Cincinnati Bengals fans have already recognized the greatness in their new quarterback, but now the accolades are coming from the outside. The NFL named Andy Dalton its offensive Rookie of the Month for October. Dalton lead the team to four victories during the month, defeating Buffalo, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Seattle, raising the team's record to 5-2 heading into this week's showdown with Tennessee.
For the month, Dalton passed for an average of 227 yards per game and compiled a QB rating of 83.1. He threw six touchdowns and five interceptions over the four weeks.
Dalton becomes only the third Bengal in franchise history to win the award, joining RB Cory Dillon in December of 1998 and LB Odell Thurman who was the Defensive Rookie of the Month in September of 2005. Perhaps more meaningful to Dalton though was the praise of his teammates. Tackle Andrew Whitworth had high praise for the rookie:
“The leadership Andy has brought as a rookie is remarkable. The kid shows gumption. He’s in our face. It takes a lot for a rookie to do that.”
Dalton beat out Cam Newton from Carolina for the award. Newton's numbers may have been more prolific and he's certainly getting more media attention, but Dalton leading his team to a 4-0 record versus Newton's 1-4 record in October was the deciding factor. To his credit, Dalton gets that this recognition is a product of the team's success. "I didn't do this alone," he said.
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