Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Mike Sando's MVP Watch
By Mike Sando
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots could not stop Drew Brees.
The weekly MVP Watch list stood no chance, either.
Brees' pinpoint accuracy even on long passes sent me flipping through data from ESPN Stats & Information for some sort of quantitative measure. Sure enough, it was there. Brees is the only quarterback in the league completing at least half his passes on throws traveling longer than 20 yards in the air.
The 38-yard touchdown pass Brees threw to Robert Meacham against New England couldn't have been placed any more accurately.
Brees' perfect passer rating for the game and the Saints' dominant victory against a winning team reordered the MVP Watch list at the top. Brees jumped from third to first, with Brett Favre and Peyton Manning each moving down one spot.
The NFL has not had co-MVPs since Manning and Steve McNair shared the award following the 2003 season.
Brees and Favre appear worthy at this point in the 2009 season (although the Titans' Chris Johnson might have something to say about that).
Favre has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,193 yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions over his last four games. Brees is completing 69.9 percent with 1,111 yards, 11 touchdowns and three picks over the same stretch.
Favre draws Arizona in a nationally televised game Sunday night, a week after the Cardinals watched Tennessee's Vince Young pass for a career-high 387 yards against their defense. Brees draws a Redskins defense that has allowed only 11 touchdown passes all season.
Week 13 might offer an MVP opening for Manning if he can end the Titans' winning streak. Manning completed a season-high 81.8 percent of his passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns against Tennessee in Week 5.