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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 Sep 15): The Browns sold out to take away the downfield passing game, so Brees was limited by that, the lack of friendly indoor confines, and a pick six that gave the Browns a big early lead. Against the Vikings in the Superdome this week, Brees will put up the kind of stat line his owners have come to expect.

Week 3: vs Minnesota Vikings

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 at ATL 29 42 333 1 1 1 2 0 0
2 at CLE 27 40 237 2 1 1 3 0 0
3 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds 25 39 * * * 1 * * *
3 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay 26 40 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ATL (29 / 42 / 333 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Brees erased any lingering doubts about his strained oblique early in the contest. Despite limited pre-season snaps, he threw the ball crisply with only one incompletion on the initial drive and that one was barely off Jimmy Grahamís fingertips. The offensive line protected well most of the game, and even when pressured, Brees scrambled effectively and often slid to the outside. On the positive side, Brees completed 69% of his attempts and averaged 7.9 yards per attempt. He also was not sacked in the contest. The downside is that even with 42 attempts, he only threw one TD pass as the Saints kicked two field goals and scored 3 touchdowns running the ball. Brees was effective in the red zone completing 6 of 7 passes, but for only 31 yards. Breesí only red zone incompletion however was a critical turnover as he forced a pass to Brandin Cooks who was closely covered in the end zone and the ball was intercepted. Instead of the Saints increasing their lead, the Falcons marched down the field for a touchdown and their first lead of the game. Brees completed passes to seven different Saints, but the majority of his completions (26 of 29) went to Graham, Marques Colston, Brandon Cooks, and Pierre Thomas. Brees first impact play came off a play-action fake to Ingram hitting Cooks in stride for a gain of 32 yards. He later avoided a blitz and made a perfect throw to Colston down the middle that featured a nice run after the catch for a gain of 57 yards. The vast majority of his completions came on fairly short routes and although his receivers did not have any difficulty getting open, the Falcon defenders kept the plays in front of the coverage, mostly preventing long gains. Brees only touchdown pass came on a short rub route to Brandin Cooks that went for 3 yards.

2014 Week 2 vs CLE (27 / 40 / 237 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Brees bounced back from a terrible start to lead three straight touchdown drives, but this was yet another mediocre Brees performance outdoors. The game started miserably as the first two possessions were ugly 3-and-outs. Brees did not handle the rush well all day and looked especially out of sorts early. On the second play of the game, Brees let an off target shotgun snap bounce off his hands, rushed back to pick the ball up and quickly chucked a dangerous throw into coverage to avoid the sack. He was lucky to avoid the interception. The Browns easily sniffed out a WR screen to Brandin Cooks on 3rd down to force the punt. The first play of the second drive, Brees was lucky to avoid the Safety as he held onto the ball far too long and was sacked just outside the end zone. After a short dump off to Ingram on 2nd down, Brees again narrowly avoided an INT as he was hit on the release and the ball floated to land between three defenders. Brees' risky play finally bit him late in the 2nd quarter as he threw an INT that the Browns returned for a TD. With pressure in his face, Brees sailed the ball down the middle of the field way over Jimmy Graham's head and right into the hands of the Browns Safety. After the INT, Brees played much better. Down 16-3 after the Pick Six, the Saints got the ball back on their own 15 with a little over three minutes left in the half and Brees orchestrated a very nice 85-yard touchdown drive. Brees capped off the drive with a well-thrown jump ball to Jimmy Graham for a nine-yard TD with just seconds to play in the half. Brees led another TD drive on the Saints next possession that again finished with a Jimmy Graham TD, this time from 1-yard out as Brees hit Graham on a quick out route. The next drive was another long TD march for the Saints with the big play coming courtesy of Jimmy Graham on a 20-yard completion down the left sideline that set the Saints up with first and goal on the Browns 3. After two long TD drives, the Saints only other second half possession came late in the 4th quarter with the Saints nursing a one point lead. The offense was able to eat up over six minutes and pin the Browns inside their own 5-yard-line with 2:36 left so the drive was not a complete failure, but Brees and the offense were unable to put the game away.

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Schedule

3vs Minnesota Vikings
4@ Dallas Cowboys
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Detroit Lions
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Chicago Bears
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers