New England Patriots: Tom Brady named AFC Player of the Week
By Nick Ziegler
After a great game against the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named the AFC Player of the Week.
In what felt like a must-win game for the New England Patriots, they were able to put on quite the show against the New Orleans Saints.
After a hot start, the Patriots went on to cruise to a 36-20 win against the Saints on the road. Even though the Saints aren’t a great team, it was important to see the Patriots bounce back after the tough loss in Week 1.
Even though both Dont’a Hightower and Danny Amendola were out, the Patriots were able to have some other players step up in their absence. Without Amendola, the Patriots went with just three active wide receivers into the game. A bold strategy that ended up working.
With a lot of weapons surrounding him, Brady was able to have a monster game against the Saints. In the win, Brady totaled 447 passing yards and three touchdowns. This might end up being one of Brady’s best games of the season, as he was locked in against the Saints.
For his great performance, Brady was named the AFC Player of the Week for the 28th time in his career. With Brady receiving the honor, he has broken a tie with Peyton Manning, and he has yet another record under his belt.
While the win against the Saints was important, Brady and company will be looking to gain some momentum in Week 3. With the Houston Texans coming to town, Brady will be challenged by a defense that is much better than the one he faced against the Saints.
Blocking the Texans’ pass rushers is going to be key for New England, as they can’t let J.J. Watt tee off on Brady. As large favorites heading into the week, expect to see New England move to 2-1 in 2017.