Kraft says Brady brings energy to the team
Patriots owner Robert Kraft joins SportsCenter to weigh in on how it feels to have QB Tom Brady back with the team and how different it was without him during his four-game suspension to begin the season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has thrown for 762 yards, with six touchdowns and no interceptions this season, becoming the first in NFL history to reach those marks in a player’s first two games of a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Here is some more on what Brady has accomplished in two victories since returning from a four-game suspension to open the season:
1. In Sunday's win over the Bengals, he became just the fourth NFL player with at least 5,000 completions in his career. He entered the game needing 19 completions, and hit the mark with a 38-yard connection to tight end Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter. Brady has 5,010 career completions, with Drew Brees (5,515), Peyton Manning (6,125) and Brett Favre (6,300) ahead of him.
2. After throwing for 406 yards against the Browns on Oct. 9, he followed up with 376 against the Bengals -- the 14th time he has thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back weeks. The Patriots are 61-12 in games in which he throws for 300 or more yards. Brady's total of 73 games with 300 or more passing yards ranks third in the NFL, behind Manning (93) and Brees (99). He has eight career 400-yard games, which puts him behind only Manning (14), Brees (14) and Dan Marino (13).
3. Brady's 782 passing yards over the last two weeks are the third most in team history in a two-week span. Brady had 940 yards (517 and and 423) to start the 2011 season, with 517 at Miami followed by 423 yards vs. San Diego. (Matt Cassel’s total of 815 passing yards over two weeks in 2008 rank second.) Brady’s 940 yards rank second all-time in consecutive games in the NFL to Phil Simms, who had 945 yards over two weeks in 1985 (432 and 513).
4. With the win over the Bengals on Sunday, Brady improved to 49-1 at home against AFC teams since 2007. The lone loss came in the 2014 season finale against the Bills, when Brady played just 32 snaps (out of 67) as the team's playoff seeding was already solidified.
5. In making his debut Oct. 9 at Cleveland, Brady became the franchise's longest-tenured player, surpassing the 16 seasons by Steve Grogan (1975-1990). Brady’s 17 seasons with one team are tied for the most by an NFL quarterback with John Brodie (San Francisco) and Marino (Miami).
6. The two victories were Nos. 195 and 196 in his career (including playoffs). Brady needs five more to become the NFL's all-time leader.
7. Brady was 18-of-25 for 271 yards with two touchdowns in the first half against the Browns, his best first-half performance since he threw for 345 yards before halftime vs. Tennessee on Oct. 18, 2009. It is the sixth time in his career he has thrown for at least 250 yards in the first half.
8. In throwing the first of three touchdown passes to tight end Martellus Bennett against the Browns, Brady has now thrown a touchdown pass to 61 players in the regular season.