Vikings remain unbeaten, Cowboys continue to surprise in NFL

Updated: October 20, 2003, 10:56 AM ET

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - The Oakland Raiders have gone from Super Bowl to bust while the Kansas City Chiefs are one of two unbeaten teams in the NFL and off to the best start in the 43-year history of the franchise.

On Monday night, the spotlight will be on the bitter AFC West rivals heading in opposite directions.

Last season, the Chiefs led the league with 467 points followed by the Raiders with 450. Kansas City is averaging more than 32 points per game this season, but the Raiders have crashed to an average of just more than 19 points per game.

Last week, Oakland (2-4) committed an NFL season-high 19 penalties, just one shy of their 1996 league record, in a 13-7 loss at Cleveland. Afterwards, quarterback Rich Gannon ripped his team.

"We are not a smart football team," Gannon said. "That is well-documented. We talk about penalties every week. It's a lack of discipline and it's inexcusable."

While the Raiders are stuck in neutral, the Chiefs are clicking on all cylinders. The Chiefs (6-0) and Minnesota Vikings (6-0) are the NFL's lone remaining unbeaten teams.

Morten Andersen kicked a game-tying 31-yard field goal with one second left in the fourth quarter and Trent Green hit Eddie Kennison with a 51-yard touchdown pass 6:18 into overtime to lift the Chiefs to a thrilling 40-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers last week at Lambeau Field.

Matched up against Packers star quarterback Brett Favre, Green passed for 400 yards and three touchdowns and rallied the Chiefs from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit.

The Packers kept Chiefs star kick returner Dante Hall out of the end zone but had problems dealing with Green and Kansas City's other offensive weapons. Priest Holmes rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 59 yards, Johnnie Morton had six receptions for 109 yards and a score and tight end Tony Gonzalez caught four passes for 121 yards and a TD.

The Raiders have won six of the last seven meetings from the Chiefs, including a 24-0 victory in the rain-drenched regular season finale last December. Charlie Garner rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown and Zack Crockett added 72 yards and a score for Oakland.

The Chiefs played without Holmes and managed just 176 total yards, including 44 on the ground.

On Sunday, Daunte Culpepper's return helped the Vikings continue their magical season. Olindo Mare also was responsible for creating some magic for the New England Patriots.

After missing two games with three broken bones in his back, Culpepper returned to pass for two touchdowns the Vikings remained unbeaten with a 28-20 victory over the Denver Broncos (5-2).

Culpepper completed 19-of-26 passes for 277 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell. He also was credited with a TD pass when he connected with Randy Moss for a 44-yard completion. Moss finished the score with a 15-yard over-the-shoulder lateral to running back Moe Williams on the final play of the first half.

Thanks to Mare, the Patriots (5-2) surged to the top of the AFC East with a 19-13 overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins (4-2).

Since 1966, the Patriots were 0-13 in sunny Miami in September or October and appeared headed for another loss, but Mare had a potential go-ahead field goal attempt blocked by Richard Seymour late in regulation and pushed a 35-yard attempt wide right in the overtime.

The overtime miss by Mare left the door open for the Patriots, who cashed in when Tyrone Poole intercepted Jay Fiedler later in the extra session.

Poole's interception set up Tom Brady's 82-yard scoring strike to Troy Brown with 5:45 left in the extra session. Brady improved to 6-0 all-time in overtime, including the postseason.

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