New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady started the season off slowly against the Kansas City Chiefs with an ugly performance. He completed just 44.4% of his passes for 267 yards and didn’t throw for a single touchdown. We can comfortably say that Brady is back on track and has been the best quarterback in the NFL over the past two weeks.
Brady ranks atop the league rankings in pretty much every category of import when looking at his games against the New Orleans Saints (a bad defense) and the Houston Texans (a great defense).
Brady has completed 74.3% of his passes (55/74) over the past two weeks, the third best rate in the NFL behind Chiefs QB Alex Smith (75.5%) and Washington QB Kirk Cousins (75.4%).
Brady has thrown for 825 yards over the past two weeks, with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in second with 656. Giants QB Eli Manning (605) is the only other quarterback averaging more than 300 yards over the past two weeks, although Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will have a chance to join them on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Yards per Attempt
Brady isn’t dinking-and-dunking, either. His 11.2 yards per attempt (YPA) ranks first in the league by a wide margin. Browns QB Kevin Hogan averaged 10.7 YPA in back-up duty on 11 attempts and it’s Rams QB Jared Goff that ranks second for the starters at 9.8 YPA.
Touchdowns and Interceptions
Brady has thrown for 8 touchdown passes, with Saints QB Drew Brees, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, and Rodgers tied for second with 5. It’s not really close. Brady has also avoided throwing an interception, tying for the league lead.
Brady’s passer rating of 146.5 is incredible and leads the league. Cousins is second with 128.1 and Jets QB Josh McCown is third with 120.4.
Brady has been so good over the past two weeks that he’s more than made up for his lack of production in the opening week.
While his completion rate (64.6%) is still middle of the pack, his 1,092 passing yards leads the league and is on pace for an NFL record 5,824. His 8 touchdown passes lead the league ahead of Smith and Lions QB Matthew Stafford with 7. His passer rating of 121.5 ranks third behind the injured Sam Bradford (just one game) and Smith.
Brady is hoping to continue his string of success against a stingy Carolina Panthers defense, before facing some middling defenses with the Buccaneers, Jets, Falcons, and Chargers before the bye week. If Brady can keep up his level of production from the past two weeks, he’s going to have some of the league’s more notable passing records in his sights.