NFL honors Matt Prater

Straight from the not-a-shocker-category, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater was named the AFC special teams player of the week for his efforts in the Broncos’ 13-10 overtime win over the Chicago Bears.

Prater nailed a 59-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 10-10 and to send it to overtime. He then ended the game with a 51-yard effort. It was the second time in NFL history a kicker kicked field goals of 50-plus yards in the final minute of regulation and in overtime.

In other AFC West news:

According to ESPN’s playoff predictorInsider Denver has a 78.8 percent chance of making the playoffs. The Oakland Raiders have a 23 percent chance.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is five catches from becoming the team’s all-time leading receiver.

Another theory why Denver is winning games late.

Do you think the Kansas City Chiefs’ job opening is better than the openings in Miami and Jacksonville? I’d vote Miami, but that’s just me.

Denver signed cornerback Tony Carter off the practice squad and waived safety Kyle McCarthy. Denver starting cornerback Andre Goodman is dealing with a concussion and perhaps Denver was lacking for depth in case Goodman can’t play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

The Chargers announced they need to sell 2,000 tickets by Thursday for Sunday’s final home game of the season against Baltimore to avoid a television blackout . There is a good chance the Chargers will sell enough to avoid the blackout. Sunday’s game against Buffalo was blacked out. About 5,000 tickets remained when the blackout was enforced.