Next Level Player of the Week: Brady
Tom Brady picked apart the Jets on Sunday, but he was much more efficient in the second half, especially on throws of 10 yards or shorter. In those short-pass situations, Brady went 12-of-14 for 106 yards and two touchdowns. He also averaged a first down every 2.3 pass attempts when the Jets rushed a defensive back, compared with once every 3.5 attempts on the road against the Jets in 2009 and 2010.
Darron Thomas threw all three of his touchdown passes against Stanford on throws of 10 yards or shorter, connecting with three different receivers for an 83.3 completion percentage. Before Saturday's game, he was completing only 63.8 percent of his throws of 10 yards or shorter. Thomas' short-throw accuracy also helped his receivers gain 134 yards after the catch.
Alex Smith entered Sunday's game ranked second in the league in completion percentage and NFL passer rating when targeting tight ends. His success throwing to tight ends continued against the Giants, as he completed 9 of 11 passes (81.8 percent) for 109 yards and his only touchdown of the game.
Michael Bush had 242 yards from scrimmage (157 rushing, 85 receiving) in Oakland's Thursday night win over San Diego, but he did most of his damage against the Chargers' small defense (five or more defensive backs on the field). When the San Diego big men took a backseat to the DBs, Bush gained 160 of his 242 yards.
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