSwMVx

Oct 19, 2014

Y.A. Tittle: “509 touchdown passes. That’s a lot… I’m sure happy a Southern boy still holds the record.”

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