Passing Score: 88
- Ranking among 31 qualified QBs: 8
- Last 3 seasons: 2020: 93 (7th) | 2019: 85 (17) | 2018: 91 (8th)
- EPA total pass in attempts: +148.4 (7th)
- EPA/attempt: +0.21 (11th)
- The best game: Week 5vs. Dolphins (92)
At 44, Brady begins his search for his eighth Super Bowl ring. While Brady will make his 46th playoff start this weekend, the other 11 starting quarterbacks have started a combined 44 playoff games. Leading the league in pass attempts, Brady ranked first in completions, yards (5,316), and touchdowns (43). From an efficiency standpoint, Brady didn’t have a breakout season by his lofty standards. He records as the eighth-best passer this season with a passing score of 88 NGS, a slight decrease from his passing score of 93 last season.
It’s important to note that passing scoring doesn’t factor in sacks, possibly the area where Brady shines the most. Brady took just 22 sacks this season, tied for second-fewest among qualified quarterbacks, despite leading the NFL in total throwbacks this season (3.0% sack rate). Regardless, his position near the top of the sport as a passer remains intact, ranking in the top 10 in 14 key NGS passing divisions in 2021, including six divisions inside the top five.
Brady’s mastery of his own offense and opposing defensive tendencies has fueled his Hall of Fame career. So it’s no surprise that Brady finished as the fourth-best third-down passer, with a passing score of 96. Brady’s investment in his health has also paid off, as his right arm still shows no signs of deterioration. . Thus, despite his advanced age, Brady clearly fits into Bruce Arians’ offensive scheme that runs vertical routes at the highest pace in the league since 2019 (33%). Brady achieved a maximum passing score (99) targeting vertical routes this season. Adding to the headaches defensive coordinators face when planning the game for the Buccaneers’ offense this season, Brady also had the second-highest passing score for under 10 passing yards.
Key scores by situation:
- Inside the tackle box: 88 (5th)
- Less than 10 air yards: 87 (2nd)
- deep passes: 91 (10)