New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named AFC Player of the Week for the second time this season, and it was an obvious choice. Brady was absolutely terrific against the St. Louis Rams, and you could argue that it was the best performance that any quarterback has woven together all season. He was precise and averaged 8.7 yards per attempt.
Brady finished the Rams game with 304 passing yards on a 23-35 line, as he tossed four touchdowns (two to Brandon Lloyd and Rob Gronkowski) and no picks. He finished with a QB Rating of 131.1 and a TQBR (ESPN’s stat) of 98.4, which is almost as high as it gets (scale from 1 to 100 with 50 being exactly average).
In the end, he added 24.8 points to the team according to the advanced statistic EPA. That’s more points added than Carson Palmer has had all season. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady both have 22 POY awards, which puts them squarely at the top of the list.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is practicing today, which means that he should be good to go on Sunday. He injured his quad and knee after being sacked by New York Jets OLB Calvin Pace last week, and the MRI revealed only bruises on both body parts. Tannehill and top backup Matt Moore both shared first-team snaps, and there is little doubt that Tannehill will be ready to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Even if he doesn’t play, Moore is arguably the best backup in the league so the Dolphins won’t miss a beat. I mean, anyone can throw it on the Colts secondary. Well, except for the Jets quarterbacks.
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