As the calendar turns from November to December, the final full month of the regular season is upon us. To celebrate the final leg of the race, Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, is adding another piece of hardware to his trophy shelf. On Thursday, it was announced that the 40-year-old will be named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. It is the 10th time in his illustrious career that Brady has taken home the award.
Like many Brady benchmarks, his 10th honor is an NFL Record. For the month of November, Brady went 73-of-99 (74 percent), 833 yards, 10 touchdowns and just the one interception. Brady ended November throwing for 227 yards and four touchdowns against the Dolphins in a blowout victory.
In his 17th season in the league, Brady continues to defy conventional wisdom. At 40 he is playing the position better now than he was at 25 or 30. A feat that is hard to imagine given how accomplished he was at that early stage of his career. Last season, in just 12 games, Brady threw 28 touchdowns to only two interceptions for 3,554 yards and a rating of 112.2. Through 11 games in 2017, he has 26 touchdowns to three interceptions, by far the best in the league. His 3,374 yards passing and a quarterback rating of 111.7 also are tops in the NFL this year. No matter how you slice it, Brady is having yet again, another historical season.
With five games remaining in the season, Brady could be adding a bit more hardware to his 2017 collection. Currently, it seems as though he is in a two-man race with Eagles quarterback, Carson Wentz. The second-year player leads Brady in touchdowns (28-26) and wins (10-9) but falls very short in total yardage and quarterback rating. Needless to say, this race could come down to the wire.
Of course, none of these awards mean much to Tom Terrific as it is the end of the year trophy he covets most. Currently riding a seven-game winning streak, the Patriots and Brady are laser-focussed on the final leg of the regular season. If the ageless quarterback has a December similar to his November, the Patriots will lock up the number one seed and cruise into the Super Bowl.