NFL Reveals NFC Players of the Month

The NFL announced its NFC Players of the Month for October, and they include a quarterback leading a surprising resurgence in Seattle and an edge rusher wreaking havoc in his first year with a new team. On offense, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith earns recognition for his 1207 passing yards and 111.7 passer rating over five games. The Seahawks won four of their five contests in October, and Smith is a big reason why. His play has reinvigorated the team following the shocking offseason trade of long-time starting quarterback Russell Wilson.

On defense, Minnesota Vikings edge rusher Za'Darius Smith gets the nod for his 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Smith has been a revelation in his first year with the Vikings, leading the league in sacks and tackles for loss through eight weeks despite only playing seven games. He had previously been a star with the Green Bay Packers, earning Pro Bowls in 2019 and 2020 before missing all but one game in 2021. His bounce-back season has been a huge part of the Vikings jumping out to a 6-1 record.

As for special teams, Washington Commanders punter Tress Way wins for 46.8 average on 28 punts. His clutch kicks have helped the Commanders win three of their past five games.
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