Brees likely to break passing yards record around the Saints’ sixth game

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Peyton Manning knows he’s not going to own the career passing yards record for long.

Manning said last month that he expects Brees to break his career records, and it’s a matter of when and not if.

So how soon will that happen? It should be around the sixth game of the season that Brees will break Manning’s record for career passing yards. Manning’s all-time record is 71,940 yards. Brees has 70,445 yards. That’s a difference of 1,495 yards, so if Brees averages about 270 yards a game this year like he did last year, he’ll break the record in Week Seven, after the Saints’ Week Six bye.

Brees should break the career record for completions even sooner: Brees has completed 6,222 passes in his career, while Brett Favre owns the record at 6,300. Brees is 78 completions away, which at last year’s pace of about 24 completions a game would get Brees the record in Week Four. Brees is 875 attempts away from Favre’s record, so it will probably be 2019 before he can break that record.

And in the final of the big career passing records, Brees and Tom Brady are exactly tied: They’re both at 488 career touchdown passes, 51 away from Manning’s career record of 539.

51 responses to “Brees likely to break passing yards record around the Saints’ sixth game

  1. And the Saints will pass the unofficial “shamelessly running up the score” record around then too.

  2. Brees could’ve been in the convo for best ever…with more Superbowl wins…but he chose to get paid to the detriment of team depth…

    That’s fine and dandy for Brees, good for him…it’s his right to squeeze every penny he can…however it’s not fine and dandy that the Fans of New Orleans only have 1 Superbowl to show for it!!!

    Boy…there sure are a lotta teams and players out there who would rather have fun winning one Superbowl than have fun winning multiple Superbowls…by overpaying the QB position! Saints, Ravens, Seahawks…and soon to be Eagles!!!

  3. There was talk around Green Bay that Mike Sherman wanted Brees as Favre’s successor, before he was removed as their personnel chief. Would have been crazy to watch him chase Favre’s records in the same uniform.

    .. congrats to Brees. One of the most underrated performers in League history.

  4. Ask the people of New Orleans, post-Katrina, how they regard Drew Brees. What he did helped revitalize a city who needed something…anything…to cheer about. After the destruction and the finger pointing, Brees chose to stay. The record couldn’t happen to a classier guy. And I’m a Colts fan.

  5. Dommer’s don’t count? Are you kidding me? All of those all the great QB’s played in domes during there careers to earn their places in history!

    Give the man credit for breaking the record, when he breaks the record!

  6. “And the Saints will pass the unofficial “shamelessly running up the score” record around then too.”

    Yeah this is big boy football, there is no such thing as “running up the score”. D don’t like it stop the other side.

    Also, there are quite a number of examples the last few years of teams getting way up, taking their foot off the gas and ending up losing a game because they thought they had it in hand. In the modern NFL with rules that heavily favor offenses, you can’t hesitate to score no matter how far up you are. It might well cost you the game if you do.

  7. Brees could’ve been in the convo for best ever…with more Superbowl wins…but he chose to get paid to the detriment of team depth…
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    Drew Brees 2018 cap number – $24,000,000

    Tom Brady – $22,000,000

  8. Unless it’s Brett Favre being talked about, counting stats don’t mean anything. Just a bunch of people exploiting the pansy rules that prevail in the NFL today.

    TRUMP, AMERICAN FLAGS, APPLE PIE, BALD EAGLES, B-2 BOMBERS; YEAH!!!!!

  9. Dommer’s don’t count? Are you kidding me? All of those all the great QB’s played in domes during there careers to earn their places in history!
    Give the man credit for breaking the record, when he breaks the record!

    He was referring to the size of Manning’s PEDed forehead.

  10. I have no idea how people say this man is over rated. It has been an absolute pleasure watching this 5’11” MAN stand tall in the pocket, with chaos all around, throw lasers and shred defenses for 13 years now. Number don’t lie, people.

  11. “Boy…there sure are a lotta teams and players out there who would rather have fun winning one Superbowl than have fun winning multiple Superbowls…by overpaying the QB position! Saints, Ravens, Seahawks…and soon to be Eagles!!!”

