Four players to watch

Denver, Elvis Dumervil, linebacker: Dumervil has an outside chance to set the NFL record for sacks. Michael Strahan owns it with 22.5 sacks. Dumervil has 14 sacks, which leads the NFL, with five games remaining. He needs to have a couple of big games to have a chance. Sunday, at Kansas City, may be a good opportunity for him. The Chiefs have a porous offensive line, so Dumervil has a chance to get closer to the record.

Kansas City, Jamaal Charles, running back: Charles is a fascinating player to watch. Since taking over when Larry Johnson was cut last month. Charles has shown great game-breaking ability. He is a work in progress, but every game he has shown something that impresses. Let’s see what he can do against a Denver run-defense that has been inconsistent.

Oakland, Trevor Scott, defensive end/linebacker: Scott played linebacker at Dallas, showing he can move around. The second-year defensive end is a nice talent. He could have a future at either spot. He is a natural pass rusher with a nose for the ball. Expect him to be his normal active self at Pittsburgh.

San Diego, Vincent Jackson, receiver: Jackson’s productivity has slowed in the past three games, when he has just seven catches for 93 yards and no touchdowns. He had 42 catches for 718 yards and seven touchdowns in the first eight games. Teams have been trying to take away Jackson and have done a good job of it. If San Diego has a chance to go deep in the postseason, it will need Jackson to regain his receiving stroke. Sunday against Cleveland would be a good time for him to get back on track.