Schedule favors Raiders, Broncos

SAN DIEGO -- I have arrived for Thursday night’s crucial AFC West game between the Raiders and Chargers.

It a big game as the Raiders and Chargers are tied with Kansas City for first place at 4-4 heading into the second half of the season. Denver is a game behind the three teams at 3-5

It is going to be an interesting race and the remainder of each team's schedule is relevant. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Raiders and Broncos have the easiest remaining schedule. Both teams’ opponents’ combined winning percentage is .531. Kansas City has the toughest road ahead. Its opponents’ combined winning percentage is .600. It is tied for the third-toughest remaining schedule in the NFL. The Chargers’ opponents’ winning percentage is .546.

Thus, the winner of Thursday night’s game will have a strong head start.

In other AFC West nuggets Thursday:

San Diego running back Mike Tolbert said in a radio interview that the Chargers are not hanging their heads following a three-game losing streak.

After he said he worked his team too hard after a 28-point home loss to previously winless Miami, Kansas City coach Todd Haley gave his team two days off this week to refresh before hosting Denver on Sunday.

The Denver Post wonders what is wrong with struggling Broncos’ standout left tackle Ryan Clady.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with the mayor of San Diego to discuss the city’s quest to get a new stadium for the Chargers.