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 . .
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.
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: email@example.com Why are there hash marks on the right and left side of the field where the ball is spotted for each down.
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.
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).
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...
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....
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...
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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