After winning their third game in as many weeks, the Broncos have two players up for voting for awards for their performances in Week 3.
Knowshon Moreno is nominated for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week after his 21-carry, 90-yard, one-touchdown performance on Sunday. His teammate in the backfield, Correll Buckhalter, is nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week after notching his first 100-yard rushing game as a Bronco, finishing with 14 carries for 108 yards.
Moreno is nominated along with Donald Brown of the Indianapolis Colts, Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings, Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions.
Moreno’s 21 carries led all rookies in Week 3 and marked the highest total of rushing yards by a rookie yet this season. He was also one of only two rookie running backs to post a rushing score in Week 3, earning his first NFL touchdown in Sunday’s 23-3 win against the Oakland Raiders.
In addition, 20 of his 21 carries did not go for a loss. That 95.2 percentage tied for the best in the NFL among all players for Week 3 with a minimum of 17 carries. Those 21 carries against Oakland represented the second-highest game total by a rookie yet this season.
Buckhalter is up against New Orleans’ Pierre Thomas and Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew. Buckhalter’s 108 rushing yards marked the second-highest total in the AFC for the week, and the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career.
His 7.7-yard rushing average led the AFC for Week 3 for all rushers with a minimum of 10 carries, and ranked second among all AFC players for the entire season so far. His two runs of at least 20 yards — a 34-yarder and a 23-yarder — both set up scores — a touchdown and a field goal, respectively — against the Raiders. His 34-yarder tied for the second-longest run in the AFC for the week.