Bengals K Josh Brown today was named by the NFL as AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December.
Brown, a 10th-year veteran, signed as a free agent with Cincinnati on Dec. 6 to fill in for injured K Mike Nugent and went on to connect on 11 of 12 field goal attempts (91.7 percent) and eight of eight PATs in December for 41 total points. His 43-yarder with four seconds left on Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh clinched a playoff berth for the Bengals. His only FG miss since joining the team was a 56-yard attempt in the same game at Heinz Field, where, since it opened in 2001, no one has connected on an attempt longer than 52 yards.
This is Brown’s second career Player of the Month award. He previously won the award in October of 2008 when he played with the St. Louis Rams.
Overall, the Bengals this season have captured seven of the league’s weekly or monthly AFC awards, which sets a new team record for most in franchise history. Previously, Cincinnati had achieved six total awards in both the 1988 and ’89 seasons.
Below are this season’s Bengals winners prior to Brown:
* DT Geno Atkins was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded two sacks for 17 yards in the team’s playoff clinching win on Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh. Atkins provided consistent pressure and led the defensive line with eight total tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble.
* DE Carlos Dunlap earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Dec. 2 performance at San Diego. He had had two sacks, and on each one he forced a fumble. He recovered one of the fumbles late in the game to help preserve the win, and he totaled five tackles and four additional QB pressures in the game overall.
* QB Andy Dalton earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Nov. 11 performance vs. the N.Y. Giants. He passed for a career-high four TDs, with no INTs, and passed overall 21-for-30 for 199 yards.
* WR A.J. Green was AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. In four games he led the conference in receptions (27), was second in receiving yards (428) and was tied for most receiving TDs (three).
* DE Michael Johnson earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his Sept. 23 performance at Washington. Johnson recorded a career-high 3.0 sacks for minus-17 yards, while totaling seven tackles (six solo).
* CB Adam Jones earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Sept. 16 performance vs. Cleveland. His three punt returns for an average of 30.0 yards included an 81-yarder for a TD, the only non-offensive score for either team in a seven-point (34-27) Bengals win.