Drew Brees on verge of winning first league MVP award

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Drew Brees holds several major NFL passing records. By any measure, the Saints quarterback is one of the best players in NFL history.

But while Brees has made 11 Pro Bowls, only once has he earned first-team All-Pro. That year, 2006, Brees’ former teammate, Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, gained 2,323 yards from scrimmage and scored 31 total touchdowns.

Tomlinson received 44 of 50 MVP votes, with Brees getting four and Peyton Manning two that season.

That’s as close as Brees ever has come to winning MVP. Until now.

Last weekend solidified Brees as the MVP favorite.

He is 9-1 with 25 touchdowns and one interception after the Saints won their ninth consecutive game with a no-doubt victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles.

Brees has beaten the Rams, who beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Monday night.

Yes, Mahomes threw six touchdowns against the Rams, but he also had five turnovers. In the Chiefs’ other loss, Mahomes threw two interceptions against the Patriots and was outplayed by Tom Brady.

Mahomes is expected to have many more chances to win an MVP award.

Of the other candidates:

Philip Rivers‘ poor decision, which stopped the clock late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, did damage to his campaign.

Jared Goff? Todd Gurley? Aaron Donald? That’s the problem with the Rams: Who is their MVP?

Brady is Brady, but this isn’t his best season with seven interceptions and a 94.7 passer rating.

Ben Roethlisberger might have the best shot to knock off Brees, with his 1-yard, game-winning touchdown run with five seconds remaining Sunday keeping him in the running. (No pun intended.)

The award, though, is Brees’ to lose.

And it won’t be a lifetime achievement award.

Brees, who twice has earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year and once was Comeback Player of the Year, is earning it by being the best player in the NFL this season.

80 responses to “Drew Brees on verge of winning first league MVP award

  1. With all due respect to Drew, Mahomes is playing the game at an entirely different level. He is the MVP and it is not even close.

  2. Drew Brees would have won League MVP at some point already if the press wasn’t so mindlessly obsessed with the Patriots the last decade-plus. If “lifetime achievement” tips the scales his way a bit, so be it. Long overdue!

  3. So because the Saints lost to the Cardinals Josh Rosen should win MVP… Or do you give it to Winston or Fitzpatrick for the Saints loss to the Bucs? Your “this team beat that and that team beat that team” analogy is nonsense.

    With the current standings if Mahomes didn’t get the MVP it would be robbery.

    Mahomes has 3,700 yards, 37 TD’s and 117 passer rating.
    Brees has 2,900 yards, 25 TD’s and 125 passer rating. Even with an added average game for Brees, since he’s had his bye, it’s not close.

    Brees is valuable but not Mahomes valueable. His one Int is nice but losing to AZ and tnd TB is a little different than losing to NE and LA. KC lost to teams with a combined record of 17-4. NO list to teams with a combined record of 5-15.

    It’s not a lifetime achievement award, it’s a seasonal award. And Brees should get no benefit because he’s never accomplished it.

  4. Correction, Saints one loss, got exited for all the nonsense. I’d still take losses at NE and at LA over a loss, in NO mind you, to the mighty Bucs.

  5. and before people come in here saying “Look at Mahomes numbers!”, go look at Brees numbers in 2011. Then look up who won the MVP in 2011. The precedent has been set, efficiency trumps volume stats in the MVP talk.

  6. also Brees should’ve been MVP in 2009 and there is no reasonable argument for Manning winning it over Brees. Not then and not now. That was disgraceful.

  7. Let me see if I have this straight? Mahomes has many more chances to win the award, and he beat the team that beat Mahomes, Brees is the front-runner? I didn’t realize that his not winning it before gave him more clout this season…

  8. Hope he does with all the awards he has gotten. Never getting an MVP! Patrick M is young and there will be a lot of time to get his. But really Drew may not have any chances as this could be the one.
    Great QB but a classier guy!

  9. “Brees, who twice has earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year and once was Comeback Player of the Year, is earning it by being the best player in the NFL this season.”

