Throwing only two interceptions all season, Patriots set a new record

Getty Images

In the history of the NFL, from the leather helmet days until 2015, no team had ever thrown fewer than five interceptions in a season. Then came the 2016 Patriots.

New England, incredibly, threw just two interceptions all season, shattering a longstanding NFL record of five in a season, a record that several teams had tied but no teams had beaten. Even in the old days of 12-game seasons and teams only throwing 10 passes a game, no team had ever thrown fewer than five interceptions in a season. Until the Patriots, this season.

Tom Brady threw both of the Patriots’ interceptions this season, and with just two in 432 pass attempts he had what may have been his best season yet. During Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension, Jimmy Garoppolo threw 63 passes without an interception, while Jacoby Brissett threw 55 passes without an interception.

The Vikings threw only five interceptions this season (all by Sam Bradford), which tied the previous NFL record. But the Vikings did it in an offense that relied almost exclusively on short, safe passes, which is why Minnesota averaged just 9.9 yards per completion, tied for last in the NFL. The Patriots averaged 12.1 yards per completion, tied for fifth in the NFL.

What Brady & Co. did this season was incredible, and a big part of the reason that they’re the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

125 responses to “Throwing only two interceptions all season, Patriots set a new record

  1. Wow, it’s almost like there was any merit whatsoever to the pseudo-science that taking 2% of the air out of a football gives you supernatural throwing and catching abilities.

    And if there is anyone left whining about systems or short passing or anything, do yourself a favor and watch a Patriots game once in a while. Brady’s deep ball is better than it’s been in years. He’s constantly making completions in tight coverage. You’ll even see him leaving short options wide open to make more difficult throws downfield.

    You don’t have to like the team. You don’t have to kiss the rings. But the excuse making is a wasted effort. 12 is that good and there’s no running from it anymore.

    And ps you do have to kiss the rings.

  2. Obviously Brady is a system QB since neither Garoppolo and Brisstet threw INT’s as well. I mean, its obvious, right???? /sarcasm.
    Brady, MVP and GOAT

  3. At this point Tom Brady and Bill Belichick damn near set or extend an impressive NFL record every time they take a breath on an NFL field.

    All of us who are witnesses are forever blessed.

  4. Cowboys and Dak Prescott only had 4 picks, until the butt fumbler went in and immediately threw 2. This probably should have also been mentioned.

  5. And of those 2 intercepts, only 1 was just a bad pass. The other bounced off his receiver and landed on the defender, who somehow managed to hold on to it. It was like a OBJ catch on defense.

  6. I’m not a Pats fan, but what Brady has done in response to Goodell BS multiple times now if crazy. We can say that the rules favor the QB now, and they do, but as it was pointed out above this record goes back to those 90% running offenses decades ago, it all evens out. It’s amazing. That being said, I’ve been coming to PFT for years and there isn’t a more arrogant fan base on this site. There are some good ones yeah, but just read the comments above, you can throw a rock and hit an article and something similar would have been said in the comments section, regardless of the subject of the article.

  7. At this point just really want to see Roger on the Podium with Bill and Brady to hopefully see those two not be professional and unleash a verbal spanking.

  8. “The Patriots averaged 12.1 yards per completion, tied for fifth in the NFL.”
    thought that Brady could only throw check downs and screen passes???? Troll nation wrong again!

  9. Not a Pats fan, but it’s impressive that Brady is this good at this age. Even if he declines a little, he’ll still be very good.
    Unless he gets hurt he’s going to establish some unbreakable records.

    The thing I wonder is after he’s done, will Belichick retire? BB is getting old, and it will probably be less fun for him without Brady.

  10. “Cowboys and Dak Prescott only had 4 picks, until the butt fumbler went in and immediately threw 2. This probably should have also been mentioned.”

    Mentioned lol it should have been trumpeted! Honestly a rookie playing 16 games and only throwing four interceptions is a heck of a lot more amazing than a 39 year old vet throwing only 2 in 12 games.

