Patriots players of the week

Posted Nov. 15, 2010 @ 2:40 a.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

The offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in the Patriots' Week 10 win over the Steelers:

Offensive: QB Tom Brady

After weeks of inefficiency and poor production, Brady went back to what worked: the short-to-intermediate passing game, with one big deep throw to Brandon Tate. He threw for 350 yards, becoming the first QB in 30 years to throw for 300-plus yards against the Steelers in three consecutive games. He was extremely vocal early on, rallying the troops after failing to convert a third down, and the rest was history. Brady threw three TD passes to TE Rob Gronkowski (the runner-up for offensive player of the week honors) and rushed for another. This is the Brady the Patriots need the rest of the way.

Defensive: S Patrick Chung

In his first game since injuring his knee in Week Seven, Chung made a huge impact in one of the Patriots' better defensive performances. He led the team with 10 tackles and added a pass defensed. His coverage on Antwan Randle-El allowed him to break up a pass that S James Sanders grabbed and brought back for a pick-six. Chung also blitzed often off the edge early in the game, helping apply pressure to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and open up sacks for the defensive line. The team ended up sacking Big Ben five times.

Special Teams: P Zoltan Mesko

The rookie continued his great season, dropping three of his five punts inside the 20 with a long of 53. He helped the Pats win the field-position game, forcing the Steelers into a long field. His net average was short, only 31.8 yards, but he averaged 40.2 yards a punt.