April 24, 2013 |
The draft will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in New York. Times NFL writer Sam Farmer examines team needs by division. Today, the West divisions: AFC West Now that they have their quarterback in Alex Smith, the Kansas City Chiefs need someone to protect his blind side. They're looking to trade left tackle Branden Albert, and with the No. 1 overall pick, they have their pick of two excellent prospects: Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher. The Chiefs also are looking for help at both inside and outside linebacker, and for depth at running back.
December 22, 2012 |
Story line: San Francisco can clinch a second consecutive NFC West title, but its defense needs to calm a Seattle group that has romped over Arizona and Buffalo in back-to-back weeks (108 combined points). The 49ers are riding their own high after quarterback Colin Kaepernick stood up to Tom Brady, throwing for four scores in New England last Sunday night. Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson ran for three scores and threw for one against the Bills. Since losing at Candlestick on Oct. 18, he has 13 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.
October 15, 2012 |
Denver (2-3) at San Diego (3-2) Time: 5:30. TV: ESPN. Story line: San Diego would like to take a two-game AFC West lead (and 3-0 division record) into its bye next week while the Broncos will work to claim a share of the lead through a grueling opening schedule. Chargers QB Philip Rivers is 9-3 against Denver. The Chargers have been tough on Peyton Manning, twice eliminating him from the playoffs as a Colt, ending an unbeaten season another time, and recording six- and four-interception games.
September 29, 2012 |
Two years ago, the NFC West was a joke. Four teams, four losing records. The Seattle Seahawks became the first team in history to win a division and reach the postseason at 7-9. Fast forward to today, and the NFC West is, top to bottom, the best division in football. Undefeated Arizona won at New England and stomped Philadelphia. Before losing to Minnesota last Sunday, San Francisco had convincing wins at Green Bay and over Detroit. Seattle crushed Dallas, then edged Green Bay - with an asterisk for that Hail Mary, yes, but the Seahawks had eight sacks in the first half, plus their share of calls and noncalls go against them.
April 26, 2012 |
No. 14 St. Louis Rams: DT Michael Brockers, LSU - - Brockers made 54 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, with two sacks, four quarterback hits and an interception in 2011. He left school after playing just two seasons, and some critics point to the fact that he was surrounded by outstanding talent and therefore say he looked better than he'll be as a pro. Comment: The Rams are getting old inside, and in a running division like the NFC West, they needed to get a stout run stopper who also can collapse the pocket.
March 8, 2012 |
Times NFL reporter Sam Farmer gave a list of 10 teams Peyton Manning might end up playing for next season. Which one do you think will land the future Hall of Famer? A quick recap of Farmer's choices, with his comments: Miami: The Dolphins need to sell tickets and owner Stephen Ross is star-struck. Seattle: Their owner has the deepest pockets in the league, and Pete Carroll would let Manning mold that up-and-coming roster to his liking. Arizona: Domed stadium, warm climate, Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald, NFC West - what's not to like?