QB Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 220||Born: 1-15-1979||College: Purdue||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Wed Dec 17): Brees was the best thing about a sloppy Monday night game. He ripped off long streaks of completions and used all of his receivers to perforate a Bears defense that is mailing it in. He'll be an elite start for Week 16 against Atlanta.
Week 16: vs Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Back during Week 1, Drew Brees lit up the Falcons' secondary for 29/42 yielding 333 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (zero sacks taken) in a preview of how the Falcons' pass D would function in most games this year. Marques Colston (eight targets for 5/110/0 receiving), Brandin Cooks (eight for 7/77/1) and Jimmy Graham (10 for 8/82/0) would handle most of Bree's passes that day. Cooks is now on IR, so his role has been filled by Kenny Stills (seven targets for 5/67/0 receiving at Chicago last week). Jimmy Graham (seven for 5/87/0), Marques Colston (seven for 5/65/1) and Pierre Thomas (five for 5/83/0) were the other main receivers for Brees (29/36 for 375 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions at Chicago) last Monday Night, though Josh Hill (two for 2/15/2) hauled in a pair of TDs during the blowout win over Chicago. The Saints' offense seems to be on track entering the final two weeks of regular season Meanwhile, Alanta's pass D is in shreds entering Week 16, having allowed 27/35 for 353 net yards passing to Ben Reothlisberger last week, after coughing up 24/36 for 323 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with one sack taken for -4 yards) to Aaron Rodgers and company. This defensive unit is on life-support entering Week 10, friends. Advantage, New Orleans.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs PIT (19 / 27 / 257 / 5 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Brees played one of his best games of the season as he masterfully dissected the Steelers' defense without making any of the over-aggressive mistakes that have plagued him most of this season. Brees and the Saints offense got off to a little bit of a slow start, bogging down early on their first two drives and getting shutout until six minutes before halftime. Unlike past weeks, Brees did not force the issue though and lived to fight another day with safe check down throws to avoid turnovers. Once Brees got the offense rolling midway through the second quarter, there was no looking back. Brees started off the scoring by hitting a wide-open Ben Watson down the left sideline for a 15-yard-TD. Jimmy Graham drew the attention of multiple defenders and Watson was able to find a big hole in the zone defense to provide Brees an easy target in the end zone. On the next drive, Brees did a fantastic job of navigating the pocket to buy time and then put the ball on the money to Kenny Stills for a key 3rd-down gain of 44 yards. A few plays later, he hit FB Erik Lorig for a short touchdown as the Steelers' defense bit hard on the play action to Mark Ingram. Brees took advantage of great field position at the Steelers 15-yard line after a Roethlisberger INT to throw his 3rd touchdown of the day. Nick Toon lined up to the right and with the CB giving a big cushion ran a yard and stopped as Brees hit him with the quick pass. Toon did the rest, shrugging off four Steelers defenders on his way to the end zone for an 11-yard-touchdown. Brees tossed his 4th TD of the game late in the 3rd quarter. The Steelers CB bit hard on a double move by Kenny Stills who had ten yards of separation behind the Steelers defense. Brees was able to hit him in stride down the right sideline for a 69-yard touchdown throw. Brees threw TD number five on a 3-yard back shoulder fade throw to Marques Colston on 1st-and-goal.
2014 Week 14 vs CAR (29 / 49 / 235 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Brees played fairly poorly though not as bad as the 41-10 final score might indicate. It was a nightmare start to the game by the Saints. The Panthers took the opening kickoff and got seven points. The Saints quickly turned it over deep in their own territory (Ingram fumble) on their 2nd offensive play. After a Panthers FG, Brees promptly threw an interception on the Saints first play of their 2nd drive. After play action, Brees targeted Joe Morgan deep down the middle of the field. The ball was well thrown, but coverage was good and the Panthers DB just out-fought Morgan for the ball. It was an ill-advised decision by Brees but he took a chance and the Panthers' DB just made a better play on the ball than his WR (which was the theme of the day for the Saints offense). Following another Panthers TD drive, the Saints were down three scores after only three offensive plays and were never able to dig out from the big early hole. The Saints offense scuffled for the rest of the game. There were a lot of drops by Saints WRs and TEs, though the Panthers also had tight coverage on many of the plays. Brees was just slightly off target on a few throws, which allowed Panthers' DBs to get their hands on some balls but Jimmy Graham and the Saints WRs just didn't make plays when given the chance to. Brees threw a garbage time TD in the 4th quarter to Ben Watson on a short crossing route but the Saints were just going through the motions and playing out the string for most of the 2nd half. Overall, Brees didn't play great but he wasn't the reason the Saints lost. The Saints defense was atrocious all day and put the team in a deep hole early, while the Saints offense just couldn't find enough consistency to put long drives together.
2014 Week 15 vs CHI (29 / 36 / 375 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brees played a very strong all-around game as he managed the pocket well and used all of his weapons without becoming over-reliant on any one target. Brees' only small miscue was a bobbled exchange on the 2nd possession and while the Saints recovered, the resultant 4-yard-loss led directly to a missed FG attempt from over 50 yards away. Brees made a huge play to end the first quarter as he eluded multiple Bears in the backfield and threw up a prayer to Jimmy Graham that led to a big gain due to pass interference. The very next play, he found his TE Josh Hill wide open after a play action fake to Khiry Robinson and Hill was able to dive into the end zone for the first score of the game. As has been the case most weeks, Brees again led an impressive touchdown drive to close out the first half. He finished the drive off with a perfectly placed ball in the end zone on a slant route to Marques Colston just inches out of the reach of the defender. Colston was able to make the tough grab to push the Saints lead to 14-0 going into halftime. Brees' 3rd touchdown pass was a carbon copy of his first as the Saints ran the exact same play again. They faked the run left to Robinson and Brees rolled right and hit a wide-open Josh Hill for the easy 7-yard-touchdown.
Latest NewsSaints | Drew Brees has big night (Tue Dec 16, 12:21 PM) - New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns in the romp over the Chicago Bears in Week 15 Monday, Dec. 15. He went 29-for-36 and reached the 4,000-yard mark for the ninth straight season. link to story
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