One guy to watch

December, 6, 2012
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One player from each AFC West team to watch in Week 14:

Eric Decker, Denver, receiver: Decker has 56 catches this season, but just eight in the past three games. Peyton Manning went several series without looking for Decker in Week 13. Demaryius Thomas is the focal point of the offense. Still, starting Thursday night in Oakland, the Broncos need to get Decker more involved.

Brady Quinn, Kansas City, quarterback: Quinn is suddenly a plus player for the Chiefs -- or at least he was in Week 13. He threw four incompletions (on 23 attempts) and was super-efficient in the Chiefs’ second victory of the season, a 27-21 win over the Panthers. Let’s see if Quinn continues to be a strong game manager Sunday when he goes back to Cleveland, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2007. Sunday’s win was Quinn’s first as a starter since he quarterbacked the Browns in 2009. If Quinn has any chance to be the long-term answer in Kansas City, he needs to keep up his strong play.

Denarius Moore, receiver, Oakland: Moore was benched last week for some dropped passes. The second-year player has big talent, but hasn't made strides in recent weeks. Carson Palmer keeps targeting Moore, but the two are not connectiing. That needs to change against Denver on Thursday night.

Philip Rivers, quarterback, San Diego: Things could get ugly Sunday at Pittsburgh, when Rivers is likely going to be playing without three offensive linemen -- from a unit hasn’t been strong as it is. Rivers has been playing without much help from his offense all season; Sunday's game could really take things to the next level.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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