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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 Chargers

    Whicker: Chargers’ defense plays well, until it has to

    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. Then the notes faded and a whistle blew, and chaos did not overrun the land. The Chargers (0-3) and Chiefs (3-0) went about playing the game the way they habitually do, the...

    Mark Whicker
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  • Los Angeles Chargers

    Chargers RB Melvin Gordon’s hot start slowed by knee injury

    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. He racked up nearly all of those numbers in a strong first half: six runs of at least 9 yards, including an 11-yard scamper that represented his team’s lone trip to the touchdown. It was a promising performance...

    Jack Wang
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  • Los Angeles Chargers

    Philip Rivers’ 3 interceptions doom Chargers in loss to Kansas City

    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. And Rivers, making his 188th consecutive start, deserved a healthy share of blame. The veteran quarterback dug the Chargers into an early hole, throwing...

    Jack Wang
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  • Los Angeles Chargers

    In response to President Trump, Chargers and rest of NFL make statement of unity

    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. The statement...

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

  • 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|

  • Los Angeles Chargers

    This week’s Chargers opponent: Kansas City Chiefs

    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 9.8 yards per pass attempt. In wins against the Patriots and Eagles, he threw five touchdown passes — a third of his 2016 total — and did so with no interceptions. In short, Smith looks like a former No. 1 overall pick. But...

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  • Los Angeles Rams

    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

    Rams see need to boost their run game and slow opponents’ attack

    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. The defensive breakdown seemed startling for a Rams front seven that dominated a week earlier and should have been better with the return of Aaron Donald. “As the game progressed, I thought we settled in,” Rams coach Sean McVay...

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

  • Los Angeles Chargers

    Chargers sticking with kicker Younghoe Koo, for now

    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. “Koo’s our kicker,” Lynn said Monday. “He competed well all training camp. He kicked well in Denver.

    Jack Wang
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