The first Sunday of the 2012 NFL season is complete and, following a 31-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, the Denver Broncos are atop of the AFC West standings, exactly where they ended the 2011 regular season. This is just the first week so there's not much more to be said other than that the Broncos are leading the division for the time being.
Of course, that will change on Monday night after the San Diego Chargers visit the Oakland Raiders in the late game on ESPN (8:15 p.m. MT). Unless the rare tie happens, one of those two teams will join the Broncos as co-leaders in the division.
The Kansas City Chiefs will also have company at the bottom of the division following the conclusion of the Chargers-Raiders contest. Kansas City came out on the wrong end of a 40-24 decision against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Falcons scored 23 straight points from the second through the fourth quarters to seal the victory. In 2011, the Chiefs opened the season with a 41-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
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