LOS ANGELES, JAN. 13 -- Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder watched the Washington Redskins lose to the San Francisco 49ers in one of the NFC divisional playoff games on Saturday with keen interest. The Redskins are his former team, the place where his ability to play professional football was questioned.

Now, the Raiders are still in the playoffs and the Redskins aren't. Who knows? It's highly likely at least some Washington coaches and players will be watching him in the AFC championship game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills the way he watched the Redskins.

After the Raiders beat the Cincinnati Bengals today, 20-10, in the AFC second round, Schroeder was asked if it felt particularly good that he was in the playoffs, one step away from the Super Bowl, and the Redskins, the team that traded him in 1988 for offensive lineman Jim Lachey and several draft picks, weren't.

He wasn't in the gloating mood.

"It's sweet any time you play a playoff game," Schroeder said. "There are some players that go their entire career without getting the kind of chance that I'm getting.

"I'm just happy for the chance. It's just fun to play.

"I watched that game and all I can say is that I'm glad we're in it. {The Redskins} played well but just came up a little short.

"They had a lot of problems this year."

After today's game, Schroeder talked about the difference quarterbacking in Los Angeles as opposed to Washington.

"It's more relaxed here," the former UCLA athlete said, "because this isn't the only game in town.

"Even though Washington has the Capitals and Bullets, the Redskins were the only true team in town. It's not that way here.

"I'm more relaxed here and there are more things {for would-be fans} to do here."

Schroeder said he also has "more to work with" in Los Angeles than he did in Washington.

"Not everything depends on the quarterback here," he said. "There are a lot of options you can do here. Everything doesn't depend on what the quarterback does like it did in Washington."

The best of the options Schroeder was referring to are running backs Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson. Against the Bengals, Allen rushed for 140 yards. Jackson ran for 77 yards on only six carries before leaving the game early in the third quarter because of a strained left hip.

"We have a darn good running game," Schroeder said. "We line up and say: 'Guess what, we're running the ball. Try and stop us.' "

About Allen, Schroeder said, "I throw it out there and he catches it. You just watch him go."

Schroeder was 11 of 21 for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals. His one interception was a pass bobbled by Allen that ended up in the hands of safety David Fulcher.

"I can't complain about how I played," Schroeder said. "The bottom line is that we won. That's the most important thing.

"Now we have to try and continue that winning."