They are led by the league’s top passer, Drew Brees, whose 3,326 yards are nearly 300 more than anyone else. But there are red flags for the New Orleans Saints as the 2011 season enters the stretch run. And those flags could keep the Saints from turning a good season into a great one.
An illustrated look at how Drew Brees and the 7-3 New Orleans Saints’ top five offensive playmakers have performed through Game 10 and during their 27-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday in the Georgia Dome. Players are ranked by total yards (rushing and receiving) so far this season. Does not include yardage or touchdowns on special teams.
Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in 37 consecutive regular-season games. He’s 10 games away from the NFL record, set by a famous Colts quarterback. This record, though, does not belong to Peyton Manning. (Baltimore) Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas set it between 1956 and ’60. Manning’s longest TD streak was 27 games, during the 1998-99 seasons.
Still, he will be keeping one eye on the N.F.L. this weekend and will be eager to get back to work, in large part because New Orleans (7-3) is well positioned to make a push for a third straight postseason appearance in its final six regular-season games.
But when it came time to deal with Harper as an unrestricted free agent this summer, the Saints re-upped him with a four-year, $28.5 million extension that included a $7 million signing bonus. And they did so without qualm, despite the fact Harper has only four career interceptions.