Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu honored

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has accomplished a career first after winning AFC Player of the Month honors for November.

The 10th-year veteran completed 97 of 157 passes for 1,118 yards and 11 touchdowns in guiding the Steelers to a 3-1 record this month. He threw just three interceptions and had a passer rating of 100.5 in leading the Steelers to a three-game winning streak -- and back from the brink following an 0-4 start to the season.

The offense has come together during the winning streak, which has vaulted the Steelers back into the AFC playoff picture as well as the AFC North race. Roethlisberger has thrived running the no-huddle offense. The up-tempo attack and solid play from the offensive line has resulted in Roethlisberger getting sacked just once in the past two games.

“There is some cohesion happening,” Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of the offensive line. “At the same time I think the guys running routes are getting open. They are getting into routes fast and making it happen. Ben is obviously getting the ball out on time and to the right spots most of the time. So it’s usually a pretty good recipe.”

Roethlisberger wasn’t the only Steelers player recognized Wednesday for his stellar play.

Strong safety Troy Polamalu won AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording four tackles and a sack in a 27-11 win against the Browns, and also forcing two fumbles and recovering one of them.

It is the seventh time Polamalu has won the award and first time since 2011.