    A tad early to proclaim him the best player in the NFL – the season is not over yet. Brees is playing very well, but he’s not the only one.

  10. Khalil Mack should be in that conversation too.

    While I agree that this should be Brees’s year, Mack did more than any other player to take a team to a new level. Donald is obviously a strong player, but Mack has far more impact.

  11. 6 games left there is too much football to be played to say we have a clear winner.

    The Saints still have Falcons, Panthers X2 and Steelers left in their last 6, if they go 4-2 or worse (assuming the second loss isn’t after they clinehed the #1 seed) then Mahomes becomes the front runner again.

    Also if Mahomes breaks 50 TDs it would be hard not to give it to him.

  12. Delusional fans be like “mahomes, is better!” Brees beat the breaks off the rams that just beat mahomes with 5 turnovers. Mahomes pads his stats against raiders, broncos, cardinals, browns, 49ers, packers. Notice a trend? All bottom feeder teams….want to talk about new orleans loss week one, but were banged up and now are peaking mid season. Last time i checked 25-1 > 37-10. Look at brees last 3 games against quality comp qbr 150 mahomes against lesser comp 117. Please stop with your ignorance or hate towards brees, much deserved award top 5 qb all time.

  13. Failed to mention that brees beat the team that gave mahomes trouble. Your argument falls on dull ears when you really look at strength of schedule. Chiefs have one of if not the weakest in the league. Mahomes padding his stats against cardnials, browns, raiders, packers, broncos? Really man? Then losses to pats and rams that are actually good and he is your mvp? What brees is doing in a tough divison is unparalleled right now sorry to burst your bubble. 25-1 > 37-10 brees qbr 127 mahomes 121 again not close.

  14. So because the Saints lost to the Cardinals Josh Rosen should win MVP… Or do you give it to Winston or Fitzpatrick for the Saints loss to the Bucs? Your “this team beat that and that team beat that team” analogy is nonsense.

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    When did the Pre-season start counting in the MVP voting??

  15. So because the Saints lost to the Cardinals Josh Rosen should win MVP… Or do you give it to Winston or Fitzpatrick for the Saints loss to the Bucs? Your “this team beat that and that team beat that team” analogy is nonsense.

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    When did the Pre-season start counting in the MVP voting??

  16. Even if the season ended now Patrick Mahomes would still be the MVP, 37 tds and 10 int with 3600 yds is better than 20-1 with 2900. Patrick Mahomes will end the season with 5k yds and 50+ tds. Breese will have 4k with 30+ With thise numbers Breese has no chance to win.

  17. jbaxt says:
    November 20, 2018 at 9:55 pm
    So because the Saints lost to the Cardinals Josh Rosen should win MVP… Or do you give it to Winston or Fitzpatrick for the Saints loss to the Bucs? Your “this team beat that and that team beat that team” analogy is nonsense.
    With the current standings if Mahomes didn’t get the MVP it would be robbery.
    Mahomes has 3,700 yards, 37 TD’s and 117 passer rating.
    Brees has 2,900 yards, 25 TD’s and 125 passer rating. Even with an added average game for Brees, since he’s had his bye, it’s not close.
    Brees is valuable but not Mahomes valueable. His one Int is nice but losing to AZ and tnd TB is a little different than losing to NE and LA. KC lost to teams with a combined record of 17-4. NO list to teams with a combined record of 5-15.
    It’s not a lifetime achievement award, it’s a seasonal award. And Brees should get no benefit because he’s never accomplished it.
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    Brees has completed almost 77% (Mahomes 68%, still great) of his passes and has 1 turnover to Mahomes 12. Mahomes is spectacular, without a doubt, and both are extremely important to their teams.

