In a month that began with complaints from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis regarding the perception that the league affords too much protection to Pats quarterback Tom Brady, Brady parlayed that extra protection into a performance that secured for him the distinction of AFC offensive player of the month for October.
It’s the third time Brady has won the monthly prize — the other two came in September and October 2007.
Brady completed 92 of 131 passes, good for an accuracy percentage of 70.2. He also generated 1,161 yards, threw for twelve scores, and compiled a 121.7 passer rating in leading the Patriots to three wins. Their lone loss of the month came in overtime at Denver, against a Broncos team coached by Brady’s former offensive coordinator.
The Patriots currently lead the AFC East with a 5-2 record. The Jets are in second place at 4-3.