Can Brady Catch Brees?

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIDecember 27, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots scrambles against the Miami Dolphins during the second half of New England's 27-24 win at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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Earlier tonight, Drew Brees surpassed Dan Marino to set the all-time record for passing yards in a season. This is a huge accomplishment, and Brees has certainly earned all the accolades. I wouldn't want to discredit him in any way, as he deserves all the praise that will come his way. 

What no one is currently talking about, though, is what if Tom Brady breaks the record Drew Brees just set only a few hours ago on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills? The record set by the New Orleans Saints quarterback will have stood for all of six days. 

Brady is currently a little under 200 yards back from Brees right now. Earlier this season, in a shocking loss to the Bills, Brady threw for almost 400 yards, and he really didn't even play nearly as well as he usually does.

There will be incentive for the Patriots to avenge the loss to the Bills as well, something that only adds to Brady's potential to put up big numbers. 

Perhaps the most significant reason why Brady could surpass Brees is that Brees is unlikely to see significant playing time next week.

With the 49ers all but guaranteed to beat the Rams Sunday, which would lock them into the No. 2 spot, there is little incentive for Brees play more than maybe a quarter and a half, as they will be the No. 3 seed and will have a game to play the following week. 

As for the Patriots, we've seen Bill Belichick's reluctance to pull his starters, even when he's guaranteed a playoff bye in the first round. Plus, knowing Belichick, you know that he'd love to see Brady go out and make the media look foolish for all of the attention they'll be paying to Brees all week.

I'd give Brady about a 25% chance of breaking the record, because he'd probably need about 350-400 yards and he'd need Brees to sit for most of his game, which isn't guaranteed.

Still, though, he's got a shot, and I think it would be funny if Brady were to break the record and allow it to stand for all of six days after it had previously stood for almost three decades.