Johnson Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month

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Chris Johnson is the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, the NFL announced Thursday. 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --Running backCHRIS JOHNSONof the Tennessee Titans, defensive endROBERT MATHISof the Indianapolis Colts and kick returner-wide receiverTED GINN,**JR. of the Miami Dolphins are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for November, the NFL announced today.

"I'm pleased with that," Johnson said of his latest honor. "I'm just trying to stay consistent, keep doing the right things and continue to keep having good games and hopefully get closer to that record."

OFFENSE: RB CHRIS JOHNSON, TENNESSEE TITANS

• Johnson rushed for an NFL-best 800 yards (6.6 average) on 122 attempts and tied for a league-high seven touchdowns as he helped the Titans post a 5-0 record in November. He also added 168 receiving yards.

• Johnson's 800 rushing yards were the most by a player in a month since 1970.

• In Week 8 against Jacksonville (11/1), Johnson had a franchise record 228 rushing yards.

• In Week 10 against Buffalo (11/15), Johnson (1,091 rushing yards, 6.4 average through nine games) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (1963) and Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON (2007) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and average 6.4 yards per carry in a team's first nine games of a season.

• He has posted at least 125 rushing yards in six consecutive games, tying the NFL record set by Pro Football Hall of Famers EARL CAMPBELL (1980) and ERIC DICKERSON (1984).

• He is the first player in NFL history with six consecutive games of 125 rushing yards and a 5.0 yards per carry average in each of those games. Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (1958) accomplished this feat in five consecutive games.

• In his second season from East Carolina, this is Johnson's first career Player of the Month Award. Johnson is the first Titan to win AFC Offensive Player of the Month since STEVE MC NAIR in October of 2003.

DEFENSE: DE ROBERT MATHIS, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

• In November, Mathis tied for the AFC lead with 4.5 sacks, totaling 16 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed as the Colts recorded a 5-0 record in the month.

• In Week 12 against Houston (11/29), Mathis had a strip-sack with 4:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, leading to the Colts' third fourth-quarter touchdown, which sealed the team's fifth consecutive fourth-quarter comeback win and the team's sixth AFC South title in seven seasons.

• Mathis is tied for second in the NFL with five forced fumbles in 2009 and is tied for fifth in the league with 9.5 sacks this season.

• In his seventh year from Alabama A&M, this is Mathis' first Player of the Month Award. He is the first Colts defensive player to win the award since DWIGHT FREENEY in November of 2008.

SPECIAL TEAMS: KR-WR TED GINN JR., MIAMI DOLPHINS

• Ginn totaled 646 kick return yards on 21 attempts (30.8 average) with two kick return-touchdowns during the month as he helped the Dolphins post a 3-2 record in November.

• Led the NFL in kick return yards (646), kick return average (30.8) and kick return-touchdowns (2) in November.

• In Week 8 against the New York Jets (11/1), Ginn was named AFC Player of the Week while registering KR-TDs of 101 and 100 yards in the third quarter of the Dolphins' 30-25 win over the Jets.

• He became the first player in NFL history with two touchdowns of 100 yards in the same game* *and is the eighth player in NFL history with two KR-TDs in a game.

• In his third year from Ohio State, this is Ginn's first career Player of the Month Award. Ginn is the first Dolphin return specialist to win Special Teams Player of the Month in franchise history. He is the first Dolphin to win the award since kicker DAN CARPENTER in November of 2008.

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