The New Orleans Saints put up 38 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it’s clear that Drew Brees has enough left in the tank to win a second Super Bowl.
It’s far from just Drew Brees, but he is the one that should get most of the recognition. Bress hit 11 different receivers in the first half of the Saints’ dominant Week 9 game against the Bucs. 12 Saints ended up securing a reception.
When five capable players are running routes, it’s theoretically impossible to keep up with. The New Orleans Saints had three tight ends catch passes, multiple running backs, and a plethora of receivers.
Unphased by one of the more aggressive defensive lines in football, Brees stood in the pocket well and connected with his receivers. As he’s been throughout the bulk of his career, Brees was insanely accurate against the Bucs, completing 26 passes in 32 attempts.
Three players had a reception of 20 or more yards, but at-large the team was able to get down the field in a hurry even with Brees’ arm strength still being a concern. To be fair, it is a concern, but as he’s aged, the 41-year-old has started to play to his strengths.
With their elite offensive line, standing in the pocket and finding receivers anywhere from 5 to 15 yards down the field has proven to be his bread and butter this season. Brees yet again averaged under ten yards per completion.
As should be, Emmanuel Sanders, Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara led the way with a combined 17 targets and 14 completions. With 32 attempts from Brees and just 17 targets to those three, it’s clear he is comfortable spreading the love.
The Saints are continuing to prove that they’re not just the best players in the division but they have the best coaching staff as well.
While Drew Brees should get huge amounts of credit as the organizer of the offense, when it clicks on all cylinders, it’s much more than just one of the league’s best quarterbacks to ever play the game.