Matt Prater honored

Denver kicker Matt Prater was named the AFC special teams player of the month for December.

He was 5-of-6 on field-goal tries in the month and he made both of his attempts from 50-plus yards. Both of those field goals came late in an overtime win over Chicago. He made all four of his attempts in the fourth quarter or in overtime. He is 28-for-29 in those kicks in his career.

In other AFC West nuggets:

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. ranks the 12 offenses and defenses in the playoffs in an Insider piece. The Broncos didn’t do real well.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter looks at some of the obstacles the Raiders may be facing. The San Francisco Chronicle looks at whether the Raiders improved in 2011 after another 8-8 season in 2010.

The San Diego Union Tribune looks at the chances of the Chargers signing free-agent receiver Vincent Jackson to a long-term deal instead of giving him the franchise tag.

San Diego returner Richard Goodman was named the AFC special teams player of the week. He had a kick return for a score over Oakland on Sunday.

San Diego general manager A.J. Smith discusses the recent turn of events in San Diego.

Denver receiver Demaryius Thomas talks about the Broncos’ challenge Sunday against Pittsburgh in a radio interview.

The Raiders likely asked permission to talk to the Ravens’ Eric DeCosta about their general manger opening. Green Bay’s Reggie McKenzie reportedly interviewed Wednesday. Oakland is expected to interview several other candidates.