Statistical milestones that Brady and other Patriots could reach this season
As the Patriots prepare for the 2018 season, they do so with a number of individual milestones within reach. Here’s a look at some of the impressive accomplishments that could be achieved this season.
■ Brady enters the 2018 season with 559 touchdown pass (488 in the regular season, 71 in the postseason) and needs 21 to move past Peyton Manning and become the all-time leader.
■ Brady has 223 career victories (regular season and postseason) and needs three to move past former teammate Adam Vinatieri (225) for the most wins all-time by an NFL player. Although Vinatieri is still playing, it’s a safe bet the Patriots will have more wins than the Colts.
■ Brady has thrown touchdowns to 68 different players in his career, two behind Vinny Testaverde’s NFL record of 70. Given the influx of new receivers, this would seem to be a given.
■ Brady is tied with Drew Brees for third all-time at 488 regular-season touchdown passes and needs 12 to become the third player to reach 500. He would join Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508). Barring injury, reaching 500 and then surpassing Favre should be layups.
■ Brady has 66,159 career passing yards and needs 3,841 to become the fourth quarterback in NFL history with 70,000. This is within reach, considering that he threw for 4,577 yards last season.
■ Brady has started 251 regular-season games at quarterback. If he starts all 16 games in 2018, he will move past Manning (265) and be second all-time with 267 behind Favre (298).
■ Brady is entering his 19th season with the Patriots. He will join Jim Marshall (19, Minnesota), Bruce Matthews (19, Houston/Tennessee), Darrell Green (20, Washington), Jackie Slater (20, LA Rams), and Jason Hanson (21, Detroit) as the only players with at least 19 seasons with the same organization.
■ Belichick has an NFL-best five Super Bowl titles as a head coach. If he wins one more championship, he will join George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only NFL coaches with six since the league began postseason play in 1933.
■ Belichick is tied for third all-time with Tom Landry with 250 regular-season wins, behind Don Shula (328) and George Halas (318).
■ Gronkowski needs one more 1,000-yard season to move past Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten for the most 1,000-yard seasons by an NFL tight end with five.
■ Gronkowski has 7,179 receiving yards, ninth all-time among NFL tight ends. He needs 802 to move into the top five.
■ Gronkowski needs 281 yards to move past Wes Welker (7,459) into second place all-time on the Patriots receiving yards list, behind only Stanley Morgan (10,352).
■ Gronkowski has 474 receptions and needs 26 to become the 14th NFL tight end to reach 500.
■ Matthew Slater has earned seven Pro Bowl nods as a special teams player, matching former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker for the most. He is the first player with seven straight special teams Pro Bowl honors.
■ If Stephen Gostkowski leads the NFL in scoring, he will set the mark for most seasons leading a league in scoring, moving past Don Hutson (5) and Gino Cappelletti (5 in the AFL). Gostkowski led the NFL in scoring in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.