CHIEFS QB MATT CASSEL, RAVENS LB TERRELL SUGGS & RAIDERS KR-WR JACOBY FORD NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
Quarterback MATT CASSEL of the Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker TERRELL SUGGS of the Baltimore Ravens and rookie kick returner-wide receiver JACOBY FORD of the Oakland Radiers are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for November, the NFL announced today.
DEFENSE: LB TERRELL SUGGS, BALTIMORE RAVENS
For the month, Suggs recorded 18 tackles and tied for an AFC-best with four sacks as he helped the Ravens to a 3-1 November record. Suggs registered a sack in three of the four Ravens games in November.In Week 10 at Atlanta, Suggs recorded a season-high two sacks and the Ravens are 10-1 in such games.This season, Suggs has played a pivotal role in the Ravens defense allowing the third-fewest points per game (17.1) in the AFC.· In his eighth year from Arizona State, this is Suggs’ first Player of the Month Award. He is the first Raven to win Defensive Player of the Month since ED REED in December of 2008.
OFFENSE: QB MATT CASSEL, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
For the month, Cassel completed 90 of 144 passes (62.5 percent) for 1,111 passing yards with 12 touchdown passes versus one interception and a 111.2 passer rating.
Led the NFL with 12 touchdown passes in November.
In Weeks 10 and 12 on the road, Cassel tied a career-high with four touchdown passes in each game. Cassel is the first quarterback to have four TD passes in consecutive road games since TOM BRADY in 2007.
His 111.2 passer rating was third in the AFC for November.
· In his sixth season from Southern California, this is Cassel’s first Player of the Month Award. He joins STEVE DE BERG (September of 1990) as the only Chiefs quarterbacks ever to win the Player of the Month award.
SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-WR JACOBY FORD, OAKLAND RAIDERS
For the month, Ford led the NFL with two kickoff return-touchdowns (94 yards, 101 yards) and totaled 283 receiving yards with one touchdown catch.
In Week 10, Ford totaled 306 yards (158 kick return yards, 148 receiving yards), including a 94-yard kickoff return-touchdown in the Raiders’ 23-20 overtime win against Kansas City. Ford joined former Steelers wide receiver GARY BALLMAN (161 receiving yards, 159 kick return yards at Washington on 11/17/63) as the only players in NFL history to have at least 140 receiving yards and 150 kick return yards in a game.
In Week 12 against Miami, Ford had a 101-yard KR-TD and became the first Raider to return the game-opening kickoff for a score. Ford also totaled 108 receiving yards on four catches, including a 44-yard touchdown reception.
In his rookie season from Clemson, this is Ford’s first career Player of the Month Award. He joins JUSTIN MILLER (December of 2008) as only the second Raider return specialist to win Special Teams Player of the Month. Ford is the first Raiders rookie ever to win a Player of the Month Award.
FALCONS QB MATT RYAN, BEARS DE JULIUS PEPPERS & EAGLES K DAVID AKERS NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
Quarterback MATT RYAN of the Atlanta Falcons, defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS of the Chicago Bears and kicker DAVID AKERS of the Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for November, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB MATT RYAN, ATLANTA FALCONS
Ryan completed 106 of 153 passes (69.3 percent) for 1,001 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a 102.3 passer rating during the month.
He guided the Falcons to a 4-0 record in November, including wins over three teams with at least seven wins (Baltimore, Green Bay and Tampa Bay) and another division leader (St. Louis). Ryan led the team on game-winning drives in the final minute of play in wins over Baltimore and Green Bay.
During the month, Ryan had three games with a passer rating of at least 100.0, and the Falcons are 15-0 in his career when he posts a rating of 100.0+.
Three of the club’s four wins occurred at home, where Ryan is 19-1 as the starter in his career, tied for the best home record for a QB in his first 20 starts at home in the Super Bowl era (DANNY WHITE).
In his third season from Boston College, this is Ryan’s first career Player of the Month Award.
He is the third quarterback in franchise history to be named Offensive Player of the Month, joining DAVID ARCHER (September 1986) and CHRIS CHANDLER (December 1998).
DEFENSE: DE JULIUS PEPPERS, CHICAGO BEARS
Peppers had 18 tackles and tied for second in the NFL with four sacks during the month as the Bears went 4-0.
He also deflected a pass that led to an interception and recorded two additional tackles for a loss.
The Bears held opponents to 65.0 rushing yards per game in November, the best mark in the NFL.
Chicago’s defense held opponents to a 69.5 passer rating during the month, tops in the league.
The Bears tied for second in the NFL during November with 12 sacks.
In his ninth year from North Carolina, this is Peppers’ fourth career Player of the Month Award and first with the Bears. He won the award three times with Carolina (November 2004, October 2006 and November 2008).
He joins WILBER MARSHALL (December 1986) and TRACE ARMSTRONG (September 1990) as the only Bears to be named Defensive Player of the Month.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K DAVID AKERS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Akers led the NFL with 13 field goals and 52 kicking points during the month as the Eagles went 3-1. He converted 13 of his 14 field-goal attempts and all 13 PATs.
He had three games with four field goals (Indianapolis, New York Giants and at Chicago) in November.
He added seven touchbacks on kickoffs, the second-most in the NFC.
Akers also tied the franchise mark for the most regular-season games played with 183.
· In his 12th season from Louisville, this is Akers’ fourth career Player of the Month Award and first since November 2009. He also was honored in November 2000 and October 2007.
· He ties RANDALL CUNNINGHAM and DONOVAN MC NABB for the most Player of the Month Awards in team history with four.