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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 16:

Passing yards

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos
The numbers:
He has thrown for 4,210 yards.
What does it mean? Cutler has set a single-season passing yardage record for Denver but can he outshine rival Philip Rivers with the division on the line Sunday?

Rushing yards

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
The numbers:
He has run for 1,014 yards this season.
What does it mean?
Another season, another 1,000 yards but Tomlinson is having one of his toughest NFL seasons.


Brandon Marshall, Broncos
The numbers:
Marshall has 98 receptions.
What does it mean?
He is closing in on 100 catches for the second time in three seasons despite missing one game due to league suspension.


Kirk Morrison and Gibril Wilson, Oakland Raiders
The numbers:
Morrison, a linebacker, and Wilson, a safety, each have 122 tackles.
What does it mean?
Both of these players have been keys for an inconsistent defense.


Shaun Phillips, Chargers
The numbers:
The Chargers' linebacker has 7.5 sacks.
What does it mean?
He hasn't been Shawne Merriman but Phillips has flourished under coordinator Ron Rivera.


Stephen Cooper, Chargers and Jarrad Page, Kansas City Chiefs
The numbers:
Cooper, a linebacker, and Page, a safety, each have four interceptions.
What does it mean?
Each player had an interception in Week 16.