    Comparing records of the teams each lost to has zero bearing on anything. The Saints didn’t play nor did they lose to the Cardinals- it’s not Drew Brees fault that the Saints defense gave up 48 points to the Bucs in their one loss while Brees committed 0 turnovers and threw for 3 TD’s and over 400 yards and completed 83% of his passes in the loss. However, you could make the case that Mahomes 5 turnovers, two resulting in TD’s to the Rams, was a major part of the loss. In the New England game, Mahomes threw two INT’s, one from his own 23 that was returned to the KC 4 which resulted in a TD and a red zone INT that ended a drive. Take away those turnovers, and KC probably wins both games.
    Conversely, you could say that they wouldn’t have been in either game without Mahomes- but Brees hasn’t made any turnovers that cost his team games.

    I would value Brees, leadership, experience, and lack of turnovers (especially costly ones) over Mahomes right now. If I had one game to win this year, I’d want Brees under center.

  18. WolfgangVomFramps says:
    November 20, 2018 at 10:44 pm
    Khalil Mack should be in that conversation too.

    While I agree that this should be Brees’s year, Mack did more than any other player to take a team to a new level. Donald is obviously a strong player, but Mack has far more impact.


    I get the man crush on Mack but seriously?

    Mahommes is this year’s Dak Prescott or Carson Wentz. Wentz was odds on to win MVP last year but injury shut that down. Would Mahommes have this record w/o Tyreek Hill & Kareem Hunt? Doubtful. Ergo (latin) he’s not the MVP. MVP is the one guy without whom your team does not succeed at a high level. Take Hill off that team and what do you think would be the result?

  19. Brees deserved it over Manning in 09. We saw how much of an “MVP” Manning really was in that Super Bowl.

  20. Mahomes won’t win it. Put another good QB on that team and the Chiefs offense would still light up the scoreboard.

  21. xiiprestige says:
    November 21, 2018 at 4:47 am
    Even if the season ended now Patrick Mahomes would still be the MVP, 37 tds and 10 int with 3600 yds is better than 20-1 with 2900. Patrick Mahomes will end the season with 5k yds and 50+ tds. Breese will have 4k with 30+ With thise numbers Breese has no chance to win.
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    That’s an argument for OPOY not MVP.

  22. I love how these fans think Drew isnt good. Yes, PM having a great season, but not at Drews level. PM couldnt even beat the Rams!

  23. lanman11 says:
    November 20, 2018 at 10:02 pm
    There are 6 more games left. Pump your brakes.

    Besides, we all know Tom Brady has been the NFL MVP for 17 of the last 18 years.
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    Brady is the greatest and also the most accomplished quarterback to ever step on an NFL football field. He is the measuring stick for all QBs now and in the future. 🙂

    I also happen to think the Patriots would be a 4 win team at best without him this year. No he won’t repeat as MVP but he doesn’t need it. 🙂 The GOAT don’t need to prove a thing. He is GOAT. 4 Eva. 🙂

  24. babygaga19 says:
    November 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    Hogwash. They will gift it to Brady. This whole process has been rigged for years. It’s all about Owner politics and money. Every time.
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    You spelled Manning wrong. Manning was always the league’s favorite son and he has more than one undeserved MVP on his resume. The league even had a press release ready to go congratulating Manning on a Super Bowl MVP but he played so poorly they were forced to give it to Von Miller.

    Oh and he cheated with HGH too. Which the league went all out to cover up for their boy,

  25. Brees had an MVP season in 2011. Rodgers 45 TD to 6 int. 122 rating Won over brees 46 TD 14 int 112 rating. Despite Brees throwing for nearly 1000 yds more.

  26. babygaga19 says:
    November 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    Hogwash. They will gift it to Brady. This whole process has been rigged for years. It’s all about Owner politics and money. Every time.

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    Laughable. He’s been in the league almost 2 decades and he’s won 3 times.
    In fact there’s a better argument for him being DENIED the MVP even though he’s deserved it on several occasions………….

  27. fmiaakammqbpft says:
    November 21, 2018 at 8:23 am
    babygaga19 says:
    November 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    Hogwash. They will gift it to Brady. This whole process has been rigged for years. It’s all about Owner politics and money. Every time.

