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QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 220Born: 1-15-1979College: PurdueDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Brees looked like a neutered quarterback in the Superdome, which was shocking and demoralizing to the home crowd and his fantasy owners. He was efficient, but didn't move the offense into scoring position or threaten downfield with any regularity. The Ravens come to town this Monday, and they won't be any easier than the Bengals week in Week 12.

Week 12: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Drew Brees has not been able to get his team over the hump of late, with a narrow 24-27 loss to San Francisco (in which he threw 28/47 for 292 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks for -5 yards taken) and then a blowout loss to the Bengals last week (33/41 for 255 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken). Unfortunately, rookie sensation Brandin Cooks broke his thumb last week and is out indefinitely (but definitely out for this game), leaving Jimmy Graham (seven targets for 7/30/0 receiving last week vs. Cincinnati), Marques Colston (eight for 7/30/0 receiving) and Kenny Stills (four for 4/32/1) to cover for Cooks while he rehabs his hand. The Ravens' pass D is ranked 21st in the NFL averaging 251.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. six interceptions and 25 sacks (tied for 11th in the NFL) generated. They coughed up 16/27 for 143 net yards passing, one TD and one interception, with five sacks for -36 yards of Tennessee's Zach Mettenburger two weeks ago, and allowed a whoppping six TD passes and 25/37 for 321 net yards passing, zero interceptions and three sacks for -19 yards generated to Ben Roethlisberger and company during Week 9. This is not one of the premier NFL pass defenses, friends. Advantage, Brees and the home team.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
8 vs GB 27 32 311 3 0 1 6 0 0
9 at CAR 24 34 297 1 1 4 2 1 1
10 vs SF 28 47 292 3 2 2 7 0 1
11 vs CIN 33 41 255 1 0 1 3 0 0
12 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 26 39 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 27 41 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 26 40 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs CAR (24 / 34 / 297 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 2 / 1 rush)

After a red-zone interception on the first drive and a fumble on the second drive, Brees settled into more of a conservative "game manager" role when it became clear that the Panthers would not be able to score many points. The first drive of the game ended deep in Panthers' territory as Brees tried to thread a pass in between tight coverage to Kenny Stills. The DB made a great play to dive and get a hand on the ball, which popped high into the air for an easy interception. Brees had the ball stripped on his second drive for another turnover. He was held in check for nearly the enite first half until putting on a clinic yet again in the two-minute-drill before halftime as Brees led an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:49. The first key play came early in the drive backed up deep and facing 3rd-and-10 when Brees hit Kenny Stills deep down the right sideline for 32 yards. The next key play Brees targeted Robert Meachem in the end zone and was able to pick up a big gain on pass interference that set the offense up at the one. Brees then hit Graham for the TD on a back shoulder fade that the duo made look much simpler than it is. The second half offense was extremely conservative with Ingram carrying the load and draining the clock but Brees did orchestrate a long drive in the 3rd quarter that he capped off with a 4th-and-goal TD run on a QB sneak as he leaped over the line with the ball extended out in front of him to break the plane.

2014 Week 10 vs SF (28 / 47 / 292 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

QBs are judged by wins and losses and through nine games Brees is turning the ball over too many times for the Saints to be a winning team. Three turnovers again overshadowed an otherwise strong performance from Brees against the 49ers and directly led to a costly home loss. Brees started the game with a bad INT on the first drive. He seemed to feel the pressure as the pocket collapsed and didn't get much on the throw as he tried to throw a deep out that the 49ers Safety easily undercut. The 49ers returned it deep into Saints territory and quickly scored a TD to take the lead less than two minutes into the game. After quickly falling behind 14-0, Brees orchestrated a pair of nice scoring drives to cut the lead to four. The highlight of each drive was a deep pass to Brandin Cooks with the first setting up a field goal and the second resulting in a 31-yard TD strike. Cooks beat single coverage on a go route and Brees placed the ball in the perfect spot to hit Cooks in the end zone for the first Saints TD of the game. Trailing 21-10 in the final minute of the first half, the Saints had an opportunity to gain some momentum going into half after a 49ers fumble gave the Saints the ball in 49ers territory. After a couple completions put the Saints just outside of the red zone, Brees got greedy and tried to hit Jimmy Graham in the end zone. Instead of a TD, he threw an awful interception into triple coverage. Brees must have determined before the snap he was going to Graham as he did a terrible job of recognizing the coverage, which had Graham boxed in on all sides. Brees did make some nice plays in the second half to lead the Saints back and force overtime. Facing 3rd-and-6 in the red zone, Brees faced instant pressure off the edge and made a quick spin move to elude two oncoming rushers and then lobbed it up to Jimmy Graham in the end zone for the touchdown. Trailing by four midway through the 4th quarter, Brees led the Saints on a long TD drive that he capped off with a pretty back shoulder fade to Jimmy Graham to put the Saints up three with under two minutes to play. Brees was almost able to win the game in regulation on a hail mary attempt that Jimmy Graham came down with in the end zone as time expired. However, Graham was called for offensive pass interference and the game went to overtime. The Saints won the toss but were unable to do anything on their first possession. On the second possession, backed up deep in Saints territory Brees fumbled the game away. He had plenty of time to make a throw, but nobody was open and he pump faked and stayed in the pocket far too long. He had the ball up and away from his body when the DE finally arrived and slapped it out of his hand. The 49ers recovered and kicked the game-winning field goal.

2014 Week 11 vs CIN (33 / 41 / 255 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Brees played well but was never able to get rolling as the Bengals' defense played bend-but-don't-break and the Bengals' offense bled the clock which limited the Saints' number of offensive possessions. The Saints' inability to get anything going in the running game on 1st and 2nd down left Brees facing 3rd-and-long way too often. Brees was great on 3rd downs though and converted 5-of-6 into 1st downs to start the game. The Bengals were able to get key stops once the Saints reached the red zone though. On the first offensive possession of the game the Saints marched down the field with Brees dinking and dunking successfully. However, the Saints offense stalled inside the Bengals 20 having to settle for a short FG. The second drive, the Saints again had a long, time-consuming drive that ended with six plays inside the Bengals 10-yard-line. After Ingram was stuffed a couple times, Sean Payton decided to go for it on 4th-and-goal from the one-yard-line. Brees ran play action and found his FB Eric Lorig just short of the goal line, but the Bengals LB and Safety closed fast and stoned him just shy of the end zone. The Bengals offense also sustained long drives and the Saints did not get their 3rd offensive possession until very late in the first half, which seemed to clearly frustrate Brees. With the Saints in their 2-minute-offense, Brees had the ball at midfield facing 3rd down. He felt pressure, scrambled left and took off for a long gain. The play was called back due to holding however and the Saints were not able to convert the 3rd and long. Brees used a quick snap to confuse the defense and throw his only TD of the day. With the Saints facing 3rd-and-4 from the Bengals nine-yard line, the Saints lined up quickly and Brees hit a wide open Kenny Stills running short left towards the left sideline and Stills was able to dive into the end zone for the score. Overall, it was a frustrating day for Brees who watched helplessly as the Bengals marched down the field on many long drives. The Bengals' defense took away the deep ball and forced Brees to nibble off small chunks of yardage, which left very little margin for error, as one penalty on the Saints offense would effectively kill a drive.

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Schedule

12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers