September 23 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) prepares to throw during second quarter of the game against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Standings: Broncos Battle For AFC West Superiority

The Denver Broncos are looking to repeat as AFC West champions, but the road will be tough.

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NFL Standings, Week 3: Despite Loss, Chargers Stay Atop AFC West

The San Diego Chargers retained sole possession of first place in the AFC West despite being routed at home by the Atlanta Falcons, as the Denver Broncos were unable to capitalize at home against the Houston Texans.

The Chargers took a 27-3 beating from the Falcons, who have now beaten two AFC West teams. That put the Broncos in position to climb into a first-place tie, but they were unable to complete a fourth-quarter rally against the Texans in a 31-26 loss. That, combined with the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders' first wins of the season, leaves Denver in a three-way tie for second place.

Things have a chance to get all kinds of weird in Week 4, as the Chargers face the Chiefs and the Broncos face the Raiders. If Kansas City wins, they'd be in a tie for first with the Chargers and the winner of Denver-Oakland. At the same time, the Chiefs, as well as the loser of Denver-Oakland, would be at a real disadvantage -- albeit early on -- at 1-3.

AFC WEST W L T PF PA Streak
San Diego 2 1 0 63 51 Lost 1
Denver 1 2 0 77 77 Lost 2
Oakland 1 2 0 61 88 Won 1
Kansas City 1 2 0 68 99 Won 1

For additional coverage on the Chargers, be sure to visit Bolts From The Blue. Additional coverage on the Broncos can be found at Mile High Report, while news and analysis on the Chiefs and Raiders can be found at Arrowhead Pride and Silver and Black Pride.

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