AFC West second-quarter checkpoint
Defensive player of the quarter: Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard. I was tempted to go with fellow Denver linebacker Von Miller, who has six sacks in the past four games. But Woodyard has been tremendous in the past quarter. He has 49 tackles in the past four games, with 11 being his lowest output -- remarkable for a player who was considered a liability going into the season. Now, with D.J. Williams set to return next week from a nine-game NFL suspension, there appears to be no doubt Woodyard will remain the starting weakside linebacker ahead of Williams.