Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2008 season (November 20, 23-24), the NFL announced today.
In the Patriots' 48-28 win over the Dolphins, Cassel completed 30 of 43 passes (69.8 percent) for 415 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns versus one interception with a 114.0 passer rating.
Cassel led the Patriots' offense to 530 total net yards (the second-highest total in team history) and also added an eight-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. His 415 passing yards marked the fifth time in NFL history that a quarterback totaled 400 or more passing yards in consecutive games (400 yards against Jets on 11/13/08). The first-year starter is the first player to register 400 passing yards in back-to-back games since Billy Volek accomplished the feat in 2004 with the Titans (426 yards on 12/13/04 and 492 yards on 12/19/04).
This is Cassel’s second AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award. He won the award in Week 7 of 2008.