FOXBORO - Tom Brady was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the National Football League for his performance in the Patriots' 45-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams last Sunday in London.
It is the 22nd time in his career that Brady has received the honor, tying Denver's Peyton Manning for the most player of the week awards earned by a player since the accolade was instituted in 1984. It is Brady's second honor this season, after earning the award for his performance in the Patriots' 52-28 victory over Buffalo in Week 4.
Brady completed 23 of 35 passes for 304 yards and four touchdown passes against the Rams. It was Brady's ninth career NFL game with 300 yards, at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions to tie Drew Brees for the all-time lead. After falling behind, 7-0, following the Rams first possession, Brady led the Patriots on six consecutive scoring drives to take a 38-7 lead in the third quarter. It was Brady's 50th 300-yard game of his career, third among active NFL players, behind Manning (68) and Brees (62). Brady threw a touchdown pass in his 40th straight game, the third longest streak all-time, behind Brees (50) and Johnny Unitas (47).
It is the third time this season that the Patriots have been honored with a Player of the Week Award. In addition to Brady, DB Devin McCourty was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 7 vs. the New York Jets.
Depth added to defense
The New England Patriots also announced Wednesday that they have re-signed LB Mike Rivera and DB Derrick Martin. Terms of the contracts were not announced. The team released DB Sterling Moore from the 53-man roster and TE Alex Silvestro from the practice squad
Rivera, 26, made the Patriots 53-man roster out of training camp this year and played in the first two games of the season before being released on Sept. 19. He was signed by Miami on Sept. 25 and played in one game for the Dolphins before being released on Oct. 3.
Martin, 27, signed with the Patriots on Aug. 4, 2012, and was released at the end of training camp. He is a veteran of six NFL seasons with Baltimore (2006-08), Green Bay (2009-10) and the New York Giants (2011). The 5-foot-10, 198-pounder originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick (208th overall) of Baltimore out of Wyoming in the 2006 NFL Draft. He was traded by Baltimore to Green Bay on Sept. 5, 2009, for G Tony Moll. Martin was then cut by Green Bay on March 2, 2011, and then signed with the Giants on August 16, 2011. Martin has played in 61 NFL games with four starts and has registered 30 total tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defensed. Last season with the Giants, he played in 14 games and all four postseason contests, including Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots.