One player to watch

September, 29, 2011
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One player from each AFC West team to watch in Week 4:

Denver: Von Miller, linebacker: The rookie has played very well in his first three NFL games. He had a sack in each of the past two games and the No. 2 overall draft pick is a big reason this unit is much improved from last season. Let’s see if he can get to Green Bay star quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.

Kansas City: Derrick Johnson, linebacker: This is a good player. He has to find a way to help the Chiefs end their funk and beat visiting Minnesota on Sunday. He has to do this by making plays. Johnson dropped several interceptions last year. He did it again Sunday in San Diego at a critical point in the game. Johnson has to start making a difference.

Oakland: Jarvis Moss, defensive end: Is Moss ready to become a legitimate NFL player? He had two sacks against the Jets on Sunday. I’m sure that thrills Broncos fans. He was a colossal draft bust. Denver took him with the No. 17 overall pick in 2007. He had 3.5 sacks in three-plus seasons in Denver before the Broncos gave up on him. Now he appears to be part of a potent rotation in Oakland.

San Diego: Philip Rivers, quarterback: It will be interesting to see how Rivers reacts to being questioned about his play. It hasn’t happened often. Rivers has been good, but he has already thrown six interceptions. His highest interception total in a season is 15. Will Rivers fix his turnover issues Sunday against Miami or will it continue? It’s a major storyline in San Diego.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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