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Ravens' Lamar Jackson, Eagles' Jalen Hurts Headline NFL's Players of the Month

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 29, 2022

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens attempts a pass during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts were named the NFL's Player of the Month on offense in September for their respective conferences.

The league announced Thursday its top stars across the first month of the 2022 season.

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AFC Players of the Month! (September)<a href="https://twitter.com/Lj_era8?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Lj_era8</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/MelvinIngram?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MelvinIngram</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/tommy_townsend?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@tommy_townsend</a> <a href="https://t.co/FHobReSzFn">pic.twitter.com/FHobReSzFn</a>

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NFC Players of the Month! (September)<a href="https://twitter.com/JalenHurts?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JalenHurts</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/DevinWhite__40?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DevinWhite__40</a> <a href="https://t.co/TYBlJq9CYu">pic.twitter.com/TYBlJq9CYu</a>


AFC Players of the Month

  • Offense: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens 
  • Defense: Melvin Ingram, LB, Miami Dolphins 
  • Special Teams: Tommy Townsend, P, Kansas City Chiefs

NFC Players of the Month

  • Offense: Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles 
  • Defense: Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
  • Special Teams: Mitch Wishnowsky, P, San Francisco 49ers

After failing to hammer out a long-term extension with the Ravens, Jackson is potentially playing his way into a record-breaking contract.

The 2019 NFL MVP has thrown for 749 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while running for 243 yards and two scores through three games. At this rate, he could be playing his way to a second MVP.

Hurts, meanwhile, continues proving the Eagles right for betting on him over Carson Wentz.

The 2020 second-round pick helped guide Philadelphia to the playoffs in 2021 and has taken his game to another level to open this year. Along with his 916 passing yards and four touchdowns, he has run for 167 yards and three scores.

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Jalen Hurts in Year 3 📈 <a href="https://t.co/PSNlzWPfCt">pic.twitter.com/PSNlzWPfCt</a>

On defense, Melvin Ingram has perhaps already outearned the one-year, $4 million contract he signed with the Miami Dolphins back in mid-May. His two sacks match his total from 2021, and he helped preserve Miami's 21-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills when he chased down Isaiah McKenzie on the game's final play.

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What an ending to the Bills-Dolphins game! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BUFvsMIA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BUFvsMIA</a> <a href="https://t.co/yjlc3H0wUi">pic.twitter.com/yjlc3H0wUi</a>

A little north, White has helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank first in defensive efficiency, per Football Outsiders. He's the team leader in tackles (24) and sacks (three), and he has been on the field for all of Tampa's defensive snaps through three weeks.

The 2021 Pro Bowler has been a tone-setter for a suffocating Bucs defense.

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