The 3-4 Chargers are in second place, but have lost three games in a row. Denver's Monday Night victory over their division rivals on Oct. 15 now stands as the difference-maker considering the Broncos' 4-3 record.
The Broncos have a 2-0 record in the division.
While the Kansas City Chiefs continue to hold down the basement of the AFC West at 1-6 on the year, the Oakland Raiders are all of a sudden in position to chase Denver. Dennis Allen's squad, who got bludgeoned by the Broncos last month, is on a two-game winning streak after victories against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and the Chiefs this week.
Oakland is 3-4 on the year, but sits in third place because of its 1-2 division record.