It’s the fifth time overall and the fourth straight month that Aaron Rodgers has been named NFC Offensive player of the Month.
Yes, it’s almost expected his name would top the charts and be again be touted for this prestigious honor.
He and the Packers continue on their roll and hope to raise the team record to 12-0 when the visit the New York football Giants this weekend.
Quarterback AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers, defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS of the Chicago Bears and punt returner-cornerback PATRICK PETERSON of the Arizona Cardinals are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for November, the NFL announced today.
OFFENSE: QB AARON RODGERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS
Rodgers completed 89 of 123 passes (72.4 percent) for 1,103 yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception for a 131.6 passer rating, his career-high for any month. The Packers went 4-0 during November and are the second defending Super Bowl champion (1998 Denver) to start the following season 11-0.
He posted a passer rating of at least 100 in all four games and has now registered a 100+ game in all 11 games, the longest streak in NFL history.
Rodgers threw at least two touchdown passes in all four games in the month, and he has multiple TD passes in all 11 games this season. He is one of only three quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (1959) and PEYTON MANNING (2004).
In his seventh season from California, this is Rodgers’ fifth career Player of the Month Award and fourth in a row (December 2010, September 2011, October 2011, November 2011).
Rodgers is the first player to be named Player of the Month in four consecutive months since the award was instituted in 1986.
DEFENSE: DE JULIUS PEPPERS, CHICAGO BEARS
Peppers had four sacks, a forced fumble, 10 tackles and three passes defensed as the Bears went 3-1 in November.
His four sacks tied for the most in the NFC during the month and his 33 sack yards were the most in the conference. He had at least one sack in three of the team’s four games.
His three passes defensed were tied for the most by an NFC defensive lineman in November.
Chicago’s defense led the NFC in opponent passer rating with a 62.9 mark during the month and the Bears ranked third in the NFC against the run allowing just 81 yards per game.
He has eight sacks this year and has recorded at least seven sacks in nine of his 10 NFL seasons.
In his 10th year from North Carolina, this is Peppers’ fifth career Player of the Month Award and second with the Bears (November 2010).
Peppers is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN RANDLE for the second-most Defensive Player of the Month Awards (Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE SMITH, six).
SPECIAL TEAMS: PR-CB PATRICK PETERSON, ARIZONA CARDINALS
Peterson led the NFL with two punt-return touchdowns (99 and 80 yards) during the month as the Cardinals posted a 3-1 record. Peterson’s 271 punt-return yards also topped the league.
He is the first player in NFL history with four punt-return touchdowns of at least 80 yards in a single season.
His 99-yard punt-return touchdown in Week 9 was the second-longest PR-TD in NFL history and the second time in league history
that an overtime game ended with a punt-return TD.
His four punt-return touchdowns are tied for the most in a single season with Pro Football Hall of Famer JACK CHRISTIANSEN (1951), RICK UPCHURCH (1976) and DEVIN HESTER (2007).
In his rookie season from LSU, this is Peterson’s first career Player of the Month Award.
Peterson is the fifth player in franchise history to be named Player of the Month, joining NEIL LOMAX (Offense, October 1988), BOOMER ESIASON (Offense, November 1996), KWAMIE LASSITER (Defense, November 2001) and NEIL RACKERS (Special Teams, October and December, 2005)