NFL owners take lead on relocation to Los Angeles

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Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times reports that the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities and league commissioner Roger Goodell will take a more prominent role in the process of potentially relocating a team to L.A. in anticipation of the NFL owners meetings in New York this October.

Per Farmer, this is a new development that has not happened since the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams left the L.A. market 20 years ago.

NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman has served as the point man on L.A. for the league. But he will now move to the background as owners appear close to making a decision between Stan Kroenke’s Inglewood proposal and a joint stadium between the San Diego Chargers and the Raiders.

My take: There could be some actual movement on the relocation of teams to Los Angeles in October, with owners expected to discuss the merit of both projects, along with the potential relocation fee for any team or teams moving to Los Angeles.

ESPN NFL Nation Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling writes that Minnesota played stout run defense against the Detroit Lions last week, allowing just 38 rushing yards.

It’s a big turnaround from the Vikings’ Week 1 performance, when they allowed San Francisco’s Hyde to run for 168 yards in a 20-3 season-opening loss.

Melvin Gordon and the Chargers could face tough sledding on the road against the Vikings.

My take: With Philip Rivers the Vikings face the best quarterback they have gone against all season, so San Diego’s ability to push the ball down the field should open running lanes for Gordon.

Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Tribune reports that offensive lineman Chris Hairston says Gordon is special. Hairston: "That guy is going to be special from here to the end of the season to as far along as he wants to do this."

My take: Hairston joins a long line of players, coaches and front office folks who have praised Gordon since he joined the franchise in May. Still, Gordon has to prove it over the long haul of an NFL season. He’s off to a good start.

Nick Hardwick and Jordan Beane of Chargers.com breakdown two keys plays that contributed to San Diego’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in this video.

My take: It’s definitely worth a look this morning, as Hardwick points out San Diego’s struggles up front on both sides of the ball.