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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Early AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Chargers feel fortunate that their game at New England is starting at a familiar time slot. Meanwhile, the Raiders have to play at Buffalo in a 1 p.m. ET starting time. Oakland is 7-14 the past four seasons combined when kicking off at that time.

After watching Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski tie the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in Denver on Monday night, Broncos’ strong-legged kicker Matt Prater wants to take a shot at the record himself.

Meanwhile, Tom Dempsey, who now shares the record with Jason Elam and Janikowski, plans to write Janikowski a letter of congratulations.

NFL.com is reporting Oakland rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor will have his appeal of his five-game suspension heard Thursday. He is trying to get the suspension erased or reduced. It is already the second week of the suspension.