Patriots Shouldn't Underestimate Improved ColtsNew England head coach Bill Belichick warns that Indianapolis is now a much better team than a few weeks ago.
Blocked Kicks Are Reason For Concern For The Packers In the PlayoffsThe Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
Season Recap: Chargers Left To Wonder What Might Have BeenAfter dropping a heartbreaking 18-17 loss on the road in the season opener at Arizona, the Bolts would reel off five straight victories, including a win over the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Injury Report: Updates On Philip Rivers And Corey LiugetThose are just the games with playoff implications as to which teams get in etc., while several other games will determine final playoff seeds and first-round byes.
Denver-Oakland Rivalry Goes Back A Long TimeThe Oakland Raiders have always played the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers—dating back to the inaugural 1960 season of the American Football League. The Silver & Black even have played these three foes six times in the playoffs, as the rivalries run deep. The 2014 season closes with yet another big rivalry game for the Raiders—at Denver.
Team Grades: Once Again, Raiders Prove Coliseum Is No Easy Place To WinThe Oakland Raiders improved to 3-12 on the season with a 26-24 win over the Buffalo Bills at the Coliseum on Sunday. That's three straight wins at home for the Silver & Black if you're keeping track at home, and it's also the third consecutive victory at home over a team that had playoff aspirations still. Yes, these 2014 Raiders may have found the secret formula to defending their home turf—finally.
CBS Sports' Steve Beuerlein Talks San Diego Chargers Vs. San Francisco 49ersThe San Diego Chargers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but after three consecutive NFC Championship Game appearances, the San Francisco 49ers are out. They have the opportunity to play the spoiler for the Chargers, but what has happened to them this year? CBS Sports' Steve Beuerlein spoke on this weekend's west coast game and looks at what has gone wrong and right.
Opponent Profile: Bills Defense Among League's BestConsider that the Buffalo Bills have gone consecutive weeks holding both Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers without a touchdown pass, and you will understand the formidable challenge that defense presents for the Oakland Raiders offense next Sunday. Yes, it could get ugly for rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
Opponent Profile: Rams No Pushover Even For 'Hot' RaidersThe 4-7 St. Louis Rams may seem to be weak at first glance, but as coached by long-time NFL man Jeff Fisher, the team once referred to as the "Lambs" is anything but right now. Remember, St. Louis has wins over Denver, San Francisco and Seattle this year—and they almost beat San Diego last weekend with a third-string quarterback. They're still good.
Injury Report: Short Week Does Raiders No FavorsThe Oakland Raiders have a short turnaround this week between their Sunday loss in San Diego and their Thursday night matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum. That means not a lot of healing time—both for those who played against the Chargers and those who did not.
Six Games To History For Raiders Now, And It's Not Looking GoodThe 0-10 Oakland Raiders have six games remaining, and if they want to avoid the wrong kind of historic effort, the Silver & Black need to win at least one of those games. But it's not looking like that is going to happen, all things considered. Somewhere, the ghost of Al Davis is cringing and shaking his fist at the mess his once-proud team has become.
Opponent Profile: Chiefs Hot At The Wrong Time For The RaidersThe Kansas City Chiefs have been playing pretty well lately, as evidenced by their win over the Seattle Seahawks last weekend. Now, they get to the play the first of two games remaining on their schedule against the hapless Oakland Raiders, and if the Silver & Black want to win their first game in more than a year, they'll need to be at their "best"—whatever that is.