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.
According to a new book written by ESPN's Ian Connor titled "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," the rift between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick may have been even more serious than originally thought.
The book claims that following the 2017 season Tom Brady wanted to part ways with his longtime head coach.
"If you're married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him," a source told O'Connor. "Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he's had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him."
O'Connor writes that Brady seriously reconsidered his future in New England up until late March, but the Jimmy Garoppolo trade ultimately left Brady feeling obligated to stay with the Patriots.
"But in the end, even if he wanted to, Brady could not walk away from the game, and he could not ask for a trade. The moment Belichick moved [Jimmy] Garoppolo to San Francisco, and banked on Brady's oft-stated desire to play at least into his mid-forties, was the moment Brady was virtually locked into suiting up next season and beyond. Had he retired or requested a trade, he would have risked turning an adoring New England public into an angry mob."
"Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time" will be released Sept. 25.
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