  11. The Patriots system is so great, a high school QB can start and have success. The HOF voters need to go ahead and induct Belichick right now. No need to wait until he retires.

  12. Playing the tomato cans they played im surprised they threw any
    **************
    Well, Dan Shaughnessy has been trolling Boston sports readers long before folks were doing it on the internet.

  13. It’s funny how so much credit goes to Brady. I’m sure the Patriots defense had a hand in winning games. The offense did their part, but many teams have great offenses and still lose 5 or 6 games (Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington). Defense dude.

  14. The Truth says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:44 PM
    Playing the tomato cans they played im surprised they threw any

    ———————

    Because no one ever talks about how good Denver and Seattle’s secondaries are…

  15. But have they ever gone 19-0?
    Best team, best coach, best quarterback to be beaten twice by Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl!!

  16. And thus illustrates the importance of Prince Tom meeting with the Refs every Saturday night, pre-game, at the top local restaurant and buying them everything with a little financial kiss for the future.

  17. The Truth says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:44 PM
    Playing the tomato cans they played im surprised they threw any
    ___________________________________________
    Me too!!!
    I mean it’s OBVIOUS Goodell handed the Pats the easiest schedule in the NFL…. Forget that the Patriots & EVERY OTHER TEAM in the NFL have 95% of their schedule already determined years in advance…
    It’s Brady’s fault that the competition in the NFL is LOUSY!!

  18. Brady threw 2 interceptions but missed 4 games but still impressive MVP year for brady…

    Also, Im a Giants fan and come hell and high water we are beating the Pats in the Superbowl… We are all that stands in the way of a Pats Cowboys superbowl …with a Pats Victory… Since the Packers and Cowboys have the most annoying and unbearable fanbases in all of sports I feel like we… are the watchers on the wall…

  19. trollaikman8 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:57 PM
    It’s hard to intercept check down and 6yrd bombs.
    ++++++++++++++++++=

    “The Patriots averaged 12.1 yards per completion, tied for fifth in the NFL.”

    Honestly, if you aren’t going to at least read the article why bother to troll?

  20. intrafinesse says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:48 PM
    Not a Pats fan, but it’s impressive that Brady is this good at this age. Even if he declines a little, he’ll still be very good.
    Unless he gets hurt he’s going to establish some unbreakable records.

    The thing I wonder is after he’s done, will Belichick retire? BB is getting old, and it will probably be less fun for him without Brady.

    ________

    Normally I would agree with you, but the Pats locker room after those first three wins was super pumped, led by BB, McDaniels and Patricia. I think BB loves coaching so much, he’d accept the Post-Brady Patriots as a challenge.

  21. trollaikman8

    ‘It’s hard to intercept check down and 6yrd bombs.’

    Except that Brady had the second highest yds per attempt in the NFL this year.

    I mean…….if you want to include facts.

  22. Eli Manning is the biggest cheetah. You don’t eschew decades of draft protocol and tradition to choose where you land in the NFL. Everything the Giants accomplished with Manning at the helm is suspect at best.

  23. Just ask yourself whether E. Manning would,gave 2 SB rings as a member of the Chargers abd just ask yourself whether the Giants would have those rings without him.

  24. skinsdiehard says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:55 PM

    It’s funny how so much credit goes to Brady. I’m sure the Patriots defense had a hand in winning games.
    —————————

    What the hell does the defense have to do with Brady throwing 28 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions?

  25. I want Brady to win the MVP, the Super Bowl, and the Super Bowl MVP for two reasons: One it will piss off everyone in Wisconsin to no end. Two: Goodell having to hand all that hardware to Brady would be the greatest moment in Super Bowl history. Goodell will force a smile and hate every minute of it. Please, oh please Tom, get it done!

  26. “It’s hard to intercept check down and 6yrd bombs.”

    Lol you people who are too lazy to pay attention or check the stats and just listen to other whiners online.

    This season the Pats lead the league in completions of 20 yards or more IN THE AIR

    I especially loved the one a couple games ago that was over 50 yards in the air to Hogan.

