Chiefs remain unbeaten, match best streak in team history

Updated: October 21, 2003, 1:49 AM ET

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - The Kansas City Chiefs aren't just off to the best start in franchise history, they are in the midst of the team's most impressive winning streak.

The Chiefs remained one of only two unbeaten teams in the NFL and matched a franchise record with their seventh consecutive victory, a 17-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.

Kansas City has opened a season with seven straight wins for the first time in its 43-year history. The Chiefs have won seven consecutive games for the first time since 1995, when they won seven in a row en route to a 13-3 finish.

Kansas City got touchdowns runs from Priest Holmes and quarterback Trent Green and held on for a win against its AFC West rival. The Chiefs avenged their last loss - a 24-0 defeat at the hands of the Raiders in their season finale on December 29, 2002.

Holmes ran 27 times for 123 yards and Green completed 11-of-22 passes for 206 yards.

Oakland continued to struggle and lost quarterback Rich Gannon to a shoulder injury. He was just 10-of-19 for 58 yards and an interception but did not play in the second half.

Marques Tuiasosopo took over in the final 24 minutes and completed 16-of-28 passes for 224 yards. But his last attempt fell a yard short when Tim Brown was tackled after making a catch at the 1-yard line as time expired.

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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