Packers QB Rodgers again heads list of NFC monthly honors

For the third straight time in 2011, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been named one of the month's top players in the NFC.

He, along with Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers and Arizona Cardinals cornerback/kick returner Patrick Peterson, have been chosen as the best in the conference for the month of November.

Rodgers grabbed the offensive award for a fourth consecutive month (December 2010, September 2011, October 2011, November 2011). He once again guided the Packers to an undefeated 4-0 record, completing 89-of-123 passes for 1,103 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception. That led to his career-high 131.6 passer rating.

The 27-year-old matched Johnny Unitas (1959) and Peyton Manning (2004) as the only quarterbacks to throw at least two touchdown passes in every game within a given month.

With the honor, the California product surpasses Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, who had been the only other player chosen as offensive player of the month three straight times.

Peppers nabbed the defensive honor by finishing the season's third month with 10 tackles, tied for the NFC lead with four sacks and also recorded a forced fumble as the Bears went 3-1. The 10-year veteran out of North Carolina has eight sacks this season.

Peterson rounded out the monthly winners by taking home the special teams award for the first time in his young career. He led the NFL by scoring on a pair of punt returns (80 and 99 yards), and also topped the league with a total of 271 punt return yards.

The rookie out of LSU has tied the NFL mark of four punts returned for scores along with Jack Christiansen (1951), Rick Upchurch (1976) and Devin Hester (2007).