Rams’ next opponent: Dallas Cowboys scouting report |Sep 26, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys still aren’t a particularly dynamic team on offense, but they’re efficient. In Monday’s victory over Arizona, the Cowboys totaled just 273 yards of offense, but they needed just 45 plays to score four touchdowns and beat the Cardinals, 28-17, on the road.

Chargers’ next opponent: Philadelphia Eagles scouting report |Sep 26, 2017

One of the NFL’s unique talents may have played his final down. Darren Sproles, the 5-foot-6 scatback once known as “Lightning Bug,” went down in the Eagles’ win over the Giants on Sunday.

Rams DE Ethan Westbrooks arrested on felony gun charges |Sep 25, 2017

Rams defensive end Ethan Westbrooks is facing five felony gun charges after getting arrested over the weekend in Bakersfield. Westbrooks was pulled over Friday night for speeding by the California Highway Patrol, at which point the officer found a loaded gun in Westbrook’s car.

Chargers say play-calling isn’t to blame for sputtering offense |Sep 25, 2017

COSTA MESA >> A day after he fell to 0-3 as an NFL head coach, Anthony Lynn stood at the Chargers practice facility and told it straight. “I didn’t have to watch the film to figure out why we lost that game,” he said.

Trump’s criticisms spark more protests at NFL games |Sep 24, 2017

President Donald Trump’s comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 150 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games.

In response to President Trump, Chargers and rest of NFL make statement of unity |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON — They knelt together, stood arm in arm, and raised clenched fists as the anthem played. Their statement of solidarity resounded across the league, from Los Angeles to Denver, from Cleveland to Indianapolis, from Houston to Atlanta, and across the Atlantic, where the most politically divisive day in NFL history began with the league’s only Muslim owner, Shahid Khan, standing together with Jaguars players and coaches, of all races and beliefs.

Philip Rivers’ 3 interceptions doom Chargers in loss to Kansas City |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON >> Even after relocation and a coaching change, this remains true: The Chargers will only go as far as Philip Rivers takes them. On Sunday, that reality did not look reassuring. In their second game at StubHub Center, the Chargers fell to Kansas City, 24-10 — dropping to 0-3 for the first time since 2003.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon’s hot start slowed by knee injury |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON >> Melvin Gordon had his best game of the year on Sunday. Now, the Chargers need him healthy enough for an encore. The third-year tailback was one of the bright spots in a 24-10 loss to Kansas City, turning 17 carries into 79 yards and a touchdown.

Whicker: Chargers’ defense plays well, until it has to |Sep 24, 2017

CARSON >> On the north sideline, Kansas City’s’ Marcus Peters looked at the ground and held up a fist, with teammate Roy Miller holding up Peters’ arm. On the south sideline, five Chargers sat on a metal bench when the anthem was played, and Casey Hayward also raised a fist.

Preview for Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals |Sep 24, 2017

COWBOYS AT CARDINALS Kickoff: 5:30 p.m., ESPN Outlook: Dallas loafed its way through last week’s loss against Denver, like Ezekiel Elliott chasing down an interception. That won’t be the case this week against an Arizona offense that just isn’t the same without David Johnson.

NFL commissioner, players’ union angrily denounce Trump |Sep 23, 2017

SOMERSET, N.J. >> The National Football League and its players’ union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest “when somebody disrespects our flag.

NFL Week 3 preview: It has all fallen apart for Chuck Pagano, Colts |Sep 23, 2017

Less than three years ago, the Indianapolis Colts were just one game away from the Super Bowl, with one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks under center and a beloved coach on the sideline. Chuck Pagano took over a 2-14 team, beat leukemia and won 11 games in both of his first two seasons, and here they stood, just below the NFL’s mountaintop.

Chargers vs. Chiefs: How they match up |Sep 23, 2017

CHARGERS (0-2) vs. KANSAS CITY (2-0) When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m. Where: StubHub Center Line: Kansas City by 3 points TV/Radio: Ch. 2; 640-AM, 980-AM (Spanish) CHARGERS OFFENSE vs.

Minus Jason Verrett, Chargers have no room for error in competitive AFC West |Sep 23, 2017

Two games into the season, every team in the AFC West can argue for its status among the NFL elite. Every team except one. Denver, Oakland and Kansas City are all undefeated. The Chargers, meanwhile, are winless.

Chargers back to San Diego? No way, NFL sources say |Sep 22, 2017

The NFL on Friday refuted speculation that league owners are talking about sending the Chargers back to San Diego. A story surfaced this week indicating some people in the league were concerned with the fan response to the Chargers in L.

Here’s one stat Philip Rivers would prefer to pass on — losses in close games |Sep 22, 2017

COSTA MESA >> By now, Philip Rivers should be accustomed to heartbreak. Since taking over as the Chargers’ starting quarterback in 2006, it has taken on a variety of soul-crushing forms: The failed final drive.

High-scoring Rams must clean up defensive issues |Sep 22, 2017

After three games, and with a weekend off for correction, the Rams need to sustain their high-powered offense and clean up their defensive and special-teams mistakes. So, things have changed just a bit.

