Manning is October AFC player of the month

Nov. 2, 2006 at 4:23 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Quarterback Peyton Manning, whose Indianapolis Colts are 7-0 this season, was selected the AFC offensive player of the month for October.

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and New York Jets return specialist Justin Miller also claimed October honors from the conference, the NFL announced Thursday.

Manning completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 1,070 yards and 10 touchdowns and one interception in his four October games. He also directed late game-winning drives in three of the contests.

Bailey, the conference's defensive player of the month, helped Denver to a 3-1 record in October -- the lone loss coming to Manning's Colts -- and had an interception in each of the victories. One of the interceptions was in the Broncos' end zone and another came at the 1-yard line to kill opponents' drives.

Miller, the AFC special teams player of the month, returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in October. He had a franchise-record 103-yard return that gave the Jets the lead against Indianapolis, but Manning posted one of his three late come-from-behind drives to grab the victory.

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