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    Laughable. He’s been in the league almost 2 decades and he’s won 3 times.
    In fact there’s a better argument for him being DENIED the MVP even though he’s deserved it on several occasions………….
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    Brady in all likelihood won his final MVP award last season. But he sure is having a historic season for a 41 year old!

    That’s the clincher why he is GOAT. Forget the stats- anyone can put up big stats today. It’s wins, rings AND longevity at an elite level. The latter is ultimately why he separated himself from Montana, Elway and the rest. Brady is at the top of the class in all 3 categories. It’s a no brainer honestly to say the man is the greatest of all time at his position.

    🙂

  28. Terrible Analogies says:
    November 20, 2018 at 9:41 pm
    Drew Brees would have won League MVP at some point already if the press wasn’t so mindlessly obsessed with the Patriots the last decade-plus. If “lifetime achievement” tips the scales his way a bit, so be it. Long overdue!

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    Exactly this. It doesn’t matter if he was truly the best player this year, the fact that he hasn’t gotten one to this point means he should win it this year if it’s in anyway defensible. That he hasn’t been MVP once in his career was shocking to me.

  29. What about Goff in the MVP conversation?

    I’m the one that said almost TWO years ago that Goff was a going to be s good one and he is almost ready to take a big step forward. And a bunch of dimwits inferior to my vast knowledge of this sport thumbs downed my post.

    Who’s laughing now? 🙂

  30. Brees is one of the best QB’s of all time, but let’s not forget that playing half his games in ideal weather conditions every year as opposed to guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers for examples, gives him a huge advantage over those guys.

  31. November 21, 2018 at 7:36 am
    lanman11 says:
    November 20, 2018 at 10:02 pm
    There are 6 more games left. Pump your brakes.

    Besides, we all know Tom Brady has been the NFL MVP for 17 of the last 18 years.
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    Brady is the greatest and also the most accomplished quarterback to ever step on an NFL football field. He is the measuring stick for all QBs now and in the future. 🙂

    I also happen to think the Patriots would be a 4 win team at best without him this year. No he won’t repeat as MVP but he doesn’t need it. 🙂 The GOAT don’t need to prove a thing. He is GOAT. 4 Eva. 🙂
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    Patriots record with Brady hurt/suspended for cheating is like 15-5. Not a mathematician, but that’s a 75% winning percentage with Brady out since Bledsoe went down. Heck, they even won a playoff game without him.

    Hard to call a guy a GOAT when the team is just as good without him.

    Belichik is the REAL GOAT!

  32. This is the weirdest thread on here. Two people said the saints got beat by the Cardinals (they haven’t played each other this year), and another said Mahomes padded his stats against the Packers (another game that never happened). Do any of you idiots actually watch football?

  33. atriots record with Brady hurt/suspended for cheating is like 15-5. Not a mathematician, but that’s a 75% winning percentage with Brady out since Bledsoe went down. Heck, they even won a playoff game without him.

    Hard to call a guy a GOAT when the team is just as good without him.

    Belichik is the REAL GOAT!
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    Brady wasn’t suspended for cheating (which he didn’t do- I would not support him if he did) he was suspended because the league wanted to demonstrate they could. Goodell himself even said it himself. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    Patriots have 0 playoff appearances without Brady’s services. They went 16-0 with Brady and 11-5 and no playoffs without him the following year. 11-5 sounds nice but when you see it’s a 5 game drop from the previous season then it actually isn’t. No different than going from 11-5 to 6-10. 🙂 They did go 3-1 without Brady’s services but it was clear they were not a contender without him. They got shut out at home by the Bills. Nuff said.

    As all informed fans know they would have missed the playoffs in 01 without Brady. Brady outperformed Bledsoe In 1 quarter of that AFC Championship game compared to Bledsoe’s 3 quarters. True story. 🙂

    You did get that last part right, Bill is the greatest coach of all time. 🙂

  34. They did go 3-1 without Brady’s services but it was clear they were not a contender without him. They got shut out at home by the Bills. Nuff said.