    What does that say for QBs who have never even won a single playoff game (let alone a Super Bowl) who want record-setting salaries, to the detriment of building a championship caliber team (I’m looking at you, Kirk Cousins)?

    Is their lifestyle really going to significantly suffer if they take a $20 million salary as opposed to $30 million?

  12. Brees does his damage almost a half foot shorter and, more times than not, without a good defense which limits his opportunities. In that regard Brees’ career achievements are more impressive than other top QBs at the same level IMHO.

  13. In terms of all time statistics Brees, Favre, Manning and Brady are not challenged. These four have separated from the field and they all have lead teams to Championships. Manning has 79,980 yards and 600 TD passing/rushing in the regular season and playoffs-That’s amazing. If Brees breaks the all time regular season marks that is amazing too.

  14. And as some commenters have aptly pointed out…Brees and company sure do love padding their stats with the game outta hand…

    I’ll never forget that Sunday night game against the Packers on October 26 2014…the game was competitive…until Rodgers got hurt in the 2nd quarter and couldn’t finish the game…Brees proceeded to throw 3 more unnecessary TDs after that as the game was already in the bag!!! Seriously, the 3rd TD was a 2yd pass…really? You’re throwing the ball from the 2yd line with a double digit lead?

    #BS

  15. Brees a top 5-10 all time QB. Its been fun watching him. Would love to see him win another SB ring, close out his career like Peyton did.

  16. The passing records will continue to fall. The game changed so much since Brady and Brees came into the league. Brady had the most TDs for the season in 2002 with 28 and a good passer rating was mid to high 90s.

    Since 2004 when some of the rules changed to defend receivers it’s gone haywire.

    Rodgers, Stafford and others will knock down those records eventually if they keep playing.

  17. He will average 300 ypg the 1st 4 games with Ingram gone and break the record in week 5.

  18. TD passes with your team ahead by double digits in the 4th quarter all time regular season leaders…..

    1)Brady 39
    2)Favre 26
    3)Rodgers 25
    4)Manning 23

    Tied 17)Brees 15

  19. Is their lifestyle really going to significantly suffer if they take a $20 million salary as opposed to $30 million?
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    Would you take 30% less than the going rate in your field of employment?

  20. Manning didnt have to play into his 40s to set his records. He retired at 38.
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    Maybe he should have. Then his records may not have been broken. Plus, had he played into his 40s, maybe he would’t have retired with an overall SB rating of 77 with 3TDs and 5 INTs.

  21. bighairbingopro says:
    July 5, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    Manning didnt have to play into his 40s to set his records. He retired at 38

    And for 98% of his career he played at least 8 games a year indoors
    If you don’t think that helps you’re crazy

  22. TD passes with your team ahead by double digits in the 4th quarter all time regular season leaders…..

    1)Brady 39
    2)Favre 26
    3)Rodgers 25
    4)Manning 23

    Tied 17)Brees 15

    Sorry not enough info

    What if you team up 10 (double digits) with 12 minutes left are they not supposed to throw a TD pass

  23. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    July 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    And as some commenters have aptly pointed out…Brees and company sure do love padding their stats with the game outta hand…

    I’ll never forget that Sunday night game against the Packers on October 26 2014…the game was competitive…until Rodgers got hurt in the 2nd quarter and couldn’t finish the game…Brees proceeded to throw 3 more unnecessary TDs after that as the game was already in the bag!!! Seriously, the 3rd TD was a 2yd pass…really? You’re throwing the ball from the 2yd line with a double digit lead?

    #BS

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    Brees didn’t throw any TD passes once Rodgers got injured. New Orleans just scored in other ways…

    #YouSeemUpset

  24. demetriusjames says:
    July 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Brees didn’t throw any TD passes once Rodgers got injured. New Orleans just scored in other ways…

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    Not only did I watch it, but the box score also proves it…

    #YouFailed

  25. Brees has been a class act for a long time. I am a Packers fan, but watching him play has always been a pleasure. i hope he gets to break all of those records.

