In Denver on Sunday, Tom Brady won his 86th career game on the road, a new NFL record. Now, for the 30th time in his career (another NFL record), Brady has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Against the Broncos, Brady threw for 266 yards on 25-of-34 passing, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
It is the third time this season that he has won the award. Previously, Brady won the award for his performances in Week 2 and 3 against the Saints and Texans. Through nine games, Brady still leads the league in passing with 2,807 yards and 19 touchdowns to only two interceptions. At age 40.
Against the Broncos, Brady threw three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the 54th time in his career that he has thrown at least three touchdowns to no interceptions, a record he broke earlier in the season. In such games, Brady owns a 52-2 record.
At this point in the year, Brady and Eagles’ quarterback, Carson Wentz, are neck and neck in the MVP race in most everyone’s eyes. With that said, Brady should be running away with the award.
Consider that just at the dawn of a new season, the Patriots and Brady lost Julian Edelman for the year. Rob Gronkowski, although he has shown he is healthy now, has been in and out of the lineup. Malcolm Mitchell, a breakout star in 2016, has yet to see the field. Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola have missed time. Mike Gillislee has been injured. Rex Burkhead, a now crucial part of the offense, missed several weeks to this point. On a couple occasions, the Patriots only dressed three receivers, including Phillip Dorsett, who was acquired late in the offseason.
With all that said, Brady is still Brady as he has led the Patriots to a 7-2 record, tops in the AFC. The team is currently in the midsts of a five-game winning streak and look to get stronger by the week, despite all the injuries on both sides of the ball. Brady has had a large hand in all of that.
With seven games remaining, the Patriots and Brady are poised to pull away from the pack, especially with their matchup with the Steelers looming. At age 40, Brady continues to raise the bar for elite level quarterback play. It wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Brady add few more by the time the season is over. However, the best quarterback in the league is more focused on that big silver ‘award’ at the end of the year.
– Ian Glendon is the National Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on Follow @iglen31 Follow @cover32_NE and Facebook.