AFC Players of the Month - November

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AFC Players of the Month - November

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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 yards.
  • 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

  • Watt 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.
  • Watt 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.
  • He 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.
  • In 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 week.
  • 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

  • Vinatieri 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.
  • He 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.
  • Vinatieri 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 November.
  • 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

 

Offense

Defense

Special Teams

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

November

WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

DE J.J. Watt, Houston

K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

 

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AFC Players of the Month - November