The Denver Broncos could thank their former coach for strengthening their position playoffs. Mike Shanahan's Washington Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in overtime. The loss gave the Broncos a one game lead over the Ravens in the overall AFC standings.
Denver had already moved into second place on Thursday night after picking up their tenth win of the season in Oakland.
They could still be bumped down a spot if New England beats Houston on Monday Night Football. While both teams would have 10-3 records, the Patriots still hold the tie breaker because of their win over Denver back on October 7 in Foxborough.
Should the Broncos run the table and keep second place through the end of the season, they would pick up a first round bye in the playoffs and have the homefield advantage during the Divisional Round January 12-13.