Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee and Packers kicker Mason Crosby are the NFC Players of the Month for October
Offense: WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Johnson had 26 catches for an NFL-best 509 yards and three touchdowns in three October games. He averaged 169.7 yards per game, the highest mark in any calendar month in NFL history (minimum three games).
Despite playing in only three games, Johnson’s 509 receiving yards led the NFL and his 26 receptions ranked second. He averaged 8.7 receptions per game, the highest mark in the league.
Johnson, who was named the NFC Offensive Player of Week 8, had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ 31-30 win over Dallas. His 329 yards are the second-most in a game in NFL history (336, FLIPPER ANDERSON, November 26, 1989) and the most by a player in a regulation (non-overtime) game. That performance was his fifth 200-yard receiving game, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH for the most in NFL history.
In the final two October games, he totaled 484 receiving yards, the most in any two-game span in NFL history.
In his seventh season from Georgia Tech, this is Johnson’s second career Player of the Month Award (November 2012). He is the first wide receiver to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Month multiple times.
Johnson and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back BARRY SANDERS (six) are the only Lions to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.
Defense: LB Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys
Lee led the NFC with 47 tackles and tied for the NFL lead with three interceptions during the month. He had 122 interception-return yards, the most in the league.
During October, Lee was the only player in the NFL to record at least 40 tackles and multiple interceptions.
He recorded at least 10 tackles in all four games during the month, including 16 in Week 5. Lee had three interceptions in the final two games of October, including two in Week 8.
Lee was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 7 when he recorded 11 tackles and an INT.
In his fourth year from Penn State, this is Lee’s second Player of the Month Award (September 2011).
Lee is the only Cowboy to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Month.
He joins Pro Football Hall of Fame running back EMMITT SMITH (five) and quarterback TONY ROMO (three) as the only Cowboys to be named Player of the Month multiple times.
Special Teams: K Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
Crosby led the NFL with 50 points and 13 field goals in October as the Packers posted a 4-0 record.
His 50 points were 11 more than the next player (NICK FOLK, 39) in the NFL and 15 more than the No. 2 player (PHIL DAWSON, 35) in the NFC.
Crosby had at least one field goal in all four October contests, including three games with at least three field goals made. He made five field goals in Week 5, had four field goals in Week 6 and converted three field goals in Week 8. Crosby also connected on all 11 PATs during the month.
He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 5.
In his seventh season from Colorado, this is Crosby’s second career Player of the Week Award (November 2007).
Crosby and RYAN LONGWELL (three) are the only Packers to be named Special Teams Player of the Month multiple times.
2013 NFC Players of the Month
|September||TE Jimmy Graham, Saints||CB Richard Sherman, Seahawks||KR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings|
|October||WR Calvin Johnson, Lions||LB Sean Lee, Cowboys||K Mason Crosby, Packers|