Lions running back Jahvid Best and Eagles safety Nate Allen have been named the NFL offensive and defensive rookies of the month for September.
Best has given some hope to hopeless Lions fans, leading all NFL rookies with 307 yards from scrimmage (183 receiving and 124 rushing). He also leads all NFL players with five touchdowns this season, four on the ground and one through the air.
Best’s five touchdowns were the Lions’ first five touchdowns of the season, making him the first player to score his team’s first five touchdowns since Edward “Dutch” Sternaman of the Decatur Staleys in 1920. (I had Sternaman on my fantasy team that year, which was nice.)
Allen has started all three games at safety for the Eagles this season. He has 12 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
The Eagles took Allen out of South Florida with the fifth pick in the second round of the draft, and he became the first Eagles rookie to intercept a pass in each of the first two games of the season since Bernard Wilson in 1979.