NFL announces monthly award winners for November

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 27: Tennessee Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes the ball in the 1st quarter during an NFL football game between the Tennessee Titans and the Chicago Bears on November 27, 2016, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Daniel Bartel/Icon Sportswire)
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With the month of November now a thing of the past, the NFL has announced the Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for both the AFC and NFC. With the news coming on Thursday morning, Tennessee Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota and Washington Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins headline the list after being named as the AFC and NFC Offensive Players of the Month, respectively.

Adding to the recognition, Oakland Raiders’ pass rusher Khalil Mack and New York Giants’ defensive back Landon Collins are the recipients of the AFC and NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors alongside Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker Cairo Santos and Detroit Lions’ kicker Matt Prater, who are the November AFC and NFC Special Teams Players of the Month.

The 23-year-old signal caller has encountered a breakout season in just hist second NFL campaign while leading the Titans to a surprising 6-6 record through the first 12 weeks of the 2016-2017 regular season. As a result, Mariota has appeared in all 12 contests en route to passing for 2,998 yards and 25 touchdowns against just eight interceptions.

In November alone, Mariota threw for 1,124 yards to accompany his 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, which both came in the same game against the San Diego Chargers.

On the other hand, Cousins continues to garner attention as he suits up for the 6-4-1 Redskins under the franchise tag. This season, the 28-year-old veteran quarterback has passed for 3,540 yards and 20 touchdowns against seven interceptions while appearing in all 11 games for Washington.

Last month, Cousins threw for 1,086 yards and eight touchdowns – with no picks – over the course of just three games.

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