Oct 13, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) sacks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Saints 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Is Drew Brees the Favorite For MVP Behind Peyton Manning?

Drew Brees is having what can only be described as another fantastic year.

Brees is playing so well that he has to be in line right behind Denver’s Peyton Manning in the MVP race, right?

ESPN’s Mike Triplett thinks so:

 I expect more of the same – which is the No. 1 reason why I expect the Saints to win the NFC South and contend for a top-two playoff seed. I also think Brees is en route to another runner-up finish in the NFL MVP race (assuming anyone other than Manning gets a vote). We haven’t seen the consistent explosiveness from the Saints’ passing game this year that we saw in 2011. But at times, we’ve seen even more steadiness and patience than usual (see: Week 5 at Chicago). I think Brees’ confidence and comfort level have clearly returned this year with coach Sean Payton back on the sideline.

That confidence and comfort could be shaken a bit, though, if Graham is out for an extended period with his foot injury. Brees has always been willing to spread the ball around to any open man. But Graham — and the threat of Graham — makes Brees even more dangerous.

Fair points, Mr. Triplett.

We’ll truly see if Brees is worthy of the reward should Jimmy Graham miss any time in the near future. Guys like Marques Colston and Darren Sproles will still be around, but we’ve seen what a star quarterback can look like without his favorite tight end — just ask this year’s edition of Tom Brady.

There’s little chance Manning cools off, but a second-place finish here for Brees would not be the end of the world. New Orleans Saints tickets are still available for the 2013 season from PrimeSport so don’t miss out on Drew Brees’ continued excellence this season.


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