The New England Patriots are 5-1, the lone-remaining one-loss team in the AFC and atop the AFC East after back-to-back double-digit victories. Head coach Bill Belichick has given the Patriots players the day off Tuesday, and nobody on New England’s roster deserves a break more than the ageless Tom Brady.
After famously sitting out the Patriots’ first four games of the season to observe a suspension, Brady has opened his 2016 season extremely well. The 17th-year quarterback has completed 57 of 75 passes (76 percent) for 762 yards, 6 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player in NFL history has reached those marks through his first two games of the season.
Brady, 39, has looked sharp in those two games. In Sunday’s win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he became just the fourth player in NFL history to surpass 5,000 completions, as well, achieving the milestone with a 38-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter. Only Drew Brees (5,515), Peyton Manning (6,125) and Brett Favre (6,300) rank ahead of Brady in that category.