Patriots Rewriting The Record Books

Tom Brady rising to No. 1 status (AP Photo)

FOXBORO - As the 2007 New England Patriots walked off the field after steamrolling the Buffalo Bills Sunday night, 56-10, they are simply shattering records this season and still have six games to rewrite the team's and the NFL's record books.

Let's start with number 12, Tom Brady. Brady's 38 touchdown passes this year has already destroyed the Pats franchise record of 31 set by Babe Parilli in 1964. With six games to play, Brady needs only to average two touchdown passes a game to break Peyton Manning's single season touchdown passing record of 49, set in 2005.

Brady is also challenging Manning's single season record for highest quarterback rating. Manning holds the record with a single season rating of 121.4 set in 2004. Through ten games, Brady's rating is an astounding 134.0 quarterback rating.

Manning isn't the only quarterback being chased by Brady in the record books. Cincinnati quarterback Ken Anderson set the single season completion percentage record with a 70.55 mark in 1982. Brady currently has a completion rate of 74.0. On Sunday, Brett Favre had his 62nd career game with at least three touchdown passes, tying Dan Marino's record. Farve did it in 15 years, while it took Marino 17 years to accomplish the feat. In only seven seasons, Brady has done it 29 times.

New England Patriots' Tom Brady during the first quarter of the NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Brady has already broken franchise records in career touchdown passes with 185, eclipsing Steve Grogan's mark of 182. He also broke Grogan's record for most touchdown passes in a game. Grogan threw for five touchdowns against the New York Jets on Sept. 9, 1979. Brady threw six touchdowns against Miami in Week 7 of this season, while also throwing for five touchdowns in Week 6 against Dallas and last Sunday against the Bills.

Brady likes to credit the Patriots Quarterbacks of the past for a lot of his.

"I followed in the footsteps of a great quarterback myself in Drew Bledsoe," said Brady following the Bills game. "He taught me how to play quarterback in the NFL ... And Steve Grogan, I see him quite a bit and he's so supportive. Every opportunity I've been around him, I think he's a great person and a great representative of the Patriots organization."

Brady is not the only Patriots player breaking records. Against the Bills, wide receiver Randy Moss broke Stanley Morgan's 1979 record for touchdowns in a season of 12. Moss now has 16 touchdowns and counting. Moss only needs seven touchdown grabs to break Jerry Rice's NFL record of 22 established during the 1987 season. Moss also broke the Pats record for most touchdowns in game with four scores against the Bills on Sunday. Several Pats have caught three touchdowns in a game. The last to do it was Ben Coates against the Bills in 1995.

 

New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss celebrates a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills Nov. 18, 2007. (AP Photo)

Moss after the game against the Bills said he's not one to really care about individual records.

"I've never been a fan of records," said Moss. "I've learned at a young age that records are made to be broken. I've never lived on my name in the record books or anything like that."

Moss also broke the team record for most consecutive games scoring a touchdown with 10 straight, previously held by Curtis Martin with seven. If he scores a touchdown in the next four games, he'll break another Rice record, who scored in 13 straight games from 1986 to 1987.

Moss said his focus is on winning a championship and not breaking records. "We have a goal and the goal is to be still playing in January. It starts with the Eagles (on Sunday night football) … after that we can look down the road, but we can't until we play Philadelphia."

Speaking of the team, the Patriots have scored 411 points this season and are gunning for the NFL team record for scoring which is held by the 1998 Vikings with 556 points. Moss was a part of the '98 Vikings. When asked if he's ever been apart of a better offense than this current Patriots offense, he said "the '98 Vikings still holds the record for most points in a season. So does that answer your question?" The Patriots do have the NFL record for most points scored in the first 10 games of the season with 411.

The team is on its way of becoming the first team to win 16 games in a season. The '84 49ers, the '85 Bears, the '98 Vikings, and the '04 Steelers all won 15 games. They are also looking for that 19-0 perfect season. The only other team in history with a perfect season is the '72 Dolphins.

The Patriots have scored a total of 48 touchdowns this season. The 1980 Patriots scored a franchise best 52 touchdowns in a season and the 1984 Dolphins have the NFL record with 70 touchdowns in a season. With all the touchdowns the Patriots have scored, kicker Stephen Gostowski broke the team record for most PAT's in a season with 54. John Smith had the previous record of 51 in 1980. The league mark is held by former Miami kicker Uwe von Schamann in 1984 with 66 PAT's.

Another team record includes Ellis Hobbs' 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Week One against the Jets. The prior team mark was set by Raymond Clayborn against Baltimore in 1977.

Can the Patriots continue to break records this season? Moss said "With all eleven guys executing (on offense), there's no telling what we can."

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