    There must be a rule that Pats haters are the least informed fans of the sport. SMH

  27. We’ve all heard from the haters that deflated footballs are easier to catch. So, I guess all the other QBs must have deflated their footballs more than Brady making them even easier for DBs to catch.

  28. bencoates57 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 4:33 PM
    Eli Manning is the biggest cheetah. You don’t eschew decades of draft protocol and tradition to choose where you land in the NFL. Everything the Giants accomplished with Manning at the helm is suspect at best.

    Just ask yourself whether E. Manning would,gave 2 SB rings as a member of the Chargers abd just ask yourself whether the Giants would have those rings without him.
    _________________

    Giants fan here. Decades of draft protocol? By that do you mean the 2 decades between the ’83 and ’04 drafts when another 1st overall pick would not go to the team that drafted him? How would you equate what Eli did with the precedent of John Elway refusing to go to the Colts then later getting cash under the table while winning his SB’s in Denver on a cheating scale?

  29. “The thing I wonder is after he’s done, will Belichick retire? BB is getting old, and it will probably be less fun for him without Brady.”

    He’s 64, that isn’t that old. And its clear he intends to coach for a long time to come. Belichick lives, breathes and eats football and is not going to walk away any time soon.

    Ten more years of Belichick at the least I think.

  30. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:47 PM
    Cowboy rookie QB more impressive, should be MVP, not the cheetah.🙂

    I wonder who was MVP of the 35-14 beatdown in Miami yesterday?🙂

    My vote is for the Dolphin fans at the game for finally getting with the program and chanting MVP at Tom Brady, the greatest QB who ever lived.

    Discuss.

    🙂

  31. As for the NYG, try winning something without the benefit of having the Liars Club at NFLHQ in your pocket for once.

  32. unbreakable02215 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:40 PM
    You’re basically watching Secretariat on a football field.
    ++++++++++++++

    In college I did a cross country motorcycle trip with a group of friends. We laid out our route and then looked for things that might interest us on each leg of the trip. The return trip brought us within 100 miles of Claiborne Farm and I suggested we go there and see Secretariat. I wasn’t into horse racing I have just always had a deep appreciation for being in the presence of greatness of any kind. The other riders poked some fun at me but in the end they gave in. Every one of us was awed by just seeing him trot across a meadow and the way other horses moved aside for him. True greatness should always be appreciated for it’s own sake if nothing else. It’s a shame so many people deprive themselves of enjoying it. Someday they will all tell their grandkids they saw Brady play the way I tell mine about Unitas, Montana and Marino. The difference is they will have to conceal the ugly truth in their hearts when they do while all I do is admit it was tough to watch what they did to my team but I had to admire it nonetheless.

  33. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Belichick stays after Brady retires and has a 10-15 year run with Garoppolo, keeping the Patriots at an elite level and threatening to win the Super Bowl every year?

    I know there’s only one Brady, but people from other towns would be jumping off of bridges.

  34. “And thus illustrates the importance of Prince Tom meeting with the Refs every Saturday night, pre-game, at the top local restaurant and buying them everything with a little financial kiss for the future.”

    Brilliant. So you think Tom Brady, one of the most recognizable people in the country, somehow sneaks away the night before the game with other very recognizable people in at least some of the head refs like Hochuli, and wines and dines them to throw games, and somehow does so without any of the tens of millions of nfl fans who all carry video cams in their phones have somehow never gotten video of this? And manages to do this for away games as well as at home where anyone that would see them would likely be a fan of the opposing team?

    That’s just sad man. All you people have left to hang tour hat on is just making up lies about Brady.

  35. How about some props to Dante Scarnecchia and his troops up front? No QB averages one pick every 216 attempts without time to throw the ball.

