Thursday, November 18, 2010
One player to watch
By Bill Williamson
One player from each AFC West team to watch in Week 11:
Denver, Jabar Gaffney, receiver: The San Diego defense has been giving up some big yardage in the passing game. Watch for Denver quarterback Kyle Orton to try to find Gaffney often Monday night. Brandon Lloyd is leading the NFL with 968 yards. But Gaffney can also hurt San Diego. He has 48 catches for 573 yards. He is a weapon the Chargers must account for.
Kansas City, Dwayne Bowe, receiver: Bowe is coming off a huge game at Denver on Sunday where he had 13 catches for 186 yards. He is also looking to make Chiefs history. He is tied with Chris Burford (1962) and Otis Taylor (1966) for catching a touchdown pass in five straight games. If he scores against Arizona on Sunday, Bowe will be alone in the team’s record book.
Oakland, Tommy Kelly, defensive lineman: The Pittsburgh offensive line is banged up. Kelly and his Oakland defensive line mates have a chance to get some damage done as the Raiders try to win on the road. Kelly is having a very strong season and is a force against the run and the pass. The battered Steelers will have to keep tabs on him or Kelly could ruin quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s day.
San Diego, Mike Tolbert, running back: The Broncos have had trouble against physical backs. Tolbert, a human bowling ball, is as tough as they come. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chargers sick Tolbert on Denver, especially with rookie Ryan Mathews still dealing with an ankle injury. When he gets rolling, Tolbert can take over.