Cutler wins monthly award

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler has been named the AFC offensive player of the month for September.

Cutler, in his second full season as a starter, is second in the NFL behind New Orleans' Drew Brees, with 1,275 passing yards. Cutler has thrown nine touchdown passes and he has been intercepted four times.

Cutler is a major reason why Denver is 3-1 and a surprise leader of the AFC West at the quarter point of the season. Cutler is the first Denver player to win the award in exactly seven years when then quarterback Brian Griese took it in September, 2001. Ironically, Cutler and the Broncos will face Griese on Sunday when Tampa Bay visits Denver.