New York, NY (Sports Network) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning,
Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake and Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian
Janikowski have been named the AFC's top players for the month of
Manning, in his first year under center in Denver, earned offensive
recognition by completing 77-of-104 passes for 951 yards and nine touchdowns
while only being intercepted once in three games. The Tennessee product
recorded at least 300 passing yards in each of the Broncos' October contests,
finishing first in the AFC in completion percentage (74 percent) and passer
The 36-year-old signal caller posted his fifth career monthly honor, on the
heels of being voted the AFC's top offensive player for Week 6.
Wake picked up monthly defensive honors for the first time in his career. The
fourth-year pro out of Penn State amassed nine tackles and tied for the
conference lead with three sacks as Miami went perfect in its three games
during the season's second month. He is the first Dolphins defensive end to
take home a monthly award since Jason Taylor in November of 2006.
Janikowski was recognized for his superb special teams play, having booted
10 of his 11 field-goal attempts en route to 36 total points -- half of
Oakland's October total in a 2-1 month. The Florida State product, who
accumulated his fourth career monthly honor, connected on a 40-yard attempt in
overtime to best the Jaguars on Oct. 21.
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