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Daily Madden: John’s First Round Playoff Picks

They’ll be playing away from home on Lambeau Field’s frozen tundra, but John Madden likes the 49ers in Sunday’s first round NFC playoff game against the Packers.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/03/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 29: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a first half touchdown during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Chargers Hoping For A Surprise In Cincinnati

If you ask many people around the NFL to give you a prediction for this weekend’s San Diego-Cincinnati AFC Wild Card game, most folks would lean towards the Bengals.

01/03/2014

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 22, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Raiders 2013 Season Part Of Long-Term Growth

Every other team in the AFC West division made the postseason in 2013, so the Oakland Raiders just have to chalk the season down to growth and discovery — and hope for the best in 2014.

12/31/2013

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Daily Madden: KC Sits On Playoff Berth

With a playoff spot secured, Kansas City coach Andy Reid sat 20 of 22 starters in Sunday’s game against the Chargers. “I’m against that,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/30/2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes under pressure from Jason Hunter #93 of the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Raiders Face Broncos In Week 17 With Very Little On The Line

The 4-11 Oakland Raiders can’t keep the 12-3 Denver Broncos from winning the AFC West, but they might be able to stop their division rivals from claiming the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC playoffs if the Silver and Black can end a five-game losing streak.

12/24/2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the ground against the San Diego Chargers in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on December 22, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 26-13. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Raiders Fade In Second Half, Poor Team Grades Result In Loss Against Chargers

The Oakland Raiders kicked a tying field goal with just 10 seconds left in the first half against the San Diego Chargers on the road at Qualcomm Stadium, but the home team dominated the second half as the Silver and Black could do nothing noteworthy on offense in the 26-13 loss.

12/23/2013

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Chargers Beat Raiders To Stay Alive In Playoff Race

The San Diego Chargers remained alive in the playoff race by overcoming three turnovers to beat Oakland 26-13 on Sunday.

12/22/2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 8: Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders plays against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 8, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Raiders Can Focus On Evaluating Talent For 2014 Instead Of Worrying About Injuries This Week In San Diego

The 4-10 Oakland Raiders have a mostly-healthy roster for their Week 16 matchup on the road against the 7-7 San Diego Chargers, which means the Silver and Black will be focusing on shaping their 2014 plans a little early this holiday season.

12/20/2013

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 15: Andre Holmes #18 of the Oakland Raiders catches a twenty eight yard pass over Marcus Cooper #31 of the Kansas City Cheifs during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum on December 15, 2013 in Oakland, California. The Cheifs won the game 56-31. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

With Fourth Place In AFC West Clinched In 2013, Next Year’s Opponents Now Set For Raiders

The National Football League’s formulaic methodology for scheduling means the Oakland Raiders already know who their opponents will be in 2014.

12/18/2013

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 06: Wide receiver Rod Streater #80 of the Oakland Raiders picks up 8 yards and a first down against cornerback Derek Cox #22 of the San Diego Chargers in the first quarter on October 06, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders won 27-17. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Raiders Can Play Spoiler For Chargers’ Playoff Hopes On Sunday

The underachieving San Diego Chargers are 7-7 and just one game out of a postseason slot in the AFC hierarchy, so when the Oakland Raiders travel south this weekend, they have a chance to bury the Bolts in 2013.

12/17/2013

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