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September 4, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Tonight's game DALLAS AT N.Y. GIANTS TV: Channel 4, 5:30 PDT Line: Giants by 4. Over/under: 45 Sam Farmer's pick: Even with the improvements to Dallas' secondary, Eli Manning will find his receivers. The Cowboys will struggle to contain New York's defensive line. Giants 24, Cowboys 20.
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September 1, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
In predicted order of finish by division: AFC EAST NEW ENGLAND 2011: 13-3, 1st in East. 2011 playoffs: Lost to New York Giants, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI. They're going all the way: What's not to love about these Patriots? They're coming off a 13-3 season and, going by 2011 results, have the easiest schedule in the league. Tom Brady is still in his productive years at 35, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are at the cutting edge of receiving tight ends, and the defense will get a big boost from the draft and free agency.
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April 28, 2012 | Sam Farmer
ARIZONA Heady move: Fourth-rounder Bobby Massie of Mississippi can play right tackle, and some scouts had him going in the second. Head scratcher: In taking Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming in the third, the Cardinals picked up their ninth corner. ATLANTA Heady move: The Falcons have a 35-year-old center and need help on the interior of the offensive line, so getting Wisconsin's Peter Konz in the second was huge. Head scratcher: Took Southern Mississippi's Lamar Holmes in the third, a player Mel Kiper rated as the 29th tackle.
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March 31, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Three quarterbacks in the first four picks of next month's draft? Four first-round choices from Alabama, and three each from Stanford and Louisiana State? And the rarity of as many first-round guards (two) as tackles? That's the way Times' NFL writer Sam Farmer sees it. Here's how he thinks the opening round could go: 1. Indianapolis: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford — The Colts have made some noise recently about considering Robert Griffin III, but this pass has been telegraphed for months.
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March 19, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Denver -- After scanning the horizon for nearly two weeks, quarterback Peyton Manning found his receiver. The NFL's four-time most valuable player apparently will finish his storied career with the Denver Broncos. Manning, who sat out the 2011 season recovering from multiple neck surgeries, instructed his agent Monday to work out a deal with the Broncos, expected to be in the neighborhood of $95 million over five years — roughly what he would have gotten from Indianapolis had he remained healthy.
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February 3, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Indianapolis — Are all NFL teams ready for the national spotlight? They should be, because the league will arrange its 2012 schedule to ensure that every team will play a Thursday game. This is the first time every NFL team will play in a nationally televised game in a given season. In his annual Super Bowl address Friday, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL Network's Thursday night schedule will be expanded from eight to 13 games next season (not counting the Thursday night season opener)
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December 29, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
The Times' NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week's matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week's record 8-8 (.500); season 154-86 (.642). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 8-6-2 (.572); season 112-111-17 (.502). New York Jets (8-7) At Miami (5-10) Sunday, 10 a.m. Jets 24, Dolphins 20 TV: Channel 2. DirecTV: 704. Line: Dolphins by 2. O/U: 41. The Jets have won four of their last five at Miami, and they can take advantage of a Dolphins team that probably will be missing offensive left tackle Jake Long.
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