Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continued his torrid start to his 2012 campaign in the Patriots 52-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the week as a result:
The New England Patriots announced today that Tom Brady has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the National Football league for his performance in the Patriots' 52-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. It is the 21st time in his career that Brady has received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor to tie Denver's Peyton Manning for the most Player of the Week awards earned by a player since the accolade was instituted in 1984. Brady earned three Player of the Week Awards in 2011.
Brady completed 22 of 36 passes for 340 yards against the Bills, including three touchdown passes. Brady also scored on a 4-yard touchdown run. After falling behind, 21-7, midway through the third quarter, Brady led the Patriots to six straight second half touchdowns and 45 total second half points, including a 31-point fourth quarter to earn the 52-28 victory. It was Brady's third straight 300-yard game and the 48th of his career. Brady needs one more 300-yard game to tie Hall of Famer Warren Moon for seventh place all-time. Brady threw a touchdown pass in his 36th straight game to tie Brett Favre for the third longest streak all-time, behind Johnny Unitas (47) and Drew Brees (47).
Lost in the Patriots' relatively disappointing 2-2 start, has been the excellent play of quarterback Tom Brady. During the offseason, some questioned whether or not he had passed his peak. However, if the first quarter of the 2012 season has taught us anything, it's that Tom Brady is as good as ever. While Brady missed some throws in 2011, his accuracy has been nearly perfect in all but the Arizona game. The inconsistency that the Patriots' offense has been a result of shaky pass protection, some questionable playcalling, and mistakes from receivers. Rarely, from this viewpoint, has Brady been the primary reason for stalled drives, although I'm sure that if you asked him, he'd put most, if not all of the blame on himself.
If Tom Brady can continue this level of play, continue to work on his chemistry with Brandon Lloyd and the rest of the team's offensive woes sort themselves out - the Patriots offense, combined with a rejuvinated rushing attack, will be prolific by season's end.