The winless Saints need to prove to the NFL that they are still contenders. However, Brees does not need to do much more to prove that he is still an elite quarterback.
Brees is one touchdown pass away from breaking a record that has stood for five decades.
The record began in the winter of 1956 by the arm of Johnny Unitas. After four years of touchdown passes, the Baltimore Colts quarterback officially held the record for having at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.
It was during the Saints’ loss to the Packers when Brees tied this record with a 20-yard touchdown pass.
There is no doubt Brees is more focused on leading his team to its first win, rather than claiming a record. Nevertheless, if he breaks it, Brees will be in good company with a legendary Hall of Fame quarterback.
The Saints have been a hot topic in the NFL for months.
It all started early in the off season with the bounty-gate scandal, which involved players taking cash incentives for injuring opponents. In the aftermath, the team found themselves without members of their coaching staff and some defensive players.
The biggest blow from the scandal was the loss of head coach, Sean Payton, for the entire 2012 season. Many expected a head coach’s absence would hold up the team to some extent, but no one expected the Saints to be winless after four games.
The bright side is that 12 games remain and the Saints’ quarterback is obviously still in control of his offense. As of now, Brees’ offense is 3rd in the league in passing yards.
After Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, the Saints have a week off before it faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
• Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive stars, Troy Polamalu and James Harrison, are expected to play against the Philadelphia Eagles.
• New York Jets’ wide receiver, Santanio Holmes, is out for the rest of the season with foot injury.
• Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are set to face-off again when the Denver Broncos take on the New England Patriots.
• Indianapolis Colts’ head coach, Chuck Pagano, will take a leave of absence after being diagnosed with leukemia.