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NFL Draft 2020: Where 49ers, Raiders would pick if season ended today

NFL Draft 2020: Where 49ers, Raiders would pick if season ended today

The NFL regular season still has seven weeks to go, but for many teams it's time to start honing in on the 2020 draft. 

Phrases like "Tank for Tua" or "Bottom Out for Burrow" or "Play Like Dung for Chase Young" -- I'm still looking for a trademark on that one -- have taken shape for fans of teams such as the Bengals, Dolphins, Giants and Washington, among others. One year after the 49ers and Raiders each picked in the top four of the draft, the two teams find themselves in much different positions. 

The 49ers enter their Monday night matchup with the Seahawks as the last undefeated team in the NFL, which currently gives them the last pick in the first round of the 2020 draft. The Patriots are the only team with one loss, so even if San Francisco falls to Seattle, they would drop just one spot to No. 31 overall. 

On the other side of the Bay, the surprising 5-4 Raiders are in a solid spot for next year's draft. Their current record gives them the No. 17 pick in the draft, but Oakland is slated to have two first-round picks as the Raiders move to Las Vegas. 

The Raiders also own the Bears' first-round draft pick after Chicago acquired star edge rusher Khalil Mack from the Silver and Black last season. The pick could wind up much closer to the top of the draft than many expected, too. 

Chicago went 12-4 and won the NFC North last season. They lost the NFC Wild Card Game by one point against the Eagles, and looked like a team on the rise with an innovative head coach in Matt Nagy. But this year has not gone as planned for the Bears, who are 4-5 and trending down. 

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The Raiders' draft pick from the Bears sits at No. 14 overall after Week 10. That number could continue to get better for the Raiders, as the Bears still have to play contenders like the Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs and Vikings. 

While Raiders fans have their eyes on the playoffs, they should be paying just as much attention to the scores of Bears games for the rest of the season.

NFL rumors: Chiefs could have forfeited vs. Patriots due to equipment mistake

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NFL rumors: Chiefs could have forfeited vs. Patriots due to equipment mistake

After getting blown out by the Jets and Chiefs in back-to-back weeks, the Raiders need all the help they can get to make the playoffs. 

They almost got what would have been one of the weirdest breaks in NFL history Sunday. 

The 8-4 Chiefs are in Foxboro, Mass., to face the 10-2 Patriots in a key AFC clash. Kansas City can clinch the AFC West with a win, but some of the team's equipment was accidentally sent to New Jersey instead of to Foxboro, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday. 

As the Chiefs were unloading their gear Saturday, one container wasn't unloaded and instead made its way to New Jersey. That container had the equipment for 35 players. The Chiefs had to rush the equipment to Boston.

If had not made it to Gillette Stadium by kickoff, then the Chiefs would have had to forfeit the game.

But the equipment arrived in Foxboro about 90 minutes before kickoff, setting up a massive AFC battle between star QBS Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. 

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The Raiders, meanwhile, will face the 7-5 Titans in a must-win AFC battle at the Coliseum. A win would vault the Raiders back into the playoff periphery, while a loss would all but end their playoff hopes. The AFC West is in the hands of the Chiefs, but the Raiders almost caught a massive break. 

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Raiders inactives: Josh Jacobs out for key Week 14 game vs. Titans

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Raiders inactives: Josh Jacobs out for key Week 14 game vs. Titans

The Raiders enter Sunday's Week 14 game against the Titans in need of a win to stay in the playoff race. 

Unfortunately for the Raiders, they will be tasked with beating the resurgent Titans without rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who is inactive due to a shoulder injury. 

The Raiders are coming off back-to-back blowout losses and now sit in eighth place in the AFC. A win Sunday would vault them over the Titans and back onto the playoff periphery, while a loss effectively would doom their postseason hopes. 

Jon Gruden's club also will be without right tackle Trent Brown, who was ruled out Friday with a pectoral injury. Brandon Parker will get the start in place of Brown.

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Here are the inactives for both teams: