The Packers offense and defense are well represented among the NFL Players of the Month as Aaron Rodgers and rookie Casey Hayward were honored today.
Rodgers was named as offensive player of the month, while Hayward joined Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin as the defensive and offensive rookies of the month for October.
The Packers were 3-1 during the month and it much of it had to do with the play of Rodgers. He completed 68. 1 percent of his passes during the month and had a passer rating of 121.5.
His play led the Packers to wins over the Texans, Rams and Jacksonville.
While Rodgers was leading the Packers offense, rookie Casey Hayward was intercepting four passes over a three game stretch while spending a limited time on the field.
Rodgers’ and Hayward’s recognition come during a stretch of games when the Packers have suffered through a series of injuries to a long list of important players.
The Green Bay Packers public relations department released the following information highlighting the accomplishment of both of these players.
OFFENSE: QB AARON RODGERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS
- Rodgers completed 96 of 141 passes (68.1 percent) for 1,101 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception for a 121.5 passer rating during the month as the Packers went 3-1.
- For the month, Rodgers led the NFL in touchdown passes and was second in passer rating. He ranked second in the NFC in passing yards and completion percentage.
- He threw multiple touchdown passes in all four October games, including six in Week 6 when he was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
- Through the first eight games of the season, Rodgers has 21 touchdown passes. He is the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 20 touchdowns through his team’s first eight games in consecutive seasons.
- In his eighth season from California, this is Rodgers’ sixth career Player of the Month Award.
- Rodgers’ six Player of the Month Awards are tied for the most since the award was created in 1986. He is tied with TOM BRADY (Offense), BRETT FAVRE(Offense), BARRY SANDERS (Offense), BRUCE SMITH (Defense) and STEVE YOUNG (Offense).
DEFENSE: CB CASEY HAYWARD, GREEN BAY PACKERS
- Hayward tied for the NFL lead among all players in October with four interceptions (New York Giants’ STEVIE BROWN).
- All four of Hayward’s interceptions occurred in three consecutive games and he became the first Packers rookie to intercept four passes in a three-game span since 1984 (TOM FLYNN).
- He recorded his first career interception in Week 5 at Indianapolis. The next week at Houston, he had a career-best two interceptions. In Week 7 at St. Louis, he made his first career start and had his fourth interception.
- Hayward’s four interceptions are tied for the third-most in the NFL this season and the most among rookies. He is the only player in the league with four interceptions on the road.
- In addition to his four interceptions, he recorded 13 tackles and five passes defensed in October.· Hayward is the third Packer to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month and the first since 2003. He joins VONNIE HOLLIDAY (September 1998) andNICK BARNETT (October 2003).· He is the fourth Packer to be named NFL Rookie of the Month. He joins Holliday, Barnett and SAMKON GADO (Offense, November 2005).