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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Flowers honored for big day in Oakland

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Brandon Flowers has been honored for his day of redemption in Oakland.

The NFL has named the Kansas City cornerback the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding play in the Chiefs' 28-0 win at Oakland in Week 7. Flowers had two of the Chiefs’ six interceptions in the game, including one he took back 58 yards for a touchdown. He added five tackles and four passes defensed. The fourth-year player is having another strong season. He is tied for the AFC lead with four picks.

Flowers had one of the roughest days of his NFL career last November in Oakland as then-rookie Jacoby Ford roughed-up Flowers in Oakland’s comeback win. This is Flowers’ first player of the week honor.

In other AFC West nuggets Wednesday:

The Chiefs re-signed tight end Anthony Becht. Receiver Jeremy Horne was cut Tuesday.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley gave his team an early-season history lesson that may be now be paying off.

Denver rookie safety Quinton Carter knows he has to do all he can to stay a starter.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson talks about his quarterback situation in a radio interview.

Denver tight end Daniel Fells -- who has been outstanding since coming over this summer as a free agent from St. Louis -- is a believer in quarterback Tim Tebow.

Oakland running back Darren McFadden has fallen off ESPN.com’s MVP Watch.

Denver linebacker Von Miller remains atop ESPN.com’s Rookie Watch.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was practicing some Wednesday despite hurting his ankle Sunday. The Lions play at Denver on Sunday.