AFC West players to watch

November, 19, 2009
11/19/09
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The following is four players from each AFC West team to watch in Week 11:

Denver, Brian Dawkins, safety: Dawkins has become the clear leader of the Broncos. He is an emotional leader and is still playing at high level. It will be up to Dawkins to get his team on the right track in a huge game against San Diego after three straight losses

Kansas City, Mike Brown, safety: Brown has become one of the Chiefs’ best players. The veteran is a savvy, smart player. He had two interceptions against Oakland last week, including one to win the game. If the Chiefs have any chance against the Steelers, Brown will need to play a big game.

Oakland, Michael Bush, running back: Bush is developing into one of Oakland’s top offensive threats. He had 119 yards on 14 carries last week. Oakland needs a spark and Bush has to get more chances to help.

San Diego, Vincent Jackson, receiver: Jackson is one of the best players in the NFL. But he was held to just 10 yards receiving against Philadelphia. The Chargers’ other weapons did enough damage to make up for Jackson being taken out of the game. Still, he is a top player and he needs to find a way to do damage against Denver.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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