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    Preview for Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals

    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. Carson Palmer really looks like he’s lost it, and while he can still get past lowly Indianapolis, he’s not going to have that success against a playoff team like Dallas.

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  • Los Angeles Rams

    Rams coordinator Wade Phillips up-front about team’s run-defense struggles

    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. “We’re upset about that, but we’re going to do something about it.” Phillips, with 40 years of experience in the NFL, knew better than to sugarcoat anything. The Rams were cotton-soft...

    By Rich Hammond rhammond@scng.com @Rich_Hammond on Twitter|

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    This week’s Rams opponent: San Francisco 49ers

    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. But there still was the matter of Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a presumed front-runner for the job. A storm prevented Rams front-office members from flying to Atlanta to meet with Shanahan,...

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  • Los Angeles Rams

    Bonsignore: Rams send positive message, even after tough loss

    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. Instead of coming all the way back from a double-digit...

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  • Los Angeles Rams

    In a single bound, Todd Gurley shows Rams that he might be super again

    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. As Gurley struggled to run the ball for the Rams last season, perhaps he attuned that it’s easier to jump over opponents than to try to slip their tackles. Regardless, it’s working. In Sunday’s loss to Washington, Gurley rushed...

    By Rich Hammond rhammond@scng.com @Rich_Hammond on Twitter|

  • Los Angeles Rams

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

    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. But it was too late. Kirk Cousins tossed left, just barely out of Donald’s reach. Washington running back Chris Thompson corralled the toss and found the edge, zooming 7 yards for a touchdown. Donald, by just a split-second’s margin, was left out of the play. The...

    By Ryan Kartje rkartje@scng.com @Ryan_Kartje on Twitter|

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    Rams can’t complete comeback in home loss to Washington

    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. Rams quarterback Jared Goff, given the chance for a coming-of-age NFL moment, cracked, and Washington pulled out a 27-20 victory at the Coliseum. The...

    By Rich Hammond rhammond@scng.com @Rich_Hammond on Twitter|

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Sean McVay faces the Washington friends who helped make him a head coach

    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. I don’t know how old he is, but he can’t be more than 27 years old.’ I thought that was just unique.” So began...

    By Rich Hammond rhammond@scng.com @Rich_Hammond on Twitter|

  • Football

    Right coach, system can change trajectory of an NFL QB’s career

    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. “I owe you my career,” it reads. The jersey is from Kirk Cousins, Washington’s quarterback and McVay’s former protege. Under McVay, Cousins went from a fourth-round surefire career backup to leading the NFL in completion percentage in just one season.

    By Ryan Kartje rkartje@scng.com @Ryan_Kartje on Twitter|

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Rams vs. Washington: Who has the edge?

    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. Bad news: the Rams had an average of 1.9 yards per rushing attempt, worst in the league last week. That’s not sustainable. Last week, Washington allowed...

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