Ben Roethlisberger vs. Arian Foster For AFC October Player of the Month

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is well-known in Steelers circles for his statement, "I'm not interested in winning MVPs, I want to win championships." 

He may not be interested in individual accomplishments, but his numbers in October may merit one all the same. 

Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a 4-1 mark over the second month of the season, and has been the catalyst behind the team's current four-game winning streak. 

His numbers, and the success he's led the Steelers to, could, if not should, earn him October's AFC Offensive Player of the Month award. 

Roethlisberger is 114-for-176 (64.7 percent) for 1,360 yards (7.7 yards per attempt) with 11 touchdowns (including five in Week 5 against Tennessee) and just three interceptions. His performance against Tennessee earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week, when he completed 24-of-34 passes for 228 yards and five touchdowns to just one interception that didn't factor in the outcome at all. 

He posted a similarly dominant game against Arizona in Week 7, when he was 26-for-39 for 361 yards and three touchdowns. His 95-yard touchdown pass to WR Mike Wallace broke the franchise's record for longest touchdown pass, a mark that stood for 10 years.

He followed that up with one of the finest performances of his career (except one INT) with a 32-of-50, 365 yard, two TD effort against New England. 

The numbers speak for themselves, and are definitely impressive. He may get beaten out by, among other worthy candidates, Houston's Arian Foster, who has 809 total yards and five touchdowns (four rushing) in five games for the Texans. Included in that is his 155-yard, three TD performance against Pittsburgh in Week 4. 

New England QB Tom Brady, who was out-dueled by Roethlisberger's Steelers in Week 8, will also garner some attention with a 91-for-139 (65.5 percent), seven TD, three INT stretch in four Patriots games (3-1). 

Roethlisberger has more touchdowns per game (2.58) than Brady (1.75), and threw less INTs per attempt (one every 58 throws vs. one in 46). 

While Foster has been a force on the ground and through the air, he failed to score a touchdown in two of the five games Houston played, and the Texans are 3-2 in that time. He does have two AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards to his credit. Roethlisberger has one, and possibly two for his performance against New England in Week 8. 

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick won the award in September, edging out Brady. Fitzpatrick's numbers returned to earth a bit in October, but his 898 yards and completion percentage of 70.3 is worthy of consideration. 

Same goes for Steelers WR Mike Wallace, who's six-game streak of at least one 40+ yard reception broke in Week 8. His 22 catches resulted in 422 yards and three touchdowns. Patriots QB Wes Welker had a similar drop in statistics after a torrid September. He finished the month with 26 catches for 366 yards and two touchdowns. 

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