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Brady wins second straight AFC Offensive Player of the Week award

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Brady wins second straight AFC Offensive Player of the Week award

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's having a pretty good month. After dropping the season-opener, he's gashed the Saints and the Texans for 825 yards and eight touchdowns. And just as he was named the AFC's top offensive performer in Week 2, he earned that honor again in Week 3. 

Brady completed 25 of his 35 attempts for a rating of 146,2 despite being sacked five times and being pressured on 41 percent of his dropbacks. It's the 29th time Brady has received the honor and the fourth time he's been chosen in back-to-back weeks. The last time that occurred was in 2011 when he was Offensive Player of the Week in the conference in Weeks 1 and 2. 

After setting the record for the number of AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards last week -- that broke a tie with Peyton Manning -- Brady is now just adding to that lead thanks in part to the two-minute drill he ran on the Texans, which was capped off by a pinpoint 25-yard touchdown to Brandin Cooks in the front corner of the end zone.

It was the 52nd time Brady led his team to a win after facing a fourth-quarter deficit. It was the eighth time he has thrown a final minute touchdown pass to lead New England to a win.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Patriots-Steelers tale of the tape

0:41 - The BST crew breaks down the Celtics’ 107-95 loss to the Utah Jazz. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Tom Giles from the TD Garden and Michael Holley and Kayce Smith analyze Gordon Hayward’s pregame comments about his recovery and return.

8:07 - Do Bill Belichick and the Patriots attempt to shut down Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown this weekend against the Steelers? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss and Phil Perry and Kayce Smith break down the matchup with this week’s tale of the tape.

14:36 - The Red Sox watched another slugger get scooped up, as the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Santana. Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles discuss Boston’s interest in still-available J.D. Martinez and how much he could cost the club.