Best in the AFC West, by the numbers

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at the AFC West leaders in a few categories after Week 5:

Passing yards

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: He has thrown for 1,502 yards.

  • What does it mean? Cutler is ranked second in the NFL in passing yards. Things could get tough for Cutler this week with receiver Eddie Royal and tight end Tony Scheffler dealing with injuries.

Rushing yards

Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs

  • The numbers: Johnson leads the AFC with 417 yards.

  • What does it mean? Johnson has just 2 yards against Carolina, but he is having a strong season. When the Chiefs return from their bye week, Johnson will continue to be a focal point of the offense.


Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Marshall has 34 catches.

  • What does it mean: Marshall has had a terrific season, but he had just three catches against Tampa Bay on Sunday. He needs to bounce back against Jacksonville on Sunday.


D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos

  • The numbers: Williams has 45 tackles which is third in the NFL.

  • What does it mean: Williams is having a fine season. He was a key figure in Denver's defensive bounce-back game against Tampa Bay as he had 11 tackles and a sack.


Kalimba Edwards, Oakland Raiders; Shaun Phillips, San Diego Chargers; Jyles Tucker, San Diego Chargers

  • The numbers: Each player has three sacks.

  • What does it mean? Edwards didn't play in Week 5 because Oakland had a bye and Tucker was injured. Phillips had a sack to make it a three-way tie.


Antonio Cromartie, San Diego Chargers; DeAngelo Hall, Oakland Raiders

  • The numbers: Cromartie and Hall each have two interceptions.

  • What does it mean? There was no change from Week 4.