BOSTON (CBS) — Coming off a four-game suspension for which he didn’t believe he deserved, Tom Brady entered the 2016 season like a man possessed.
As a result, he’s now got an accolade to show for it, as the Patriots’ quarterback was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his performance.
With Brady under center, the Patriots have gone 4-0, outscoring opponents 136-71. Brady himself has been far and away the best quarterback in the entire NFL, completing 73.1 percent of his passes for 1,319 yards, 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions. His 133.9 passer rating is best in the league, with Matt Ryan owning the second-best mark at 115.8. The closest AFC quarterback to Brady is Oakland’s Derek Carr at 100.9, followed by Ben Roethlisberger at 99.2
Brady and the Patriots are on their bye week this week before hosting the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10. They’ll then hit the road to face the 49ers and the Jets to close out the month of November.
For Brady, the player of the month award is the ninth of his career and his first since September 2015 — a month which, coincidentally, followed a summer spent fighting the league’s suspension in court.
Brady also passed Peyton Manning for most Play of the Month honors in NFL history. Previously, they were tied with eight apiece.
Brady’s also made his mark as the winningest October quarterback in NFL history, owning a 48-13 record in the month in his career.