OFFENSE: QB TOM BRADY, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Led by veteran signal caller Tom Brady, the Patriots posted a 5-0 record in October and are off to their best start in franchise history (8-0). For the NFL’s top ranked passing offense and total offense, Brady tossed 20 touchdown passes in October, which set a league record for most touchdown passes in a month. Brady completed 128 of 179 passes (71.5 percent) for 1,544 yards with 22 touchdowns (20 passing, 2 rushing) and a 132.5 passer rating in the month. He posted 11 of his 20 touchdown passes for the month in Weeks 6 and 7. In a 48-27 win at Dallas (10/14), Brady set a career-high with five touchdowns passes, while completing 31 of 46 passes (67.4) for 388 yards and a 129.6 passer rating. One week later at Miami (10/21), he eclipsed the feat with six TD passes, while completing 21 of 25 passes (84.0 percent) for 354 yards and a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Brady leads the league in completions (198), completion percentage (74.2), passing yards (2,431), touchdown passes (30) and passer rating (136.2) through Week 8. Brady has already surpassed his previous career-high of 28 touchdowns in 2002 and 2004. Brady also tied an NFL record with eight consecutive games with three or more touchdown passes last week (PEYTON MANNING, 8). In his eighth season from Michigan, this is Brady’s second consecutive Player of the Month Award this season (September) and second of his career.
DEFENSE: DE JARED ALLEN, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Counted on heavily for his edge rushing and run stopping skills, Jared Allen notched 16 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble as the Chiefs posted a 2-1 (.667) record in October and earned a share of first place in the AFC West. Allen’s six sacks led the NFL for the month and his eight sacks for the season lead the AFC and tie for second in the league. The fourth-year veteran registered 1.5 sacks or more in all three games in October. Allen began the month with four tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 17-7 loss to Jacksonville (10/7). In the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Cincinnati (10/14), Allen recorded 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble. Kansas City concluded the month with a 12-10 victory against the Raiders (10/21), and Allen collected nine tackles and two sacks for his ninth career multi-sack game. In his fourth year from Idaho State, this is Allen’s first Player of the Month Award.
SPECIAL TEAMS: K ROB BIRONAS, TENNESSEE TITANS
Tennessee’s Bironas made 13 of 14 field goals (92.9 percent) and all six PATs as he helped the Titans earn a 3-1 (.750) record for the month. Bironas accounted for 45 of the team’s 81 points in October and currently ranks second in the NFL in scoring with 67 points (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI, 73). In the Titans’ three wins in October, the third-year kicker connected on 12 of 13 field goals, including an NFL-record eight field goals (52, 25, 21, 30, 28, 43, 29 and 29 yards) against Houston on Oct. 21. The previous NFL record was seven field goals in a game, which was accomplished by four players: JIM BAKKEN (9/24/67), RICH KARLIS (11/5/89), CHRIS BONIOL (11/18/96) and BILLY CUNDIFF (9/15/03). In his third year from Georgia Southern, this is Bironas’ first Player of the Month Award.
2007 AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
|September||QB Tom Brady, New England||LB Kirk Morrison, Oakland||KR-PR Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland|
|October||QB Tom Brady, New England||DE Jared Allen, Kansas City||K Rob Bironas, Tennessee|
OFFENSE: RB BRANDON JACOBS, NEW YORK GIANTS
The New York Giants posted an NFC-best 4-0 record in October, scoring an NFC-high 112 points and leading the NFL with 705 rushing yards. Jacobs was a key part in the team’s success as he topped the NFL with 424 rushing yards during the month. Jacobs had three 100-yard games in October, the first three 100-yard games of his career. The third-year veteran recorded his first career 100-yard game in Week 5 versus the New York Jets (100 yards). He then posted back-to-back 100-yard performances in Weeks 7 and 8, rushing for 107 yards in Week 7 against San Francisco and a career-high 131 yards versus Miami in London last week. Jacobs scored two touchdowns during the month and added six receptions for 24 yards. In his third season from Southern Illinois, this is Jacobs’ first Player of the Month Award. Jacobs is the third Giants running back to be honored, joining TIKI BARBER (Nov. 2002, Dec. 2005, Oct. 2006) and DAVID MEGGETT (Sept. 1994).
DEFENSE: DE AARON KAMPMAN, GREEN BAY PACKERS
Kampman had an NFC-best 5.5 sacks in three games during the month as Green Bay posted a 2-1 record. The Packers defensive end, who ties for second in the NFL with eight sacks, had at least a half-sack in all three October contests. He finished the month with consecutive multi-sack performances, registering two sacks in a 17-14 win versus Washington in Week 6 and tying his career-high with three sacks in a 19-13 overtime victory at Denver in Week 8. Since the start of the 2006 season, the Pro Bowl defensive end leads the NFL with 23.5 sacks. In his sixth season from Iowa, this is Kampman’s first Player of the Month Award. Kampman is the third Packers defensive end to be honored, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (Sept. 1998) and KABEER GBAJA-BIAMILA (Sept. 2001).
SPECIAL TEAMS: K DAVID AKERS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Akers converted nine of 12 field goal attempts in October and led the NFC with 31 points scored. The ninth-year veteran converted three field goals in all three of the Eagles’ October contests as the club posted a 2-1 record during the month. Akers had three field goals and one PAT in a Week 6 win against the Jets, three field goals and one PAT in Week 7 versus Chicago and finished the month with three field goals and two PATs in a win over Minnesota. In his ninth season from Louisville, this is Akers’ second Player of the Month Award (Nov. 2000). Akers is the only player in franchise history to win a Special Teams Player of the Month Award.
2007 AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
|September||QB Tony Romo, Dallas||LB Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay||KR-PR Devin Hester, Chicago|
|October||RB Brandon Jacobs, NY Giants||DE Aaron Kampman, Green Bay||K David Akers, Philadelphia|
NFL Rookie of the Month
OFFENSE: RB ADRIAN PETERSON, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
A first-round selection (No. 7 overall) from Oklahoma, Peterson rushed for 357 yards and four touchdowns in three October contests. The rookie running back averaged 119 yards per game, the highest mark in the NFL for the month, and his four rushing touchdowns tied for the most in the NFL. In Week 6 at Chicago, Peterson was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week as he rushed for a franchise-record 224 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings defeated the Bears 34-31. For the month, Peterson averaged 6.9 yards per attempt, the highest in the NFL among running backs with at least 50 carries. Peterson, who was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of September, is the first rookie to be honored in back-to-back months since JEREMY SHOCKEY (offense) and DWIGHT FREENEY (defense) in November and December, 2002.
DEFENSE: LB PATRICK WILLIS, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
A first-round selection (No. 11 overall) from Mississippi, Willis started all three games and recorded a teamhigh 43 tackles. The rookie linebacker posted at least 10 tackles in all three October contests, including a 16-tackle performance against Baltimore in Week 5. Willis, who has started every game this season, has recorded at least 10 tackles in each of his first seven career games and is the only rookie linebacker in team history to accomplish that feat. Willis has totaled a team-best 94 tackles this season and is on pace to set a new club record in the category. Willis is the first 49ers player to earn Defensive Rookie of the Month honors since the league started the award in 1996.
2007 NFL ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
|September||RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (Oklahoma)||DT Amobi Okoye, Houston (Louisville)|
|October||RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (Oklahoma)||LB Patrick Willis, San Francisco (Mississippi)|