Sunday, December 25, 2011
Move Over Marino, Cool Brees Coming Through
Coming into the Monday Night Football Game, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints needs 305 yards to break Dan Marino's 1984 record of most yards in a single season, which currently stands at 5,084. Prior to this season, the 27 year old record was thought to be unbreakable, with Brees coming within 15 yards of breaking the record 3 years ago. Now all he needs is 305 yards in front of what is sure to be a sold out crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to etch his name into NFL History. Along with a record breaking performance potential, the Saints have a chance to clinch the NFC South by beating the Atlanta Falcons, who currently trail the Saints by 2 games with 2 games to go. Brees is having an MVP type season, throwing for 4,780 yards to go with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. This shouldn't prove to be an easy victory, and Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have already clinched a playoff berth with a 9-5 record and have a dynamic QB-WR-RB trio. Their first meeting resulted in a 26-23 Saints overtime victory.
Currently ranked first in yards and second in points scored in the league, the Saints are undefeated at home and hope to keep up with the 49ers to potentially get the number two seed for the playoffs. With passing targets that include star TE Jimmy Graham and a returning-to-form Colston, the QB should have no problem getting the 305 yards along with multiple scores in the Monday Night Football game. I have a bit of a soft spot for this particular record, not overlooking previous records like Newton's passing of Manning's rookie record or Cruz's NFL tying 99-yard pass in Week 16. I drafted Brees the last two years as my QB in fantasy football, so it brings me a lot of joy to see him have an MVP year and the potential to break Marino's record.
Look for Drew Brees to lead the Saints to victory, as well as break one of the longest standing records in NFL history, Monday night live from New Orleans, 8:20 ET.