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Almost halfway through the NFL season, it's STILL too early to draw conclusions

latimes.com — It happens every year around this time. Everybody wants to take what we've seen so far in the NFL and use it to predict how the postseason picture is going to come into focus. That old saying is starting to crop up: "If the playoffs started today, then . .

Todd Gurley: 'We've got to get it together'

latimes.com — If the Rams have a defining play this season, it's Catch-22. Running back Todd Gurley needs the passing game to get going. Unless Gurley gets on track, the passing game is going to suffer. As it stands, nothing is reliably working.

If Rams plan to play Goff at all, they need to make a move now

latimes.com — Tweak now or forever hold your peace. If the Rams are going to try Jared Goff this season, they need to do it now. They made the bold move last spring to trade all the way up to the No.

Ask Sam Farmer: Why spot the ball on the hash marks instead of the direct middle of the field?

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 Why are there hash marks on the right and left side of the field where the ball is spotted for each down.

NFL looks beyond U.S. borders to grow game

latimes.com — The NFL has enjoyed unprecedented growth during the last quarter century, both in popularity and franchise values, making it the envy of every other professional sports league. As the recent dip in television numbers suggest, however, no enterprise is bulletproof and ominous clouds can quickly cluster.

Sam Farmer's NFL Week 7 picks

latimes.com — The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Pregame.com (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 8-7 (.533); season 56-36 (.609). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 6-7-2 (.462); season 43-47-2 (.478).

Sidelined quarterbacks cause NFL ripple effect

latimes.com — Three of the NFL's most compelling stories this season involve quarterbacks who haven't taken a snap. There's Jared Goff of the Rams, the No. 1 overall pick conspicuously missing from the parade of rookie quarterbacks who already have started games. There's no indication he'll be more than a spectator...

Sam Farmer's pick for Thursday's Bears-Packers NFL game

latimes.com — NFL tonight CHICAGO (1-5) AT GREEN BAY (3-2) TV: Channel 2, NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PDT. Line: Packers by 71/2. Over/under: 45½. Sam Farmer's pick: The Bears haven't been getting blown out - they've lost their last two games by a combined seven points - but they haven't turned the corner either....

Rams know how it feels to be around the horn

latimes.com — No one would blame the Rams for sounding the alarm after losing consecutive games and dropping back to .500. Actually, though, Rams Coach Jeff Fisher sounded it before his team played at Detroit on Sunday. In order to prepare his players for an early game in the Eastern time zone, one that kicked...

Rams stuffed on pivotal play at the goal line

latimes.com — At the most inopportune time Sunday, the Rams stalled in Motor City. They were stonewalled at the goal line on fourth down at the end of the first half, missing their chance to break a 14-14 tie before they headed to the locker room. Seeing as they ultimately lost to Detroit by a field goal, 31-28,...
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Oct 24, 2016

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Oct 24, 2016

@scootbabe didn't mean to offend your sensibilities. Just a little tired of being on the road.

Oct 24, 2016

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Oct 24, 2016

I say that after reading the first of the annual "If the playoffs started today..." headlines.

Oct 24, 2016

If the NFL playoffs started today, we'd say a) why are they starting on a Monday? and b) What happened to the back half of the season?

Oct 24, 2016

@Tommydeeman uncle in silent fight w/ wife. He blurted: "Jesus, I love you." She melted -- then realized he was reading bumper sticker aloud

Oct 24, 2016

When coming off a long road trip I look forward to even the mundane parts of home -- walking the dog, grocery shopping, going to the Y...

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