Two AFC West teams won in Week 15 and a player from each team was honored for their efforts.
Denver running back Knowshon Moreno was named the AFC offensive player of the week for his performance Sunday in the Broncos’ big win at Baltimore. Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named the AFC special teams player of the week for his performance in a 15-0 win over Kansas City.
Moreno had 118 yards on 22 carries. His yardage was the most by a visiting player against Baltimore in two years. Moreno is enjoying a resurgence this month after Denver starter Willis McGahee was lost until the AFC title game (if Denver makes it) because of a knee injury. Moreno has 237 yards rushing in the past two games. This is a player who was inactive for eight games this season. It seemed like Moreno, a first-round draft pick in 2009, was just taking up space on Denver’s roster. Now he is helping the charge to the playoffs.
Janikowski accounted for all 15 of Oakland’s points against the Chiefs with five field goals. Janikowski is having a brilliant year and he will likely make the Pro Bowl. He has made 29 of 32 field goal attempts. All three of his misses have been from 51 yards or beyond.