  36. Damn,we been cheatin’ all this time? In professional sports sometimes “cheatin” is known as simply! “DOING IT BETTER”
    New England Patriots Playoff History

    Seasons: 57 (1960 to 2016)

    Record (W-L-T): 476-383-9

    Playoff Record: 29-19

    Super Bowls Won: 4 (8 Appearances)

    Championships Won*: 4

    All-time Passing Leader: Tom Brady 5,244/8,224, 61,582 yds, 456 TD

    All-time Rushing Leader: Sam Cunningham 1,385 att, 5,453 yds, 43 TD

    All-time Receiving Leader: Stanley Morgan 534 rec, 10,352 yds, 67 TD

    All-time Scoring Leader: Stephen Gostkowski 1,457 points

    All-time AV Leader: Tom Brady 223 AV

    Winningest Coach: Bill Belichick 201-71-0

  37. So Brady throws two fewer interceptions than a rookie who played in four more games and who had a much tougher schedule. Awesome.

  38. But have they ever gone 19-0?
    Best team, best coach, best quarterback to be beaten twice by Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl!!
    ==============================

    Itwas the Pats defense that lost both games, not Brady.

  39. Patriot fans are like the guy in the commercial ” i’ve never been number one in anything” so i jump on a bandwagon and i’m important. Nothing better than a cheetos swilling slob with a tom brady shirt on

  40. So Brady throws two fewer interceptions than a rookie who played in four more games and who had a much tougher schedule. Awesome.
    =================================

    That rookie also benefited from a MVP level running back that lessened his need to throw and from super protection of a great O-line. That being said he at least showed the poise and smarts not to throw into a lot of bad situations.

  41. Better to be a sweatpants wearing, unemployed, mother’s basement dweller; bitterly spewing bile on Pats threads all day. You da man!

  42. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 4:19 PM

    Haven’t seen Patsie fans this confident since 2007, what a great ending that was indeed!🙂
    So close yet so far.lol
    ____________________________________
    You are very good with the smiley faces. The children here probably like it when you add that to a post.
    Don Shula(already under contract with another team) cheated to become coach of your team troll and the win percentage of your opponents in your great undefeated season was .380 WOW
    How was that Super Bowl parade compared to all the others since then? Grow up troll and move on. Did you enjoy the spanking on Sunday? It’s amazing how you can beat us when the game does not matter!

  43. The Truth says:
    Jan 2, 2017 5:45 PM
    Patriot fans are like the guy in the commercial ” i’ve never been number one in anything” so i jump on a bandwagon and i’m important. Nothing better than a cheetos swilling slob with a tom brady shirt on
    _________________________

    What is it about them enjoying their success that rankles you on such a personal level? How is it the bad people hurt you?

    Reason 3,788 and 3789 it’s good to be a Giants fan: The Patriots aren’t the boogie man under our beds and we can enjoy watching one of the GOAT objectively.

  44. “a healthy Pittsburgh team beats the pats by 17 in Foxboro. Bank it”

    Lolercoaster whenever someone on PFT guarantees something in the comments with the phrase “bank it” they are invariably wrong.

    And man, if you’re going to make a stretch this isn’t the one to make. Brady is something like 10-3 lifetime against the Steelers. He and Belichick own them.

    And you know what? If the Steelers did come into Foxboro and win by that margin they will have played a hell of a game against a great Pats team and earned their place as AFC champion. I’d congratulate them and wish them luck in the Super Bowl.

    Not very likely to happen though.

  45. Brady credits his teammates.
    Brady also credits the team if a QB is chosen as the MVP. He’s not so hang up on that MVP stuff. It somehow overlooks the other member of the team. Like he said, the QB becomes MVP because he belongs to a good team.
    Brady is doing great for his age. Maybe he’ll improve more next year.

  46. Yeah, Brady is a system QB…. and Gronk is a system TE. Both best in the business, but we’ll keep pretending its only Belichick thats any good. Gronk would be a bum on any other team. You haters are a comedy act.

  47. that’s unbelievable. what a player. doesn’t seem to be any decline, which is crazy. kudos . . .

  48. Brady could throw 70 TDs with -4 interceptions and there would be a bunch of nitwits on here denigrating it somehow.

    Throwing 2 INTs as a team never happened before in one season and it’s simply being acknowledged.

