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Cassel named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted by Mike Reiss, Globe Staff October 22, 2008 01:05 PM

Patriots QB Matt Cassel has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cassel completed 18 of 24 passes for 185 yards with a career-high three touchdowns and a 136.3 passer rating as the Patriots defeated the Broncos 41-7 on Monday.

This is Cassel's first AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Past Patriots quarterbacks to win the award include Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady, Tony Eason, and Scott Zolak. Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2005 (Week 17).

27 comments so far...
  1. I would just like to point out, that this far, in the 2008 season, Carson Palmer has a QB rating of 69, and Matt Lienart can't get a game. Neither has received Player of the Week awards - and none looks like getting it at the pace they're on.

    So, can the "hasn't started a game since high school" crows please put that in their pipe and smoke it :-)


    Posted by david October 22, 08 01:32 PM
  1. Well if that doesn't help the kid's confidence, nothing will.

    Posted by Mike October 22, 08 01:41 PM
  1. Ha, good for him!

    Posted by Andrew G October 22, 08 01:50 PM
  1. Didn't he take about 15 sacks?

    Posted by gick October 22, 08 01:58 PM
  1. Congrats Matt! Let's build off that performance...good job!

    Posted by Jaydub October 22, 08 02:00 PM
  1. Uh, no offense, but why would Cassel win AFC OPOTW for pretty pedestrian stats? Is it because his expectations were so low? Heck, Sammy Morris accrued more yards than Cassel did. LenDale White must be ticked off!

    Posted by Mark October 22, 08 02:08 PM
  1. Well done Cassell! Something positive to build upon.

    Matt already has more Offensive Player of the Week awards than former #1 pick JaMarcus Russell. If you listen to JaMarcus speak, it raises serious doubts about any team that thought JaMarcus had the mental capacity to be a star QB in the NFL.

    Posted by Paul October 22, 08 02:18 PM
  1. Mark, I'm not sure when 3 td's and a 139 QB rating became 'pedestrian'

    Posted by david October 22, 08 02:19 PM
  1. Offensive is right!!!! I find it offensive he was even considered for this prestigious award. The judges must have been wearing their �Hochuli Glasses� when Cassel threw the interception in the end zone (that was overturned by a Belichick challenge), or when he was sacked six times standing there like a statue waiting for Randy Moss to shake off Champ Bailey (while his other receivers ran wide open in the end zone). What a joke. Did any of the judges actually watch the game?? If I was Cassel, I would donate the award to Sammy Morris.

    Posted by Barry October 22, 08 02:21 PM
  1. Wow, that's it, just wow..

    Posted by ricomandog October 22, 08 02:27 PM
  1. Alright! Way to go Matt! We are all pulling for you buddy!

    Posted by Rich October 22, 08 02:35 PM
  1. 136.3 passer rating....I know that's some "cookbook" formula that's been devised....but I really don't think that is "pretty pedestrian"...cut the kid some slack!

    Posted by Jaydub October 22, 08 02:42 PM
  1. If only his actual performance looked as good as his stats!

    [Thank you Sammy Morris for being the true AFC offensive player of the week.]

    Posted by MarkZ October 22, 08 02:44 PM
  1. That's pretty good for a guy who didn't even make the Globe's own "UP" catagory.

    Posted by Steve October 22, 08 02:56 PM
  1. Good for him. That's pretty cool.

    It should have gone to the Denver Defense, but anything that builds Cassel's confidence is good for this team.

    Posted by Dave October 22, 08 03:55 PM
  1. Good for Casell, heck of game, go Pats!

    Posted by Ryan October 22, 08 04:18 PM
  1. well considering that it was amoung his first five starts, and that the o-line was doing a terrible job i think he defenintly deservs it

    Posted by dustin October 22, 08 04:37 PM
  1. I'm suprised it's not Sammy Morris but I'm very glad to hear that Cassel's work has been recognized.

    Posted by Sonny_Corlione October 22, 08 04:45 PM
  1. Cassel is the greatest living QB.

    He should easily win the MVP award.

    Posted by Mikey "Insane" Monkeypants October 22, 08 04:53 PM
  1. I think that one should have to have an IQ test before they are allowed to use a computer and the internet.

    There are really some MORONS that call themselves football/Patriots fans.

    Posted by dmpc October 22, 08 11:43 PM
  1. Ummm Lendale White or Chris Johnson should have got this. C'mon really, Cassel???

    Posted by Classless October 22, 08 11:55 PM
  1. david......if it will get me high yes....I will smoke it

    Posted by Jaymo October 23, 08 12:12 AM
  1. Forget the award. With or without the award Cassel played a darn fine game. It doesn't matter one way or the other if it was the best offensive performance in the league for the week. I was a darn find performance on its own.

    Posted by butch songin redux October 23, 08 12:44 AM
  1. Great game Matt.....You got the talent, brains, and skills to play in the NFL and your patience and hard work is finally paying off.

    Posted by Daniel October 23, 08 01:37 AM
  1. matt.i always believed in you .you are starting to become a snowball rolling down a hill.afc offensive player of the week.not too many players win this.

    keep using the play-action stuff,your running game is now starting to help you out.
    good work cass,keep bringing it.use the screen pass to kevin faulk too.kudos!good job,man!

    Posted by rob allan falls October 23, 08 05:28 AM
  1. Don't get too pleased with Cassel's performance. How many of those "pass completions" were completed behind the line of scrimmage? Those aren't passes, they should be called "long handoffs". One of the guys here nicknamed him "sidewinder" because he's facing perpendicular to the line of scrimmage on all those "long handoffs".

    Posted by wilpats October 23, 08 10:02 AM
  1. Can anyone say "QB Controversy"?

    Posted by mattyc October 23, 08 10:16 AM
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