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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 Oct 20): Brees scoffs at the idea that the #1 defense can slow down his fantasy production. He lit up the Lions with a deep ball and effective short passing before a late interception doomed him to a tough road loss. He's back in the elite QB1 tier after this performance that was his biggest test of the year. Onto a Sunday night showdown with Aaron Rodgers.

Week 8: vs Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Drew Brees played well for most of the contest in Detroit last week, slinging 28/45 for 342 yards passing, two TDs and one interception, while taking just one sack for -7 yards. Marques Colston (10 targets for 6/111/0 receiving) and Kenny Stills (five for 5/103/1) both went over 100 yards receiving, while Travaris Cadet took over Pierre Thomas' pass-catching back role (nine for 6/51/0) - Brandin Cooks handled just three targets for 2/23/0 receiving in a season-low outing. This week, the Saints will be in the friendly confines of Mercedes-Benz Superdome, though Brees will likely have Jimmy Graham only available in a limited role again this week (shoulder injury, zero catches last week). The wide receivers are getting more targets with Graham severely limited. The Packers' pass D is sixth in the NFL this year, with an average of 214.9 net passing yards allowed per game, and they have more interceptions (10, second in the NFL) than pass TDs given up (9). Green Bay has recorded 16 sacks (tied for 14th in the NFL) so far. Carolina was held to 22/39 for 223 net yards, two TDs and one interception passing last week (three sacks taken for -25 yards); Ryan Tannehill had two interceptions and two TDs thrown two games back while taking one sack for -7 yards (20/31 for 237 net yards passing). The Saints' passing attack is always potent at home, but they face a tougher-than-usual opponent in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at DAL 32 44 340 2 1 1 6 0 0
5 vs TB 35 57 371 2 3 1 -1 0 0
7 at DET 28 45 342 2 1 1 13 0 0
8 vs GB PROJ-Dodds 25 41 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay 29 45 * * * 1 * * *
8 vs GB PROJ-Bloom 26 40 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs TB (35 / 57 / 371 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

The Saints' 37 points and the gaudy yardage totals do not tell the story of Brees' performance. He again made a couple crucial mistakes when faced with pressure to allow Tampa to stay in the game and had little success down the field. He was able to take advantage of the Bucs' soft underneath coverage with a lot of short throws to the RBs and TEs to move the ball against the hapless and over-aggressive Bucs' defense though and that ended up being just enough to get New Orleans their 2nd win of the season. The Buccaneers consistently left the short middle wide open for easy completions to the RBs and TEs who sat down about five yards beyond the line of scrimmage and were wide open for easy gains of 7 to 15 yards. Brees was efficient and patiently exploited the underneath throws through most of the first half until the wheels fell off with less than two minutes left in the first half. The Saints were in full control with a 13-3 lead and all of the momentum when Brees made a terrible decision that led to an interception. Brees was facing pressure up the middle and tried to step up in the pocket but found a defender draped around his ankles. He tried to throw it towards the left sideline to Travaris Cadet while falling down but wasn't able to get anything on the pass, allowing for an easy interception for Bucs CB Jonathan Banks. This mistake left the Bucs deep inside Saints territory where they quickly scored a TD to get back into the game and grab momentum before the half. The Bucs then took the opening possession of the 2nd half down the field for a touchdown to take the lead. The Saints offense took the field trying to stem the tide, but Brees again threw a terrible INT. He dropped back and, feeling pressure panicked and threw a terrible ball up for grabs that was easily intercepted and returned for a TD. In five minutes of game time, a 13-3 Saints lead was quickly turned into a 24-13 Saints deficit due in large part to inexplicable mistakes from Brees. Brees' third interception was on a desperation heave as time was about to expire in regulation. Brees targeted Meachem deep down the field in one-on-one coverage but the ball was slightly underthrown and Meachem didn't make much of an effort to make a play on it and the Bucs CB came down with it. Brees was able to lead a slow and steady comeback built upon a steady diet of short passes primarily to Cadet, Thomas, Cooks and Watson to force the game into OT. In OT, a back breaking defensive holding penalty on 3rd and long got the ball rolling on the Saints second possession and the run game took over from there. Overall, Brees did just enough to get the win in OT, but a better performance by Brees would have seen the Saints run away with the game against a soft Tampa defense.

2014 Week 7 vs DET (28 / 45 / 342 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)

Brees was masterful for most of the game but stumbled down the stretch with one egregious mistake costing the Saints another win. For the first three quarters, Brees managed the offense efficiently with high percentage throws underneath combined with some attacks deep down the field to Marques Colston and Kenny Stills. Brees also took advantage of the Saints defense with some quick snaps that caught the defense off guard and out of position. The first touchdown of the game came on one of these plays. The Saints snapped the ball quickly and nobody picked up the FB Austin Johnson out of the backfield. Brees hit him with a short pass and Johnson was able to dive for the pylon down the left sideline for the score. Brees also led an impressive 80-yard FG drive in the final 1:31 of the first half that featured six straight completions. Brees stayed hot on the first drive of the 2nd half, leading a four-play, 80-yard drive touchdown drive that took only 1:10. The big play came after a 22-yard completion to Colston. Brees rushed the team up to the line and quickly snapped it before the defense could set and hit Kenny Stills for a 46-yard score streaking down the right sideline. As in past weeks though, Brees was unable to put together a full 60 minutes of strong play. The 4th quarter featured a stretch of 11 Brees attempts in which he threw 10 incompletions and and an INT. The interception was a killer. With the Saints clinging to a six point lead with three minutes to play, Brees stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure, stared down his WR cutting across the middle and delivered a gift wrapped INT to Safety Glover Quin who returned it inside the Saints 20 to setup the game-winning TD for the Lions.


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