Robert Mathis. What more can we say about this guy? Between being a mentor to his teammates and bridging two great eras of Colts football, Mathis has caused havoc in opposing backfields, no matter the opponent. With 11.5 sacks, he’s matched his career high through just seven games, answering the criticisms that he couldn’t do it without another dominant pass rusher on the other side.
Now, he’s earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month honors, despite having a bye in October. In just three games, Mathis has racked up 11 tackles, 4 sacks, a pass deflection, and a pair of forced fumbles (including the one for a safety against his old teammate in week 7). To date, his big play frequency has been astounding.
From the Colts’ press release:
In a Week 5 victory against Seattle (10/6), Mathis totaled 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble as he became the 30th player in NFL history to record 100.0 career sacks. His second sack in the third quarter marked the first time in his career that he totaled multiple sacks in four consecutive games (9/15/13 – 10/6/13). Two weeks later in the team’s victory over undefeated Denver (10/20), Mathis finished with five tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble, which led to a safety. He regained the current league lead in sacks with his second quarterback takedown of Peyton Manning while passing Jim Jeffcoat for 26th place on the NFL’s all-time sack list.
For the season, Mathis has recorded 33 tackles (29 solo), 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass defensed. His sack total is tied for the fifth-most in a season in Colts history, while his five multi-sack games this year tie a franchise record.
He’s defeated quarterbacks, offensive linemen, and the bye week to earn this honor for the first time in three years. If Mathis can stay healthy, we may be discussing another award or two before season’s end.
I trust I'm not the only one with that sentiment:
— Blue Colts Mascot (@BlueColtsMascot) October 31, 2013