For the 13th straight week, the Broncos remain on top of the AFC West standings. The Kansas City Chiefs, on a six-game winning streak, are on their heels.
Now down the final stretch, the Broncos, now No. 2 in the AFC, are in the hunt for the No. 1 seed and the Chiefs are looking for a possible wild-card path into the playoffs.
Here is how the division fared in Week 13:
Denver Broncos (10-2)
Last outing:** W 17-3 @ Chargers (3-9)
Standouts: Essentially the entire defense. Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan recorded his first pick-six of the season, outside linebacker Von Miller tallied 2.0 sacks, the squad forced four fumbles and recovered two, and the list goes on. This defense could carry the team far into the playoffs.
Up next: The Broncos host the Raiders (5-7) for what should be a tough AFC West matchup with playoff implications for both teams.
- Allie Raymond
Kansas City Chiefs (7-5)
The Broncos kept their three-game lead in the division with a win in San Diego, but Kansas City is still in the hunt after beating Oakland.
Last outing:** W 34-20 @ Oakland (5-7)
Standouts: Things didn't look so hot through three quarters for Kansas City. They had been able to keep it close with Oakland, but hadn't been able to stop their momentum. But in the fourth quarter, LB Josh Mauga, CB Marcus Peters and S Tyvon Branch each forced an interception on Raiders QB Derek Carr, with Branch's going for a touchdown. The first two led to touchdown catches by WR Jeremy Maclin, and the 21-point run by the Chiefs gave them their sixth straight victory.
Up next: Kansas City continues their divisional run with a home game against the Chargers (3-9).
Oakland Raiders (5-7)
Last outing: L 34-20 vs. Chiefs (7-5)
Standouts: As mentioned above, three interceptions in the Raiders' first four possessions of the fourth quarter doomed Oakland's hopes for ending the Chiefs' win streak. Until that point, Carr had been mostly mistake-free with two touchdown passes, and RB Latavius Murray had added 86 rushing yards with a touchdown. The Raiders held a six-point lead entering the final quarter, but miscues turned the tide in the Chiefs' favor.
Up next: Once again, the AFC West will all stay in the division, with Raiders venturing to Denver to take on the Broncos (10-2).
- Ben Swanson
San Diego Chargers (3-9)
The Broncos rolled past the Chargers Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm stadium. These are the best shots from the win.
Last outing:** L 17-3 vs. Broncos (10-2)
Standouts: After snapping a six-game skid against Jacksonville in Week 12, the Chargers were unable to keep the momentum going against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Quarterback Philip Rivers was held to his second-lowest passing yardage this season and struggled against Denver's defense to get any of his offensive threats into the end zone. The defense kept the game from getting too far out of reach with linebacker Denzel Perryman recording 10 tackles, safety Eric Weddle helping control the secondary with six tackles, linebacker Melvin Ingram sacking QB Brock Osweiler once and cornerback Jason Verrett intercepting Osweiler once.
Up next: The Chargers' schedule doesn't get any easier as they travel to Kansas City to take on divisional rival Kansas City (7-5).
- Allie Raymond