Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Brees is a bit of a big deal in New Orleans and indeed the entirety of Louisiana.  He’s been with the black and gold since signing on in free agency in 2006, and at the spry young age of 40 this season he’s shown no signs of slowing down.  Brees, as anyone with eyes would attest, is among the very greatest of NFL QBs ever to do it.  Already owning myriad passing titles, Brees is in hot pursuit of some of the most prestigious and rare accolades a QB can achieve.

Passing Attempts: #2 all-time with 10,063 attempts, trailing only Brett Favre by a mere 106 attempts. Within the next 3 games, barring him potentially resting given playoff seeding implications, Brees can get close to, if not break, the record.  He’s averaging 35 attempts per game, so that would put him right on the cusp of #1.  Keep an eye on his usage specifically in how the flow of the upcoming three games which will dictate the extent for which the Saints call passing versus rushing plays, and whether the Saints might potentially be more preoccupied with rest ahead of the playoffs in January.

Passing TDs: #2 all-time with 537, trailing only the great Peyton Manning by just 2 TD passes.  Brees should absolutely break Manning’s record, likely against the Indianapolis Colts (very aptly), though the issue is that fellow future Hall of Famer Tom Brady is bearing down on both Brees and Manning alike with 536 TD passes.  Expect both QBs to be 1 and 2 by the end of the season–who’s at the top at the end of the season will be fun to follow.

Career starts: Given the heap of statistical distinctions Brees owns, this is a bit of a niche category. Nevertheless, Brees is again chasing Brett Favre who has the record for most career starts in the NFL history (298).  Tom Brady is also in pursuit with just 18 regular season starts removed from holding the record, whereas Brees has another 26 starts to tie Favre’s record.  Either of these men will play for at least another couple seasons, so it wouldn’t surprise to see this record belonging to one (or both?) of Brady or Brees.