DENVER - Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was named the AFC Player of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.
Thomas, 25 scored three touchdowns in route to the Broncos 28-20 victory against the San Diego Chargers. He also caught seven passes for 108 yards, which was his second 100-yard receiving game of the season since he had 161-yards against the Baltimore Ravens in the Broncos first game.
Thomas is second in the NFL with nine touchdown receptions, tied with fellow Broncos Julius Thomas and Wes Welker and Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson. He also ranks sixth in the league with 55 catches and eighth in receiving yards with 793.
Thomas, in his fourth season, was drafted in the first-round with the 22nd overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The award marks the 51st time a Bronco has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week since the award was initiated in 1984.
He is the first Broncos wide receiver to receive the honor since Brandon Marshall’s NFL-record 21-catch performance at Indianapolis in Week 14 of 2009.
Thomas joins defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, quarterback Peyton Manning and return specialist Trindon Holliday as Broncos to earn conference player of the week accolades this season. Manning won in weeks 1 and 3, Holliday won in week 2 and Rodgers-Cromartie in week 8.
The Broncos (8-1) host the undefeated (9-0) Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night in an AFC West showdown at 6:30 p.m.