Brady maintains his focus on Bears

Tom Brady made it two straight AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards for his performance in the Patriots’ fourth consecutive win, a 45-3 walloping of the Jets on Monday night.

Brady was 21 of 29 for 326 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. It was the second time in as many weeks he threw for four TDs and the seventh straight game without an interception.

And Brady’s thoughts on being named Player of the Week for the 17th time in his 11 seasons? Just what you’d expect.

“I think the Chicago Bears are a good team, and we got to play well this week,” he said. “I’m excited for the challenge. It’s a short week for us. I think we’ve really got to prepare well. We’re quite a few days behind them (after) playing Monday night. That (individual stuff) is really the last thing on my mind.”

The Patriots’ offense has been performing at peak efficiency over the last four games, putting up 39, 31, 45 and 45 points. The Patriots are averaging a league-leading 31.6 points and are on pace to finish with 505, which would be second all-time in franchise history.

It has people thinking back to 2007 when the Patriots scored a league-record 589 points while going 16-0. Erroneously thinking, that is.

“We’re not even close to that,” Brady said. “I think it’s an entirely different team and style than what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

Those perfect Patriots were more of a downfield passing team due to the presence of Randy Moss and Donté Stallworth. This edition is taking the catch-and-run approach due to the presence of the small, but quick trio of Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Danny Woodhead and athletic tight end Aaron Hernandez.

For example, Woodhead turned four short passes into 104 yards, including gains of 50 and 35 yards, against the Jets. Of Brady’s nine longest completions — ranging from 14 to 50 yards — nine were a result of long runs following short completions.

“That’s one of the goals of all the skill guys,” Branch said of yards after the catch. “Once we get the ball in our hands, we try to make plays with it. Try to shorten some of the plays, the long drives that we’ve had, and I think that the run after catch does that for us. We catch the ball in practice, we run about 40 yards.”

Well, not everyone. Branch admitted he and fellow veteran Welker usually only go about 20 yards before coming to a halt in practice.

But when it comes to game day, they’re all ready to go the distance.

“That stuff comes from within, from guys going out and doing their job each and every week,” Branch said. “Coach (Bill Belichick) has done a good job of putting the right guys in the system.”

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