Brees won his record sixth passing title last year with 4,870 yards. Through eight games this year, Brees is completing 69.7 percent of his passes (best since 2011) for 2,689 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. The Saints are rallying around Brees in winning four of five since a 0-3 start. Brees has thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns five times this season. He is also the first player in NFL history to record 30 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Brees already has passed Hall of Famer Dan Marino for third on the all-time passing yardage list this year but Brees won’t catch No. 2 Brett Favre (71, 838) or No. 1 Peyton Manning (71,940) until likely late in the 2018 season. And you can bet Brees will still be playing then. On the eve of the 2016 season, Brees agreed to a five-year extension with the Saints that guaranteed him $44.3 million. Brees also received a $30 million signing bonus. Brees could have become a free agent after the 2016 season, but he’s the most popular athlete in New Orleans history and was never going to leave.
From the inception of the Saints franchise in 1967 through 2005, New Orleans finished with a top-five offense just twice. Since Brees arrived as a free agent from San Diego prior to the 2006 season, the Saints had a top-five offense in every year but 2010 (sixth). Brees’ Saints (2006-15) joined the Joe Montana/Steve Young-era San Francisco 49ers (1982-1996) and the Roger Staubach/Danny White-era Dallas Cowboys (1970-1983) as the only three teams since the NFL merger to rank in the top 10 in total offense for 10 consecutive seasons. The Saints are poised to do that again in 2016.
While on the passing yardage prop has Brees favored on NFL odds, he actually isn’t first in the league entering Week 10. That would be Atlanta’s Matt Ryan at 2,980. But Ryan’s Falcons also have played one more game than Brees’ Saints. Brees is No. 1 at 336 yards per game with Ryan at 331, New England’s Tom Brady at 330 and Washington’s Kirk Cousins at 307. No other quarterback is above the 300-yard-per-game mark.
Brees isn’t among the MVP favorites at +2500 on NFL odds. That favored role is Brady at +100 and then Ryan at +300.
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