Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 8:

Passing yards
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: He has thrown for 2,038 yards.

  • What does it mean? Rivers has thrown for the third most yards in the NFL this season. He has thrown for 176 yards than Denver's Jay Cutler who has played in one less game than Rivers.

Rushing yards
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: Tomlinson has 551 rushing yards.

  • What does it mean? Tomlinson's yardage numbers may start to increase now that he seems to be healing from a turf toe. He had his second 100-yard rushing game of the season Sunday against New Orleans.

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Marshal has 49 catches.

  • What does it mean? Marshall has a big advantage in the division even though he has played in six games during the first eight weeks of the season.

D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Williams has 69 tackles.

  • What does it mean? The Broncos' linebacker is third in the NFL in tackles despite Denver having a bye last week.

Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Edwards has four sacks.

  • What does it mean? The AFC West misses Shawne Merriman and Jared Allen. Sack numbers are way down.

DeAngelo Hall, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Hall has three interceptions

  • What does it mean? Hall didn't add to his total last week but he still needs in the division interception race.