- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Denver Broncos are 3-5 and one game off the pace in this hot mess of a division. The Raiders -- who went 6-0 in the AFC West last year -- were primed to be 6-2, but they have lost back-to-back home games to Kansas City and Denver.
Palmer’s impact: Quarterback Carson Palmer had his moments Sunday as he threw three touchdown passes in his first start as a Raider. But the man brought to Oakland to be the difference maker has thrown six interceptions in six quarters of play.
Tebow’s impact: Tebow played better than he did in his first two starts of the season, but he wasn’t terrific throwing the ball. Yet, with 117 yards rushing, he very likely did enough on keep his job as the starter. Denver is 2-1 with him as the starter.
McGahee’s day: The star of the show for Denver was 30-year-old Willis McGahee. Playing two weeks after breaking his hand and only limited practice, McGahee ripped through an Oakland defense that is giving up too many big plays. He had 163 yards rushing and he scored on runs of 60 and 24 yards in the second half. Denver, which has struggled all season on the ground, had 298 yards rushing.
What’s next: The Raiders have a quick turnaround. They will play a crucial AFC West game at San Diego on Thursday night. Denver plays at Kansas City,
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