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Two passing records fall in NFL Week 5

Week 5 of the 2018 NFL season will be remembered for the landmarks passed by arguably two of the best QBs ever to throw a ball. 

Firstly on Thursday Night Tom Brady threw his 500th career touchdown pass against The Colts, connecting with recent arrival Josh Gordon for a 34 yarder which pretty much closed out the game. This moved him into 3rd place overall just 8 behind second place Brett Favre and within striking distance of longtime rival Peyton Manning who through 539. One record he did pick up with that pass was career TD targets, this being the 71st player he tossed one to. The record was previously held by the much-traveled Vinny Testaverde who spent a year in New England in 2006 as Bradys back up. 

Then on Monday Night Football Brew Brees (who himself is on 499 TD passes) became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yardage with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tre’Quan Smith. Given that current second place, Peyton Manning has retired it is likely that he will remain such for the foreseeable future given that the nearest active player (Tom Brady) is around 4500 yards back.

Both will undoubtedly pad their leads as the season progresses and when they finally call it a day they will be first-round ballot candidates for the Hall of Fame. 

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