AFC Players of the Month
Dalton, Woodson, and McManus earn Conference honors for October
Quarterback ANDY DALTON of the Cincinnati Bengals, safety CHARLES WOODSON of the Oakland Raiders and kicker BRANDON MC MANUS of the Denver Broncos are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for October, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB ANDY DALTON, CINCINNATI BENGALS
- Dalton led the NFL with a 111.6 passer rating and posted 895 passing yards with seven total touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) as he led the Bengals to a 3-0 record in October.
- In Week 4, Dalton passed for 321 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 127.1 passer rating in the Bengals’ 36-21 win against Kansas City.
- He engineered a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback in a 27-24 overtime win against Seattle in Week 5, passing for 331 yards and contributing three total touchdowns against the Seahawks (two passing, one rushing).
- To cap off the month, he passed for 243 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 118.6 passer rating in a 34-21 win at Buffalo in Week 6 to preserve Cincinnati’s undefeated record.
- Dalton has led the Bengals to their third 6-0 record in franchise history (1975, 1988) and is the NFL’s leading passer this season with a 116.1 rating.
- In his fifth season from Texas Christian, this is Dalton’s second career Player of the Month Award and first since October of 2013. He is the only player in Bengals history to win multiple Player of Month Awards.
DEFENSE: S CHARLES WOODSON, OAKLAND RAIDERS
- Woodson posted three interceptions, which tied for the most in the NFL, with 12 tackles and four passes defensed in three October games.
- In Week 4 at Chicago, Woodson posted five solo tackles and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter that led to a 41-yard field goal.
- He followed that performance with four tackles and two interceptions against Denver in Week 5 and finished the month with three tackles and one pass defensed in the Raiders’ 37-29 win at San Diego in Week 7.
- Woodson, who celebrated his 39th birthday on October 7, is one of three NFL players to record an interception at age 39 or older, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer DARRELL GREEN and CLAY MATTHEWS, JR.
- He is the only NFL player to record two interceptions in a single game after his 39th birthday.
- In his 18th season from Michigan, this is Woodson’s fifth career Player of the Month Award and first since December 2009, when he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month with Green Bay.
- His five career Defensive Player of the Week Awards are tied for the second-most of any player since the award’s inception in 1986 (Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE SMITH).
SPECIAL TEAMS: K BRANDON MC MANUS, DENVER BRONCOS
- McManus converted 10 of 11 field-goal attempts and all five of his PATs as the Broncos posted a 3-0 record for the month.
- He kicked two game-winning field goals during the month, including a 39-yarder in Week 4 against Minnesota with 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter to clinch a 23-20 win.
- McManus also connected on a 34-yarder in Week 6 at Cleveland in overtime to seal the Broncos’ 26-23 victory.
- McManus led all AFC players with 11.7 points per game in October, totaling 35 points in three games.
- In his second season from Temple, this is McManus’ first career Player of the Month Award.
- He is the first Bronco to be named Special Teams Player of the Month since CONNOR BARTH in December of 2014.
2015 AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
|September||QB Tom Brady, New England||LB DeMarcus Ware, Denver||K Stephen Gostkowski, New England|
|October||QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati||S Charles Woodson, Oakland||K Brandon McManus, Denver|