New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke the all-time NFL completion record this season, but he has another record within his reach in Week 5. Brees only trails Peyton Manning on the NFL’s all-time passing leaders list.
According to NBC Sports, Manning recorded 71,940 passing yards in his 17-year career. Brees has reached a mark of 71,740 yards a quarter of the way through his 18th season. 200 yards is nothing to Brees, who is likely a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Brees didn’t play like himself in his team’s 33-18 victory over the New York Giants in Week 4. While his team got the win, he completed 18 of 32 passing attempts for 217 yards and no touchdowns. They trounced the Giants, but Saints fans have become accustomed to Brees throwing for multiple touchdowns and amassing ridiculous passing yard totals every week. He has thrown for at least 200 yards in 11 consecutive games.
The Saints are now 3-1 on the year. Their only loss of the season came when they fell to the explosive offense of Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The two teams combined for 88 points in their Week 1 matchup and the Saints fell short 48-40. They’ve definitely improved since then.
Drew Brees will face the Washington Redskins in Week 5. The Redskins are coming off a bye week, so they’ll have to shake off the rust to prepare for one of the leagues best gunslingers. They gave up 265 passing yards to a hobbling Aaron Rodgers last week, so Brees should have no problem reaching at least that mark.