A key player to watch in Week 8 for each AFC West team:
Denver: J.D. Walton, center: The Broncos' second-year center will have his hands full with the Lions’ aggressive defensive line Sunday. Detroit’s pressure begins with Ndamukong Suh. He’ll be coming after Tim Tebow, and Walton will have to set the tone. Tebow was dropped seven times in Miami, so Walton and crew will have to improve quickly.
Kansas City: Brandon Flowers, cornerback: Flowers had a terrific game at Oakland in Week 7. He had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown. The Chargers’ passing game is coming off a shaky performance at the Jets in Week 7. Philip Rivers will be looking to get back on track Monday night at Kansas City, so Flowers will be in the spotlight again.
San Diego: Antoine Cason, cornerback: Cason struggled against the Jets’ Plaxico Burress on Sunday as he gave upon three touchdowns to Burress. The Chiefs’ passing offense has been coming on strong, so I’m sure Cason will be challenged again Monday night. He needs to answer the challenge.
Oakland is on a bye.