Brees earns Offensive Player of the Week

San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees has had a lot of firsts this year. He is playing consistently well for the first time. He has the support of the city for the first time. And he backed it up with Player of the Week honors for the first time and should be a finalist for Player of the month of October.

Drew Brees set a team record on Sunday against the hated rivals, the Oakland Raiders, by completing 88 percent of his passes (22 of 25) and posted a career-high five touchdown passes without an interception in a 42-14 win.

The fourth-year quarterback opened the game by completing his first eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in compiling a 153.1 passer rating on the day.

The Austin, Texas native became the fourth Chargers quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a game and is the first to accomplish the feat since Dan Fouts (Dec. 26, 1982 at Baltimore).

The win propelled the Chargers into a first place tie atop the AFC West with Denver.

Brees beat out Baltimore quarterback KYLE BOLLER, who was 24 of 38 (63.2 percent) for 223 yards, Kansas City quarterback TRENT GREEN, who had 389 passing yards by completing 27 of 34 attempts (79.4 percent) with three touchdowns without an interception for a 143.8 passer rating in a 45-35 win against the Colts, Indianapolis quarterback PEYTON MANNING, who completed 25 of 44 (56.8 percent) for a career-high 472 yards with five touchdown passes and one interception at Kansas City, New York center KEVIN MAWAE, who helped pave the way for a Jets ground game that accumulated an NFL season-best 275 yards and New York's first pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since 1975 in a 42-14 win against Miami, Buffalo running back WILLIS McGAHEE, who in his second career start, rushed 30 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns, Pittsburgh rookie quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER (No. 11), who completed 18 of 24 passes (75.0 percent) for 196 yards and two touchdowns without an interception for a 126.4 passer rating against New England, and Denver wide receiver ROD SMITH, who posted an NFL season-high 208 yards on nine catches and a touchdown in a 41-28 loss to Atlanta. Smith is now tied with SHANNON SHARPE (55) for the most touchdown receptions in Broncos history.

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