One player to watch for each AFC West team in Week 13:
Denver, Brodrick Bunkley, defensive tackle: He has been an underrated contributor for Denver this season after being acquired this past summer in a trade with Philadelphia. The Broncos' defense is much improved and Bunkley’s stout play is a reason why. Check him out Sunday at Minnesota.
Kansas City, Dwayne Bowe, receiver: Bowe has been scrutinized for appearing not to make much of an effort on a last-second pass that was intercepted in a four-point loss against Pittsburgh on Sunday. Let’s see how Bowe responds Sunday at Chicago. Will the necessary effort be put forth by this talented player? It better be. People will be watching.
Oakland, Aaron Curry, linebacker: Curry has been very solid for the Raiders since coming over from Seattle last month in a trade. The former No. 4 overall draft pick has been very disruptive for the Raiders. Let’s see if his hot play continues at Miami.
San Diego, Cam Thomas, defensive tackle: Thomas, a fifth-round pick last year, is playing and he is making some plays for the Chargers. San Diego thought it got a steal in Thomas last year. He will be given ample opportunities to continue his growth Monday at Jacksonville.