Matthews named NFC Defensive Player of Month

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 30, 2010 – 12:12 pm

LB Clay Matthews has been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for September.

This marks the third straight year the Packers have had the conference’s top defensive player in the first month of the season. CB Charles Woodson won the award in September in both 2008 and 2009. Last year, Woodson also won the monthly award in November and December on his way to Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Per the NFL press release, Matthews:

  • Led the NFL with six sacks during the month as the Packers went 2-1.
  • Led the team in solo tackles (15) and also forced a fumble.
  • Had two games with three sacks in September (Weeks 1 and 2), becoming the first player in franchise history with at least three sacks in back-to-back games.
  • Became just the sixth player with at least six sacks in the first two games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.
  • Is the first Packers linebacker to be honored since Na’il Diggs in December, 2002.

The NFC’s other honorees were Philadelphia QB Michael Vick (offense) and New Orleans’ Courtney Roby (special teams). AFC winners were Houston RB Arian Foster (offense), Indianapolis DE Robert Mathis (defense) and Cincinnati K Mike Nugent (Cincinnati).

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