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C.J. Anderson credits offensive line for AFC Offensive Player of the Week


A frame-by-frame look at C.J. Anderson's incredible 48-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime. (photos by Gabriel Christus)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** For the second week in a row, a Bronco has won AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

For his explosive two-touchdown, 153-yard performance in the Broncos' Week 12 overtime win against the Patriots, running back C.J. Anderson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. It comes right on the heels of quarterback Brock Osweiler's win for leading the Broncos to victory against Chicago on the road in Week 11.

"It's just an honor, man, a blessing," Anderson said. "I'm proud about it, happy about it. It's not something you just, you know — 'Hey, I'm [going to] go try and get it!' I just went out there and did my job. It feels great."

Anderson's 48-yard game-winning scamper to the end zone in overtime punctuated his best game of 2015, and his 7.5 yard per-carry average was a career-high mark. He had 113 rushing yards on 15 attempts, and he added 40 yards on four catches.

"I saw confidence. He was very confident," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said Sunday after the win. "Actually, he said something to me on one of the drives down there when we had like third-and-3 at the 3 [yard line]: 'Coach, give it to me.' I love players like that. That's what you want to here. I think C.J. has gained confidence in what we do offensively as the season has gone on and should continue to gain some more."

This is Anderson's second time taking home this honor. His first came after an 87-yard, three-touchdown game against Oakland in Week 17 of the 2014 season.

This is the fifth time a Bronco has won an AFC Player of the Week honor this season. Osweiler won in Week 11, defensive end Derek Wolfe won in Week 8, safety T.J. Ward won in Week 4 and cornerback Aqib Talib won in Week 1.

With Osweiler winning it the previous week, Anderson credited the offensive line as the common thread between the two honorees.

"You really got to give it to the O-line," Anderson said. "The O-line put up two offensive players of the week. That's what you really need to be proud about. When they play well, it makes our job that much easier, so all five of those guys, including the tight ends, too, they should all get one."

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