Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

August, 27, 2008
8/27/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at some of the best AFC West performers after three preseason games, statistically speaking:

Passing: Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos

The numbers: Cutler, who is not expected to play Friday at Arizona in Denver's preseason finale, has completed 30 of 43 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns.

What does it mean? Cutler has been outstanding, but what is so telling that he is ready for a breakout year is he has not made many mistakes. He has not been intercepted or sacked in the preseason.


Rushing: Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

The numbers: McFadden, the No. 4 overall draft pick this year, has 132 yards on 30 carries.

What does it mean? McFadden is ready for the NFL. He will be part of a three-man tailback crew in Oakland with Justin Fargas and Michael Bush. But expect McFadden to be the primary back in Oakland within a few weeks.


Receiving: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

The numbers: Marshall has 10 catches for 139 yards in less than five quarters of play in the preseason.

What does it mean? We didn't need the preseason to know Marshall can play. He became the third receiver in NFL history to catch at least 100 balls (he had 102 catches) in his second season, in 2007. This is a star.


Tackles: Antoine Cason, San Diego Chargers

The numbers: The rookie cornerback has 16 tackles.

What does it mean? The No. 28 overall pick has been excellent for the Chargers and he will be their nickel cornerback as a rookie.


Sacks: Turk McBride, Kansas City Chiefs

The numbers: McBride is tied for the NFL lead with three sacks this preseason.

What does it mean? The second-year player is ready to be one of the top contributors on a young defense.


Interceptions: Stanford Routt, Oakland Raiders

The numbers: Routt has two interceptions.

What does it mean? Routt has playmaking ability. He will play in a reserve role in Oakland.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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