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Robert Mathis wins AFC Defensive Player of the Month

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I don't make it a habit of linking to Mike Florio's ProFootballTalk. However, today I'll make an exception. A few moments ago, Florio broke the news that Colts defensive end Robert Mathis has been awarded AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November.

Defensive end Robert Mathis won the honors, via 16 tackles, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed, and 4.5 sacks in five November games.  Mathis had two sacks in the 35-34 win over the Patriots, and he forced a fumble via a sack to seal the recent come-from-behind win over the Texans.

Mathis will likely get a return trip to the Pro Bowl this year, along with his buddy on the other side of the defensive line, Dwight Freeney.

Over the past three years, Robert Mathis has quietly, and firmly, established himself as one of the best defensive ends in football. To have both him and Dwight Freeney on the same team is absolutely amazing. Both players are very, very special.

The Packers Charles Woodson won NFC Defensive Player of the Month.