Defensive end AARON KAMPMAN of the Green Bay Packers, running back BRANDON JACOBS of the New York Giants, and kicker DAVID AKERS of the Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Defensive, Offensive, and Special Teams Players of the Month for October, the NFL announced today.
DEFENSE: DE AARON KAMPMAN, GREEN BAY PACKERS
- Kampman had an NFC-best 5.5 sacks in three games during the month as Green Bay posted a 2-1 record. The Packers defensive end, who ties for second in the NFL with eight sacks, had at least a half-sack in all three October contests. He finished the month with consecutive multi-sack performances, registering two sacks in a 17-14 win versus Washington in Week 6 and tying his career-high with three sacks in a 19-13 overtime victory at Denver in Week 8. Since the start of the 2006 season, the Pro Bowl defensive end leads the NFL with 23.5 sacks.
In his sixth season from Iowa, this is Kampman's first Player of the Month Award. Kampman is the third Packers defensive end to be honored, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (Sept. 1998) and KABEER GBAJA-BIAMILA (Sept. 2001).
OFFENSE: RB BRANDON JACOBS, NEW YORK GIANTS
- The New York Giants posted an NFC-best 4-0 record in October, scoring an NFC-high 112 points and leading the NFL with 705 rushing yards. Jacobs was a key part in the team's success as he topped the NFL with 424 rushing yards during the month. Jacobs had three 100-yard games in October, the first three 100-yard games of his career. The third-year veteran recorded his first career 100-yard game in Week 5 versus the New York Jets (100 yards). He then posted back-to-back 100-yard performances in Weeks 7 and 8, rushing for 107 yards in Week 7 against San Francisco and a career-high 131 yards versus Miami in London last week. Jacobs scored two touchdowns during the month and added six receptions for 24 yards.
In his third season from Southern Illinois, this is Jacobs' first Player of the Month Award. Jacobs is the third Giants running back to be honored, joining TIKI BARBER (Nov. 2002, Dec. 2005, Oct. 2006) and DAVID MEGGETT (Sept. 1994).
SPECIAL TEAMS: K DAVID AKERS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
- Akers converted nine of 12 field goal attempts in October and led the NFC with 31 points scored. The ninth-year veteran converted three field goals in all three of the Eagles' October contests as the club posted a 2-1 record during the month. Akers had three field goals and one PAT in a Week 6 win against the Jets, three field goals and one PAT in Week 7 versus Chicago and finished the month with three field goals and two PATs in a win over Minnesota.
In his ninth season from Louisville, this is Akers' second Player of the Month Award (Nov. 2000). Akers is the only player in franchise history to win a Special Teams Player of the Month Award.
2007 NFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
QB Tony Romo, Dallas
LB Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay
KR-PR Devin Hester, Chicago
RB Brandon Jacobs, NY Giants
DE Aaron Kampman, Green Bay
K David Akers, Philadelphia