AFC West player of the week

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

My original policy was not to award a player of the week award if no AFC West team won during a weekend. In Week 8 that was the case.

But I'm straying from my policy. Who knows? If this division gets shut out again and it's a real possibility, the way this bunch is playing, I may not award a player of the week.

But this week, I have to make an exception.

Tyler Thigpen needs to he recognized. He had a remarkable game in the Chiefs' 28-24 loss to the New York Jets.

Thigpen completed 25-of-36 passes for 280 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and he wasn't intercepted. It was his second NFL start. He was a disaster the fist time around.
Thigpen, playing because Brodie Croyle and Damon Huard are out for the season, looked comfortable and he looked like he belongs. There were no expectations about Thigpen. There seemed like there was no way the Chiefs could compete.

But Thigpen almost beat Brett Favre. He was fantastic. Will it continue? We'll see. Thigpen rose to the occasion Sunday and he deserves to be recognized for it. Win or no win.