Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October, despite having one game remaining against the Miami Dolphins this Thursday; tonight's game doesn't factor because it's the only week nine game not scheduled in November.
Dalton has posted a 116.8 passer rating while leading the Bengals to a 4-0 record in four October games. The team has moved to 6-2 on the season and taken a two-and-one-half game lead in the AFC North Division.
In the Bengals' four Ocotber wins, Dalton has completed 89 of 131 passes (68.0 percent) for 1246 yards, an average of 311.5 yards per game. He has passed for 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. All of his touchdown passes came in the last three games, and he became the first Bengals QB to pass for 11 touchdowns in a three-game span. He threw a career-high five TD passes in last week's 49-9 home win over the New York Jets, with four of those going to wide receiver Marvin Jones, who earlier this week was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 8.
"I've got a lot of great teammates to work with and I'll take this award on behalf of all of them," Dalton said. "Everybody deserves a piece of it, including the coaches who are putting everything together for us."
Dalton is the first Bengals player to win the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award since wide receiver A.J. Green last year in September. Dalton is also the first Bengals quarterback to win the award since Carson Palmer in September of 2005.