Tom Brady won his 201st career game Sunday. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tom Brady won his 201st career game Sunday. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

With Tom Brady setting a new mark for most career wins for a starting quarterback on Sunday, the Patriots’ signal-caller is now able to put the next round of records in his sights. Provided he stays healthy for the next three years, here are five more individual marks than could fall to Brady before he ultimately decides to retire.

Most passing yards: Brady is currently fifth all-time; he has 60,498 for his career, while old pal Peyton Manning is tops at 71,940. This is probably a pretty tall order, especially when you consider Drew Brees is also between him and Manning, at least at this point. (The New Orleans quarterback has 64,816 career passing yards.) But if Brady has another two years of 4,000 yards, he’ll at least be in Manning’s neighborhood.

Most touchdown passes: Brady has 447 career touchdown passes, and is fourth on the all-time list. (Manning is tops at 539.) He’s 92 behind Manning. With the understanding that Brady appears ticketed for approximately 30 touchdown passes at a year at this point, if he banks another 10 between now and the end of the season, he’d still be a couple of years away. In the meantime, his stiffest competition may be Brees, who is third overall with 458 career touchdown passes.

Most passes completed: Brady is fourth overall at 5,161, while Brett Favre is tops at 6,300. Over the last decade or so, Brady has averaged between 300 and 400 completed passes a season, which means that mark could also be another three years away. (Again, this is a situation where Brees could end up finishing ahead of him — he’s third overall at 5,722.)

Most passes attempted: Brady is fifth overall at 8,094, with Favre tops at an absolutely ridiculous 10,169 passes attempts, 2,075 ahead of Brady. (Favre is almost 800 attempts ahead of Manning, who is second at 9,380.) All things being equal, this may be the toughest mountain to climb for the Patriots quarterback, as he’s averaged almost 400 attempts a year the last five years prior to 2016.

Career passer rating: This is certainly manageable for the Patriots quarterback, even though he’s currently in fourth place (97) and the three guys ahead of him in Aaron Rodgers (103.5), Russell Wilson (100.3) and Tony Romo (97.1) are all still active. He’s need at least one more really terrific year, but it’s certainly plausible to see him finishing on top here before it’s all said and done.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to recap the Patriots’ 26-10 win over the Rams. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Dont'a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to recap the Patriots’ 26-10 win over the Rams. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

It was the third straight solid performance for the Patriots defense as it has started to come together as a unit. In the three games the Patriots have allowed 14.6 points per game, 264.6 total yards, 74 rushing yards, 190.6 passing yards and forced four turnovers.

Granted it’s come against the 49ers, Jets and Rams, the group is coming into its own.

“The past couple of weeks we’ve just been growing together as a defense and be able to trust one another and building that camaraderie to be able to know where each other is going to be at,” Hightower said.

“The past couple of weeks we have definitely been harping on the turnover things, getting after the quarterback and things are definitely starting to fall in line,” Hightower added. “If we can continue to build on it, we’re definitely going in the right direction we want to be.”

In Sunday’s game against the Rams, Hightower got chop blocked, which he wasn’t too happy about.

“A little [pissed], but I talked to [Todd] Gurley after the game and I don’t think it was intentional with the chop block and the guard coming over the top,” he said. “It’s part of football. I was pretty pissed about it and kind of took my frustration out on the next series.”

On the FOX broadcast, cameras caught a fan who looked exactly like defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Hightower noticed it, too.

“Yo, I’ve seen that,” he said. “I swear it looks just like him. He might have a twin, I might have to ask him that.”

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Ryan Hannable

Former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who once called Tom Brady “an asshole” prior to a playoff game against the Patriots, said Monday that the New England quarterback is the best signal-caller of all-time, as far as he’s concerned.

Former New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who once called Tom Brady “an asshole” prior to a playoff game against the Patriots, said Monday that the New England quarterback is the best signal-caller of all-time, as far as he’s concerned.

“I played against Brett Favre. I played agains Peyton Manning. Tom, Tom tops [them] all,” Cromartie said on an appearance on the Fox Sports 1 show “Undisputed.”

When asked why Brady was ahead of his peers, Cromartie cited postseason history.

“Tom played a lot better in the playoffs,” he said. “He played a lot better during the season. And it didn’t matter who he had at receiver. You could put Troy Brown at defensive back and have him playing receiver, and he’s going to win football games. The thing that Tom understands about football is mismatches.”

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Christopher Price
Tom Brady won his 201st career game Sunday against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady won his 201st career game Sunday against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

We already know that Tom Brady wants to keep his foot on the gas pedal when it comes to staying in apparent blowout games late.

Bill Belichick feels pretty much the same way as he made clear in his conference call Monday.

During Sunday’s game against the Rams, the Patriots had a 26-3 lead against a Los Angeles team that couldn’t move the ball all day. With 5:52 left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots up 23 points, there was some speculation across social media that Brady would come out and give Jimmy Garoppolo a chance to get some snaps in.

That turned out not to be the case, as Brady took the the field and continued his attack as normal against an LA team that could still provide a formidable pass rush.

