Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is having a season like we have never seen from the position. Yet, somehow, he isn’t leading MVP odds. The standard for an NFL quarterback has obviously never been higher than Brady’s weekly bar, as he’s drawn sharp criticism after a 375-yard, four-touchdown, 16-point second half comeback against one of the NFL’s best defenses last week.

Simply put, we’ll never see another quarterback like Brady, so enjoy it while it lasts. The numbers show that at the NFL’s midseason point, Tampa Bay’s captain is on pace to own most single season records. The extra game helps, but even without that opportunity, Brady is still flirting with the best marks ever.

Here is the 2021 statistical pace the Bucs quarterback is currently on after eight games.

Tom Brady

Completions: 491
Attempts: 729
Yards: 5,631
Touchdowns: 53
Interceptions: 10
Sacks: 25
Total Turnovers: 14

Analysis: Brady is currently on pace to break the NFL record for pass attempts in a single season with 729. Matt Stafford set the record with 727 pass attempts in 2012. Keep in mind that the future Hall of Famer has an extra game to get there compared to past years. Right now, Stafford is the only quarterback to ever eclipse 700 attempts in a season. Brady is also on pace to blow away the single-season record for completions, which is currently 471 (Drew Brees, 2016).

Speaking of records Brady could shatter this year, he’s about 154 yards ahead of the single-season passing yards record (Peyton Manning, 2013). Obviously the extra game is helping him there, but the fact that he’s even in that realm of production at 44 is mind-boggling. Another goal in line for the Buccaneer great is the most games in a single season with four or more touchdown passes. Manning has the record with nine in 2013, but Brady is on pace for at least 10 such games right now. Brady also has the opportunity to top Manning’s record of four games in a season with five or more touchdown passes.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and OC Byron Leftwich

Bucs QB Tom Brady and OC Byron Leftwich – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

One of the few records Brady isn’t on pace to break is the single-season touchdown mark (55), set by Manning in 2013. The GOAT is on his heels however, as his current projection of 53 touchdown passes would be second in NFL history, breaking Brady’s personal best of 50, the second best mark of all time.

Looking at the all-time records, Brady already owns most of those marks. He’s still second to Drew Brees in all-time completions, but he’ll pass that record if he stays healthy this season. The yards, touchdowns and attempts records are already in the books.

Will the Bucs trail often enough for Brady to have a shot at the fourth quarter comeback record? He currently sits at 41, two behind Manning’s 43. This one feels like a long shot. In 2021, anyway.

Brady has one more year left on his contract. But if he’s the best quarterback in the league and slated to set multiple single-season records at the position, how long does he keep playing? Brady could decline a decent amount and still be a top 10 quarterback in the NFL. A lot of team’s will pay a premium for a top 10-15 quarterback. Heck, probably even a top 20 quarterback if his name is Tom Brady.

Who knows what the future holds? But right now, Brady isn’t giving anyone reason to think about life after the GOAT. Buckle up for an entertaining second half of the season.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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7 months ago

I’d rather see a higher competition rate with less passing attempts and more rushing attempts. I don’t mind the deep shots that go incomplete because it loosens up defense against the run. We just don’t run, so defenses pressure him into throwing it away because of the past rush or everyone is covered. I’d like to see more quick slants to WR and throws to the TE when they release from blocking on play action. Basically, run it and pick them apart with short quick throws, then hit them deep when they tighten up.

7 months ago

Are you suggesting that Brady is two and done with the Bucs? That seems highly unlikely. Brady will stay with the Bucs until he’s done playing for anyone. The team has obviously committed to surrounding him with the best possible talent, both with the so-called “skill players” and offensive line. And the defense is also not bad either, if not tops of the league.

7 months ago

sign him for as long as he wants to play here

7 months ago

As a Bucs fan since I was a 9 year old child, it does feel like a privilege to watch this kind of play from our quarterback. And even though we didn’t draft him, and many of his accomplishments came long before coming to Tampa Bay, the fact that our coaches and GM could see that his abilities had not diminished and the value he could bring and then put forth the efforts needed to get him here… it’s the best thing the organization has ever accomplished off of the field. It’s nice to have the coaches and system in… Read more »

7 months ago

After the loss to the Saints in which Tom Brady threw a game-ending interception, many Bucs fans, who think absolute perfection must now be the “new normal”, were quick to disregard the overall body of work and chose instead to point out even the slightest blip in Tom’s otherwise stellar day. As one who sat on the old aluminum benches (mine is on my lanai) or watched the game on my old Curtis-Mathis TV, I haven’t forgotten the conga line of often miserable QB play in which a 50% completion rate would have been cause for renewed hope. TB12 won’t… Read more »