Announced by nfl.com, the players of the month in both conferences for September have been released, but alas, contain no players from the Baltimore Ravens. However, we Ravens fans know this is a team game and we are clicking on all cylinders right now, with each player fulfilling his role in his specific position. The winners in each conference are as follows:
COLTS QB PEYTON MANNING, BENGALS DE ANTWAN ODOM &
BRONCOS K MATT PRATER
NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER
Quarterback PEYTON MANNING of the Indianapolis Colts, defensive end ANTWAN ODOM of the Cincinnati Bengals and kicker MATT PRATER of the Denver Broncos are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for September, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB PEYTON MANNING, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
- Manning led the Colts to a 3-0 September record, including back-to-back primetime road wins against Miami (Week 2) and Arizona (Week 3).
- For the month, Manning completed 66 of 96 passes (68.8 percent) for 983 yards with seven touchdowns versus two interceptions and a 117.7 passer rating.
- In Week 2 against Miami, Manning (120) surpassed JOHNNY UNITAS (118) for most wins by a quarterback in franchise history.
- Through three games, Manning ranks second in the NFL with 983 passing yards and a 117.7 passer rating and is tied for second in the league with seven touchdowns.
- In his 12th season from Tennessee, this is Manning’s fourth career Player of the Month Award. Manning last won the award in October of 2006.
DEFENSE: DE ANTWAN ODOM, CINCINNATI BENGALS
- Odom registered an NFL-best seven sacks in September and added 16 tackles.
- He recorded two sacks in the season opener against Denver and in Week 2 at Green Bay, Odom posted a career-high five sacks.
- The veteran defensive end needs two sacks to surpass his career-high of eight in 2007.
- In his sixth year from Alabama, this is Odom’s first Player of the Month Award. He joins safety DAVID FULCHER (1989) and defensive tackle TIM KRUMRIE (1988) as only the third Bengals defensive player to win the award.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K MATT PRATER, DENVER BRONCOS
- Prater made seven of nine field goals (77.8 percent), including all three attempts from 40-plus yards (48, 50, 48), and all five extra-point attempts to help the Broncos post a 3-0 record in September.
- Prater’s 50-yard field goal in Denver’s win at Cincinnati on Kickoff Weekend (9/13) was his sixth made field goal of at least 50 yards of his career.
- In his third year from Central Florida, this is Prater’s first career Player of the Month Award. Prater is the first Broncos kicker to win the award since JASON ELAM in November of 2001.
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SAINTS QB DREW BREES, PACKERS CB CHARLES WOODSON &
EAGLES PR-WR DE SEAN JACKSON
NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER
Quarterback DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, cornerback CHARLES WOODSON of the Green Bay Packers and punt returner-wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON of the Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for September, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB DREW BREES, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
- Brees guided the Saints to a 3-0 record and led the NFL in passer rating (118.1) and passing touchdowns (nine).
- The Saints scored 120 points during the month, the most by a team through the first three weeks of a season since 1968 (Dallas, 132) and the fourth-highest all-time.
- He led the NFC with a 69.1 completion percentage and an 8.67 yards per attempt average.
- In Week 1, he became the first player in NFL history to pass for six touchdowns on Kickoff Weekend.
- Brees’ nine touchdowns in the first two games tied for the most in league annals (CHARLEY JOHNSON, 1965).
- In his ninth season from Purdue, this is Brees’ second career Player of the Month Award (September 2008). He was recognized earlier this year as the NFC Offensive Player of Week 1.
- He is the only Saint to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Month multiple times.
DEFENSE: CB CHARLES WOODSON, GREEN BAY PACKERS
- Woodson had 18 tackles and tied for the NFL lead with three interceptions, including a 37-yard interception-return touchdown.
- In Week 2, he had 10 tackles and two interceptions for 59 yards, including the touchdown.
- Since joining the Packers in 2006, Woodson has recorded five interception-return touchdowns, the most in the league during that span.
- He is the first player in franchise history to score on an interception in four consecutive seasons.
- Woodson is tied for the most interceptions since 2006 with 22 (Baltimore’s ED REED).
- In his 12th season from Michigan, this is Woodson’s second career Player of the Month Award (September 2008).
- He is the only cornerback in franchise history to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Month and joins safety ATARI BIGBY (December 2007) as the only defensive backs to be honored.
SPECIAL TEAMS: PR-WR DE SEAN JACKSON, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- Jackson led the NFL with a 22.2-yard punt-return average and had an 85-yard punt-return touchdown.
- He also had 12 catches for 259 yards and two touchdowns and added five rushes for 48 yards.
- His 85-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 1 was the second-longest punt-return TD in team history.
- Jackson scored touchdowns of 85, 71 and 64 yards during the month to become the first player in NFL history to record a 60+ yard TD in each of the first three games of a season.
- In his second season from California, this is Jackson’s first career Player of the Month Award. He was recognized earlier this year as the NFC Special Teams Player of Week 1.
- Jackson is the first return specialist in team history to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. He joins kicker DAVID AKERS (November 2000, October 2007) and punter SAV ROCCA (September 2008) as the only Eagles to be honored with a monthly award.