You pick it: AFC West storylines

The candidates are:

Runyan signs with the Chargers: San Diego signed free agent right tackle Jon Runyan after Jeromey Clary went down for the season with an ankle injury. Runyan will likely be ready to play in another week. He will retire after the season to pursue a political career.

The playoff push: Both division-leading San Diego (8-3) and second-place Denver (7-4) enter December on pace to make the playoffs.

McDaniel-Phillips spat: Denver coach Josh McDaniels and San Diego linebacker Shaun Phillips further discussed their pregame verbal spat on Nov. 22.

Pick your story of the week and hit my mailbag with your thoughts. I will post some of your responses later in the week.