One player to watch


One player to watch from each AFC West team in Week 14:

Demaryius Thomas, receiver, Denver: Thomas has been known as a talent, but an injury-prone player since being the No. 22 overall pick last year. But Thomas showed his great potential by grabbing four passes for 144 yards at Minnesota last Sunday. If Thomas can build upon his big game this Sunday against Chicago, it will be a huge boost for Denver’s offense.

Justin Houston, linebacker, Kansas City: The rookie had three sacks Sunday in a victory at Chicago. The talented pass-rusher showed great pressure, and it will be interesting to see if he can build on that huge performance Sunday at the Jets.

Rolando McClain, middle linebacker, Oakland: McClain is still in the spotlight after his arrest last week in Alabama. The defensive signal-caller can help put himself in good graces by leading a strong effort as visiting Oakland takes on the runaway train that is the Green Bay Packers’ offense.

Malcom Floyd, receiver, San Diego: Floyd showed his importance to this offense Monday night in a 24-point win at Jacksonville, with four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. After missing four games with a hip injury, Floyd deepens the Chargers’ offense and he has a good rapport with Philip Rivers. His health helps this team immensely.