New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his stellar performance during Sunday’s victory over the New York Giants in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It’s the second time Brees has won the award this season.
The NFL issued the honor to him on Wednesday for his seven-touchdown showing, tying the single-game record for touchdown passes thrown. Brees also initially broke his career-high for passing yards in a game with 511, but after some stat corrections this week, the yards total got knocked down to 505. His career high is 510 passing yards, which came against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006.
Drew Brees threw touchdowns to five different people Sunday. Tight end Benjamin Watson led the way with nine receptions for 147 yards and a score, proving again he has found the fountain of youth. Marques Colston made fans forget about his obvious declining career, having his biggest game of the year after catching eight passes for 114 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown.
Wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead added two more touchdowns each, highlighted by a Drew Brees-Mark Ingram flea flicker that went to Snead in the end zone for a score. Of course, we can’t forget about that flawless pass and catch to Cooks, who caught a perfectly thrown ball over his back shoulder.
And last but certainly not least, we have C.J. Spiller‘s touchdown catch, which tied the game in the final seconds. The Giants got the ball back with little time left and the Saints held them to a three-and-out. A punt return by Marcus Murphy, who fumbled into the hands of Willie Snead, and a facemask call led to a big gain to set up the game-winning field goal by Saints’ new kicker Kai Forbath.
It was a wild game, to say the least. But both Drew Brees’ and Eli Manning were in the zone Sunday afternoon. Fortunately, Brees and the Saints came out on top, earning a much-needed win and his second NFC Offensive Player of the Week award of the year.
Brees has been an entirely different quarterback since returning from his shoulder injury, proving he’s still elite and helping the Saints go 4-1 in their last five games. New Orleans hosts the Tennessee Titans next.