New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees kastede fem touchdowns og løb selv ét ind mod San Francisco 49ers i søndags. Det er Brees 11. gang han kaster fem touchdowns i én kamp, hvilket er mest af en spiller i NFL historien.
Brees blev også den blot fjerde spiller i Super Bowl tiden med fem kastede touchdowns og et løbe touchdown. Dette er ud over Brees, kun blevet gjort af Mark Malone (Uge 1, 1985), Aaron Rodgers (Uge 7, 2019) og Mark Rypien (Uge 11, 1991)
Brees (og Tom Brady) nærmer sig også med hastige skridt Payton Mannings all-time touchdown rekord. Brees har på nuværende tidspunkt 537, mens Brady har 536.
Through today’s games, the @NFL’s career passing TDs list: pic.twitter.com/ATyfmeShnn— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 9, 2019
Filice: Brees’ 40-year-old arm isn’t the same, but his beautiful football mind is firing on all cylinders. Brees reads defenses like an intellectual reads books: voraciously. And he’s a speed reader, to boot. According to Next Gen Stats, Brees has the second-fastest average time to throw (TTT) among qualified quarterbacks this season at 2.53 seconds. ( Andy Dalton ranks first at 2.46 seconds, but that’s as much about surviving his horrendous offensive line as anything else.) When opposing defenses try to manufacture quick pressure on the Saints signal-caller, Brees predictably expedites the process even more, and to great effect: Averaging just 2.43 seconds TTT against the blitz, Brees has completed 61 of 83 throws (73.5 percent) for 604 yards, with a 7:0 TD-to-INT ratio and a 121.8 passer rating. All of this was on full display in last Sunday’s Superdome air show, which New Orleans narrowly lost to San Francisco, 48-46. Going up against the 49ers’ ferocious front, Brees sped up his TTT to 2.45 seconds, torching San Francisco’s top-ranked pass defense to the tune of 349 yards and five touchdowns. Despite the fact that Brees dropped back 40 times, the Niners didn’t record a single sack for the first time this season. And when Robert Saleh, San Francisco’s excitable defensive coordinator, tried to force the issue with the blitz, Brees’ TTT dropped to 2.36, producing a pair of touchdown passes and a 100.9 passer rating. In a quarterbacking world of howitzer arms and fleet feet, Brees is beating opponents with computer processing ability.
Det bliver lidt sjovt at se Brees på mandag. Kan han tangere eller overgå Manning. Men også om Brady (spiller mod Bengals). Kan han nå Manning før Brees… og vil de resten af sæsonens to kampe skiftes til at være NFLs all time leading passer?