    That’s an average half for Eli Manning.

  49. Dak had twice as many ints as Brady in only 27 more passing attempts. A great year of course, but not as efficient. Mvp race is only a three man race with Brady, Ryan and Rodgers.

  50. Itwas the Pats defense that lost both games, not Brady.

    ==============================

    As a Giants fan I would be more than happy to make it “best of 5”

  51. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:51 PM
    The Patriots system is so great, a high school QB can start and have success. The HOF voters need to go ahead and induct Belichick right now. No need to wait until he retires.

    ———

    If a high school QB can run such a system then how come your Jets just cannot seem to figure it out?

  52. Itwas the Pats defense that lost both games, not Brady.

    ==============================

    As a Giants fan I would be more than happy to make it “best of 5”
    ==============================

    Sounds good to me. Although without Coughlin I’d give the Pats the edge.

  53. judalation says:
    Jan 2, 2017 4:05 PM
    Brady threw 2 interceptions but missed 4 games but still impressive MVP year for brady…

    Also, Im a Giants fan and come hell and high water we are beating the Pats in the Superbowl… We are all that stands in the way of a Pats Cowboys superbowl …with a Pats Victory… Since the Packers and Cowboys have the most annoying and unbearable fanbases in all of sports I feel like we… are the watchers on the wall…

    ——–

    I am sure Green Bay remembers how good they were in 2011 when they let their guard down and the Giants beat them. Not likely to happen this time. Giants can’t score more than 20, so the Packers just need 21 to win it. Should be easy enough to eliminate all hope for the Giants.

  54. The jets haven’t been relevent since they had CPennington. You didn’t even have to line up your safeties deeper than 5 yrds. If they could only find another dink and dunk guy like that. No worries. Three sure things for the new year: Death, taxes and both the bills and the jets will do the wrong thing in the offseason.

  55. LSUStrong says:
    Jan 2, 2017 5:41 PM
    But have they ever gone 19-0?
    Best team, best coach, best quarterback to be beaten twice by Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl!!
    ==============================

    Itwas the Pats defense that lost both games, not Brady.

    —————–

    The d gave up 21 and 17 points. Highly doubt it.

  56. Making Brady angry always ends in disaster for them, yet they come right back and do it again. They cannot help themselves.

  57. The “Brady is a System QB” argument seems like a good point until you realize Belichick is only 18-19 as Pats head coach without Brady starting under center.

    They are both great and are even better combined. And if any QB could have done for BB what Brady did, Brady would have been traded for picks and cap space looooong ago. Indisputable.

  58. One more reason Brady is the undisputed greatest football player in history. Joe and Terry, you were great and still occupy the second tier alone, well above all but THE GREATEST ONE.

  59. This Belichick without Brady argument is truly one of the dumbest ever. Not every HC is like Siefert, inheriting good teams. Especially with their 1rst job. Belichick inherited a bad Browns team and built them into a SBowl contender. He also inherited a Pats team on the decline, with a terrible salary cap situation, and did the same thing. Even the great BParcells was only around .500 with the Pats, because he inherited a terrible team and built them into a SBowl.

  60. bullcharger says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:16 PM
    I am sure Green Bay remembers how good they were in 2011 when they let their guard down and the Giants beat them. Not likely to happen this time.
    _____________________

    Your faith may be misplaced given that in 2011 they didn’t seem to remember 2007. I wouldn’t go counting on their institutional memory. Strength on strength, it should be a heck of a game.

  61. Belichick went 5-11 hist 1rst year with the Pats. After he got the team established, Belichick has been 14-7 without Brady. Very respectible

  62. I don’t see that MVP is anyone other than DCarr, if you go by the true def of MVP. Not only were the Raiders bad last week, but started declining after he hurt his pinkie and was less effective. If you want to go by who had the best year, which usually happens, you have to go with Ryan. His numbers are as good as Brady’s and he’s played a full season with an inferior defense. The Pats being 3-1 w/o Brady is a good argument. Prescott and Elliot are the classic split vote. Rodgers? Just no. He was bad earlier in the year and scraped in @10-6. What GB would be without him is only a guess.

