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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
AFC West Stock Watch

By Bill Williamson

Falling

Brady Quinn, Kansas City, quarterback: In Week 13, Quinn was the AFC offensive player of the week for engineering a win over Carolina. There were faint hopes that Quinn could be in the starting mix next season, but he took a step back in a big loss at Cleveland on Sunday. Quinn is an option just for the next three games.

Cornerbacks in Oakland: Chimdi Chekwa is the only cornerback on the Raiders roster that was with the team in camp (Michael Huff was there as a safety and was moved to cornerback in an emergency). Chekwa was just promoted from the practice squad. This is a weak spot on a roster full of thin areas. Major upgrades will be needed in the offseason.

Chances of a great draft pick in San Diego: This is the dilemma of rooting for a losing team in December. Do you still want your team to win when it can weaken its draft position? Going into Sunday’s win at Pittsburgh, the Chargers were on pace for the No. 6 pick. Now, they are on pace for the No. 9 pick. Victories are always great, but ...

RISING

Eric Decker, Denver, receiver: After catching a combined eight passes in the past three games, Decker caught eight passes against Oakland. He is an important part of the Denver offense and he will need to keep up his production down the stretch.

Second-option receivers in San Diego: Danario Alexander and Micheal Spurlock each had seven catches at Pittsburgh. These two weren’t exactly players the team was depending on, but they are helping. San Diego thinks Alexander has a real future with the team.

Denver’s-post Willis McGahee running game: Knowshon Moreno had 119 yards rushing and added 48 yards receiving at Oakland. With McGahee out until the AFC title game (if Denver makes it) the Broncos will need the threat of a running game. A former first-round pick, Moreno is finally showing he can help his team.