Wednesday, October 2, 2013
QB Watch: Saints’ Drew Brees
By Mike Triplett
A weekly analysis of the New Orleans Saints’ quarterback play:
Rewind:Drew Brees had his best game of the season in another vintage “Monday Night Football” performance (30-of-39, 413 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions). He has now won nine straight Monday night games and has led the Saints to 11 consecutive prime-time wins at home. He also tied his own NFL record with nine straight 300-yard games overall.
Brees has thrown for 1,434 yards (second in the NFL) with 10 touchdowns (third) and four interceptions. His Total QBR rating of 74.9 ranks fourth.
Fast-forward: Brees will have to prove he can take this show on the road the next two weeks with difficult tests at the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots. Brees has been solid on the road (22-10 in the regular season since 2009), but not quite as prolific as he is inside the Dome. Weather conditions shouldn’t be a big issue -- but the opponents might be. The Bears lead the NFL in takeaways for the second straight year with 14, so far.
Still surprised? Saints coach Sean Payton and receiver Marques Colston both insisted that they don’t take Brees’ performances like these for granted. Well, maybe a little bit.
When asked what level of expectation he has for Brees, Colston said, “It seems to keep growing. He’s a guy that, I say this time and time again, he comes to work and really prepares day in and day out. So it’s really not a surprise anymore for us to see the kind of games like he had [Monday] night. He’s so precise. So it’s kind of become the norm. You kind of lose sight of the fact that what he does on a day-to-day basis is really extraordinary.”
Prediction: Maybe he’ll fall short of another 413 yards and four touchdowns, but Brees is so locked in right now that he’ll help the Saints pull out a tight victory. Something like 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, perhaps.