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Friday, December 4, 2009
You pick it responses

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

We had a runaway winner in this week’s “you pick it” feature.

Readers believe the story of the week is the playoff push made by San Diego and Denver. San Diego is 8-3 and on pace for the No. 2 seed in the AFC field. Denver is 7-4 and is on pace for the No. 5 seed and a wild-card spot.

The other candidates were San Diego signing veteran tackle Jon Runyan and Denver coach Josh McDaniels and San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips explaining their pregame verbal spat on Nov. 22.

I agree that the action on the field is the story of the week. This division has taken a lot of heat the past two years. With two teams on pace to make the playoffs, it shows progress is being made. Below are some of your responses. Thanks to everyone who participated:

Steve Sibiski from Oceanside, Calif.: The push for the playoffs by SD and Denver is definitely the story of the week. And might be the story of the year (unless one of these two wins the SB. Everyone had the AFC west pegged as a one team division. But with the Broncos coming out and winning their first 6 games it has brought back some respect to this division that has been looked down at for the last few years. Nothing would be better then sending two teams to the playoffs this year.

Wally from Tecate, Calif.: Most definitely the playoff push. Seeing as how the AFC West was considered to be the worst division in the NFL, with the Chargers automatically advancing to the playoffs and everyone else tanking, it has to be considered the topic of the week, maybe even top 5 of the year. The Chargers are fighting for a 1st round bye and the Broncos are only 1 game behind with no team looking like it will fold. With both teams looking like they will finish the season either 11-5 or 12-4, and both probably finishing the season with a 5-1 record against teams in the AFC West, the division is pretty much up for grabs and the most exciting division right now.

Steve from San Diego: I like your "Playoff Push" storyline.I think it illustrates the improvement made throughout the division. Stronger competition should provide a stronger champion. Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I would love to see the Lombardi Trophy hoisted by a team representing the AFC West.

Gary D. from San Diego: Bil, until Runyon plays a down, his signing is at best a curiosity at this point. Fantastic potential that could be a key to priming the Chargers for a Championship run, but right now, just a big ?.The McDaniel thing is just way overplayed, a tabloid sensation over nothing. It's not his fault he was caught swearing on live tv. He just won the wrong-place lottery.Forced to pick one of the 3, it's the horse-race between SD and Denver. SD clearly has the upper-hand, but Denver's win over the Giants proves they aren't out of it just yet. It's going to be one amazing December.