Drew Brees is Offensive Player of Month

January, 5, 2012
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This should come as no surprise, and it might even be a sign of things to come.

The NFL just made the official announcement that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December/January.

Obviously, this honor is well deserved, because the Saints were undefeated in their final five games. Brees completed 145 of 197 passes for 1,787 yards with 19 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 127.0 NFL passer rating during that span.

Brees also set a new record for passing yards in a season with 5,476. This is the third Player of the Month Award of Brees’ career.

But the real significance here is that Brees’ selection stopped a four-month streak on this award by Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, dating to last season. It’s been assumed that Rodgers will win the NFL’s MVP award, which will be announced in February. But the fact Brees won the monthly award might be an indication he might have a shot at MVP.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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