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NFL Playoff Picture: Denver Broncos Eliminated From Postseason Consideration, Kansas City Chiefs Still Lead AFC West

After yesterday's 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos were eliminated from the NFL playoff picture, falling to 3-9. The Kansas City Chiefs improved to 8-4, to take a two-game lead over the Oakland Raiders (6-6) and the San Diego Chargers (6-6).

The Raiders defeated the Chargers, 28-13, in San Diego on Sunday afteroon. Running backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush and quarterback Jason Campbell combined to rush for 229 of the team's 251 yards and three touchdowns against the Chargers. San Diego's top-five rushing defense failed to show up yesterday.

The Chiefs and Chargers play this coming Sunday in San Diego, and the Chiefs can eliminate the Chargers from playoff contention with a victory. The Chiefs would win the season series, 2-0, and hold the tie-breaker should they lose their last three games and the Chargers win their last three to both finish 9-7.

Oakland goes on the road to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars and to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Denver Broncos have games against the Raiders on Dec. 19 and against the Chargers on Jan. 2. Maybe these teams will get a dose of Tim Tebow--nah.

AFC West Standings

Kansas City 8 4 0 295 237
Oakland 6 6 0 283 269
San Diego 6 6 0 323 253
Denver 3 9 0 256 333

(updated 12.6.2010 at 4:06 AM EST)

In the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers took over the lead by defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 13-10, to improve 10 9-3. The Jacksonville Jaguars retained their AFC South lead with a 17-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

The New York Jets and New England Patriots face each other on Monday Night Football to close out the NFL week and to determine the AFC East leader. The Jets currently lead the East through the head-to-head tiebreaker, while the Patriots hold the wild card. Baltimore holds the other wild card spot right now.

While these teams vie for a playoff spot, the Denver Broncos are ready to lay claim to a top-five draft choice.