Grades for Seahawks-Chargers - Kevin Connaghan
Third-year cornerback Steve Williams is fighting to be the team’s third corner and did his chances no harm with this display. Williams allowed just one completion from four passes into his coverage but did get hit with a pass interference call when wrong-footed by Jermain Kearse. His best moment came on the very next play when Williams prevented a sideline catch by Kearse by forcing him out of bounds before he could get his feet down.
Kicking 80 Yard Field Goals: A Lesson in Process vs. Outcome - Jason Peters
This isn't about Melvin Gordon. In fact, whether Melvin Gordon winds up being good or bad is beside the point. The point is that Tom Telesco made a bad decision by drafting a running back (any running back) in the first round. He made the decision even worse by trading a 4th round pick as well to do it.
Dream Super Bowl 50 matchups: Eight NFL final fours to hope for - Dave Dameshek (h/t al.vice)
The Niners' fancy new Santa Clara digs are a natural site for the culmination of this California-flavored tourney, with three of the four teams potentially bound for Los Angeles. Spoiler alert: The two participants in our hypothetical Super Bowl matchup end up sharing a hypothetical (at the time of this posting) L.A. stadium. That Rams-Chargers pairing just makes too much sense, with the common blue-and-gold thing.
The Grantland NFL Podcast - AFC West Preview - Grantland Podcasts (audio)
One-half of the 'Grantland NFL Podcast' team thinks that Denver's run atop its division will finish in 2015. Find out who and why on today's AFC West preview podcast.
SquadCast: We Don’t Hate Melvin Gordon - 1090 Off the Air (audio)
Ben Higgins and John Gennaro are back with another edition of the SquadCast, and they spend most of the time this week talking about the San Diego Chargers’ backfield, how the team (maybe) screwed up the first round draft pick and what expectations should be for this group going forward.