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Week 1 vs. DET
Passing: 26 - 34, 358 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT
Drew Brees had no trouble carving up the Lions' defense, spreading the ball around and taking advantages of mismatches in man coverage and holes in the Detroit zones to great success. Rarely flushed from the pocket, Brees had time to go through his progessions and wait for routes to develop downfield. Brees did try to force balls into coverage and missed a timing route or two, but his performance was nearly flawless. His lone interception came on an underthrown deep pass on a flea flicker in the first half.
Week 2 vs. PHI
Passing: 25 - 34, 311 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
You would think that a team without their top running back would struggle with being one dimensional. It would add weight to that argument when the same team threw for six touchdowns in the first game of the season. Couple all of that with the pass-happy QB slated to face a team that forced seven turnovers in Week 1 and it would be easy to expect a bad day for the Saints if they decided to throw often. Well, so much for that. Brees was beyond comfy in the pocket most of the day, only getting pressured on a few occasions as the Saints' line blocked well and Brees found his wideouts or Reggie Bush in plenty of space. He was in total command all day and showed that his big day against Detroit was no fluke. It would be hard to pick a QB to start over Brees while he is playing at such a high level.
Week 3 vs. BUF
Passing: 16 - 29, 172 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 6 / 8 / 0
This was a sub-par outing for Drew Brees, no question. He did just enough to keep the chains moving in the second half while letting a strong running game control the clock. Not to say he played badly; he didn't. No passing touchdowns is a rarity for this team, but also he had no interceptions. His main targets are all reliable (Bush, Colston, Shockey) but he was under pressure for most of the day and, since the ground game was basically dominating while the defense kept Buffalo off the score sheet, they didn't throw the ball as much as usual. Brees was efficient in leading his team to victory, and seemed to be just fine with the slightly different game plan. Just don't expect it to happen again too soon.
Week 4 vs. NYJ
Passing: 20 - 32, 190 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 5 / 0
For the second week in a row Drew Brees was held without a touchdown pass and managed a pedestrian 190 yards through the air. But Brees did complete 20 of 32 throws and started the game with 5 straight completions leading to a New Orleans field goal. Brees only attempted three passes of more then 10 yards, completing 2, one each to Jeremy Shockey and Devery Henderson. Brees calmly weathered the mixed-looks offered by the Jets defense, using short passes to successfully negate the pass-rush.
Week 6 vs. NYG
Passing: 23 - 30, 369 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Brees had a masterful performance, that was only marred by a deep pass that Brees missed to a wide open Devery Henderson. Everything Brees did worked, he was barely under pressure all day, and his receivers kept making plays for him. His field vision, decision-making, timing, and accuracy were magnificent, and Brees kept successfully throwing the ball in the general vicinity of receivers to give them chances to make individual plays. With Lance Moore and the running game all completely healthy now, this offense looks like the early season juggernaut we saw before weeks 3 and 4 slowed down this attack.
Week 7 vs. MIA
Passing: 22 - 38, 298 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 2 / 3 / 2
Brees stood tall despite being harassed all day by unstoppable blitzes from the Dolphins. The Saints were constantly in terrible down and distance situations early, and Brees coughed the ball up twice when he got snowed under by pass rushers. He also threw an early INT on a miscommunication with Devery Henderson. The only score the Saints had until late in the first half came after a long kickoff return. Finally late in the half, Brees drove the Saints down and scored on a QB sneak on a play that could have left the Saints empty-handed if it didn't work because there was only a few seconds left in the half. The successful blitzing didn't stop in the second half, but there were more plays that the Dolphins just sent four, and Brees carved apart the 'Fins defense when he was given time. He scored on another sneak in the second half, and threw a TD to Marques Colston on a rollout play deep in Miami territory. Brees had two other interceptions on a tipped ball, and a pass at the goal line that was taken away from Colston. Colston couldn't get another possible TD that he had both hands on late in the game. Even though Brees had more turnovers than TDs, his energy and efforts helped turn the game and surge the Saints past the Dolphins in the end.
