NFL’s September Offensive Players of the Month are here, and who they have chosen are absolutely deserved. Let’s take a look to see who has been chosen as NFC and AFC Offensive Players of the Month as well as who got Offensive Rookie of the Month.
NFC Offensive Player of the Month – Cooper Kupp
Well I think nearly everyone saw this one coming. Cooper Kupp has been absolutely electric since the first game of the season, and looks as if he is just getting started. He was good last year, but with Stafford now at the helm of the Rams offence he looks a different player. Kupp has an incredible 5 touchdowns already and an average of 14.7 yards per reception. His reception rate is also high with him catching 78.1% of the balls thrown his way.
The most notable performance he has had so far this season was vs The Colts where he racked up 163 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last season Kupp wasn’t productive enough when it came to getting the ball into the end zone, with only 3 touchdowns to his name. I don’t know what he has worked on in the pre season, but it’s worked. If he keeps going as he is, he will be making a strong claim for Player of the Year.
AFC Offensive Player of the Month – Derek Carr
I would not have put this man to be player of the month at the start of the season, but what a start Derek Carr has had. Carr has taken the Raiders to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2002. Derek has averaged just over 400 yards a game so far as well as 2 touchdowns per game. Yeah he has 2 interceptions, but who cares when you’re 3-0 and top of the AFC West. All credit to the Raiders team as well as it’s not as if they’ve had an easy opening 3 games, beating the Ravens, Steelers and the Dolphins. How far can Carr and the Raiders go this season, I don’t know. But with a passer rating of 101.04 over his first three games, I’d be amazed if they don’t get into the play offs, maybe even a get themselves a bye week.
Offensive Rookie of the Month – Ja’Marr Chase
Coming into this season there was a number of questions around the Bengals selecting Chase. Can he block for Burrow? Has he still got it after a year out? How well can he adapt to the league? I think he might have answered the critics with every question that has been raised about him so far. There was even a rumour he said he struggled to catch an NFL ball, that turned out to obviously be a lie.
Chase already has 4 touchdowns to his name in only 3 games, making him the youngest player in NFL history to have four or more touchdown catches over his teams first three games. Who previously held that title? None other than Randy Moss. If Chase is already breaking his records then there could be an illustrious career ahead for the young man. Cincinnati fans have been gifted with an absolute stud in Chase, and him getting Offensive Rookie of the Month just cements that. I’m excited to see what else he can produce in the future.