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Leigh Bodden named AFC defensive player of the week

New England Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden picked off three passes on Sunday against the Jets, and as a result he’s been named AFC defensive player of the week.

Bodden was one of the favorite receivers of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Sunday; Sanchez completed only eight passes all day, and Bodden caught as many passes from Sanchez as the Jets’ leading receivers on the day, Jericho Cotchery and Dustin Keller.

Bodden returned one of his picks 53 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, giving the Patriots their first points in a game they would go on to win 31-14. Bodden’s three interceptions were a career high, and it’s the first time he has earned the AFC defensive player of the week honor.

The Patriots have now won five player of the week awards: Tom Brady got the honor after Week One and Week Six, safety Brandon Meriweather was defensive player of the week after Week Seven and kicker Stephen Gostkowski was special teams player of the week after Week Nine.

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17 Responses to “Leigh Bodden named AFC defensive player of the week”
  1. InBBWeTrust says: Nov 25, 2009 12:33 PM

    Him and Sanchez made a great team on Sunday!

  2. Pastabelly says: Nov 25, 2009 12:38 PM

    Leigh Bodden should personally thank Mark Sanchez for making that award possible. Sanchez found Bodden every time he was open.

  3. Nobe says: Nov 25, 2009 12:40 PM

    And to listen to the Jets squawking, you’d think that:
    a) they had won the game; and
    b) Revis was the best corner on the field.

  4. RK says: Nov 25, 2009 12:48 PM

    See what kind of accolades you get when you cover Braylon Edwards, QB killer?

  5. BigMike says: Nov 25, 2009 1:06 PM

    Ummm, I’m a big Pats fan and Revis WAS by far the best corner on the field.

  6. rusH1023 says: Nov 25, 2009 1:07 PM

    And they bench Kerry Rhodes. He may deserve to be benched, but PLEASE. Sanchez is trash right now. Get a veteran in there to help the kid out. Put him on the bench until he has time to sort things out. Actually, no, as a Pats fan, keep him in there. Let him keep giving games away. Too bad, because for all their talking and making asses of themselves, that defense is pretty legit.

  7. ampats says: Nov 25, 2009 1:11 PM

    Who needs Braylon Edwards when you have Leigh Bodden to throw to??
    J ust
    E nd
    S eason
    T oo
    S oon
    because they suck!!

  8. Patsfan1776 says: Nov 25, 2009 1:22 PM

    Since the Pats already played 2 games against the Jets, I hope they play well the rest of the season and just miss the playoffs. I don’t want them screwing up the draft order with any of the teams that owe the Pats a pick.

  9. severs28 says: Nov 25, 2009 1:22 PM

    Somehow, the Lions thought it would be better to cut him than to pay him the $8 million salary he was due.

  10. InnocentCriminal says: Nov 25, 2009 1:24 PM

    Where the hell was Leigh Bodden last year when he played for the Lions?!

  11. Nobe says: Nov 25, 2009 1:47 PM

    BigMike: “Ummm, I’m a big Pats fan and Revis WAS by far the best corner on the field.”
    Randy Moss is dogging it.

  12. LighTsouT says: Nov 25, 2009 2:23 PM

    @innocentcriminal
    ONE corner isn’t changing a whole franchise around.

  13. CKL says: Nov 25, 2009 2:54 PM

    Long before he was a Patriot, I thought Bodden was one of the best defensive players on the Browns. He knows RAC’s defense (hence BB’s). When he was in Det he was in Marinelli’s Tampa 2 which is not the same thing when it comes to how you play CB. He didn’t fit there at all. Not that he’s Ty Law in his prime or anything but I like him.

  14. Richm2256 says: Nov 25, 2009 3:12 PM

    BigMike says:
    November 25, 2009 1:06 PM
    Ummm, I’m a big Pats fan and Revis WAS by far the best corner on the field.
    Yeah, he had a lot more INT’s than Bodden.
    Moron. Just goes to show that any idiot can claim to be a Pat’s fan.

  15. BigMike says: Nov 25, 2009 3:15 PM

    63 receptions, 925 yards, and 8 TDs in 10 games. I’ll take “dogging it” any day.

  16. BigMike says: Nov 25, 2009 4:07 PM

    “Moron. Just goes to show that any idiot can claim to be a Pat’s fan.”
    I’m a moron, eh? You sound like one of those Big Show kool-aid drinkers who think the Patriots were an expansion ram in 1993.
    Boy, Asante Samuel and Champ Bailey had no picks last week. Bodden’s at least three times better than those two! Crap almighty, how does Bodden not make the Pro Bowl every year?

  17. Richm2256 says: Nov 25, 2009 9:53 PM

    “I’m a moron, eh? You sound like one of those Big Show kool-aid drinkers who think the Patriots were an expansion ram in 1993.
    Boy, Asante Samuel and Champ Bailey had no picks last week. Bodden’s at least three times better than those two! Crap almighty, how does Bodden not make the Pro Bowl every year?”
    Hey fool, your comment was that Revis was by far the best CB on the field that day, a day when Bodden was awesome. You didn’t say you were talking about all-time great corners, or did you forget what you said?
    This kool-aid drinker is 53, by the way, and was watching horrible Patriots teams before you were even born. Yes, I remember Jim Nance, Gabe Parelli, Gino, and guys you’ve never even heard of, newbie.
    And what the hell is an “expansion ram”? Maybe you meant expansion “team”?

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