New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has produced historic numbers in his first four games of the 2016 season.
According to ESPN, Brady is just the third quarterback in NFL history to have 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions over the first four games of a season.
Brady, who missed the first four games due to suspension, threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns during New England’s 41-25 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. He finished with a 137.0 passer rating, and he also led all quarterbacks in Week 8 in ESPN’s QBR metric.
Over four games, Brady has completed 73.1 percent of his passes, with 12 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 133.9 passer rating. He leads the NFL in completion percentage, yards per attempt (9.8) and passer rating.
If he continued his four-game pace over the final eight games of the season, Brady would finish 2016 with 3,957 yards, 36 touchdowns and the new NFL record for passer rating in a single season.
“He’s our leader, a great player,” running back James White said, via ESPN. “We all follow his lead and you want to play well for a guy like that.”
The only other players to match Brady’s start to season are Peyton Manning (16 touchdowns, zero interceptions in 2013) and Don Meredith (14 touchdowns, zero interceptions in 1966).