Yes, the NFL season added an extra game — but TB12 is on a historic pace with Bruce Arians and pass-happy Buccaneers.
Tom Brady’s friend Gotham Chopra, the director of the 2018 Tom Vs. Time documentary series and In The Arena, a new doc series that debuts Nov. 16 on ESPN+, said that the talent on offense on this year’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers team reminds him of the 2007 Randy Moss year in which the New England Patriots nearly pulled off an undefeated 19-0 season.
We know TB12 can win with a receiving corps that may not be the most talented, MacGyver-ing his ways to Super Bowl titles in the past. But it’s so much better and way more fun to watch when he’s got star-level talents like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown to toss it to (though the latter two won’t play this weekend).
In fact, coming off a bye and going into Sunday’s game in Landover against Washington Football Team, Tom Brady is actually on pace for arguably the best statistical season of his long, storied NFL career at age 44.
Stats never tell the whole story, but forget about personal bests for a moment — a closer look suggests that Brady is actually on pace for an all-time great regular season that utterly belies his age.
Here are the facts:
Brady’s 231 completions are on pace to shatter his career high of 402 set in 2015.
- This mark is currently second in the league to Patrick Mahomes’ 236. Drew Brees has the single season record with 471 set back in 2016, and actually holds the top three spots for his brilliance with the New Orleans Saints. With 17 games now to play with, which will be a major storyline later in the season, Tom’s got a chance to break this.
His 343 pass attempts are on pace to best his single-season high of 637 set in 2012 and is currently No. 2 in the league to Mahomes’ 362.
- In that same 2012 season, Matthew Stafford broke the all-time record with 727 for the Detroit Lions. That’s 36 more than the next closest QB, Brady’s Patriots predecessor Drew Bledsoe, who threw it 691 times in 1994. This record is safe.
Brady’s 2,650 passing yards are on pace to obliterate his career high of 5,235 in 2011, though he trails Stafford’s 2,771 this year.
- Peyton Manning’s all-time mark of 5,477 set with the Broncos in 2013 could be at risk, but it seems less likely than other marks.
With a 17th game, Brady’s 25 TD passes lead the league and are on pace to break his career-high of 50 set in 2007.
- Additional work would need to be done to best Manning’s 2013 record of 55 TD tosses, however.
So Brady has a pretty decent shot at one of the best seasons, if not the best, statistical season of his GOAT career. And maybe, he’ll break an NFL single-season record or two in the process as he pursues an unprecedented eighth Super Bowl championship.