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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 27): For the second straight week, the vertical passing game was back for Brees and company. He put up a routine excellent stat line in the Superdome and his Brees' owners can feel good about the high pick they spent on him.

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This should be a fun NFC South shootout between two rivals, though neither team has been at their best for the majority of the season. Drew Brees tore up the Packers' secondary on Sunday Night Football, with 27/32 for 311 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -9 yards). Jimmy Graham was able to partially participate, and posted six targets for 5/59/1, following top receiver Brandin Cooks (seven for 6/94/1). Young gun Kenny Stills amassed four targets for 4/57/0 receiving, followed by Marques Colston (five for 4/49/0). TD machine Josh Hill (one target for 1/2/1 receiving) handled the other TD for Brees - Hill has seen 9/122/3 receiving this season as an occasional contributor. The Panthers' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 243.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 16 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 16 sacks (17th in the NFL) generated to date. This is a mediocre unit across the board, as you can see. Last week, Russell Wilson threw 20/32 for 191 net yards, one TD and one interception against the Panthers' secondary (one sack taken for -8 yards); two weeks ago Aaron Rodgers rang up 19/24 for 241 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions, with two sacks taken for -14 yards. This looks like a good matchup for the visiting Saints, although the team collectively seems to have trouble with their focus and intensity away from their adoring fans in the Big Easy. Brees in particular has been not-as-impressive in away games.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 27 32 311 3 0 1 6 0 0
9 at CAR PROJ-Dodds 26 40 * * * 2 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay 28 43 * * * 1 * * *
9 at CAR PROJ-Bloom 26 38 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs GB (27 / 32 / 311 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Brees played his best and most complete game of the season against the Packers by playing within himself and not making costly mistakes under pressure. In addition, Brees was finally able to take the top off of the defense multiple times with deep balls to Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills. Brees is arguably the top two-minute-drill QB in the NFL and he again put together a long drive in under two minutes before halftime to tie the game with a FG. Brees' first touchdown of the game was on a beautifully thrown deep ball to Brandin Cooks that hit him in stride in the end zone just above the outstretched arms of the DB. Brees also hooked up with his favorite target, Jimmy Graham, on an accurate touchdown throw in which Brees put it up high where only Graham could get it and Graham went up and made the play. Brees' final TD pass came on play-action from the two-yard-line as he faked the handoff and rolled left then hit a wide-open Josh Hill in the end zone. Overall, it was a smart, efficient performance from Brees. His accuracy and command of the offense were both at an elite level.


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