Chris Johnson isn’t the only NFL player chasing some history this week.
For the second straight year, Drew Brees has a chance to set a NFL record during the final week of the season. Last season Brees came up just short of breaking Dan Marino’s single-season yardage record.
If Brees is accurate against the Panthers, he can set the NFL record for completion percentage. Brees knows the record — 70.55% by Ken Anderson in 1982 — down to the decimal point. Brees is currently sitting at 70.62%.
“I know it because when I was a rookie quarterback in San Diego, I
looked up all the records,” Brees said. “I just wanted to know ‘em. And
so I knew ‘em all by heart there for a while.”
Brees told Mike Triplette of the New Orleans Times-Picayune that setting the mark would be a big deal to him. Of course, ending the Saints two-game losing streak would be even bigger.
Neither accomplishment will be easy against a Panthers defense that is peaking late in the season.