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Monday, November 10, 2008
AFC West player of the week

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Had Kansas City converted the two-point attempt at San Diego on Monday, I would have been tempted to give Tony Gonzalez the AFC West player of the week nod. The Kansas City tight end is playing at a high level as he had 10 catches in the Chiefs' 20-19 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

But, really, this week there is no contest. The clear cut AFC West player of the week is Denver quarterback Jay Cutler. He was simply special in Denver's comeback win over Cleveland on Thursday night.

Cutler led Denver on two fourth-quarter comebacks. He threw three touchdown passes in the quarter as Denver won 34-20. The Broncos were losing 23-10 at one point.

Cutler threw for 447 yards and threw only one interception.  Cutler willed his team, which was down to its fifth-string tailback and without five defensive starters, to win.

Unfortunately for Cutler, he will likely have to continue to be near perfect if the 5-4 Broncos are going to win the AFC West.