Clinton Portis has been officially named the NFC Offensive Player of The Month for October, an award he very much has earned. Portis carried the offense through October as he amassed 575 yards on 101 carries and hit paydirt 4 times. He continues to lead the NFL in yards gained (944) as the next closet player is Adrian Peterson (684) is a whopping 260 yards behind. Portis continues to prove his doubters wrong (*cough Mr. Best cough*) and often shows defensive lineman why he is the best blocking running back in the NFL. Give credit to the O line, and give credit to the dump truck Mike Sellers, but the main reason for Portis’ success is his toughness. He still hits the hole like a bullet out of cannon and will very rarely go down without a fight. Coach Z recognizes this and continues to call the game with a run first mentality. This is perhaps the main reason why Zorn has succeeded in his first season, he decided to keep the run game intact and so far it looks like he made the right call. His run offense is one that would make Joe Gibbs jealous as Gibbs could never really figure out how to use Portis the right way. Portis isn’t afraid to tell you this either as he is quick to point out the big twenty yard gains just were not there last year. As the season continues lets hope he doesn’t get worn down, he has already carried the ball 187 times through 8 games. I just cringe at thought of having Sean Alexander as our full time running back.
Portis isn’t the only player that was recognized for his efforts. Santana Moss was awarded as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Moss sliced and diced his way through the Lions special teams for an 80 yard score in just his second punt return of the season. Let’s watch it one more time Skins fans!