Chargers defensive rotation still fluid due to injuries |Sep 22, 2017

COSTA MESA >> In his first NFL regular-season game, Desmond King saw the field for just three defensive plays. In his second? The defensive back introduced himself to StubHub Center with the Chargers’ starting defense — and stayed off the sideline for another 55 snaps.

Chargers hoping to slow down Chiefs QB Alex Smith |Sep 21, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Asked about the quarterback he will face this weekend, Casey Hayward didn’t give Chargers fans much reason for optimism. “Just hope he makes a mistake,” the cornerback said.

Todd Gurley, Rams offense make up for sloppy ‘D’ in win over 49ers |Sep 21, 2017

SANTA CLARA — The Rams couldn’t lose this one. Not against a division rival. Not after last week. Not with the schedule about to get tougher. Not in a stadium that features the name “McVay” in tribute.

Bonsignore: Jared Goff comes full circle but his ride with Rams is just beginning |Sep 21, 2017

For which he rewarded them by plunging a knife into the heart of the San Francisco 49ers, the team he grew up rooting for growing up in the Bay Area, before anxiously watching the Rams defense deliver a gallant last-minute stand to preserve a wildly entertaining 41-39 win over their bitter division foes.

Rams receiver Sammy Watkins, quiet early, emerges with highlight catch |Sep 21, 2017

SANTA CLARA >> More than a month after they acquired him in a trade, the Rams found Sammy Watkins. The first two weeks of this season were tough for Watkins, who couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm, but Watkins showed his potential as a No.

Rams vs. 49ers: Who has the edge? |Sep 20, 2017

RAMS (1-1) vs. 49ERS (0-2) When: Thursday, 5:25 p.m. Where: Levi’s Stadium Line: Rams by 2.5 TV/radio: Ch.

Rams coach Sean McVay faces opponent that knows his stuff — once again |Sep 20, 2017

SANTA CLARA >> NFL play-callers never struggle to generate paranoia. They practice in private, fill their playbooks with coded terminology and cover their mouths on the sidelines when they speak.

Chargers OL Chris Hairston out for season with illness |Sep 20, 2017

COSTA MESA >> Chargers offensive tackle Chris Hairston will miss the rest of the season with an undisclosed illness. The Chargers placed the 6-foot-6 backup lineman on the reserve/non-football illness list on Wednesday, a day after Coach Anthony Lynn learned of Hairston’s health issue.

Bonsignore: Rams to get big early-season litmus test Thursday vs. 49ers |Sep 20, 2017

SANTA CLARA >> It’s much too early in the season to start talking about must-wins for the Rams. Conventional wisdom suggests no matter what happens when they play the San Francisco 49ers tonight, it won’t make or break their season in the grand scheme of things.

This week’s Rams opponent: San Francisco 49ers |Sep 19, 2017

Does Sean McVay have bad weather to credit for his job as head coach of the Rams? Probably not. So impressed were the Rams with McVay after their initial interview in early January that they didn’t want to lose out on him, and quickly brought him back for a second chat.

This week’s Chargers opponent: Kansas City Chiefs |Sep 19, 2017

If this is indeed Alex Smith’s final season in Kansas City, he’s certainly making it count. The veteran quarterback has looked like a different player in his 12th professional campaign, subverting his game-manager reputation with 9.

Rams coordinator Wade Phillips up-front about team’s run-defense struggles |Sep 19, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> Like any good defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips anticipated Tuesday’s attack. “What’s wrong with the run defense, right?” Phillips deadpanned, moments after he reached the podium to start his weekly news conference.

Chargers sticking with kicker Younghoe Koo, for now |Sep 18, 2017

COSTA MESA — Younghoe Koo hasn’t won the Chargers any games yet, but at least for now, he will keep his job. A day after leaving the door slightly ajar for a kicking competition, head coach Anthony Lynn reaffirmed his confidence in the undrafted rookie — a former Lou Groza Award finalist who is now 1 of 4 on NFL field-goal attempts.

Rams see need to boost their run game and slow opponents’ attack |Sep 18, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS >> The Rams saw too much of Washington’s run game and not enough of their own. There’s no doubt about the first part. Washington ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns in their victory over the Rams on Sunday.

Chargers fall in home opener as missed field goal gives Dolphins victory |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> Close, but not enough. On Sunday, the Chargers played their first regular-season NFL game at StubHub Center. They trailed the Dolphins for less than 10 minutes. They averaged nearly 2 more yards per play.

Rams can’t complete comeback in home loss to Washington |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> One of Rams coach Sean McVay’s proteges made game-winning plays Sunday. The other? Well, maybe he’s getting there, but the progress is a bit halting Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins did exactly what McVay once trained him to do: drive 70 yards in the fourth quarter of a tie game, and win it.

Preview and Prediction for Lions at Giants |Sep 17, 2017

LIONS AT GIANTS Kickoff: 5:30 p.m., ESPN Outlook: Did we underestimate the Lions? It’s hard to say just yet. After surprisingly stomping the Cardinals last week, the Lions now have a chance to make a statement on a national stage.

Aaron Donald’s return mostly a dud, as Rams are gashed on the ground |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Aaron Donald burst through the line, loose in the backfield for the first time since his months-long holdout ended, and immediately, the All-Pro defensive tackle knew what was coming.