  63. Unfortunately for most other teams and fans, the Patriots system is simply just working harder and smarter than everyone else. That’s why no one can duplicate it.

    Oh, and changing head coaches and/or quarterbacks every year or three is not conducive to winning, either.

  64. I reckon I would rather be a fan of a team that had 2 or 3 quarterbacks that could each get the job done, than a fan of a team that just had an “MVP”, where if he goes down, it’s curtains for the season.

    So, if Garoppolo and Brissett going 3-1 means that Brady isn’t an MVP, I could live with that.

    I say that as a Chiefs fan, whose team hasn’t had a franchise quarterback since Len Dawson, or a great quarterback since Joe Montana.

  65. skinsdiehard says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:55 PM
    It’s funny how so much credit goes to Brady. I’m sure the Patriots defense had a hand in winning games. The offense did their part, but many teams have great offenses and still lose 5 or 6 games (Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington). Defense dude.
    ==================

    When discussing the win/loss record of the team I completely agree the defense needs to get their just due. But when it comes to discussing the number of interceptions thrown by the offense, wtf does the defense contribute to that??? If it’s funny to give credit to Brady for only throwing 2 picks, it must be hilarious to give him credit for 28 touch down passes. Must be hysterical for you. Perhaps you want to give Hightower, McCourty, and Butler credit for Brady throwing touchdown passes? Would that make you feel better? I’ve seen some stupid comments trying to diminish Brady’s individual accomplishments, but crying that the defense isn’t getting credit for Brady not turning the ball over is about as stupid as thinking they deflated footballs…

  66. Tedmurph, Belichick is actually 13-8 without Brady starting if for some reason you don’t count his first year. Pretty decent but not nearly what the patriots usually do.

    Belichick started his Pats career at 5-13 with a very good QB who made several pro bowls. Then Brady is tapped as starter with the same roster and he wins the Super Bowl. Brady proved right away it wasn’t the system.

  67. ncheelsboysfan says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:49 PM
    “Cowboys and Dak Prescott only had 4 picks, until the butt fumbler went in and immediately threw 2. This probably should have also been mentioned.”

    —-

    Mentioned lol it should have been trumpeted! Honestly a rookie playing 16 games and only throwing four interceptions is a heck of a lot more amazing than a 39 year old vet throwing only 2 in 12 games.

    —-

    Math is obviously not your strong suit: if you multiply 12 games by 50% your 2 INTs become 3. Still fewer than your guy. Not that Prescott isn’t a great QB but before you jack yourself into a coma, keep in mind that Brady is 39 and not in nearly as good condition or mobility as Prescott. So no, it’s not a heck of a lot more amazing or even close.

  68. judalation says:
    Jan 2, 2017 4:05 PM
    Brady threw 2 interceptions but missed 4 games but still impressive MVP year for brady…

    Also, Im a Giants fan and come hell and high water we are beating the Pats in the Superbowl… We are all that stands in the way of a Pats Cowboys superbowl …with a Pats Victory… Since the Packers and Cowboys have the most annoying and unbearable fanbases in all of sports I feel like we… are the watchers on the wall…

    —-

    What year is this?

  69. I wonder how many of these trolls are Denver fans , embrace the suck girls be another 17 yrs for you . And for the rest of you who’s teams are out ha ha ha ha ha ha

  70. Brady is overated. Proff is they can win without him. Look how well Cassel di in relief of Brady a few years back. Nothing I like to see better than Brady getting sacked

  71. brady is playing good. congrats. but look at the schedule, it’s been preseason games all year long.

    a healthy Pittsburgh team beats the pats by 17 in Foxboro. Bank it
    ___________

    I literally laughed out loud after reading this one.

  72. Tom Brady
    Michael Jordan
    Wayne Gretsky
    Jack Nicklaus
    Rodger Federer
    Willie Mays

    No matter who your team is, you need to appreciate the greatest of the greats.

