Tom Brady helped the Patriots bounce back from a Week 1 loss at the hands of the Chiefs by completing 76 percent of his passes and throwing for three touchdowns in the first quarter -- the first time he'd ever accomplished such a feat. He ended up with a 139 quarterback rating, and on Wednesday he was handed the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week award.
It's the 28th time Brady's received the award, breaking his tie with Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history. Brady went 30-for-39 passes for 447 yards and recorded his 52nd game with three or more touchdowns and no interceptions, which broke another tie with Manning.
Not a bad day for Brady whose book "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance" has already reached the top of the best-sellers list on Amazon.com.
Still needs his coach to pick up a copy, though.
The Patriots final injury report before their showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday includes 10 players listed as questionable and defensive lineman Alan Branch ruled out.
Branch, who hurt his knee in the Monday night loss to the Dolphins, missed three days of practice this week. Among the questionable are linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive lineman Trey Flowers, who didn't play against Miami. Tom Brady (Achilles), Brandon Cooks (hand) and Malcolm Butler (ankle) have been removed from the injury report.
Cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) among the Steelers listed as questionable. The full injury report:
FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski was not focused on the past or a lengthy press conference Friday.
Speaking with the media for the first time since being handed a one-game suspension for his hit on Tre’Davious White two weeks ago, Gronkowski spoke for less than 2 1/2 minutes before declaring, “I’m out” and leaving the podium.
“I definitely learned about it, but I’m not really here right now [to talk about that],” Gronkowski said. “With the game Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’m just putting my focus on them right now. Definitely learned from the mistake that I made, for sure a couple weeks ago, the last game I played in, but we’ve got a huge game this Sunday. We’ve got a huge game as a team this Sunday, so I’m just putting all my focus into the Steelers this week.”
The veteran tight end said that he was glad to be back practicing and playing, but tried to shift the conversation back to the Steelers when asked about the suspension. He declined to share whether he reached out to White after the late hit.
Gronkowski’s return will be a welcomed sight for a Patriots offense that struggled last week without him. Tom Brady played his worst game of the season, completing 24 of 43 passes for 233 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in New England’s loss to the Dolphins.