Antonio Brown had quite the November to remember, and now the NFL is rewarding him for it. The NFL announced Brown as its AFC Offensive Player of the Month on December 3.
This is the second time Brown has been honored with the title, as he received the honor in December 2014.
Brown had finished November as the leading wide receiver the NFL with 39 receptions for 521 yards. His average amount of receiving yards per game was an astounding 130.3. Brown had three touchdowns in November, and also rushed the ball twice for 22 yards, which he did on November 8 against the Oakland Raiders.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger praised his veteran receiver after Brown’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
“It seems silly because we expect what he does every week,” Roethlisberger said to the Steelers official website. “I think the most amazing thing was that front flip that he did. Doesn’t mean we like it, but it was pretty amazing. It’s hard for him to do anything anymore that we shake our heads at. The biggest thing for me that has me in awe is when he drops a ball. That’s a bigger deal than him making a great catch.”
Brown’s highest yardage game came against the Oakland Raiders visit to Heinz Field. Even though Brown did not score a touchdown in the game, he had 17 receptions — the most he’s had in a game all year — for 284 yards, also the most receiving yards he’s had all year. It was Brown who set up the game-winning field goal for Chris Boswell, as Landry Jones, who stepped in for the injured Roethlisberger, found Brown for 59 yards. Brown’s 59-yard catch is tied for his longest of the year, as he also had a 59-yard catch against the San Francisco 49ers back in September.
Brown will look to continue his success as the Steelers (6-5) host the Indianapolis Colts (6-5) on December 6. Brown will be face-to-face with Colts seven-year veteran cornerbacks Greg Toler and Vontae Davis. The Colts defense is currently ranked at 27 out of the 32 NFL teams on passing defense, as they have allowed their opponents to an average of 272.8 yards per game.