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Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland

latimes.com — 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...

Sam Farmer's NFL picks for Week 3

latimes.com — 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); season 17-15 (.531).

Success of young NFL quarterbacks ratchets up pressure on Rams to play Jared Goff

latimes.com — Two weeks into the season, and already the NFL quarterback soap opera is taking shape. It's "The Young and the Restless." Young quarterbacks are having success all over the league. And Rams fans are restless. No. 1 pick Jared Goff hasn't taken a snap, and there's no guarantee he will Sunday when the Rams play at Tampa Bay.

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

latimes.com — 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.

Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots already at the bottom of the quarterback barrel

latimes.com — It's Week 3 in the NFL, so it must be time for Quarterback No. 3 in Cleveland. Yes, the bad-luck Browns are on their fifth starting quarterback in their last five games, their 26 th since relaunching as a franchise in 1999.

Pete Carroll returns to Coliseum and reunites with an old friend

latimes.com — 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.

Ask Farmer: Now there's only two NFL games on TV Sunday in L.A. instead of three?

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 Now that the Rams are in town, are we not going to get NFL doubleheaders on CBS?

Rams hope to reshape rowdy reputation of Coliseum in NFL circles

latimes.com — The stories of NFL games at the Coliseum are legendary, but not the nostalgic kind that fans remember fondly. Fights in the stands broke out like brush fires, so frequent and so spirited in those old Los Angeles Raiders days that players would turn around on the sidelines to watch the action in...

Sam Farmer's Week 2 NFL 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 12-4 (.750); Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-8 (.500).

Rams receive permits needed to dig at the Inglewood site of their future stadium

latimes.com — The Rams are going down this fall. And they're happy about it. They've gotten the permits from Inglewood to begin excavating their stadium site, and their developers plan to begin the big dig in the next two or three months for a venue that will be sunk at least 100 feet into the ground.
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Sep 24, 2016

Injuries give former Trojans QB Cody Kessler his big break in Cleveland  http://fw.to/KLL5bKS 

Sep 24, 2016

Wonder if any LA-area newborns will have a "Vin" in their names in the coming weeks.

Sep 23, 2016

Would be interesting if Rams activate Sean Mannion. I'd like to see him in a regular-season game.


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