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Knowshon Moreno named AFC offensive player of the week

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno's effort against the Ravens earned the former first-round pick AFC offensive player of the week honors.

Rob Carr

It's been quite a turnaround for once-maligned Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. The high point came last Sunday, when Moreno rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown in a 34-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. On Wednesday, Moreno was named AFC offensive player of the week for his efforts.

It was the second straight 100-yard performance for the fourth-year running back out of Georgia. Moreno also rushed for 119 yards the week prior against the Oakland Raiders. On the season, Moreno has 403 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and has been a surprise for the Denver offense since seeing his workload increase when Willis McGahee went down with an injury.

Moreno's stock with the team has seemingly risen. Last season was a wash for the former first-round pick, as he played in seven games while rushing for only 179 yards. He's yet to have a 1,000-yard rushing season and has had issues with fumbling, but he's lately shown flashes of the playmaking ability that marked his collegiate career.

Moreno's is the seventh player of the week honor for the Broncos (11-3) this season, more than any other team in the league.