Four players to watch
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Here are four players I am looking forward to seeing play this weekend in games involving AFC West teams:
Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos: This was supposed to be a breakout year for Dumervil. The Denver defensive end was supposed to be a Pro Bowl player. He had 8.5 sacks as a rookie in 2006 and he had 12.5 sacks last season. Yet, Dumervil has only compiled three sacks this season. He has just 16 tackles in 11 games. He dealt with a hand injury this season but he needs to be more productive. He needs to disrupt Brett Favre in New York on Sunday. Dumervil has too much talent to be this lackluster.
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs: Gonzalez is having a brilliant season. If the Chiefs win at Oakland on Sunday it will because Gonzalez has a big game. He had 10 catches for 113 yards against Buffalo. He has 44 of his 65 catches in the six games since the trade deadline. Gonzalez deserves a lot of credit for playing so hard in such a difficult time.
JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders: Russell completed 10 of 11 passes in the Raiders' upset win at Denver last week. He should throw more against Kansas City this week. Russell made good progress last week. Can he continue to do it this week?
Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons: It will be fun to see LaDainian Tomlinson's former caddy return as a star with the Falcons. Turner was very effective as Tomlinson's backup and he was paid handsomely in free agency by the Falcons because they thought he could be a quality starter. It paid off. Turner has been fantastic. He has 1,088 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns this season. The Chargers are in another must-win situation this week. Turner could make his former team very unhappy.