Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Drew Brees: A
Even at the age of 36 and missing the first game of his Saints career due to injury, Brees is still fifth in the league in passing yards and fourth in touchdowns. Being first in each category by the time the season comes to an end is not out of the question. He’s also keeping the interceptions to a minimum. For all the people talking about how this guy is declining and is no longer elite, just stop it — you sound ridiculous. Brees continues to make the people around him better, and if the offensive line continues their recent surge of success, Brees will continue to post big numbers. Remember that time he threw for 505 yards and tied the NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes? Yeah, that was three days ago. If it wasn’t for Drew Brees, the Saints would not have won their last three games and could very well be 0-8 right now. He’s been flirting with the top of his class since returning from that shoulder injury and is still the best player on this New Orleans Saints football team, and there’s still room to get better.
Luke McCown: B
With Brees missing his first game of his Saints career back in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers, McCown had to take over. Well, he didn’t do too shabby, finishing 31 of 38 for 310 yards. Unfortunately, he was unable to find the end zone, which is something Brees never fails to do. But McCown was the best option with Brees battling a shoulder injury. McCown was given another opportunity against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7 as the quarterback in a fake field goal play. He was successful, setting up a score after finding Ben Watson for a 25-yard first-down play.
Overall Position Grade: A
Don’t get it twisted, Saints haters. You’re just mad Drew Brees isn’t your quarterback. After Sunday’s historic performance, the Saints are back at an even .500 and Brees is looking as good as he’s always been. With help from his running backs, emerging wide receivers, and an offensive line that is finally coming together, Brees and the Saints’ offense are looking like a high-powered unit once again. It’s going to be fun to see what the second half of the season has in store with a favorable schedule on the agenda.