ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Denver’s 45-10 win against the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL informed the Broncos on Wednesday.
The award represents the first conference recognition of Sanders’ career. He is the seventh Broncos wide receiver to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984, joining Demaryius Thomas (2014, Wk. 5), Eric Decker (2013, Wk. 13), Brandon Marshall (2009, Wk. 14), Rod Smith (2005, Wk. 15), Anthony Miller (1995, Wk. 7) and Vance Johnson (1989, Wk. 12) with that distinction.
Against Arizona, Sanders totaled six receptions for 102 yards (17.0 avg.) with one touchdown and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Courtland Sutton. In addition to recording his 18th career 100-yard receiving game (and third this season), Sanders became the first Bronco to catch a touchdown and throw for a touchdown in the same game since quarterback John Elway (vs. Oakland, 9/7/86).
Sanders, who rushed for a 35-yard touchdown in Week 3 against Baltimore, is just the fifth wide receiver since the 1970 NFL merger to record a touchdown throwing, receiving and rushing in the same season. He is also just the seventh Bronco—regardless of position—to accomplish that feat.
Sanders is the first Broncos player to receive conference player of the week recognition since safety Justin Simmons was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2016 (Wk. 10 at New Orleans).