  73. brady is playing good. congrats. but look at the schedule, it’s been preseason games all year long.

    a healthy Pittsburgh team beats the pats by 17 in Foxboro. Bank it
    —-
    That depends. Is Dr Rydze back on the payroll? 🙂

  74. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 2, 2017 4:19 PM
    Haven’t seen Patsie fans this confident since 2007, what a great ending that was indeed!🙂
    So close yet so far.lol
    =====================
    Pats fans should hang their collective heads in shame. LOL

  75. The Truth says:
    Jan 2, 2017 5:45 PM
    Patriot fans are like the guy in the commercial ” i’ve never been number one in anything” so i jump on a bandwagon and i’m important. Nothing better than a cheetos swilling slob with a tom brady shirt on
    ==========================
    Technically they’ve been number one exactly four times. 🙂

  76. tedmurph says:
    Jan 2, 2017 8:24 PM
    I don’t see that MVP is anyone other than DCarr, if you go by the true def of MVP. Not only were the Raiders bad last week, but started declining after he hurt his pinkie and was less effective. If you want to go by who had the best year, which usually happens, you have to go with Ryan. His numbers are as good as Brady’s and he’s played a full season with an inferior defense. The Pats being 3-1 w/o Brady is a good argument. Prescott and Elliot are the classic split vote. Rodgers? Just no. He was bad earlier in the year and scraped in @10-6. What GB would be without him is only a guess.
    ===================
    I would probably put Carr behind Ryan for all the reasons mentioned for Carr. That team is not anywhere close to the playoffs without Ryan. His stats are superior to everybody else. It wasn’t just the JJones show this year. He would get my vote.

    Brady’s run was impressive as well but 4 games can make a huge statistical difference. Without that sample set it’s hard to give him my vote.

  77. changinglife2016 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 7:44 AM

    Brady is overated. Proff is they can win without him. Look how well Cassel di in relief of Brady a few years back. Nothing I like to see better than Brady getting sacked

    =============

    If Brady is overrated and Pats could win without him, why didn’t Belichick trade him for picks or not re-sign him to save cap space like so many other good players (ie Seymour, Vinatieri, McGinest, Milloy, Law, Samuel, Mankins, Welker, Revis, Vrabel, Moss, Chandler Jones, Jaimie Collins, etc. )? That doesn’t really jibe with Belichick’s player personnel philosophy. And he is only 18-19 as Pats head coach without Brady starting.

  78. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:52 AM

    Dink and dunk sure don’t give you INTs

    ==========

    Who are you referring to? Certainly not Brady, who ranked 2nd in NFL in yards per attempt along with 5th in completion pct .

    Derek Carr maybe? He was 18th in yards per attempt.

  79. dimi1919 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 7:36 PM
    LSUStrong says:
    Jan 2, 2017 5:41 PM
    But have they ever gone 19-0?
    Best team, best coach, best quarterback to be beaten twice by Eli Manning and the Giants in the Super Bowl!!
    ==============================

    Itwas the Pats defense that lost both games, not Brady.

    —————–

    The d gave up 21 and 17 points. Highly doubt it.
    ********************************************************
    Brady put up a go-ahead TD in both games, to have the Defense let Eli run up the field. Twice.

  80. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:52 AM
    Dink and dunk sure don’t give you INTs
    ===========================
    Apparently it gets you Ws 🙂

  81. changinglife2016 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 7:44 AM

    Brady is overated. Proff is they can win without him. Look how well Cassel di in relief of Brady a few years back. Nothing I like to see better than Brady getting sacked

    —-
    Well enough to not make the playoffs? 🙂

    We fans of the 4 time World Champions, winners of more Super Bowls in the last 25 years than any NFL team, winners of more games this century than any team, home of the greatest and winningest QB in history, best coach in history, best fans in football as proven by a recent study, the paragon of excellence in the modern NFL and if we are being completely honest the paragon of excellence in any sport at any time…. we have much higher standards than that you know!

    🙂

  82. Patriots in 2007 with Brady: Undefeated regular season, AFC Champs

    Patriots in 2008 without Brady: Missed playoffs.

