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  1. Ice_Ice_Brady

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    Since Favre has played for much longer, I broke down a comparison of their statistics based on int/attempt and td/attempt. Even though I figured Brady would be the better quarterback, I was shocked at how staggering the difference was. You'll see that, although these stats don't always appear staggering at first glance, when broken down over many, many games they are really amazing.


    Playoff Wins
    Brady- 14 in seven seasons
    Favre- 12 in seventeen seasons

    If Favre retired today, and Brady played for ten more seasons without winning another playoff game, Brady would still have more playoff wins than Favre, in as many seasons.

    Win/Loss percentage
    Brady- 101-27(.789)
    Favre- 181-100(.647)

    If Favre won his next 193 consecutive games, with no losses, he would still trail Brady.

    If Brady lost his next next 28 consecutive games, with no wins, he would still lead Favre.


    Interception rate
    Brady- INT/43.48 att
    Favre- INT/29.9 att

    If Favre avoided throwing an interception in his next 3,880 pass attempts, he would still trail Brady.

    If Brady threw an interception in his next 37 consecutive pass attempts, he would still lead Favre.

    Playoff Interception Rate (the most reliable indicator of w/l in playoffs)
    Brady- INT/49 att
    Favre- INT/25.8 att

    If Favre avoided throwing an interception in his next consecutive 650 playoff pass attempts, he would still trail Brady.

    If Brady threw an interception in his next consecutive 11 playoff pass attempts, he would still lead Favre.


    TD rate
    Brady- TD/18.5 att
    Favre- TD/20 att

    If Favre threw a touchdown pass on each of his next 37 attempts, he would still trail Brady.

    If Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass on his next 285 attempts, he would still lead Favre.
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    That Brady guy is a damn GOOD QB.:D
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    now ur just mocking favre lol




    not that i dont like it
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    That's not even factoring in Brady's three rings to one for Favre, and Brady's two Super Bowl MVPs to none for Favre.

    I will say, however, that Favre's numbers include the natural decline of time and getting older. It's very hard to compare two players at different moments of their careers like that.

    I remember having the same argument for the older player when some tried to compare Gretzky to Lemieux. They said Lemieux had more goals/game, etc. And I said, sure he does... he's still in the prime of his career. Look at Gretzky's numbers at the same age, and magically his averages are higher too.

    I agree with your overall premise, because I think Tom is just a much much better QB than Favre (and always will be), but using statistics like that can still be misleading as to the extent of the difference.
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    Brady is the G.O.A.T.. Favre isn't. Brady's also had better teams around him for much of his career. I really don't see where this should be surprising. You could do this with Manning and Brady would still come out the clear victor, as well. Also, you could make the Brady/Manning divide even wider by adjusting for indoors/outdoors.

    It's why Brady's the G.O.A.T.
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    Brady warrants all of the praise that he gets. He's one of, if not THE, most efficient passers in NFL history. He doesn't screw his team over with awful turnovers like Favre does (Brady has one of the lowest Int percentages of all time).
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    One more Super Bowl PLEASE! Then that stupid Montana card can never be played again.
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    They'll just play the Terry Bradshaw card instead :p
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    Nice job on the Stats.. but Favre likes to go out drinkin & messing around with the boys in Kiln, Mississippi.. doesn't that count for anything???
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    I would give every cent I own to the church if God grants me a Joe Namath, "I wanna kiss youuuuu..." moment for Brett Favre! :D
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    I think Brady is clearly better than Favre (although I think he is well deserved of a first ballot HOF bearth), but the win loss records are a little unfair. Favre has helmed some bad teams in Green Bay with some bad or at least average coaches.
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    Brett Favre also mows his own lawn.
    Brett Favre runs around and smiles a lot.
    Brett Favre talked trash to Warren Sapp.
    Brett Favre was coached by his dad.
    Brett Favre could throw a football through the chests of Chuck Norris and Patrick Chung simultaneously.
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    What does that mean?
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    greatest of all time. he is getting damn close.
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    Thanks,

    all I kept thinking was the GOAT on the movie waiting :eek:
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    i agree brady is world's better, but you're going on 4 or 5 stat categories. you can bring stat categories to make trent dilfer look better than brady..

    for example

    Trent Dilfer has a 1.000 Super Bowl Winning Percentage
    Brady has a .750 Super Bowl Winning Percentage

    Brady can play ever super bowl from now until the end of eternity and Dilfer would be better.


    so while yes, i think brady is better than favre, i dont need stats to tell me that
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    Isn't it obvious?

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    To my football knowledge, the most important stat of all is INT/ pass attempt, assuming quarterbacks are close in yards/attempt. Touchdown passes are basically just a direct correlation to yards/attempt and how many passes they've attempted. The INTs are the key because show how many mistakes a quarterback makes and assuming you have two guys with around 7 yards per attempt (Brady is actually a little higher than Favre), the INTs are the meat and potatoes. If you look at wins/losses and their correlation to quarterback stats, it's staggering how great interception percentage becomes, right up there, and in fact above completion % and yards/attempt. That's why Josh McDaniels wanted Matt Cassel over Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton over a lot of other choices. If a guy can get you 6.5 per attempt, meaning he is solid if not great, and keep his INT % way down, he is way more valuable than a guy who averages 7.5 per attempt with a high interception percentage, like Favre.

    Actually, I doubt there are many stats that you could find that make Favre better than Brady... unless you are talking about longevity, or quantity over quality. And I don't think the Dilfer comparison is fair because one game is a tiny statistical pool of data. When we're talking about Brady and Favre, we are talking about a combined 24 football seasons and over 12,000 passing attempts. I think it's fair to look at some MAJOR differences in quality that can be fairly judged. Neither of these players have been isolated by a single game and these stats account for their entire career, or career in the playoffs, which is still 26 big, crucial games.. Now, if you want to take Dilfer's career stats, I doubt you could make him look that great.
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    Re: Favre/ Brady statistical comparisons

    PatJew I am flattered. But it's a gentleman's gimel at that. :)
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    They say that plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery!
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