Tom Brady has many distinctions to his identify. He has extra Super Bowl rings than any participant, extra passing touchdowns and extra wins, amongst many others.
The one observe he has but so as to add to his prolonged record of accomplishments: beat all 32 groups within the league on the similar time.
Brady spent the primary 20 years of his NFL profession with the Patriots earlier than switching conferences from the AFC to the NFC with the Buccaneers. In his Super Bowl-winning 2020 marketing campaign, Tampa Bay by no means confronted New England. On Sunday, nevertheless, Brady will get the prospect to choose up the win in opposition to the one workforce in opposition to which he has by no means confronted.
There have been solely three quarterbacks within the NFL’s historical past to beat all 32 groups. All three are lively — or future — Hall of Famers. Here’s the QBs with wins in opposition to all 32 groups.
The solely one of many three quarterbacks not within the Hall of Fame but, Brees typically seems like he was a Saints lifer. But he spent the primary 5 seasons of his NFL profession with the Chargers.
He wound up selecting up wins in opposition to 19 totally different groups whereas with the Chargers, together with the Saints, whom he beat Nov. 7, 2004, 43-17. It took him till his third 12 months with the Saints to beat his former workforce, when on Oct. 26, he gained in opposition to the Chargers 37-32.
It wasn’t till 2018 that he completed off his journey across the league, when he beat the Ravens on Oct. 12 24-23.
Favre was the primary quarterback to run the desk on the NFL’s 32 groups. With the Packers, beginning in 1992, Favre took down all however two groups in his first 10 seasons: the Chiefs and the Packers.
Favre started his profession 0-3 in opposition to Kansas City till he lastly picked up his first win in opposition to them on Nov. 4, 2007, when the Packers gained 33-22. He gained in opposition to them once more the next 12 months as a member of the Jets.
In 2009, when he joined the Vikings, he picked up not one, however two wins in opposition to his previous workforce, beating the Packers first on Oct. 5 30-23 after which agains on Nov. 1 at Lambeau Field in a 38-26 win. He misplaced each instances the Vikings performed the Packers in 2010, his remaining season within the league.
Manning took the Favre strategy to hitting all 32 groups. While Brees spent extra time together with his second time, Manning spent the majority of his profession with the Colts, and thus didn’t have an opportunity to play them till he returned from a neck damage that price him the 2011 marketing campaign with the Broncos.
As could be anticipated of a quarterback with two shedding seasons in his profession, Manning did not take lengthy to begin whittling away on the NFL’s 32 groups. With Indianapolis, he completed checking off 31 groups in 2007, when on Oct. 28, the Colts beat the Panthers 31-7.
Manning confronted Indianapolis solely as soon as in his NFL profession, when the Broncos hosted the Colts on Sept. 7, 2014, to open the 12 months in Week 1. The Broncos gained 31-24 to wrap up Manning’s circle across the league.
Where does Tom Brady stand?
Brady is considered one of 5 quarterbacks with wins in opposition to 31 groups, and he is finest positioned to turn into the fourth to succeed in 32. His Buccaneers, the reigning Super Bowl champions, are going to be heavy favorites to beat New England in Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
While it’ll have taken Brady the longest of the 4 QBs to hit that mark, he was the quickest of the 4 to succeed in 31. He had checked off every workforce by Week 8 of 2007, when he beat the Redskins, that means it took him simply seven years to verify off each workforce within the league moreover his personal. Manning took 10 years to beat every workforce besides the Colts, Brees reached 31 in 10 seasons and Favre took 16 years to beat each workforce besides Green Bay.
Active QBs that could accomplish the feat
Along with Brady, 4 different quarterbacks got here one workforce shy of beating all 32 groups: Kerry Collins (Dolphins), Aaron Rodgers (Packers), Ben Roethlisberger (31) and Alex Smith (Chiefs), according to Pro Football Reference.
Rodgers and Roethlisberger are nonetheless lively, however would have to go away their present groups and are available again to beat them with a purpose to accomplish the feat. Rodgers, particularly, appears to be like like he could be playing his last season in Green Bay, and after successful MVP in 2020, he does not appear like he is getting any nearer to retirement. Roethlisberger has struggled in Pittsburgh this season, nevertheless.
There are a number of different QBs within the league that could doubtlessly obtain this. Russell Wilson has beaten each workforce besides the Chargers and the Seahawks. Joe Flacco must beat the Ravens and the Seahawks. Andy Dalton nonetheless must win in opposition to the Panthers, Cowboys and Bears. Matt Ryan is lacking the Falcons, Patriots and Steelers.
Has any QB misplaced to all 32 groups?
There has by no means been a quarterback that has misplaced to all 32 groups within the NFL. Seven quarterbacks are tied with losses to 30 totally different groups (Drew Bledsoe, Matt Hasselbeck, Jon Kitna, Carson Palmer, Brees, Favre and Smith), according to Pro Football Reference.
Of the QBs with wins in opposition to all 32 groups, Brees has by no means misplaced to the Saints or Chargers, Favre by no means misplaced to the Texans or Redskins and Manning by no means misplaced to the Browns, Cardinals, Lions, Vikings or Buccaneers.
Brady nonetheless has misplaced to only 27 groups as properly, with the one groups unable to get the higher of Tom Terrific being the Falcons, Cowboys, Saints, Steelers and Raiders.
There are 5 lively quarterbacks that have misplaced to extra groups than Brady, all at 28. Derek Carr is barely lacking the Panthers, Saints, Giants and Raiders; Ryan Fitzpatrick is lacking simply the Lions, Packers, Saints and Buccaneers; Flacco hasn’t misplaced to the Lions, Rams, Ravens or Buccaneers; Roethlisberger hasn’t misplaced to the Panthers, Lions, Steelers or Rams; and Matt Ryan is undefeated in opposition to the Falcons, Jaguars, Raiders and Redskins/Football Team.
Fitzpatrick got here into the 12 months with maybe the very best likelihood of carrying out the feat. On high of already having misplaced to the workforce on which he’s presently, the Football Team performs the Saints on Oct. 10, the Packers on Oct. 24, and the Buccaneers on Nov. 14. They usually are not presently scheduled to face the Lions in 2021. However, an damage that has him sidelined will doubtless price him a shot at shedding to the Saints and Packers, and it is potential Taylor Heinicke retains the reins of the beginning QB job upon Fitzpatrick’s return.