Drew Brees by the numbers: Saints QB struggling through first two weeks

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After throwing for 5,000 yards in a season an NFL record five times, New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees putting up Hall of Fame numbers mostly became the expectation.

Now that he’s not quite doing that through the first two weeks of the 2020 season, people are starting to ask the question is Father Time really starting to catch up to the NFL’s all-time leading passer? He is 41-years-old so maybe but let’s see what the numbers have to say.

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In both 2018 and 2019, Brees posted the two most accurate seasons in NFL history, topping 74 percent both times.

But this year, Brees actually ranks outside the top 20 in completion percentage at a clip of 64.7.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Brees is averaging 4.82 air yards on passes thrown in 2020, the lowest of any QB through the first two weeks of the season since Brett Favre in his age 40 season back in 2009.

Brees is also outside the top 20 yards per pass thrown but so is reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. Brees said, “One of the statistics that was thrown out after the game was the yards per attempt or something like that. I mean there are many statistics I do not pay one bit of attention to, and that would be one of them. At the end of the day, I am focused on putting us in position to succeed, making great decisions, both in the run game and the pass game, play complimentary ball with our defense and special teams as well. So those are the things I’m focused on, and I don’t care how we do it. I honestly don’t. I just want to win football games.”

The last time Brees threw for more than 5,000 yards in a season was 2016.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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