Weekend mail call:
Kevin Ferrelli from Charleston, S.C. wants to know if I think the San Diego Chargers' backup running back situation is solid.
Bill Williamson: It’s not bad. The key is Ryan Mathews' health. I don’t think there is a solid starting answer other than Mathews on the roster, but there are plenty of players who are capable of carrying the ball a few times a game. I think Jackie Battle, Ronnie Brown, Curtis Brinkley and rookie Edwin Baker could all help this team and don’t forget new fullback Le'Ron McClain. He can carry the rock as well to give Mathews a breather.
James from Fresno wants to know if I think Peyton Manning's first season will be considered a failure if the Broncos don’t get past the first round of the playoffs as the Tim Tebow-led Broncos did in 2011.
BW: I think it would be difficult to say otherwise. But I think the big picture here is Manning’s entire time in Denver. If Manning’s health is strong after the season, it will be a positive. But there is no doubt the Broncos signed Manning to make a deep playoff run immediately.
Tommy from Kansas City wants to know if I think Jonathan Baldwin can catch 50 passes this season.
BW: I think that is reasonable. The Chiefs are giving to give Baldwin a chance to make a splash. After dealing with a broken thumb, Baldwin had 21 catches in 11 games. He had a good offseason and I think the Chiefs are going to give him all he can handle in 2012, so 50 catches is a steep, but reasonable, expectation.
Weekend mail call:
McCown has 5 TDs as Bears bully Cowboys
Trestman: Cutler remains Bears' starter
Shanahan mulls sitting RG III for rest of '13
Gronk on IR; torn ACL, MCL, source says
Source: Peterson likely out, but no surgery
Romo: Cowboys' aim is to 'win out,' finish 10-6
Yates: A look at N.E.'s offense minus Gronk
Bears Crush Cowboys
SportsCenter Highlight of the Night: The Bears snapped their two-game losing skid with a 45-28 win over the Cowboys.
Breaking Down The Bears' Win
Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico break down the Bears' win over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Matt Forte On Bears' Win
Matt Forte talks after the Bears' 45-28 win over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Martellus Bennett Off The Field
Rick Reilly explains why Bears tight end Martellus Bennett is the most interesting man in the NFL.