Players of the Week/Month
STEELERS WR ANTONIO BROWN, TEXANS DE J.J. WATT
COLTS K ADAM VINATIERI
NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
Wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN of the Pittsburgh
Steelers, defensive end J.J. WATT of
the Houston Texans and kicker ADAM
VINATIERI of the Indianapolis Colts are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and
Special Teams Players of the Month for November (October 29-November 30), the
NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: WR ANTONIO BROWN, PITTSBURGH STEELERS
- Brown led the NFL in receiving yards
(521) and ranked second in receptions (39) in November to go along with
three touchdowns in four games.
- Despite playing in only four November
games, Brown led the AFC and ranked third in the NFL with 543 scrimmage
- Brown, who registered at least six
catches in every game this month, had six receptions for 47 yards and one
touchdown against the Bengals in Week 8. He then set single-game franchise
records for catches (17), receiving yards (284) and yards from scrimmage
(306) in the Steelers’ 38-35 win against Oakland in Week 9.
- Brown followed his record-breaking
performance with 10 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns against
Cleveland, becoming the fourth player in history with at least 27 catches
in a two-game span in a single season.
- In his sixth
season from Central Michigan, this is Brown’s second career Player of the Month
Award (December 2014). He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer JEROME BETTIS (three) as the only Steelers to win multiple
Offensive Player of the Month Awards.
DEFENSE: DE J.J. WATT, HOUSTON TEXANS
led the NFL with 7.5 sacks to go along with 20 tackles, including nine tackles
for a loss, and one forced fumble as the Texans finished November with an
undefeated record (4-0) for the first time in club history.
posted at least one sack in every game this month and led a Texans defense that
ranked first in the NFL in total defense (250.5 yards per game) and scoring
defense (8.8 points per game) for the month.
had five tackles, 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble in the Texans’ 20-6 win against
Tennessee in Week 8 and added two two tackles and one sack in a 10-6 win over
previously undefeated Cincinnati in Week 10.
Week 11 against the Jets, Watt notched eight tackles and two sacks in a 24-17
win and finished the month with five tackles and two sacks against New Orleans last
- Watt leads the NFL with 13.5 sacks and has 70.5 sacks in 75 career
games. He reached 70 career sacks in
the second-fewest games of any NFL player since 1982, trailing only Hall of
Famer REGGIE WHITE (57 games).
- In his fifth
season from Wisconsin, this is Watt’s fifth career Player of the Month
Award and first since December of 2014. 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, six).
SPECIAL TEAMS: K ADAM VINATIERI, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
converted all 11 field-goal attempts and nine of 10 PATs for a total of 42
points in four games for the month of November.
kicked a game-winning 43-yard field goal against Atlanta in Week 11, marking
his 26th career game-winning kick in the fourth quarter or overtime.
converted two 50-yard attempts in November, including a 55-yarder in the fourth
quarter in the Colts’ 27-24 win against previously undefeated Denver in Week 9
and a 50-yarder in overtime against Carolina in Week 8.
- He was
the only NFL player to convert at least 10 field-goal attempts with no misses
- In his 20th
season from South Dakota State, this is Vinatieri’s fourth career Player of the
Month Award and first since 2004 (November of 2004 with New England). He is the
first Colts kicker to win a Player of the Month Award since MIKE VANDERJAGT in 2003 (December).
2015 AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
QB Tom Brady, New
LB DeMarcus Ware,
Gostkowski, New England
QB Andy Dalton,
WR Antonio Brown,
DE J.J. Watt,
K Adam Vinatieri,