The New York Jets and Denver Broncos are both leading their respective divisions, but they are heading in different directions.
The AFC East-leading Jets look to build off a victory over the NFL's last unbeaten team and win their sixth straight game for the first time in a decade on Sunday when they host the AFC West-leading Broncos, who are trying to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to one of the worst teams in the league.
New York opened this season with two losses in its first three games, but has won seven of eight since. It has outscored its opponents by an average of 16.2 points during its five-game winning streak.
Unlike the Jets, Denver got off to a fast start to the season by winning its first three games, but it has won just three of eight since. Denver was unable to slow down lowly Oakland last Sunday, as the Raiders, who hadn't scored an offensive touchdown in 15 quarters, handed the Broncos a 31-10 home loss.
Despite their struggles, the Broncos have a two-game lead over stumbling San Diego and are on pace to do something they've never done in their history: maintain sole possession of their division from wire to wire.