“After the game turns out and it’s easy to go back and make those suggestions,” Belichick said. “I’ve seen a few games in this league. I’ve seen double-digit leads evaporate in a minute or two. I know that’s not a big concern when it doesn’t happen. But when it does happen, it’s a major crisis. Then it’s a lot of second-guessing about what should’ve been done or shouldn’t have been done. Just try to win the game.”

As it turns out, the Rams did put up some points late when Jared Goff hit a wide-open Kenny Britt on a 66-yard pass on 4th-and-11 at the Los Angeles 33. Several plays later, Goff hit Britt for a TD pass and it was suddenly a two-score game with 1:15 left.

There was no onside kick and the Patriots recovered the kickoff in the end zone for a touchback and ran out the clock.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

It sure sounds like Jabaal Sheard has worked to get himself out of Bill Belichick’s doghouse.

And, judging by the way Belichick spoke Monday of Sheard’s work against the Rams, it’s paid off.

Belichick praised the work of Sheard after the defensive lineman demonstrated Sunday a new skill to his game – dropping in pass coverage.

Dec 4, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA;  Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) is pursued by New England Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard (93) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium.  The New England Patriots won 26-10.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Jabaal Sheard (93) makes a tackle on Rams running back Todd Gurley. (Greg M. Cooper-USA Today Sports)

It sure sounds like Jabaal Sheard has worked to get himself out of Bill Belichick’s doghouse.

And, judging by the way Belichick spoke Monday of Sheard’s work against the Rams, it’s paid off.

Belichick praised the work of Sheard after the defensive lineman demonstrated Sunday a new skill to his game – dropping in pass coverage.

“Well, we know he can rush the passer,” Belichick said. “His coverage plays were pretty impressive.”

Indeed, Sheard, who played 28 of 52 defensive snaps Sunday, stayed in on passing downs but not always to rush the passer. On several occasions throughout the game, Sheard didn’t rush but dropped back in passing lanes and got his hands on several passes from rookie Jared Goff. It was all in an effort to trick the quarterback into thinking pressure might be coming when it wasn’t.

“It’d be a season for a defensive lineman for the number of balls he had his hands on,” Belichick said of Sheard. “[He] had very impressive awareness and getting depth to get into the passing lanes, playing the ball. When you drop defensive linemen into coverage, you generally don’t get a lot of production from them in coverage. They take up some space. Usually a quarterback doesn’t want to throw the ball in the area where somebody’s standing. In terms of making plays on the ball, they don’t really make a lot of them.”

Sheard didn’t have a sacke but he finished with four tackles, a quarterback hit that resulted in Kyle Van Noy’s interception and three passes defended. Sheard didn’t even make the trip to San Francisco three weeks ago when he was benched. But since returning, he’s had seven tackles and averaged 26.5 snaps.

“That was good [work] by Jabaal [Sunday],” Belichick said. “He rushed well, played the run well. He’s had a couple of good weeks here. It’s good to see him string them together.”

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Mike Petraglia
Rodney Harrison

Rodney Harrison

Here’s a quick look at what some of the national pundits were saying about the Patriots before and after Sunday’s win over the Rams:

NFL Network’s Deion Sanders after the game, talking about Tom Brady: “He has to be in the conversation of the greatest ever, and I didn’t stutter nor did I stumble when I said that.”

NFL Network’s LaDainian Tomlinson after the game, on Brady: “I think the most special thing about him is his ability to win in different ways with different teams. He had Randy Moss at times, but when he didn’t have Randy Moss, he was still able to be as effective with guys we didn’t even know about. He made a lot of these guys famous.”

NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison, talking about the Patriots after the game, specifically about the loss of Rob Gronkowski: “It’s business as usual. They’re not going to complain because they have a lot of weapons. … They don’t sit back and worry about things they can’t control. …They’re built to handle adversity. All of their backup guys are well prepared. Anytime one of the starters gets hurt, they just fill in with another guy.”

Harrison, who played with Tom Brady from 2003-08, on Brady’s record 201st career victory: “I’m just really happy and proud for Tom. I’ve been in the locker room, I’ve seen him work hard and sacrifice so much for his teammates. Congratulations, Tom.”

NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy on the Patriots, after the game: “All these guys fill in. Nobody does it better than the Patriots in making adjustments, but I’m telling you, they are not the same offense without Rob Gronkowski. I think this opens up the whole AFC, I really do.”

NFL Network’s Michael Robinson, before the game, on losing Gronkowski: “Losing Rob Gronkowski, the fear that this offense puts in opposing defenses, that’s gone.”

More from Robinson on the loss of Gronkowski: ”[With Gronk injured] Miami could possibly win the AFC East, and then you’re talking about New England in a wild card spot.”

NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin, before the game, on the AFC race without Gronkowski: “Without Gronk, it moves closer for the Oakland Raiders. Now you have a little bit better chance. When I look back at it, and I’ve seen such great wins for the Oakland Raiders, but the Patriots, man, they are so consistent in what they do and they’ve won games without Gronk before. So yeah, I think it keeps them closer, but I still say the Patriots have just a little bit of an upper hand.”

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Christopher Price

Part of what has enabled Tom Brady to play in the league for so long and withstand some of the hits he’s taken, has been his work with personal coach Alex Guerrero.

The work is not centered around strength work and weight lifting, rather resistance work to help with flexibility.