    Patriots vs 2016 Bills in Foxboro without Brady: 0 points

    Patriots vs 2016 Bills in Buffalo with Brady: 41 points

    Any questions? 🙂

    I mean… let’s be serious now. It really isn’t rocket science folks. It really doesn’t get any simpler or plainer than that. It’s right there in black and white. Only simpletons will read into it more than what is right there. They will also thumbs down this post.

    🙂

  83. As a Raider Fan, it was fun watching Al Davis getting the trophy from the hapless Commish Pete Rozelle and so it will be sad to see Brady not get the trophy from Goddell.

    As to the deflating of footballs, Brady obviously did it but the reason he got suspended was the rest of the owners were sick to death of the Pats history of cheating.

    The Pats fan base is a bunch of front running tubes.

    I know, I used to live in Maine and go down to the old Gillette Stadium with the stands less than half full

  84. The Pats fan base is a bunch of front running tubes.

    I know, I used to live in Maine and go down to the old Gillette Stadium with the stands less than half full.
    _______________

    There was no such thing as “the old Gillette Stadium”.

    Oops. Busted, Mr. so-called Raider fan from Maine. LOL.

    You clowns are priceless. Truly priceless.

  85. not to take anything away from his accomplishment, how can you use this as a record breaker when he only played 2/3rds of the season?

  86. yourunclerico says:
    Jan 3, 2017 6:47 PM

    not to take anything away from his accomplishment, how can you use this as a record breaker when he only played 2/3rds of the season?

    —————————————————————
    If you were not so anxious to want to discredit Tom Brady, then perhaps you would have noticed that this was a team record and not an individual record.

    3 quarterbacks combined to do what no other TEAM has done in the history of the NFL — so that makes it a record breaker.

    Perhaps Tom Brady could have done this himself, but we will never know because he was taking a vacation because he was blamed for what the cold weather does to footballs.

  87. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:52 AM

    Dink and dunk sure don’t give you INTs

    —————————————————————
    Actually dink and dunk gets you no superbowl wins since January 14, 1973

    And that “win” is forever tainted because the Dolphins cheated when they tampered with another teams coach.

  88. The worst passing defense Brady faced this year was ranked 21st. Matt Ryan played HALF his schedule against pass defenses ranked 22nd or worse.

    Might still give the MVP edge to Ryan just for the extra numbers he accrued, but that is pretty interesting.

  89. changinglife2016 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 7:44 AM
    Brady is overated. Proff is they can win without him. Look how well Cassel di in relief of Brady a few years back.

    Yeah, they missed the playoffs. Too bad for your team they traded Cassell.

  90. “Proof is they can win without him.”

    A lot of people tend to forget backup QBs win all the time. The odds improve greatly when you have a capable backup QB. Kurt Warner, Doug Williams, Jeff Hostetler, Earl Morrall just to name a few. It’s fine if you want to consider Brady overrated as a result of that, just keep in mind the list should also include the likes of Phil Simms, Bob Griese and Johhny Unitas.

  91. All I know, is what I am going to watch when Brady and Bill exit the stage?
    People say there will be a better duo, there always is etc. We’ve seen it when Jordan left…LeBron stepped in. Same for all other sports, but seriously, a 15yr dynasty in football again?

    Geesh, 2 int all year! This on the shoulders of TB, who is approaching 40! Not supposed to get better when you go over 30, nevermind 40.

  92. I like the Steelers’ fan who has Pittsburgh coming to Foxboro and winning by 17. The reality is your team may score 17 but the Patriots will match that 17 and raise you another 17. Your defense won’t keep up and that will be your undoing. You ain’t the 2013 Ravens, of that, I am certain.

  93. realtruthteller100 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 3:51 PM
    so garopolo and brisket dont throw any INTs but brady throws 2 and some how keeps the job? doesnt make sense. time to bench brady now belichec

    ****

    Okay this got WAY too many downvotes for being a pretty funny piece of satire.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!