Lions WR Johnson leads group of NFC's best for November

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Dekoda Watson have been named NFC offensive, defensive and special teams players of the month for November.

Johnson had 32 receptions for a league-best 619 yards and three touchdowns in the month. His 154.8 yards per game average led the NFL and was the highest in November since Hall of Famer Lance Alworth's 156.3 mark in 1963.

Johnson posted 12 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 to record his third career 200-yard receiving game, tying him for fifth in NFL history.

Smith led the NFL with nine sacks in November despite only playing three games in the month. He also had 18 tackles and two forced fumbles. The second-year pro has now amassed 30 1/2 sacks in his career, making him the fastest player to ever reach 30 sacks since the sack became an official stat in 1982.

Watson blocked a punt which was returned for a touchdown and also recovered a special teams fumble that led to a touchdown during the month to capture the special teams award. He also had two special teams tackles.