Can Raiders end home drought to Chiefs?

With their win on Sunday, the Oakland Raiders snapped a streak of 23 straight games without back-to-back victories. That had been the second-longest active streak in the NFL behind the Detroit Lions.

Longest Road Win Streaks
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If Oakland can beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home in Week 9, it will be the Raiders first win streak of at least three games since 2002 -- which is also their last winning season -- when they had a five-game streak.

However, 2002 also was the last time the Raiders beat the Chiefs in Oakland. Kansas City has won seven straight road games against the Raiders, which is the longest road win streak against the Raiders franchise in NFL history.

Other notes from the AFC West:

• It’s fast becoming a lost season for the Denver Broncos, who are 4-14 since starting last season 6-0. One bright spot has been wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. Not only does he lead the NFL with a career-high 878 receiving yards, but that's 18 yards more than he had in 36 games from 2006 to 2009. He’s also averaging 20.9 yards per reception.


Lloyd is the sixth different receiver since 1970, and the first since Webster Slaughter 1989, with 800 receiving yards through his team's first eight games while averaging at least 20 yards a catch. Lloyd also leads the NFL in receptions of at least 30 yards with seven.

One reason the Broncos are last in the AFC West is their inability to score in the first quarter. They have an NFL-low seven first-quarter points this season, and have been outscored 40-0 in the first quarter in their last six games.

• The Shawne Merriman era with the San Diego Chargers officially ended on Tuesday when he was released. In his first three seasons (2005-07), he played 42 games and recorded an NFL-best 39½ sacks. This, despite being suspended for four games in 2006. Since 2008, though, Merriman has played just 18 games and record only four sacks.