The Denver Broncos own a share of the AFC West lead after improving to 7-5 on Sunday. They hold the tiebreaker over the Oakland Raiders.
The Denver Broncos defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon, 35-32. That gave the Broncos a five-game winning streak and seven wins on the season. It also gave the Broncos a share of the AFC West lead with the Oakland Raiders.
Oakland had entered the week with sole possession of the division, but the Miami Dolphins surprised them with a 34-14 victory on Sunday. The Dolphins had a 34-0 lead until eight minutes were left in the game. Carson Palmer threw two touchdowns passes in roughly four minutes, but it was far too little far too late into the game.
Even though both teams are 7-5, the Broncos are technically in the division lead because they have a better win percentage against the division (the Broncos and the Raiders split the season series). The Raiders are 2-2 with two games left in the division while the Broncos are 3-2 with a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on the last day of the season.
The Chiefs defeated the Chicago Bears, 10-3. Tyler Palko started the game for the Bears but got the quick hook. Kyle Orton entered the game, only to exit immediately after his debut with an injured finger. The Chiefs are 5-7 after the victory.
AFC West Standings
(updated 12.4.2011 at 7:55 PM EST)