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Robert Mathis caps stellar season with AFC defensive player of the month

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Colts linebacker Robert Mathis finished his 2013 season with a flourish.

Mathis had five sacks over the final five weeks of the regular season, helping the Colts close with four wins in their final five games and helping him earn the AFC defensive player of the month award for December.

Those five sacks left Mathis with 19.5 on the season, which makes him the sack king of the 2013 season by a half-sack over Rams defensive end Robert Quinn. Mathis also forced four fumbles over the last five games of the season, doubling his total from the first 11 games and making him the league leader (Quinn was second) in that metric as well.

All that havoc in the pocket makes Mathis a strong contender for the defensive player of the year award and it should lead the Chiefs to make stopping him a top priority during this weekend’s playoff matchup.

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4 Responses to “Robert Mathis caps stellar season with AFC defensive player of the month”
  1. gochargersgo says: Jan 2, 2014 11:44 AM

    Either Mathis or Quinn deserve DPOY. All that chatter for Kuechly is just noise.

  2. deathonwings410 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:23 PM

    Mathis does this all without any other serious pass rushing threat elsewhere on that defense. That alone should make him DPOY. Meanwhile, Suggs and Dumervil are fighting over being mediocre.

  3. winstonjed44 says: Jan 2, 2014 12:46 PM

    Mathis has a very strong case for defensive POY. Sack leader at 19.5 sacks, 8 FF, 59 combined tackles. He did this with very little around him unlike most of the other candidates. Quinn has Chris Long on the other side of him, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman played on arguably the best defense in the league. Kuechly plays behind one of the leagues best front fours.

  4. mf7krime says: Jan 2, 2014 1:09 PM

    I had a feeling he would excel as an outside LB but I didn’t know he’d have his best season.

    What an athlete.

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