  26. Sorry not enough info

    What if you team up 10 (double digits) with 12 minutes left are they not supposed to throw a TD pass

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    I make no judgement on what a team should do. The only illustration intended by the stats is that Brees doen’t throw many TD’s in the final quarter with his team up double digits. All stats are misleading in some way. These numbers may make it appear that Tom Brady pads his TD stats with his team up. A deeper understanding of the numbers shows that the Patriots are up by double digits in the 4th quarter significantly more than most teams. They can’t help but score alot. They also dominate in rushing TD’s scored in that circumstance. The whole notion that any QB pads his stats is nonsense tome.

  27. aarons444 says:
    July 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    (re: he chose to get paid to the detriment of team depth…)
    Drew Brees 2018 cap number – $24,000,000
    Tom Brady – $22,000,000
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    That’s a VERY partial and twisted use of facts – Brady’s current deal is $41M over 2yrs, Brees’ is $50M over the same time but for this occasion loaded toward the 2nd yr ($33.5M in 2019). But in fact, because Brady always restructures every couple of years with team friendly deals, a lot of his potential headline pay never actually happens and so you need to look at yearly cash or “effective APY”. When you do you’ll see Brady has long taken roughly $14M/yr through much of his career, and Brees takes about $22M.

  28. Brady always restructures every couple of years with team friendly deals, a lot of his potential headline pay never actually happens and so you need to look at yearly cash
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    Bradys re-written deals have been converted to bonus money.

    So, no, I don’t look at yearly cash, I look at the cap charge, which is the true cost to a team regarding a players contract.

  29. That’s a VERY partial and twisted use of facts – Brady’s current deal is $41M over 2yrs, Brees’ is $50M over the same time but for this occasion loaded toward the 2nd yr ($33.5M in 2019). But in fact, because Brady always restructures every couple of years with team friendly deals, a lot of his potential headline pay never actually happens and so you need to look at yearly cash or “effective APY”. When you do you’ll see Brady has long taken roughly $14M/yr through much of his career, and Brees takes about $22M.
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    Like you mentioned, you are using partial facts and twisting them to suit your purpose…At the end of the 2017, Brady has made 196,166,804$ from the NFL in salaries. Brees made 181,710,422. Brady was drafted 1 yr earlier, and his salary for 1st yr was 231,000.

  30. Brees gets paid…so what? Taking a discount doesn’t mean you get more Superbowls. Also the Saints GM navigates the cap as well as any team….they missed in free agency and the draft for a few years…no to mention losing picks (bogus Bountygate).

    The Saints run the score up because their defense has been flimsy. If they don’t score on offense the other team can get back in games. If you have your foot on a teams throat….FINISH THEM.

  31. demetriusjames says:
    July 5, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    July 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm
    demetriusjames says:
    July 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Brees didn’t throw any TD passes once Rodgers got injured. New Orleans just scored in other ways…

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Not only did I watch it, but the box score also proves it…

    #YouFailed

    ****************************************************************************************

    The box score doesn’t prove anything other than that the Saints kept scoring. You made in incorrect statement, though…which is why I commented. Rodgers was still in the game, up until just a few minutes remaining to play. Your talk like it was Brees’ fault the Packers committed turnovers and put them in great scoring position…

    #YouShouldGetMadAboutThoseThreePackersTurnoversAndNotBrees

  32. nfloracle says:
    July 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Dommer’s don’t count? Are you kidding me?

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    No kidding! They got trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by snowstorm and had to revert to cannibalism to stay alive and you say they don’t count? Give them some credit already!

  33. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    July 5, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    Brees could’ve been in the convo for best ever…with more Superbowl wins…but he chose to get paid to the detriment of team depth…

    That’s fine and dandy for Brees, good for him…it’s his right to squeeze every penny he can…however it’s not fine and dandy that the Fans of New Orleans only have 1 Superbowl to show for it!!!
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    Brees could have taken less money like he did this year. However, the Saints’ drafts prior to last year were absolute stinkers.

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