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Battle for first place in Oakland

9/8/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
OAKLAND -- Welcome to the battle for first place in the AFC West.

The winner of tonight's game between Denver and Oakland will be the only 1-0 team in the AFC West.

I will soon be heading to the stadium to begin pregame coverage. Before I leave, however, I wanted to pass a couple of interesting nuggets.

  • Denver has lost seven straight road games on Monday night. The Raiders, though, have lost five straight games on Monday night.

  • Oakland has been outscored, 132-27, in the stretch and has been shutout in the past two games. Also, Oakland has lost the past five season openers, the longest streak in the NFL.

So something is going to give tonight.