The New Orleans Saints took control of the NFC South yesterday when they beat the Carolina Panthers 30-27 at Bank of America Stadium, moving to 4-1 on the season.
It was a victory that came thanks in large part to Drew Brees and the Saints passing game. In fact the final game winning drive that went 89 total yards, 80 of those yards came from the pass as Brees connected on 8-of-9 attempts.
For Saints fans it comes as no surprise, airing it out has been a regular occurence since Payton took over in 2006 and added Brees into the fold — elite passing has come to be the calling card of the modern day New Orleans Saints.
Not to be outdone the running game — re-built with Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles — has turned in their fair share of plays. So far in 2011 they have been solid, not outstanding, averaging 115 yards per game to rank 14th overall in the league.
Back to the Saints passing game Brees has been dynamic this year completing 152 passes out of 219 attempts (69.4% completion percentage) for 1,769 yards, 12 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
It’s a stat line that once again has propelled him to among the leagues best, ranking him second in passing yards, second in completion percentage, second in passing touchdowns, and second in total passing yards per game.
That brings up the point to all this gushing over Brees. Through five games he is averaging 353.8 passing yards — and besides the aforementioned second overall league ranking — keeping this pace he would finally eclipse Dan Marino‘s record.