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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tom Brady Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October

New England sports fans can disagree over everything under the sun but if you bash Tom Brady, then we overreact like we're all related to him. That's what made this past September so strange as the Patriots (6-2) struggled to a 2-2 start and Brady looked more mortal for long stretches than we've ever seen before. Look, we all know at some point (soon), he'll lose it and no longer be TB12. However, until that terrible time commences, leave our guy alone!

Still, as his AFC Offensive Player of the Month award for October shows (7th of his career, 1st since Dec./Jan. 2011), he has still got it and should the Pats go anywhere this season, he will be at the forefront of that. Since getting blown out 41-14 on September 29 at Kansas City, New England has rattled off four straight wins over Cincinnati, Buffalo, New York Jets and Chicago. Of those three, only the Jets game was close as the Patriots blew out the Bengals and Bears while eventually pulling away from the Bills.

In those four wins, New England has put up 43, 37, 27 and 51 points which is remarkable given how impotent they looked in September (20, 30, 16, 14). During that span where the Pats are rightfully back to contending for an AFC title and the customary AFC East title, Brady has gone 100-of-144 for 1268 yards, 14 TDs, 0 INTs and a quarterback rating of 129.1.

The biggest game of the NFL regular season is probably taking place this Sunday (4:25, CBS) at Gillette Stadium as the Broncos (6-1) stop by for the annual Brady/Manning Bowl. If Denver wins, odds are it will be because New England's defense can't get enough stops and not Brady and the offense's fault. We shall see.

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