Brees isn’t the only quarterback with a chance to match or better Marino’s record though. Three others at have a mathematical chance.
The Patriot’s Tom Brady would need to average 246 yards over this final two game stretch. Eli Manning needs to average 361.5 yards, and Rodgers would need to average 361.5 yards as well.
But Brees will be the first without a doubt, and the others still may not make it all. If that’s not a good enough reason for him to be the MVP then I don’t know what actually is.
Going back to week one to the Saints loss to the Packers it now seems ironic that if a few plays had turned out differently that it’s Brees who would currently be considered the unanimous choice to finally get a well deserved MVP award.
If you recall the Saints opened up against the Packers a little slow, but outplayed them down the stretch to nearly comeback and win the game in the fourth quarter.
There are two specific plays that had they turned out differently the Saints would have certainly won the game.
The first being wide receiver Marques Colston’s cost fumble early on, that turned into seven points for Green Bay, and the second was Randall Cobb’s freak 108 yard kick return.
Cobb was not supposed to take the kick out of the back of the end zone under order of head coach Mike McCarthy, but he did, and it looked like the Saints special teams initially had him stopped around the 20-yard line.
But Cobb was upended and rolled over the back of Saints defenders, only to land on his feet essentially still running. With the coverage behind him it was smooth sailing the rest of the way to the end zone.
New Orleans never looked back, and Drew Brees is certainly not playing the game of “what if”. The Saints are quietly sneaking up the playoff rankings and closer to the NFC’s second seed.
At the end of the day what matters most when deciding what makes a certain player an MVP? Is it total wins? Is it the consistency of play? Is it doing something no other player has ever done before?
Whatever it is Brees is likely to have a check mark in every category. Not to take anything away from Rodgers season, but it would be an absolute disgrace if Drew was overlooked again for the MVP in favor of the Packers signal caller.
But ask Drew Brees what he thinks and he would probably deflect the praise back on to Rodgers, and instead shift his attention to what really matters — winning another Superbowl – because that is just the type of guy he is, character all the way.