Week 8 vs. ATL
Passing: 25 - 33, 308 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 3 / 0
Brees didn't exactly have his way with the Falcons secondary, but he teamed up with his receivers to get big plays at key moments, and defeat a Falcons defense that was getting decent pressure and covering pretty well against the juggernaut Saints passing offense. Brees fumble that was returned for six came on a play with a delayed safety blitz that Brees underestimated. His interception could have been a big play, but Brent Grimes made one of the DB plays of the year with a levitating, explosive leap to pick the ball out of the air. Otherwise, Brees was putting the ball up in places for Colston, Shockey, and company to make one on one plays, and they didn't disappoint. Brees didn't dissect the Falcons as much as he just let his playmakers outplay them.
Week 9 vs. CAR
Passing: 24 - 35, 330 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 4 / 0
This was yet another game that showed us why Brees is one of the true elite QB's in the NFL and for fantasy owners. Brees shook off a slow start that saw him under heavy pressure from the Panthers D-line to lead his team another win and his 5th 300 yd game of the season. The early pressure forced a fumble on the games 2nd drive and a rare red zone INT underthrowing Colston inside the 5 yd line. Brees didn't really get into a groove until the 2nd half and then it was vintage Brees from there on out. He led his team to 3 straight scoring drives to start the 2nd half and essentially took the game over. He found more time in the pocket as the game progressed and was able to go through his progressions, often hitting his 2nd and 3rd options when needed. The Saints playmakers continue to make plays in front of him, and the offense is a well oiled machine.
Week 10 vs. STL
Passing: 18 - 26, 223 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
On paper this looked to be one of the juicier matchups for Brees this season, however due to a myriad of reasons (play calling, game pace, mistakes, Rams blitzing) he turned in a rather pedestrian performance in week 10. Brees looked sharp on his reads but seldom threw the ball downfield, opting instead for short and intermediate routes mixed in with a heavy dose of the Saints running attack. He turned the ball over twice in the contest, but neither were poor throws (one on a tip, the other on great coverage). Despite all of this, Brees still managed to lead the Saints to yet another win, spreading the ball to 7 different players and throwing two key TD passes on the afternoon.
Week 11 vs. TB
Passing: 19 - 29, 187 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Brees played disciplined football, taking few deep shots, but easily locating mismatches and keeping the defense off balance. Brees made a very nice TD throw on the move, using his superior field vision and accuracy to locate Robert Meachem, threading the needle just out of reach of very tight coverage by Tanard Jackson on the second one to the 2007 first-round pick. Without Reggie Bush and Lance Moore, Brees used FB/TE David Thomas to move the chains with short completions, and he also ran the two-minute drill to perfection to give the Saints a 10-point lead at halftime. The Saints were thwarted on some first-half drives because of good coverage on short third-down routes, but they were able to score on their first three drives of the second half, putting the game comfortably out of reach. Brees again showed why he is a true fantasy stud, putting up quality numbers even without an aggressive gameplan or big passing plays.
Week 12 vs. NE
Passing: 18 - 23, 371 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
It wasn't quite a flawless performance from Brees, but it was according to the passer rating. Brees was making outstanding decisions, moving around the pocket, and throwing with the typical hyperaccuracy we have come to expect from him. He found Devery Henderson all alone on a busted coverage, threw perfect balls to the deep middle to Colston and Meachem for TDs, and had terrific anticipation between he and his targets even when the Pats had the plays covered well. He even stared down Henderson on the first drive, or six TDs would have been his total on the night. Brees made a statement and put to rest any debate over who the better QB is in this game.
Week 13 vs. WAS
Passing: 35 - 49, 419 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Brees had lost five straight games when the temperature was 45 or less as it was for this one, so he needed some time to get warmed up. Nothing came open early in the game, so Brees settled for a lot of short targets, but the Redskins inability to get pressure on Brees soon allowed some bigger plays to come open. Brees patiently waited for Marques Colston to sneak behind the defense for a long TD to tie the game in the second quarter. In the two minute drill, Brees finally faced some blitzes, and it put the Saints in a third and very long. Under pressure, Brees put the ball up for grabs and it was picked by Kareem Moore, but Robert Meachem stripped Moore and took the ball all way for a TD on a play that should keep fantasy football commissioners scrambling for days. Brees was held in check for a lot of the second half, but he came alive hitting long sideline routes during the comeback drive, and baited LaRon Landry into biting on a short route so that he could hit Robert Meachem deep to tie the game in the last two minutes. Brees didn't have his best game, but he was given too many chances and too much time by the Redskins defense.
