New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady has been named the AFC Player of the Week for the 21st time, which ties him with Week 5 opponent and rival Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history. In fact, Manning provided some stiff competition for Brady in Week 4 by shredding the Oakland Raiders secondary with a 130.0 QB Rating.
Meanwhile, Brady finished with a 120.1 QB Rating after dropping 340 passing yards on the Buffalo Bills to finish with a 22-36 line compared to Manning’s pinpoint 30-38. The difference is that Brady connected on tougher passes and beat Manning in yards per attempt (9.44 t0 8.9). Both QBs tossed three touchdowns with no picks, but Brady also ran it in for a four-yard score.
The Patriots star QB also finished with a higher TQBR at 96.5, compared to an almost-as-great total of 92.0 for the Denver Broncos legendary signal-caller.
I tend to agree more with the guys who voted on our site’s poll and would have given the POY award- at least for the Pats- to either Brandon Bolden or Brandon Spikes. Both Brandons were incredibly influential, with Spikes having a lights-out, catalyst-like performance against the Bills by changing the momentum with two forced fumbles.
Bolden and Brady are in the running for FedEx POY awards, with Bolden coming out of nowhere to stampede Buffalo (did I really just write that?) with 137 yards on just 16 carries in a breakout game that came out of nowhere.
Still, let’s give a tip of the cap to Brady for a terrific performance in Week 4 and hope for many more, especially one in Week 5 against Peyton and Denver. Let’s see if Brady can win the honor two weeks in a row and go one-up on Manning.
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