Players of the Month

NFL awards for excellence throughout October

Last Updated: 16/11/10 5:16pm

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The NFL have announced their Player of the Month awards for October, with Philip Rivers and Roddy White leading the way offensively and Sam Bradford grabbing rookie honours.

In the AFC, San Diego quarterback Rivers has scooped the offensive player of the month after he continued his record-breaking start to the season, while Tennessee safety Michael Griffin and Miami kicker Dan Carpenter grabbed the other gongs.

Over in the NFC, Atlanta wideout Roddy White has been rewarded for his sensational stat line, New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and Lions return man Stefan Logan claimed the other titles.

St Louis Rams rookie Sam Bradford looks like a real quarterback star of the future, as he was recognised for his October displays, while Detroit powerhouse Ndamukong Suh topped the list on the other side of the ball.

AFC Players of the Month

Offensive - Philip Rivers

San Diego have not had the best season so far, but Rivers has been outstanding with a record amount of 1,562 passing yards during October, eclipsing the great Dan Marino's previous monthly best.

Rivers completed 125 of his 185 attempted passes for a rating of 101.2 with eight touchdowns, and his 2,649 passing yards through the first eight games of a season represents the best ever from an NFL quarterback.

Defensive - Michael Griffin

Tennessee Titans safety Griffin was a real ball hawk during October with his four interceptions leading the way in the AFC and ranking second in the NFL as his team improved to 3-2 in the month.

Griffin made ten tackles and an interception against Dallas and recorded a pick in four straight games during October, as he landed his first Player of the Month award in his fourth years with the Titans.

Special teams - Dan Carpenter

Carpenter was the most prolific kicker around as he booted 13 field goals during the month, and had back-to-back games of five field goals in week seven and eight to help Miami to go 2-2 in October.

The third-year man hit a 44-yarder in overtime to win the game in Green Bay, and he led all NFL players in the month as he averaged 11.3 points per game.

NFC Players of the Month

Offensive - Roddy White

Atlanta's Roddy White had a bye week during October but still led the NFC with 489 receiving yards and an average of 16.9 yards per catch, taking him to an NFC-best 747 yards for the season.

White hauled in 29 catches in October with 122.3 yards per game average, with three 100-yard games in the month and three touchdowns - two of which came in a monster 201-yard game against Cincinnati.

Defensive - Osi Umenyiora

The Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora looks right back at his best following a year of injuries last season, as he led the league with seven sacks and six forced fumbles as he was back wreaking havoc in opposition offences.

New York went undefeated during October and Umenyiora's contribution cannot be underestimated, as his marauding style made it a miserable experience for opposing quarterbacks.

Special Teams - Stefan Logan

Logan led the league with a 35.9 kick-return average and ranked third in punt returns with 18.4 yards, while also matching the record for the longest return in team history with his 105-yard TD run against the Rams.

The Detroit standout is the only player this season with an 100-yard return run and 70-yard punt return, and has also been a factor in cover as he has recovered two fumbles.

Rookies

Offensive - Sam Bradford

The number one overall pick has certainly looked the part this month, with the Oklahoma man going 3-0 at home and leading the Rams to a vast improvement on last season already.

Bradford has thrown 11 TDs this season, the only other rookie quarterback to reach that number by this stage was Dan Marino and that showcases just what a talented player Bradford could turn out to be.

Defensive - Ndamukong Suh

Number two overall pick Suh joins top choice Bradford in this month's honours, and deservedly so as the Detroit defensive tackle has looked a dominant force after just his first half season in the NFL.

Suh's 4.5 sacks are the most ever in a month by a Lions rookie, and more than any other rookie in the league all season. Suh has also recorded 14 tackles, and interception and 17-yard fumble return TD as he has evolved into Detroit's top defensive playmaker.

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