Team Grades: Raiders Humiliate Chargers, Keep Pace In AFC West And NFL Playoff PictureGoing in as six-point underdogs, the Raiders not only beat the Chargers convincingly, but in turn, kept pace in the AFC West race and very much alive in the NFL playoff picture in the AFC.
Team Grades: 49ers Manhandled By Seahawks On Thursday Night FootballSo much for momentum: The San Francisco 49ers lost on Thursday Night Football at Levi's Stadium, dropping to 2-5 on the season with the 20-3 loss against the hated Seattle Seahawks.
Team Grades: Home-Field Magic Is Elixir 49ers Need For Victory In 2015The San Francisco 49ers are clearly a much better team at home on the Levi's Stadium turf, and now they have a second victory in 2015 there.
Team Grades: 49ers Show Big Improvement In Week 5 Against Giants, Despite Late LossThe San Francisco 49ers did not get blown out in New York by the Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. In fact, the 49ers played so well, they had the lead very late in the 4th quarter. However, a two-time Super Bowl champion QB delivered in the clutch for the Giants, throwing the winning touchdown pass with just 21 seconds left. Overall, though, this was a moral victory for the 49ers even as they dropped to 1-4 on the season.
Team Grades: Raiders Fall In 'Trap Game' As Bears Upset OaklandRiding a two-game win streak, the Raiders went into the Windy City feeling a little too comfortable against a winless Bears team and paid the price with a heartbreaking 20-22 defeat.
Raiders Grades: Oakland Records Historic Road Win Over BrownsWith one swing of the bat, Jack Del Rio accomplished something the Oakland Raiders organization hadn’t been able to do in a very long time.
Team Grades: Led By QB Derek Carr, Raiders Upset Ravens, 37-33 In Week 2Going in as seven-point underdogs, the Oakland Raiders stunned the visiting Baltimore Ravens to the tune of 37-33, powered by a fourth-quarter comeback by second-year quarterback Derek Carr.
Team Grades: 49ers Defense Better Than Anyone Expected In Monday Night WinFor all the changes in personnel and the unfavorable matchups against the Minnesota Vikings, the San Francisco 49ers defense really played like it was 2011 on Monday night in the season-opening game. The passing game still has miles to go, but running back Carlos Hyde demonstrated he's more than capable of replacing Frank Gore in the lineup. Overall, it was a great night for the 49ers as they started the 2015 NFL season with a surprisingly easy victory.
Team Grades: Lions Season Ends In DallasThe Detroit Lions had a lead in their playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, but couldn't hold on for the win.
Team Grades: Steelers Fall To Ravens, 30-17The Pittsburgh Steelers watched their 2014 hopes slip away as the Baltimore Ravens took advantage of mistakes and won the wild card playoff game, 30-17.
Team Grades: 49ers Start Strong, Stumble Late In Overtime Loss To ChargersThe 49ers added another bad loss to their 2014 season. This time they blew a huge lead, losing at home and extending the teams losing streak. San Francisco played well enough to win, but not for the entire game and it cost them another win.
Team Grades: 49ers Unable To Prevent Peyton Manning From Making History, Lose Big To BroncosThe 49ers played one of the AFC's best and lost big. They played an elite team and didn't play well, so San Francisco was blown out. However, it's just one loss and one that is no surprise at the end of the day.