The first quarter of the season has belonged to Patrick Mahomes and his continued brilliance at the most important position in sports. So it should come as no surprise to see the Kansas City Chiefs star, and reigning league MVP, nab AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors as announced by the NFL on Thursday.
Mahomes currently leads the NFL in passing yards with 1,510 through four games, and his 10 touchdown passes also pace the league. The fact that Mahomes has been able to carry the Chiefs to a 4-0 record minus his top receiving option (Tyreek Hill) and his blind-side protector (Eric Fisher) makes his play all the more impressive and supports his early case to become the first repeat MVP since Peyton Manning went back-to-back in 2003 and 2004.
This is the second Player of the Month award for Mahomes, who nabbed the hardware in Sept. 2018.
Here are the other award winners for September:
McCourty became the first since 2003 to record an interception in each of the season's first four games while pacing what has been a dominant New England defense through four weeks.
McCourty has teamed up with his twin brother Jason, Stephon Gilmore and Patrick Chung to form the league's top secondary that has yet to give up a touchdown through the air this season. The Patriots' defense as a whole just gave up their first TD since last year's AFC title game last week in a win over the Bills.
Nicknamed "The Scottish Hammer," Gillan's booming leg has pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line on 11 of 20 punts this season. The rookie has a 41.6 average on punts (40.6 net) and a long of 55.
With an NFL-best 629 scrimmage yards through four games, Run CMC is on pace to break Chris Johnson's 2009 record of 2,509 yards. McCaffrey's brilliance has been on full display the past two weeks (both Carolina wins) as he has totaled 246 yards on the ground and 121 through the air to go along with two touchdowns.
One of the league's most underrated free agent signees, Barrett leads the NFL with an astonishing nine sacks -- tied for the most sacks through the first four games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.
And it isn't just the sacks, Barrett has three forced fumbles (included last week's to seal a win over the Rams), 10 QB hits and seven tackles for loss.
Rookies of the Month
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