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Tom Brady on pace to get sacked a career-high 52 times

Tom Brady is on pace for another MVP season but he won't win a sixth Super Bowl if the New England Patriots' defense continues to struggle.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is leading the league in passing yards and on pace to throw for an NFL record 5,596 yards this season. But a look at Brady’s stats through four games reveal some troubling signs as well.

First and foremost, Brady has been sacked 13 times this season. That’s a sharp increase over what Brady is accustomed to; he was only sacked 15 times all of last season.

With 13 sacks a quarter of the way through the season, Brady is on pace to get sacked 52 times this season. That would be the worst of his career: His previous high was 41 sacks in 2001, the year he replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe and became the Patriots’ starter.

And that raises a question about just how many hits Brady can take. At age 40 he hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down, but everyone can get injured, and a quarterback who’s getting sacked a lot is at a greater risk of getting injured.

The 2-2 Patriots’ biggest problem is on defense, but their offense has a problem, too. Brady needs to stay upright.