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BRADY NAMED AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have lost a step in some people’s eyes. If that is the case then this month they saw a vintage Brady. He threw for 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns in his three November contests, including a 344-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. For his efforts, he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November on Wednesday.
The former Wolverine averaged 357 yards and 2.7 touchdowns per game for the month.
His best performance was his 432-yard masterpiece against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 3. He went 34-50 and threw four touchdowns as New England defeated their foes from the Steel City by a 55-31 score.
It is amazing how he continues to play at a high level even at age 36, and in a year where there are new faces and unfamiliarity, this is exactly what the Patriots need if they want to play in February.
JONES NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
There is an old saying that goes “Hard work pays off” and for New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, that adage could not ring truer. On Wednesday, Jones was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November.
The first-time honoree tallied 16 tackles and four sacks in three games this month. One of his notable performances was sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice in a 55-31 victory. Jones also brought superstar quarterbacks Cam Newton and Peyton Manning to the turf one time each in Weeks 11 and 12 respectively.
A “sophomore slump” does not seem to be in the cards for Jones who has 10.5 sacks on the season, and his 16.5 sacks spanning his first two years in the league cements him third in team history for the most sacks by a player in his first two years in the league. He trails only Garin Veris (21) and Chris Slade (18 ½) in that category.
The Syracuse product became the first Patriots player to win the award since safety Eugene Wilson did so in September 2004.
Jones has become a force and a vital piece to New England’s pass-rushing attack. It has been fascinating to watch his development from a year ago to now. It will be interesting to see how high his ceiling is as he continues to develop into an elite pass-rusher.