"I think the Jaguars are the most underrated team in the NFL," Madden told the Los Angeles Times this week.
And these underrated Jaguars' most potent weapon is also a Bay Area product, De La Salle High School alum Maurice Jones-Drew. The MJD is the NFL's second-leading rusher, and has enjoyed five consecutive 100-yard games in a streak dating all the way back to October.
Jones-Drew didn't only catch Madden's attention with his spectaular play on the field. Jones-Drew also caught Madden's attention because Jones-Drew used to cut John Madden's lawn.
"One of my best friends lived right next door to him," Jones-Drew told the Times. "We used to come do his yard work for him. It was pretty cool."
The Raiders 23rd-ranked run defense will hope to make sure Jones-Drew gets very little work done on the grass Sunday.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who has weekend plans to Photoshop bogus shares of Facebook and Twitter stock.