· Patriots off to 5-0 record for fifth time in team history and fourth time under Belichick
· Patriots register at least five sacks for the fourth straight game
· Patriots still have not allowed a passing TD
· Tom Brady moves past Brett Favre for third on the all-time passing list
PATRIOTS OFF TO A 5-0 START FOR 4TH TIME IN TEAM HISTORY; 4TH TIME UNDER BELICHICK
The Patriots are off to a 4-0 start for the ninth time in team history (1964, 1974, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 and 2019) and the fourth time under Bill Belichick.
PATRIOTS DEFENSE NETS FOURTH-STRAIGHT HIGH-SACK TOTAL;
ON PACE TO FINISH WITH 77 SACKS
The Patriots defense netted its fourth straight game with at least five sacks after finishing with six against Washington. The team had seven sacks at Miami, five sacks vs. N.Y. Jets and five sacks at Buffalo. It is the first time in team history that the team has had at least five sacks in four straight games. The Patriots now have 24 sacks in the first five games of the season and are on pace to finish with 77. That mark would set a new NFL record. The 1984 Chicago Bears have the record with 72 sacks in 1984. The franchise record for most sacks in a season was 66 in 1963 (14 games). The team record for most sacks in a 16-game season is 57 in 1979. The Patriots record for most sacks under Bill Belichick is 49 in 2015.
PATRIOTS HAVE ALLOWED JUST 34 POINTS IN 2019
The Patriots have allowed 34 points in 2019. Since the NFL moved to a 16-game schedule, only seven teams have allowed under 200 points for the year. Through five games, the team is on pace to allow 109 points for the season. The 1977 Patriots allowed 217 points in a 14-game season. The Patriots fewest amount of points allowed in a 16-game season was 237 in 2006. The NFL record for fewest amount of points in a 16-game season was the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, who allowed 165 total points.
PATRIOTS ON PACE TO FINISH WITH MOST INTERCEPTIONS IN TEAM HISTORY
The Patriots had one interception when DB Jason McCourty picked off a pass in the second quarter and now have 11 for the season and are on pace to finish with 35 interceptions. The most interceptions in the modern era was the 1986 San Francisco 49ers with 39.
Most Interceptions in a Season - Patriots
THE PATRIOTS HAVE NOT ALLOWED A PASSING TOUCHDOWN IN FIVE GAMES
The Patriots defense has not allowed a passing touchdown through the first five games of the season. The last team that did not allow a passing touchdown in the first five games was the 1988 Cleveland Browns, who did not allow a passing touchdown in the first seven games.
DEFENSE HOLDS ON THIRD DOWN
The Patriots continued to be strong on third down, holing Washington to just 1-for-11 on third down. The Patriots held Buffalo to just 2-of-13, The Jets to zero first downs and Miami to just two.
Overall, the Patriots have held teams to just 8-for-63 on third down so far in 2019. The fewest third downs allowed in a 16-game season is 49 by 1991 Saints.
PATRIOTS OFF TO 3-0 ROAD START
The Patriots, who finished 3-5 on the road in 2018, are now off to a 3-0 road start in 2019.
BRADY MOVES PAST FAVRE FOR THIRD PLACE IN ALL-TIME PASSING YARDS
Tom Brady moved past Brett Favre (71,838) with an 11-yard pass to WR Julian Edelman in the third quarter. Brady entered the game needing 264 yards to move past Favre and finished with 348 yards for 71,923 total passing yards. He needs 18 yards to move past Peyton Manning into second place all-time.
ALL-TIME PASSING YARDS
Player Team(s) Passing Yards
1. Drew Brees.............. SD/NO...................... 74,845
2. Peyton Manning..... IND/DEN.................. 71,940
3. Tom Brady............... New England........... 71,923
4. Brett Favre.............. GB/NYJ/MIN............ 71,838
BRADY EXTENDS MARK FOR MOST WINS IN INTER-CONCFERENCE PLAY
Brady won his 53rd career game against and NFC opponent, the most wins in inter-conference play since 1970 among all NFL quarterbacks.