Week 14 vs. ATL
Passing: 31 - 40, 296 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Despite the scoreboard being close, Brees had his way with the Falcons defense in week 14. He picked them apart right from the start in this one. Brees was not under a lot of pressure during the game, but when he was he rolled out away from the defense to make some terrific on the run throws. His decision making was strong as usual while faced a lot of zone coverage. Brees and his receivers were quick to adjust and find the holes throughout the game. He carved up the Falcons porous secondary for 3 TD's and a season high 77.5% (31-40) completion rate. He has thrown just 1 INT in his last 4 games and he is in the midst of a very impressive stretch of efforts.
Week 15 vs. DAL
Passing: 29 - 45, 298 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -4 / 0 on 1 targets
Drew Brees has solid numbers by the end of Week 15 but his inability to convert several scoring chances along with an interception against a Dallas Cowboy defense that was playing inspired football on Saturday night. Brees missed an open Devery Henderson for a touchdown, under throwing him in the second quarter and turning a would-be score into a turnover. Brees was under pressure often from Dallas' front seven that forced two fumbles by Brees and also accumulated four sacks as New Orleans fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. Brees racked up solid numbers by the close of the contest as he nearly led another comeback but his modest first half (12 of 19, 127 yards and an INT) put the Saints behind. Brees will likely play most of the Week 16 game against Tampa Bay in an effort to regain his early season form and end his regular season in a winning way.
Week 16 vs. TB
Passing: 32 - 37, 258 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Brees didn't have a bad game, in fact he had a string of at least 15 straight completions in the second half. He did everything he needed to for the Saints to get the last-second field goal to win. Still, Brees was only able to nibble with short passes, save for a 30 yard TD in the first half when Ronde Barber guessed wrong. He was almost picked in the third quarter, and he also took a drive-killing sack when he didn't read an LB blitz. Brees played well throughout, but he didn't land the knockout blow when the Saints opened up an early lead, and he led the Bucs feel like they could get back in this game because he was unable to lead the Saints to any scoring drives in the third quarter/early fourth.
Week 19 vs. ARI
Passing: 23 - 32, 247 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / -3 / 0
Brees threw effective short to medium passes on the first drive, and built from there. Brees was effective because he was not trying to do too much --- and he consistently was given just enough room from the Cardinals defense. He showed his typical penchant for precision, lasering more than a few balls into the arms of well covered receivers. Brees moved the ball well all day, beginning with touchdowns on the Saints first 3 possessions (2 rush, 1 pass). His 44-yard flea flicker touchdown pass gave the team all the momentum they needed, and the Saints held the lead for the duration of the game. Brees' final tally of 3 TD passes was all the more impressive given the amount of time they were playing with a comfortable lead.
Week 20 vs. MIN
Passing: 17 - 31, 197 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Drew Brees did not have the big game that many expected of him against Minnesota, but ultimately Brees did just enough for the Saints to emerge victorious from the NFC Championship Game. Brees attempted just 31 passes and accumulated modest yardage (197 yards passing), but the biggest numbers on the day were three touchdowns against zero interceptions. Brees' longest pass came on a screen to RB Pierre Thomas who broke it for a 38-yard score in the second quarter. Two short touchdowns to Devery Henderson and Reggie Bush completed the three score evening for Brees as he avoided the Minnesota pass rush and kept New Orleans from committing very many mistakes which ultimately gave New Orleans the chance to win the game. Brees took the one and only possession of overtime down the field and set up the game-winning field goal with two key short passes on the drive. Brees likely will have to top the 200-yard mark to keep pace with Peyton Manning in two weeks, but three touchdowns should be enough for any team to have a realistic chance to win the Super Bowl.