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Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Bears

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Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks to hand off behind blocking by guard Jahri Evans (73) and tackle Zach Strief (64) during the second quarter of their game against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

It’s seriously no secret that this game primarily rests on Drew Brees’ shoulder. Historically, he has very tough games on the road. I’m not trying to be mean, but you can’t argue with stats. Chicago isn’t his best friend either. Here’s the last few visits to Soldier for Drew, and they aren’t necessarily bad stats, and the 39-14 game was the NFC Championship by the way.

  • 2008 (L 27-24): 24/43, 232 Yards, 2TD, 2INT, SACK
  • 2007 (L33-25): 35/60, 320 Yards, 3TD, 2INT, 3 SACKS
  • 2007 (L 39-14): 27/49, 354 Yards, 2TD, INT, 3 SACKS 

Brees has to keep composure, and not make some bad decisions. Here’s some split stats for Drew over the past few seasons.

  • 2012 Home: 195/315 (62.2%), 2,456 Yards, 26TD, 8INT, 20 Sacks 2012 Away: 226/355 (63.7%), 2,721 Yards, 17TD, 11INT, 6 Sacks
  • 2011 Home: 216/300 (72.0%), 2,624 Yards, 29TD, 6INT, 8 Sacks 2011 Away: 252/357 (70.6%), 2,852 Yards, 17TD, 8INT, 16 Sacks
  • 2010 Home: 237/343 (69.1%), 2,337 Yards, 17TD, 12INT, 14 Sacks 2010 Away: 211/315 (67.0%), 2,283 Yards, 16TD, 10INT, 11 Sacks

You can go even a step further in games that Brees & the Saints have lost in. When the Saints lose, Drew’s stats are hideous compared to when the Saints win. Last year alone, Drew was only intercepted 3 times in wins vs. 16 times in losses, and sacked only 7 times in wins vs. 19 times in losses.

So again, we live, breathe, and die by how Brees plays on Sunday.

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