MOST WINS IN INTER-CONFERENCE GAMES SINCE 1970
Tom Brady................................................... 53
Peyton Manning.......................................... 46
Brett Favre................................................... 43
Ben Roethlisberger...................................... 38
Dan Marino.................................................. 37
EXTENDS MARK FOR MOST TD TARGETS BY A QB
Brady has thrown a touchdown pass to 73 different players in the regular season, extending his record for most touchdown targets by an NFL quarterback after a 10-yard touchdown pass to TE Ryan Izzo in the fourth quarter.
Most Touchdown Targets by an NFL Quarterback
QUARTERBACK TD TARGETS
Tom Brady 73
Vinny Testaverde 70
Steve DeBerg 62
Brett Favre 61
BRADY BECOMES THIRD NFL PLAYER WITH 90 300 YARD GAMES
Tom Brady threw for over 300 yards after throwing for 348 yards against Washington is and is now one of three NFL players with at least 90 300-yard games. It Brady’s third 300-yard game of the 2019 season. The Patriots are 75-15 when he throws for at least 300 yards.
Most 300-yard Games in NFL History
Drew Brees 116
Peyton Manning 93
Tom Brady 90
Philip Rivers 65
Dan Marino 63
Brett Favre 62
EDELMAN GOES OVER 100
WR Julian Edelman went over 100 yards receiving for the first time in 2019 after finishing with 110 yards receiving. It is his 12th career 100-yard game in the regular season.
EDELMAN MOVES PAST GRONKOWSKI FOR FOURTH ON PATS RECEPTION LIST
WR Julian Edelman entered the game with 520 career receptions and caught eight passes to move past TE Rob Gronkowski (521) into fourth place on the Patriots all-time reception list with 528 receptions. Stanley Morgan is third with 534 receptions.
EDELMAN TAKE OVER SOLE POSSESSION OF 9TH PLACE WITH 32 CAREER TD RECEPTIONS
WR Julian Edelman caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter and now has 32 career touchdown receptions. He claimed sole possession of ninth place in club annals. Edelman entered the game tied with Troy Brown. Wes Welker is in eighth place with 37 touchdown receptions.
EDELMAN NOW TIED WITH IRVING FRYAR FOR 5TH PLACE ON ALL-TIME YARDAGE LIST
Edelman’s 110 yards moved his career total to 5,726 yards, tied with Irving Fryar (5,726) for fifth place on the Patriots all-time receiving yards list. Troy Brown is fourth with 6,366 yards.
TE RYAN IZZO SCORES FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN
TE Ryan Izzo caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter for his first NFL touchdown.
CHASE WINOVICH NOW HAS AT LEAST A HALF-SACK IN FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES;
TIES TEAM ROOKIE RECORD
Rookie DL Chase Winovich has now had at least a half of a sack in four straight games, tying a team mark for a rookie. He sacked Redskins QB Colt McCoy for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. The last Patriots rookie with at least half a sack in four straight games was Brent Williams in 1986. Garin Veris also had a stretch of four straight games with at least a half a sack as a rookie in 1985.
RB BRANDON BOLDEN SCORES A TD FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
RB Brandon Bolden scored on a 29-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the third quarter. It is the second-longest touchdown pass of his career. He scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass at Denver on Nov. 29, 2015. It is the second straight game with a touchdown for Bolden. He scored on a 4-yard rush at Buffalo on Sept. 29.
FB JAKOB JOHNSON HAS FIRST CAREER RECEPTION
FB Jakob Johnson caught a 5-yard reception from Tom Brady in the first quarter for his first career reception.
S JORDAN RICHARDS PLAYS IN FIRST GAME FOR THE PATRIOTS SINCE 2017
S Jordan Richards played in his first game for the Patriot since the 2017 season. A second-round draft pick by New England in 2015, Richards was traded by the Patriots to Atlanta prior to the start of the 2018 season.
K MIKE NUGENT PLAYS IN HIS FIRST GAME AS A MEMBER OF THE PATRIOTS
K Mike Nugent played in his first game as a member of the Patriots after signing with the team earlier in the week.
P JAKE BAILEY HANDLED KICKOFF DUTY
Rookie P Jake Bailey handled kickoff duties for the first time in the regular season.
LB DON’T’A HIGTOWER RETURNED TO THE LINEUP
LB Dont’a Hightower returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous game due to injury.