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Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Brees breaks Dan Marino's record

NEW ORLEANS -- On a night he took down Dan Marino' single-season record for yards passing, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees did something far more important.

He led his team to a division title.

In doing so, with an impressive carving up of the Atlanta Falcons, Brees passed Marino's record for passing yards in the fourth quarter. The game was stopped to acknowledge the feat, which came on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles with 2:51 left, but for Brees it's far less important than the Saints winning the NFC South.

If the Saints beat the Panthers this Sunday and the 49ers lose to the Rams, the Saints will be the second seed in the NFC. But if the 49ers win, the Saints are locked in as the third seed.

They will be one heck of a dangerous No. 3 seed.

The Saints are riding high behind Brees' arm, which has been hotter than a bucket of Louisiana hot sauce.  It looks like they are on a collision course with the Packers, but you never know in the playoffs.

Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Monday Musings: Drew Brees is proving he's elite

Drew Brees is playing out of his mind.

He is making great decisions, he's accurate as ever, his vision is unreal and he seems to be one step ahead in his reads of anything the defense is throwing his way.

He's better than ever. And that's saying something.

Brees completed 32 of 40 passes for 412 yards and five touchdowns against the Vikings and didn't come close to finishing the game. He did what he wanted to do, when he wanted to do it.

With all the hype about Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, Brees hasn't been getting the due he deserves. Brees has 37 touchdown passes and he's completing 71.5-percent of his passes. He leads the NFL with 4,780 yards and should shatter Dan Marino's single-season yardage record of 5,084. 

A few years ago, before he won his first Super Bowl, I asked Brees about being considered an elite quarterback. He said he neded to win one to get there.

Even after he won one, there was still debate about whether he was in the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning class.

Don't doubt it anymore.

He's there. This is a special season for a special quarterback.

---It killed Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware when he had to sit out the second half against Tampa Bay with a stinger in his neck. Why? The Cowboys were ahead and the Bucs had to throw. That means sacks. Ware is third in the NFL in sacks with 16, two behind leader Jason Babin of the Eagles, who took over the lead on Sunday. Minnesota's Jared Allen is second with 17 1/2 sacks. Ware was asked Saturday if he follows Allen's numbers. Ware said he did not. I bet he does. During the summer, Ware talked of taking down the single-season sack record. That's unlikely now, since he would need seven in the last two games. But he also said he's been playing with the stinger the past three games. Ware is a great player. And if you ask me, he'd be my choice as the best defensive player in the NFL.

---Speaking of Babin, it's time to eat some words about him. When the Eagles signed him to a huge contract, I wasn't too high the move. I was wrong.  Babin has been sensational. He has been a perfect fit for the Eagles "Wide-9' defense. He owned Jets right tackle Wayne Hunter Sunday.---You see it on tape, but you can really see it when you watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers live: They don't play fast. They are a slow team. I said that when I saw them on opening day against the Lions, but it was even more evident when they lost to Dallas Saturday night. Their receivers don't win. Running back LaGarrette Blount isn't fast. It's no wonder Josh Freeman has struggled this season.

---There have been 106 individual 300-yard passing performances this season. That's the most in a single season in NFL history. Is there any doubt that the passing game is the way to win games? This is also the first season with two 3,000-yard rookie passers in Andy Dalton and Cam Newton. Pass, pass and more pass. 

---For those out there wondering about Tim Tebow's 7-2 record as a starter, consider this: The two teams he lost to have a combined 20-8 record. The seven he's defeated have a combined 39-56 record, and just one (the 8-6 Jets) has a winning record. Just saying.

---The San Diego Chargers are such a different team with receiver Malcom Floyd in the lineup. They lost all four games they played without him this season. Floyd showed Sunday night against the Ravens what he means when he spent the night blowing past Jimmy Smith for two big play, including a touchdown. For all those wondering what was wrong with Philip Rivers, now we know. It's not having his weapons.

--Kyle Orton to the rescue in Kansas City. Orton actually looked good against Green Bay. How great would it be if Orton and the Chiefs go to Denver in two weeks with a chance to win the division? I would love that.

----Why do the Giants keep playing well against good teams and then gagging against teams they should beat? That doesn't bode well for coach Tom Coughlin.

----How did that Matt Hasselbeck signing work out for the Titans? Lets' see. They almost certainly won't make the playoffs and they kept a rookie on the bench. Good move? I beg to differ. The franchise would have been better off playing Jake Locker all season.

---Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks had a rough go of it against the Redskins. But I still think he's a budding star. The Giants need big games from him to win. He has to come through this week against the Jets if they are to win. ---Where is the big play in the Ravens passing game? Isn't that why Torrey Smith was drafted? He has the speed and he need to be used more. Where was Anquan Boldin against the Chargers? Anybody see him? 

---Reggie Bush is shutting up a lot of people who questioned whether he could be a between-the-tackles runner. This is an "air" league now. Explosive runners like Bush who can run in space are valuable. The grinder isn't anymore. Bush ran for 204 yards against Buffalo Sunday. That was impressive. He's had three consecutive games over 100 yards.  Talking to Bush this summer, he insisted that he could be a big-time inside runner. He's proving it now.

 
 
 
 
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