2. Tom Brady hits 70k passing yards
Brady, who turns 41 in August, is 3,841 yards from the 70,000 passing yards-mark — a plateau only Manning, Favre and Brees have surpassed. Interestingly, Brady has played three more regular-season games than Brees but has 489 fewer pass attempts in his career than his New Orleans contemporary.
If Brady can stay upright, it’s extremely reasonable he can hit the 70k mark by season’s end, back with a stronger offensive line, the returns of Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski (we think) and other notable offensive additions. The last time Brady didn’t throw for at least 3,600 yards in a full season — not counting his suspension- or injury-shortened years in 2008 and 2016 — was 2006.
Brady has averaged 293.2 passing yards per game over the past three regular seasons, so keeping at that clip would have him approaching that milestone around the Patriots’ 13th or 14th game this season, either at Miami in Week 14 or at Pittsburgh in Week 15.
Either would be fitting, but for different reasons. Brady has had some strangely tough games in Miami over the years, including last year’s 27-20 loss and the 2006 nightmare in which Nick Saban’s defense flummoxed Brady in a 78 passing-yard shutout loss. No team has picked him off more in his career than the Dolphins — 24 times. But Brady also has ripped the rival Dolphins a number of times over the years, including his career-high 517-yard game in Miami in the 2011 opener and a six-TD game in 2007.
The Steelers have been Brady’s whipping boys. He’s 11-2 all time against them (3-0 in the postseason) and has averaged 294.6 pass yards per game against them in his career, with a 30-4 TD-INT ratio. Three of those picks came in two games in 2004 and 2005, although they did intercept Brady in the game at Heinz Field last season. Still, there has been no team Brady has owned quite like the Steelers.