New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is getting closer to owning another iconic NFL record.
The six-time Super Bowl champion moved ahead of former rival Peyton Manning on Thursday night for second place on the league's career passing yards leaderboard (regular season only).
Brady entered his team's Week 6 matchup against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium with 71,923 career passing yards. He needed only 18 yards to eclipse Manning, and he picked it up in the first quarter on a 19-yard pass to running back Sony Michel. Brady passed Brett Favre for No. 3 on this list in last week's win over the Washington Redskins.
The Patriots quarterback still has a few thousand more yards to go before owning this record. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is No. 1 with 74,845 career passing yards. Brees has not played for the Saints since Week 2 because of an injury, but he is expected to return at some point this season.
Brady isn't likely to break this passing yards record in 2019, but he could break the all-time passing touchdowns record. He came into Thursday's game needing 13 more touchdown passes to break Manning's mark of 539.
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Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week.
The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice.
The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy.
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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front.
Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.