Tom Brady wins record 23rd player of the week award

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning have been pitted against each other on and off the field for much of their careers and Brady earned an edge in one metric on Wednesday.

The NFL named Brady the AFC offensive player of the week for his performance in Monday night’s 42-14 win over the Texans. It’s the 23rd time Brady has won the honor, moving him one ahead of Manning on the list of the most-honored players since the NFL started handing out the award in 1984.

Brady completed 21-of-35 passes against Houston for 296 yards and four touchdowns. He didn’t throw any interceptions, the 36th time in his career that he’s thrown at least three touchdowns without completing any passes to the other team, and he amused himself by scrambling for 10 yards on one third down play. It was also his 45th straight game with a touchdown pass, putting him in position to pass Johnny Unitas for second place behind Drew Brees on that list if he throws a touchdown in each of New England’s remaining regular season games.

All in all, it was a pretty good week for Brady as he also welcomed a new daughter into the world before putting a licking on the Texans.

Manning has three games to pull back into a tie with Brady, although a potential playoff battle makes for a more appealing way to extend the rivalry.