AFC West player of the week

December, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Brandon Marshall answered the bell Sunday.

There were whispers that Marshall was fading down the stretch. Frankly, there was some evidence of it. He hadn't caught more than six passes in a game in six games. He was dropping passes.

He wasn't the same player as he was earlier in the season. Until Sunday. Marshall was dominant. He caught 11 passes for 91 yards and he had two touchdown catches, including the game winner in Denver's 24-17 home win over Kansas City. Marshall also had a key catch in the final drive of the game as Denver killed the clock.

For his efforts, Marshall is this week's AFC West player of the week. He edged San Diego receiver Vincent Jackson who had five catches for 148 yards in the Chargers' 34-7 win over Oakland on Thursday night. Jackson was terrific but Marshall got the nod because he came up big in a tight game.

Marshall now has 83 catches for 1,033 yards this season. Marshall, who appears headed to his first Pro Bowl in his three-season NFL career, showed Sunday that he is not fading and he is ready for the stretch run as Denver moves toward the playoffs.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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