The Colts lead the AFC with an 11-0 record.
And a key member of their defense not named “Bob Sanders” or “Dwight Freeney” has been named AFC defensive player of the month.
Defensive end Robert Mathis won the honors, via 16 tackles, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed, and 4.5 sacks in five November games. Mathis had two sacks in the 35-34 win over the Patriots, and he forced a fumble via a sack to seal the recent come-from-behind win over the Texans.
He’s tied for second in the league with five forced fumbles, and he’s tied for fifth with 9.5 sacks.
It’s the first player of the month honor of Mathis’ seven-year career. No Colts player has been named defensive player of the week in 2009.
And before any interested teams begin pondering the possibility of prying Mathis away from Indy, he’s under contract through 2011. But he might be in line for a big raise; per NFLPA records, his salary for 2009 is $2.3 million. Next year, he gets a $10,000 raise. In 2011, his salary increases by only $100,000.