Brady out to defy history
Tom Brady brings the NFL's top-rated offense to the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis this week as the New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
New England averaged 394.2 yards of offense during the regular season in amassing a total of 6,307 yards to lead the league ahead of the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady's own mark was 4,577 yards passing led the NFL over Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger and therein lies a fascinating stat.
In the era of the Super Bowl, no quarterback has ever led the league in passing and also won the season showpiece finale.
Whether Brady can be the first person to accomplish that feat will be one of the interesting back-stories as the Patriots also look to repeat as champions following their victory over the Atlanta Falcons last year in Houston.
New England was second in points scored, tied with the Eagles at 28.6 points per game and trailing only the Los Angeles Rams.
Where the Patriots barely broke the top ten was in the rushing game, where New England ranked 10th with 118.1 yards on the ground.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Saints, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams and the Chiefs all were better than the Patriots and who sets the tone in the rushing game is another overlooked data point that should be watched closely.
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