Tom Brady, Drew Brees may pass the NFL TD pass record back and forth many times

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady broke a major NFL record on Sunday, and it hardly got any attention. Perhaps because that record is likely to be broken again the following Sunday — and then broken again the day after that.

The record is the most career passing touchdowns, which is now owned by Brady with 559. The record previously belonged to Drew Brees, who currently has 558.

When Brees and the Saints play on Sunday against the Bears, Brees (who averages about two touchdown passes a game this season) is likely to break the record once again. And then Brady and the Buccaneers play on Monday night against the Giants, and Brady may again break the record.

It’s easy to see Brady and Brees passing the record back and forth several times this season. But that shouldn’t detract from how special the record is, and how decades at a time used to pass without the record being broken. Here’s how the career passing touchdown record has progressed:

Fran Tarkenton broke Johnny Unitas’s career record of 290 passing touchdowns in 1975. Tarkenton held the record through his retirement with 342 touchdown passes.

Dan Marino broke Tarkenton’s record in 1995 and held the record through his retirement with 420 touchdown passes.

Brett Favre broke Marino’s record in 2007 and held the record through his retirement with 508 touchdown passes.

Peyton Manning Broke Favre’s record in 2014 and held the record through his retirement with 539 touchdown passes.

Brees broke Manning’s record in 2019, and Brady was right behind him. Brady broke Brees’s record on Sunday, with Brees right behind him. Expect to see this record continue to fall, and end up with whoever retires last.

15 responses to “Tom Brady, Drew Brees may pass the NFL TD pass record back and forth many times

  1. Unitas and Tarkenton were as good as any QB that’s ever played. The numbers reflect the rules changes of the modern era

  2. I said millions of times before that Belichick is nothing without a QB who has the skills to turn cheap receivers into play makers, something Brady has done for him since 2001.

    Do those Belichick’s believers believe now?

    “Look away from intended receivers so to freeze defenders or fool defenders for bit moment”

    That is how Brady turned Pats around in 2001, which had nothing to do with Belichick. Belichick must foolishly believe that he would be OK without Brady because he has the play books.

  3. It’s hard to take these new era records all that seriously. More games … new rules … indoor stadiums. They just don’t compare.

  4. I hope Brees takes the record. Brady would be nowhere close to it if he didn’t keep throwing when his team was up 40 points in the fourth quarter.

  5. Naterade says:
    October 26, 2020 at 9:45 am
    I hope Brees takes the record. Brady would be nowhere close to it if he didn’t keep throwing when his team was up 40 points in the fourth quarter.

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    Saints have been known to run the score up just as often. There where years were they didn’t seem to care about anything other than giving Brees stats. At least Brady was winning all those years.

  6. I hope Brees takes the record. Brady would be nowhere close to it if he didn’t keep throwing when his team was up 40 points in the fourth quarter.

    Brady is currently ahead of Brees and has 117 FEWER pass attempts
    For is career

  7. If only the playoffs mattered. Then we would simply be saying Brady holds the record with 632 TD passes and Brees is trailing with 588 TD passes.

  8. Brady has 18 TDs this year compared to 11 for Brees. Both have had problems with “injured” receivers, but the Bucs are loaded on offense. Plus Brees is the one looking like age is catching up with him and he will surely retire after this season. Brady will play again next year and potentially even longer. When all is done… Tom Brady will have the record and probably at least one more Super Bowl ring.

  9. Naterade says:
    October 26, 2020 at 9:45 am
    I hope Brees takes the record. Brady would be nowhere close to it if he didn’t keep throwing when his team was up 40 points in the fourth quarter.
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    Remember that time Brees slung that perfect pass threw the wind and snow right into the hands of his……oh wait, never mind, he has played in a climate controlled dome with perfect conditions for the majority of his career.

  10. The record hasn’t held up for very long since Favre broke it. Only two guys in the top 10 didn’t play in the 20 years in Tarkenton and Marino. Passing records don’t mean anything when talking all time greats. All the top 10 guys are from recent era which tells us that the rules have changed more than these guys being so great.

  11. Brees will end up with more TD than Brady because he’s younger and will have more years to play than Brady. But the ring is the thing. Hopefully Brady would win one more, then we’ll grow old and gray watching if any QB will break that record.

  12. One guy is a great qb and the other guy is the greatest qb of all time.

    There’s the final stat sheet for you. That’s how it’ll play out.

  13. I hope Brees takes the record. Brady would be nowhere close to it if he didn’t keep throwing when his team was up 40 points in the fourth quarter.
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    brees is great,but let’s face it he’s a dome qb. the GOAT widens the performance margin against anyone who ever played when the cold wind and snow blows. as for unitas and tarkenton, good no doubt but not close even with the tremendous advantage of pre agency / cap era.

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