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Brees keeps cool; Saints keep winning

Third-down conversions -- and QB's leadership -- have fueled New Orleans' success

Originally Published: October 14, 2011
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

Calm. Focused. Poised under pressure. Those are the words Pierre Thomas used to describe New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on third down.

Thomas could have used this one, too: money.

Brees has been nothing short of terrific on third down this season, completing 42 of 54 passes for 566 yards, with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. His third-down completion percentage of 77.8 is the best in the NFL, as is the Saints' overall third-down conversion percentage ...

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