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Portis Named NFC Offensive Player of Month

The NFL announced Oct. 29 that Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for October.

In leading the Redskins to a 3-1 record in the month, Portis topped the NFL with 101 carries and 575 rushing yards (5.7 avg.), 251 more yards than any other player (DeAngelo Williams, 324).

Portis's four rushing touchdowns tied for the league high, while he also led all players with 616 yards from scrimmage, a 143.8-yards per game rushing average, 28 first downs and 15 runs of 10 or more yards.

Portis ran for more than 120 yards in all four contests, extending his personal streak in which he topped that plateau to five. This is the second time in his career Portis has done so, joining O.J. Simpson as the only players in history to rush for at least 120 yards in five straight contests twice in their careers. Portis now has 24 100-yard rushing efforts in his Redskins career, which is a franchise record, and 42 in his NFL career.

Should Portis rush for 120 or more yards this Monday night against Pittsburgh, he would tie an NFL record shared by Earl Campbell (1980) and Eric Dickerson (1984), who both accomplished the feat in six straight games.

This is Portis's first Player of the Month award.

The last Redskins player to earn the honor was quarterback Todd Collins in December of last year. The last Redskins running back to receive the accolade was Terry Allen in October of 1996.

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