By Luke Penhasi: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his impressive performance in leading the Patriots to a come from behind 34-31 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos last Sunday night in Foxboro, MA. Brady led a rally that saw the Patriots come back from a 24-0 first half deficit to tie the score at 31-31 in the last minutes of the 4th quarter to send the game into overtime. Brady then led the Patriots to a winning field goal to top his rival quarterback Peyton Manning of the Broncos.
Brady completed 34 of 50 passes for 344 yards for 3 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 68.
The Patriots are 8-3 and in 1st place in the AFC East division. They face the Houston Texans this Sunday at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. This should be an easy win for the Patriots, as the Texans have really struggled this season due to injuries and quarterback problems. Matt Schaub lost his starting QB job for the Texans due to injury and general poor play.
His replacement Case Keenum initially played well in his first two games as the starter, but his performances have really deteriorated in the last three Texans games. Head coach Gary Kubiak isn’t ready to pull the plug on Keenum just yet, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Keenum could be at the end of his rope if he doesn’t rebound and have a good game against the Patriots on Sunday.
Brandon Weeden to start for Browns on Sunday
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will be starting this Sunday in the Browns game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to Browns quarterback Jason Campbell having been benched due to a concussion. Weeden lost the starting job earlier this season for poor play. The Browns replaced him with Brian Hoyer, who played well until suffering a season-ending knee injury on a scramble.
Campbell took over for Hoyer, and he played at times until recently when his performances started to suffer. With Campbell now out, the Browns fall back to Weeden, their 2012 1st round draft pick. The Browns are in last place in the AFC North at 4-7, and they need good play from Weeden for them to turn things around. If Weeden continues to perform like he did earlier this season as the Browns starter, you can bet the team will be looking to draft a quarterback during the off season.
Weeden has completed 117 of 227 passes for 1,361 yards with a completion percentage of 51.5 this season.