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Romo and Tomlinson NFL Players of Month

Tony Romo was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month his first full month as a starter.

Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo NFL Players of Month

LaDainian Tomlinson has been one of the premier players in the NFL for the better part of a decade, while Tony Romo burst onto the scene a mere six weeks ago. Now both players have been rewarded for their stellar play. After leading the San Diego Chargers to a 4-0 record in November, Tomlinson on Thursday was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month, while Romo earned the NFC Player of the Month honor after guiding the Dallas Cowboys to the top of the NFC East Division.

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Walt Harris were the Defensive Players of the Month.

Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman and Seattle Seahawks returner Nate Burleson took Special Teams honors.

Tomlinson spearheaded San Diego’s perfect month by scoring a whopping 13 touchdowns, more than twice as many as any other player during November. He rushed for at least 100 yards and scored at least three TDs in all four games to lead the Chargers (10-2) to first place in the AFC West Division. It was the first career Player of the Month Award for the electric Tomlinson, who became the fastest player in NFL history to score 100 career TDs. He accomplished the feat in his 89th career game, a 35-27 victory over the rival Denver Broncos on November 19.

Romo has emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFC after leading the Cowboys (8-4) to wins in five of their last six games. In his first full month as a starter, Romo completed 72.6 percent of his passes (85-of-117) for 1,124 yards and nine TDs. The 26-year-old Romo made headlines in front of a national TV audience on Thanksgiving, tying a franchise record with five TD passes in a 38-10 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

One of the league’s premier pass rushers, Taylor recorded nine tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and six passes defensed for the Dolphins (5-7), who won all four of their games in November. Taylor, who captured his this career Player of the Month Honor, returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns and also forced three fumbles for a Miami defense that recorded a league-leading 17 sacks and 11 takeaways in November.

An 11-year veteran, Harris captured his first career monthly award after recording 19 tackles, three interceptions, five passes defensed and forcing a fumble for San Francisco (5-7), which won three of four games last month.

Moorman earned his third career monthly award after helping the Bills (5-7) dominate field position during their 3-1 month of November. The six-year veteran averaged 46.8 yards per punt while registering a net average of 42.4 yards, both league bests.

Burleson averaged 13.8 yards on punt returns and scored a TD while averaging 25.8 yards per kickoff return en route to his first career special teams monthly honor. He reeled off a 90-yard punt return for a score in a 24-22 victory over rival St. Louis on November 12.

Impressive, especially in Romo’s case.

(Photo courtesy Dallas

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