The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his undefeated mark in October. He was perfect in September, too.
Through six games for Cincy, Dalton has achieved career bests in completion percentage (67.4), passing yards per game (293.5), touchdown-to-interception ratio (14-2) and passer rating (116.1). He also leads the entire NFL in yards per attempt (9.1), quarterback rating and passes of 25-plus yards (19). That last measurement is why we believe in Dalton this season: He's playing with newfound confidence and lofting the ball aggressively downfield to a talented list of pass-catchers. The edgier, product-infused mane doesn't hurt, but Dalton is proving that his ceiling is higher than first believed.
The Falcons house the NFC's Offensive Player of the Month for the second time in a row. After wideout Julio Jones won the award in September, running back Devonta Freeman was crowned for October. Freeman leads the league in rushing yards (621) and his NFL-best 10 touchdowns are four more than the next closest player.
Other October winners:
Heading into Week 7, McManus had scored more points (61) than Denver's offense (54). Nailing 10 of 11 field goals in October, he was money in the bank all month for the Broncos.
As part of a rock-solid defense that hasn't allowed more than 23 points in a game all season, Short is Carolina's second straight Defensive Player of the Month after cornerback Josh Norman was named September's winner. Short deserves it after piling up five sacks in wins over the Seahawks and Eagles.
This is a comprehensive no-brainer after Gurley ripped off three straight 100-yard games and became the first rookie with 125-plus rushing yards in three straight tilts since Cadillac Williams in 2005. He's a serious candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Coming off Sunday's performance of six tackles, two sacks and three tackles for a loss against the Lions, Kendricks was handed defensive rookie honors. His four sacks on the year have been huge for Minnesota's young defense.