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NFL Standings 2011, Week 12: Denver Broncos Look For Kansas City Chiefs Loss To Secure Sole Possession Of 2nd Place

The Denver Broncos are hot on the heels of the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West standings after both teams picked up victories in Week 11. The Broncos were the first team to win by defeating the New York Jets, 17-13, on Thursday. Tim Tebow delivered the victory by directing a 95-yard scoring drive in the final minutes of the game. He scored the game-winning touchdown on a 20-yard run.

The Raiders held on for a 27-21 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Carson Palmer threw one touchdown pass and 164 yards, but it was Michael Bush, starting in place of Darren McFadden, who proved instrumental to the victory. He pounded the ball 30 times for 109 yards and one touchdown.

The San Diego Chargers currently occupy the bottom of the AFC West after a 31-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Chargers had tied the game at 17 in the third quarter, but the Bears countered with two more touchdowns. Jay Cutler reportedly broke the thumb on his throwing hand, potentially quashing his return to Denver on Dec. 11.

The Kansas City Chiefs play the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football and will start Tyler Palko at quarterback. The safe bet is that the Chiefs lose and join the Chargers at 4-6.

AFC West Standings

Oakland 6 4 0 235 254
Denver 5 5 0 205 247
Kansas City 4 5 0 141 218
San Diego 4 6 0 236 259

(updated 11.20.2011 at 11:32 PM EST)

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