Crazy Tom Brady stat proves Buccaneers quarterback has aged like fine wine
Stop us if you have heard this one before: Tom Brady is defying age. In the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ loss to the New Orleans Saints, Brady threw a game-sealing pick-6 to Saints cornerback P.J. Williams. But even when Brady loses on the field, he wins in the record books.
Brady showed that he is aging better than arguably any athlete ever. In his 40s, despite playing 24 fewer games, he has more touchdown passes and a higher competition percentage than he did in his 20s. And although having fewer interceptions in fewer games isn’t impressive, having over 30 less is pretty interesting.
Tom Brady is better in his 40s than his 20s 🤯
20s (96 games):
— 147 TD
— 78 INT
40s (72 games):
— 148 TD
— 43 INT
— 64.9% pic.twitter.com/miGPQkF8B7
— StatMuse (@statmuse) October 31, 2021
Brady also matched Drew Brees with 98 games with at least three touchdown passes and passed Brees with 38 games with at least four touchdown passes, a feat that could add a little more intensity in the Buccaneers-Saints rivalry. He tied a record set by Patrick Mahomes in 2018 for the most four-touchdown games through a team’s first eight games in a season.
This is Tom Brady's 38th career game with 4+ TD passes, breaking a tie with Drew Brees for the most in NFL history.
5 of those have come this season, tying Patrick Mahomes (2018) for the most 4-TD games in a team's 1st 8 games of a season. pic.twitter.com/4Af14phnrv
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 31, 2021
Finally, since joining the Buccanneers ahead of the 2020 season, Brady has dominated the red zone, throwing 52 passing touchdowns and no picks.
Brady’s reign over the NFL hardly even has an end in sight. He entered Week 8 leading the league in passing yards, touchdowns and completions while leading the Buccaneers to the third-highest points per game mark in the league. With a top-notch defense to go along with that high-powered offense, Tampa Bay seems poised to defend their Super Bowl victory.
The Buccaneers are heading into their bye week at the top of the NFC South. Their next game is against the Washington Football Team.