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.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.