STILL IN THE MIX: History shows that a losing record at this point in the season does not negate a team’s chances of making the playoffs.Since the current playoff system (12 teams) was instituted in 1990, 25 teams have rebounded from a losing record after four weeks to qualify for the postseason, including the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers in 2013. Four of those clubs advanced to their Conference Championship Games, including the 2001 New England Patriots (1-3) en route to their Super Bowl XXXVI victory.
TOM TERRIFIC: New England’s TOM BRADY needs 60 passing yards against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night
Football to become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards.
In 15 seasons, Brady has 49,940 career passing yards.
The NFL players with the most career passing yards:
PLAYER YEARS PASSING YARDS
Brett Favre 1991-2010 71,838
Peyton Manning* 1998-present 65,778
Dan Marino 1983-1999 61,361
Drew Brees* 2001-present 52,284
John Elway 1983-1998 51,475
Tom Brady* 2000-present 49,940
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