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Brees can tie NFL’s DiMaggio record today

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If (when) Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a touchdown pass at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Brees will tie the NFL’s equivalent of the Joe DiMaggio hitting streak.

John Unitas once threw a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.  Brees has done it in 46 straight.

If (when) Brees matches the record on Sunday, he can break it next Sunday night on NBC, when the Saints host the Chargers, the team with which Brees started his career.

Even if (when) Brees breaks the record, it won’t undermine what Unitas accomplished.  He strung 47 straight games with at least one passing touchdown together in the days before the NFL realized the connection between passing offense and gross revenue.  The rules favored the defense, from the limits on how offensive linemen could block to no limits on how defensive lineman could smack offensive linemen in the head — and no limits on what defensive backs could do to receivers before the ball was in the air.

Given the changes to the rules, the most amazing thing about the Unitas record is that it’s taken someone so long to catch it.

And if (when) Brees breaks it, there’s no reason to think he won’t carry it through the 2012 season, running the number all the way to DiMaggio’s 56.

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24 Responses to “Brees can tie NFL’s DiMaggio record today”
  1. chuckdizzlewhut says: Sep 30, 2012 11:11 AM

    … good going drew.

    (There, fixed that for ya)

  2. wholelottacrazygoingon says: Sep 30, 2012 11:12 AM

    Interesting story. You know what would make it more interesting? If you actually told people when Unitas’ streak ended, which was December 11, 1960.

  3. tomsd1 says: Sep 30, 2012 11:13 AM

    Not even in the same ballpark as Joltin Joe’s accomplishment.

    If you ever played baseball – you would understand.

  4. pappert says: Sep 30, 2012 11:21 AM

    long shots are so fun!

    im gonna say Brees doesnt find the endzone..

    U HEARD IT HERE FIRST

  5. dfinpds says: Sep 30, 2012 11:29 AM

    When you run up the score on weaker teams like the aints did last year, you get records like this.

  6. thepvyharvin says: Sep 30, 2012 11:36 AM

    Brees,please beat the Packers. I hate the Aints just a cheese curd less than the new North basement dwellers

  7. faithnsaints says: Sep 30, 2012 11:37 AM

    Man, we need a “W”

  8. jiminthebay says: Sep 30, 2012 11:41 AM

    good luck to drew today… i just dont wanna see him on the bench pouting like he did last week…. dont wanna confuse him with peyton manning….nossir.

  9. dyhoerium says: Sep 30, 2012 11:50 AM

    No. This record is not equivalent to DiMaggio’s hit streak.

  10. sirsupersouthern says: Sep 30, 2012 11:50 AM

    Florio just jinxed the whole damn thing…

  11. JSpicoli says: Sep 30, 2012 11:50 AM

    Not only is he not going to tie DiMaggio , it’s not really tying unitas either since the defensive backs are not allowed to play d for the last 20 years

  12. dohpey28 says: Sep 30, 2012 11:58 AM

    Comparing something that can be done up to 40 times a game once a week to something that can only be attempted 4 or 5 times a game for 56 straight days? Not even close. Try again.

  13. steviemo says: Sep 30, 2012 12:05 PM

    With the liberalized rule changes, this is no DiMaggio. It’s irrelevant by comparison.

  14. jetsfan101 says: Sep 30, 2012 12:07 PM

    And if (when) the saints don’t make the playoffs, Drew Brees will at least have one fond memory of season.

  15. csilojohnson says: Sep 30, 2012 12:21 PM

    Because of the rule changes all records have been undermined. I didn’t get excited when roided baseball players started breaking records. How can I get excited when a roided rule book causes everyone to break the passing record last year for example.

  16. 52crabcakes says: Sep 30, 2012 12:21 PM

    Just imagine what Johnny U’s record would be if he played in this era. It is no wonder when you can’t touch qbs anymore. Here’s one Johnny U fan who hopes Drew doesn’t do it.

  17. zn0rseman says: Sep 30, 2012 12:27 PM

    Johnny Unitas – Best QB in NFL history, bar none.

  18. pack15forever says: Sep 30, 2012 12:34 PM

    Not to take anything away from Brees, but tying Unitas’ record is not comparable to Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. Hitting a baseball is a lot more difficult than throwing a TD pass especially with the way the rules have been changed where you can’t touch a receiver pass 5 yards. There are also a lot of 1 yard touchdown passes.

  19. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    Also interesting: Unitas ended his career as a Charger.

  20. whoisthatteam says: Sep 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Sep 30, 2012 11:50 AM
    Not only is he not going to tie DiMaggio , it’s not really tying unitas either since the defensive backs are not allowed to play d for the last 20 years
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    dohpey28 says:
    Sep 30, 2012 11:58 AM
    Comparing something that can be done up to 40 times a game once a week to something that can only be attempted 4 or 5 times a game for 56 straight days? Not even close. Try again.
    ***************************************
    steviemo says:
    Sep 30, 2012 12:05 PM
    With the liberalized rule changes, this is no DiMaggio. It’s irrelevant by comparison.
    **************************************

    If it’s so easy, why hasn’t someone else done it in 50 years? Haters gonna hate…

  21. sabatimus says: Sep 30, 2012 2:24 PM

    I don’t think comparing people from different eras is appropriate–different rules, different climate, etc. The media love to say things about those 5000-yard passers last year, but Marino didn’t have the newer rules that protect quarterbacks. This is no different.

  22. middletownmdman says: Sep 30, 2012 4:02 PM

    Being from Baltimore, it’s a bit of a bummer that Johnny U.’s record might be broken. But just like when Cal broke Gehrig’s streak, records are made to be broken. If someone has to do it, you couldn’t find a better guy. Good luck Drew.

  23. randallflagg52 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:56 PM

    Johhny U will still be the record holder to anyone who can understand what an accomplishment that record was back in the day. Brees is a great QB, but Unitas was the best.

  24. vjb007 says: Oct 3, 2012 3:48 PM

    Given the way the rules of football have been so changed over the years, we can only say that a modern record will soon be with us (and congratulations to Drew Brees in advance). On the other hand, we can NOT say the existing record is about to be broken. That’s because the rules changes have created an apples-versus-hamburgers comparison. It’s that simple. It’s not Brees’ fault. More power to him in extending his record. Technically, however, it’s by no means one that’s breaking the existing record. In that context, those who say Unitas’ record CAN’T be broken are basically correct.

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