Bengals QB Andy Dalton today was named by the NFL as AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October.
Dalton has posted a 116.8 passer rating while leading the Bengals to a 4-0 record in four October games. The team has moved to 6-2 on the season and taken a two-and-one-half game lead in the AFC North Division. Tonight's Bengals game at Miami does not figure into the league's calculation of the October Player of the Month awards. It is the only Week 9 game not scheduled in November and will count toward any possible November awards.
In the Bengals' four Ocotber wins, Dalton has completed 89 of 131 passes (68.0 percent) for 1246 yards, an average of 311.5 yards per game. He has passed for 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. All of his touchdown passes came in the last three games, and he became the first Bengals QB to pass for 11 TDs in a three-game span. He threw a career-high five TD passes in last week's 49-9 home win over the New York Jets, with four of those going to WR Marvin Jones, who earlier this week was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 8.
"I've got a lot of great teammates to work with and I'll take this award on behalf of all of them," Dalton said. "Everybody deserves a piece of it, including the coaches who are putting everything together for us."
Dalton was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 6 performance, on Oct. 13 at Buffalo. At the halfway point of the season, he and Marvin Jones have now accounted for three weekly or monthly AFC awards, and the team is on pace to match last year's season total of six, which tied a franchise record also set in 1988 and 1989.
The last Bengals player to win an AFC Offensive Player of the Month award was WR A.J. Green, named for September of last season. The last Bengals QB to earn the award was Carson Palmer, named for September of 2005.
Here's a summary of Dalton's October performance:
* On Oct. 6, in a 13-6 win vs. New England, he passed 20-for-27 (74.1 percent) for 212 yards, with no TDs and one INT (passer rating of 81.1).
* On Oct. 13, in a 27-24 overtime win at Buffalo, he passed 26-for-40 for 337 yards, with three TDs and one INT (passer rating of 105.9).
* On Oct. 20, in a 27-24 win at Detroit, he passed 24-for-34 for 372 yards, with three TDs and no INTs (career-high passer rating of 135.9).
* On Oct. 27, in a 49-9 win vs. the New York Jets, he passed 19-for-30 for 325 yards, with a career-high five TD passes and one INT (passer rating of 125.7).