NFL Playoff Picture: Denver Broncos Lead Oakland Raiders In AFC West

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: A fan displays a sign in support of quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos as they face the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos lead the AFC West, holding a one-game advantage over the Oakland Raiders.

The AFC West is, essentially, a two-team race, with the Denver Broncos holding a one-game lead over the Oakland Raiders through 14 weeks. And, of course, there's the Tim Tebow fellow, who always seems to be a lightning rod, and always seems to finish on the winning side of the equation, for whatever reason. But here we are, with the Broncos holding the No. 4 seed in the AFC as it stands now, and the Raiders on the outside looking in.

At 8-5, the Broncos are the lowest-seeded division leader through 14 weeks, trailing three 10-3 teams in the AFC. And in the wildcard, the Pittsburgh Steelers currently lead the way at 10-3, as well. Still, the winner of the AFC West is guaranteed a top-four seed, and the Broncos are that team with three games to go.

The Raiders are one-game back of the final AFC wildcard spot and at the bottom of a three-way mess of teams chasing that spot. Joining Oakland are the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals, with each team holding a tiebreaker over the Raiders. With four teams -- and potentially a fifth in the 6-7 San Diego Chargers -- vying for one wildcard spot, it may be AFC West crown or best for the three division teams still in contention.

For more on the playoff picture, head over to our NFL hub.

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