Thursday, November 25, 2010
One player to watch
By Bill Williamson
One player from each AFC West team to keep an eye on in Week 12:
Denver, Knowshon Moreno, running back: Moreno has played well the past two games. He has been a threat as a rusher and as a receiver. Moreno had 58 yards on 13 carries and he added 62 yards on seven catches in a blowout loss at San Diego on Monday night. Moreno caught all seven passes he was targeted on. Moreno looks like he is running with a better purpose than he did earlier in the season.
Kansas City, Dwayne Bowe, receiver: Bowe is on a roll. He has set a team record for catching a touchdown in six straight games. He also has 11 touchdown catches, which is one shy of a team record. Can Bowe keep up his torrid touchdown pace at Seattle?
Oakland, Jared Veldheer, left tackle: Veldheer has to show he can bounce back from a poor outing against Pittsburgh in a 32-point Oakland defeat. The rookie left tackle was handled by veteran James Harrison. Harrison has been playing well at left tackle after moving over to his natural position from a short experiment at center. Everyone has days like this. Veldheer, who is tied for the NFL lead with six false starts, according to ESPN Stats & Information, has to show he can learn from it.
San Diego, Marcus McNeill, left tackle: McNeill has improved steadily after returning from a holdout in Week 6. McNeill is not an elite player. But he is very good. He has made this offensive line better in recent weeks.