Thursday, October 6, 2011
One player to watch
By Bill Williamson
A look at a key player from each AFC West team to watch for in Week 5:
Denver: Willis McGahee, running back: McGahee had a nice bounce-back game in Week 4. He had 103 yards on 15 carries at Green Bay. He had 52 yards 22 carries in Week 3. McGahee is better served to keep his carry totals fewer than 20. If Denver can do that, perhaps he can bring life to the run game again Sunday against visiting San Diego.
Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe, receiver: Bowe isn’t yet having the big year he enjoyed in 2010, but who on the Chiefs is having a 2010-like season, yet Bowe has been making an impact and he is showing how dangerous he can be. He scored the game-winning touchdown on a 52-yard pass play in the fourth quarter against Minnesota on Sunday. He ended up with five catches for 107 yards in the game. Expect the Chiefs to try to get Bowe involved a lot at Indianapolis on Sunday.
Oakland: Darrius Heyward-Bey, receiver: Heyward-Bey had a nice game for the Raiders. He made some tough grabs (he also had an easy drop) and he continued to gain the confidence of quarterback Jason Campbell. The No. 7 overall draft pick of the 2009 draft had four catches for 115 yards. The Raiders have a lot of young receivers, but there is room for Heyward-Bey if he is going to make that type of contribution.
San Diego: Larry English, linebacker: There’s reason to be excited about English for the first time in his career. The No. 16 overall pick of the 2009 draft had two sacks against Miami in Week 4. He had five sacks in his first 26 NFL games. It will be interesting to see if English can continue his pass-rush success against the Broncos on Sunday.