Tom Brady's new team just broke a record that was held by Tom Brady's old team and the 44-year-old quarterback is a big reason why it happened.
The Buccaneers 48-25 win over the Falcons in Week 2 was Tampa Bay's ninth straight win where they scored 30 or more points, which is an NFL record. Plenty of teams in the NFL have won nine straight games, but before Sunday, no team had scored at least 30 points in each of those nine wins.
The record for most consecutive wins with 30 or more points was originally set back in 2007 when Brady and the Patriots scored 30 or more points in eight straight wins between Week 1 and Week 8. Although that Patriots team had a longer winning streak than Tampa Bay -- they went 16-0 that year -- their streak of scoring 30 or more points ended in Week 9 in a 24-20 win over the Colts.
Brady and the Patriots tied their own record three years later. In 2010, the Patriots won eight straight games where they scored 30 or more points between Weeks 10 and 17. Unfortunately for the Patriots though, their streak ended with a 28-21 loss to the Jets in the playoffs.
The Buccaneers streak is arguably the most impressive one because it includes multiple playoff games. Tampa Bay scored exactly 31 points in three of its four playoff games last year, including the Super Bowl. The only game where they didn't score 31 came in the divisional round when they beat the Saints 30-20.
It's almost fitting that the Buccaneers broke the record in a game against the Falcons, because Atlanta is the only team that Tampa Bay has victimized multiple times during their record-setting run: Three of the nine games during the winning streak came against the Falcons.
Also, Brady might be the most hated person in Atlanta; Not only did he lead the Patriots to a comeback win in Super Bowl LI, but he's also undefeated in his career against the Falcons.
Brady threw a total of five touchdown passes against Atlanta and because of that, he could be on track to break even more records this year. Here's a quick look at a few milestones that Brady could hit in the next few weeks:
- Brady's big day moves him closer to record. The Buccaneers quarterback threw five TD passes against the Falcons, which means he's now thrown four or more TD passes in four straight games. That's tied with Dan Marino for the second-most in NFL history. Brady can tie Peyton Manning's record of five straight games if he throws four or more TD passes against the Rams on Sunday.
- Two weeks of touchdowns. Brady has thrown a total of nine touchdowns through the first to weeks of the season, which is the second-highest total through two weeks in NFL history. Only Patrick Mahomes, who threw 10 during the first two weeks in 2018, has more.
- Brady is on pace to smash the TD record. The NFL record for most TD passes in a season is 55 and Brady is on pace to smash it. Brady is currently averaging 4.5 TD passes per game, which puts him on a pace for 76.5. If Brady just averages 3.13 TD passes per game for the rest of the year, that will be enough for the record.
Brady has been so good this season that even Bill Belichick now thinks he might be able to play until he's 50
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