In a single bound, Todd Gurley shows Rams that he might be super again |Sep 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> In high school, the hurdles never tried to tackle Todd Gurley. A former track star in sprints and the 110-high hurdles in North Carolina, Gurley long ago traded spikes for cleats, but clearly the instincts remain.

Bonsignore: Rams send positive message, even after tough loss |Sep 17, 2017

The Rams locker room was barely open a minute or two Sunday after a gut wrenching 27-20 loss to Washington when Robert Woods motioned for reporters to come talk to him. If anyone had reason to hide from the media or brush them off or figure out a way to make himself invisible it was Woods, whose two careless penalties during a critical fourth-quarter drive likely cost the Rams a chance to score a touchdown and take the lead.

Alexander: Antonio Gates’ record a bit of normalcy in a strange day with Chargers |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> Antonio Gates had 111 touchdown catches as a San Diego Charger. He now has one as a Los Angeles Charger. And for all of the change and the newness of the Chargers’ future here, there had to be some melancholy involved when Gates hauled in a pass from Philip Rivers with 8:18 to play in the third quarter Sunday afternoon at StubHub Center, to break Tony Gonzalez’ record for career touchdown catches by a tight end.

Chargers could open kicker competition after Younghoe Koo’s misses |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> There was no defender breaking through the line this time. No errant hold, no botched snap. Younghoe Koo missed the field goal on Sunday, and this one was entirely on him. With nine seconds left on the game clock at StubHub Center, the Chargers’ undrafted rookie had a chance to win the game.

Miller: Chargers kick off new L.A. era by missing wide right |Sep 17, 2017

CARSON >> The day ended with one of their defensive tackles attempting to play lead blocker for their kicker. Strange? This came only after their historic return to L.A. was soiled by a missed field goal punctuated by the booming sound of their triumphant sideline cannon, a celebration normally reserved for games the Chargers actually, you know, win.

While Chargers stumble, 25,000 fans stage high-energy party |Sep 17, 2017

The Chargers, in another fourth quarter meltdown, fumbled the team’s first season opener in Los Angeles in 57 years. But their fans — cheering in the stands or tailgating in the parking lot — gave a command performance at Carson’s StubHub Center on Sunday.

Chargers vs. Dolphins: Who has the edge? |Sep 16, 2017

CHARGERS (0-1) vs. DOLPHINS (0-0) When: Sunday, 1:05 p.m. Where: StubHub Center Line: Chargers by 3.5 points TV/Radio: CBS; 640-AM, 980-AM (Spanish) CHARGERS OFFENSE vs.

Bonsignore: Do half empty stadiums mean LA isn’t an NFL town? |Sep 16, 2017

When the Rams kick off against Washington at the Coliseum this afternoon, somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 fans will be there to watch in a stadium that seats more than 90,000. At some point, someone will innocently take a crowd shot picture, as is the norm across the sports world these days.

Rams vs. Washington: Who has the edge? |Sep 16, 2017

RAMS (1-0) vs. WASHINGTON (0-1) When: Today, 1:25 p.m. Where: Coliseum Line: Rams by 2.5 TV/radio: Ch. 11; 710-AM, 100.3-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish) RAMS OFFENSE vs. WASHINGTON DEFENSE Good news: the Rams gained 373 yards last week against Indianapolis, fifth-most among all NFL teams.

Chris McCain at home with Chargers after flirting with post-Dolphins retirement |Sep 16, 2017

COSTA MESA >> The lifeline came two days before Thanksgiving. After weeks of fruitless workouts, Chris McCain was flying back to California. The past year had been a rollercoaster for the 25-year-old edge rusher.

Right coach, system can change trajectory of an NFL QB’s career |Sep 16, 2017

The jersey sits in an upstairs room in his home near the Rams’ facility. Inscribed inside the jersey’s number is a message that Sean McVay, the team’s first-year head coach, holds dear.

Sean McVay faces the Washington friends who helped make him a head coach |Sep 16, 2017

Kirk Cousins quickly spotted the boyish blond guy who darted around the Washington practice field in 2012. “I remember just throwing routes to the wide receivers and tight ends,” Cousins said this week, “and there was this really, really young guy coaching the tight ends and I thought, ‘That’s interesting.

Hoffarth: Must the Rams and Chargers ‘fight’ over us? |Sep 15, 2017

Has anyone really explained why, having to babysit two NFL teams around here at this point in our history, all of a sudden it means there has to be a “Fight for L.A.?” The transplanted San Diego Chargers and nomadic St.

Chargers CB Jason Verrett ruled out for home opener; WR Mike Williams practices |Sep 15, 2017

COSTA MESA — Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett has been ruled out of Sunday’s home opener against the Dolphins, a potentially ominous sign for a player less than a year removed from ACL surgery.

Jared Goff improved, but also got plenty of help |Sep 15, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS>> What strange times these must be for Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who last week benefitted from the rare combination of solid pass blockers and reliable receivers. Goff got sacked only once and suffered only one dropped pass during last Sunday’s impressive 306-yard effort in victory over Indianapolis.