Standing Room Only: Brady's bests

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Standing Room Only: Brady's bests

According to this week's New England Football Night trivia, "Tom Brady averages more passing yards against Pittsburgh (337 yards) than any other team."

I found that pretty interesting.

So much so that I decided to go through the numbers and find some other career statistical bests. (For the most part, like with the stat above, I stuck with averages, because otherwise some combination of the Bills, Dolphins and Jets would finish 1,2,3 in every category.)

Without further Apu, here are a few other Brady bests:

Best career QB rating? That would be the 118.4 career mark that he's posted against the Jaguars. In three games against Jacksonville (we're talking regular season here), Brady's thrown for 744 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The Jaguars are actually one of only four teams against which Brady's never thrown an interception. The others are the Raiders, Eagles and Giants. Research shows that he's also never thrown an INT against the Columbus Panhandles, Muncie Flyers or Staten Island Stapletons. (Although, he does have two career fumbles vs. the Panhandles; not that I have to remind you).

Most passing attempts a game? Not surprisingly, that's also the Steelers, at a 43.2 attemptsgame clip. However, the Bears are a close second with 42.6 attempts a game. Brady's only played the Bears three times in his career (as opposed to the five regular season contest vs. Pittsburgh) and is 3-0 with 964 yard, six touchdowns and three interceptions.

The one Brady vs. the Bears game that always sticks out to me was during the lost season of 2002 the year after the first title. The 4-4 Pats headed to Chicago for Week 10, fresh off losses in four of their last five games. After all the success of the previous season, it was an unbelievably frustrating time in Patriots Nation even more so after New England went down 27-6 in the third quarter.

At that point, I remember shutting off the TV. I couldn't take it anymore, and unleashed my aggression on about five straight games of Madden. When that was over, I flipped on NFL Primetime, just in time to catch highlights of Brady's latest fourth quarter comeback. Final score: Pats 33, Bears 30. Too bad the season didn't just end there.

And finally, Tom Brady doesn't run much, but when he does, you know he's always good for a yard. Right over center, just how he likes. In those case, it isn't much of a QB scramble as it is, QB put your head down and lunge, but regardless, it's pretty much unstoppable

Against all but two teams: The Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants are the only teams against which Brady has negative career rushing yards. Five rushes for -1 yards against Oakland, seven rushes for -4 against the Giants.

The team against which Brady averages the most yards per "run"? The Green Bay Packers. Brady's run nine times for 32 yards against Green Bay. That's 3.56 a run.

And with that knowledge, we'll all sleep better tonight.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

CHICAGO -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the White Sox:

 

QUOTES

"I think the most encouraging thing was after a couple of hard-hit balls early on, he was still in attack mode.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"The biggest thing centers around his fastball. First inning, he might have been up a little bit. But after that, he was down in the zone and the curveball was a good compliment to that.'' - Farrell.

"Man, I tell you what -- he does it in such big moments.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz.

"If you could paint a picture, I think tonight would be just about what everybody would want to do.'' - Buchholz on his outing.

"I think everybody would be lying if they said they didn't see your numbers; you see them every day. (Being) 0-3 with a six-something (ERA) is obviously not where you want to be.'' - Buchholz.

"Hopefully, this is the start of something good coming out of him.'' - Ortiz on Buchholz.

"You feel like the luckiest man on planet earth - finally hitting the ball where no one's at!'' - Ortiz on beating the shift with a single through the shortstop hole in the seventh

 

NOTES

* When the Red Sox homer, they're 11-6.

* Clay Buchholz's win was his first since last July 10.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

* Mookie Betts has scored at least one run in 10 of his last 14 games.

* David Ortiz is now one homer from tying Carl Yastrzemski for second-most homers in franchise history at 452.

* Ortiz tied Gary Sheffield for 25th place all-time in homers with 509.

 

STARS

1) Clay Buchholz

After five straight poor outings, Buchholz turned in a gem, giving up two runs in the first, then nothing else for the next six innings.

2) David Ortiz

As he so often does, Ortiz delivered when the Red Sox needed him most, clocking a two-run homer in the fifth to turn a one-run deficit into a two-run lead.

3) Jose Abreu

The White Sox slugger belted a two-run homer in the first to give him five RBI in the two games in this series.