Brady wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Brady wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week

This just in: Tom Brady is actually a pretty good quarterback.

He won the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week award for Week 4 after helping the Patriots blow out the Bills, 52-28. Brady finished the game 22-for-36 with 340 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. He also rushed for another score.

It is the 21st time Brady has won the award in his 13-year career, which means he now shares the record for most Player of the Week awards earned with the player New England is tasked with stopping on Sunday, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Pretty good.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Wes Welker, Sebastian Vollmer join Patriots 19-0 talk

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Wes Welker, Sebastian Vollmer join Patriots 19-0 talk

0:41 - Former Patriots Wes Welker and Sebastian Vollmer join and talk with Tom Curran about the possibility the Patriots can go 19-0 and what retirement has been like.

6:23 - Is there anything the Red Sox could have done to prevent the Yankees from making a trade and did they miss their opportunity? Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith, and DJ Bean break down what this trade does to the rivalry.

11:47 - In this edition of the 2007 Patriots team vs. the 2017 Patriots team, Curran and Mike Giardi compare the wide receivers and tight ends positions of both teams and discuss which has more talent.

17:31 - Evan Drellich joins to talk about Drew Pomeranz pitching well again and getting the win, Dustin Pedroia locked in at the plate, and how the Red Sox proceed in the trade market. 

To Tony Dungy, Tom Brady is No. 6 on list of modern QBs

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To Tony Dungy, Tom Brady is No. 6 on list of modern QBs

Tom Brady is gunning for his sixth Super Bowl title, which makes him the sixth-best quarterback of the modern era, according to ex-Colts coach Tony Dungy.

Huh? 

Dungy was part of a panel assembled by ESPN's Mike Sando to compile a "GOAT Index", i.e., a ranking of the best QBs since 1978.

Why '78? That's when the NFL changed rules to open up the passing game. 

The 10-member panel was made up of ex-head coaches Dungy, Pete Carroll, Mike Holmgren, Ray Rhodes, Wade Phillips, Mike Shanahan, Al Saunders and Norv Turner, along with ex-assistant Howard Mudd and former GM and executive Mike Reinfeldt. 

Nine members listed Brady at No. 1 or 2. Dungy had him sixth, in part because he owed TB12's success to his coach and in part because Brady isn't fleet of foot.

"I don't think Bill Belichick would be Bill Belichick without Tom Brady, and Brady would not have the same success without Belichick and the way they have put that team together," Dungy told Sando. "But the one common thread through 15 years was Brady. When they had him, they won big -- won championships. The quarterback has so much to do with it."

Dungy didn't have Peyton Manning, his QB when he coached the Colts from 2002-08, as No. 1. In fact, Dungy has previously admitted that Brady has had the better career than Manning. 

"The one No. 1 vote Manning received came from a panelist with no ties to him," Sando wrote, which rules out Dungy and Mudd, the ex-Colts offensive line coach. The running ability of John Elway, Steve Young and Aaron Rodgers helped put them in Dungy's top three.

Here's the consensus ranking of the panel:

1. Tom Brady
2. Peyton Manning
3. Joe Montana 
4. John Elway
5. Aaron Rodgers 
T-6. Dan Marino 
T-6. Brett Favre 
8. Steve Young 
9. Drew Brees 
10. Dan Fouts