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    I meant to say 3-1 without Brady’s services in 2016.

  35. stoneydog1000 says:
    November 20, 2018 at 9:32 pm
    If the Colts keep winning, add Andrew Luck to the list. He is having a great season.

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    He’ll get come back player of the year award

  36. Drew Brees is without a doubt the league MVP. Hill on the Chiefs creates so much separation that Mahomes is more often throwing to wide open targets. Drew throws receivers open and is the definition of the MVP of a team for 13 years now.

    Drew is a top 3 GOAT. Time to recognize.

  37. Brees had an MVP season in 2011. Rodgers 45 TD to 6 int. 122 rating Won over brees 46 TD 14 int 112 rating. Despite Brees throwing for nearly 1000 yds more.
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    The Packers were 15-1 and a bad half from being undefeated.

    Rodgers sat out the final game of the season.. a game in which Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards and 6 tds.

  38. aarons444 says:
    November 21, 2018 at 11:03 am
    Brady wasn’t suspended for cheating
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    Denial.

    Not just a river in Egypt anymore.
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    Funny. I couldn’t agree more! 😉

  39. Chad504boy says:
    November 21, 2018 at 10:43 am
    Drew Brees is without a doubt the league MVP. Hill on the Chiefs creates so much separation that Mahomes is more often throwing to wide open targets. Drew throws receivers open and is the definition of the MVP of a team for 13 years now.

    Drew is a top 3 GOAT. Time to recognize.

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    This season, Michael Thomas has a catch percentage over 90%, which has never happened for a 1000 yard receiver. So you could just as easily say that Thomas’ ability to catch anything Brees throws at him, regardless of whether it was a good throw or not, is as much help to Brees’ numbers as Hill is to Mahomes.

  40. ^^^ AND let’s not forget how open Kamara is on all those swing passes. All Brees has to do is toss it to him in the flat, and next thing you know, it’s a 40 yard TD. Looks good on Brees’ numbers.

  41. Denial.

    Not just a river in Egypt anymore.
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    Science and common sense. Not just something you learn in elementary school.

    Can you answer why the Colts footballs were also below the legal PSI after starting the game at a higher PSI if it was not related to weather? Also, why wasn’t Aaron Rodgers suspended for admitting to over-inflating footballs to gain a competitive advantage knowing full well it was against the rules? It doesn’t matter if it was before or after ref inspection, he knowingly tried to skirt the rules and it was laughed off as no big deal.

  42. I realize it’s a QB obsessed league, but MVP shouldn’t always be a QB. As for the Mahomes vs Brees debate? I don’t have a dog in the fight and IMO it’s Mahomes easily. For several reasons.

    1. If there’s one thing you’ll remember about 2018, it’ll be Mahomes.
    2. Mahomes has more impressive stats. On pace for way more yards and TDs.
    3. Speaking of stats, they show that Mahomes is throwing it downfield way more than Brees. Brees’ completion % is nearly 10% higher, yet his YPA is still lower than Mahomes. This shows that Brees is living off of shorter throws. That would also explain why he has 1 INT to Mahomes’ 10. Safer throws = less risk.

  43. Can you answer why the Colts footballs were also below the legal PSI after starting the game at a higher PSI if it was not related to weather? Also, why wasn’t Aaron Rodgers suspended for admitting to over-inflating footballs to gain a competitive advantage knowing full well it was against the rules?
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    Good questions.

    Couldn’t care less about the answers.

  44. With a 9-1 record, 25 TD passes, and only 1 interception, you have to say as of week 11, he is at the forefront of the list, but as others have said, there’s a long way to go

  45. harveyredman says:
    November 21, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Patriots record with Brady hurt/suspended for cheating is like 15-5. Not a mathematician, but that’s a 75% winning percentage with Brady out since Bledsoe went down. Heck, they even won a playoff game without him.

    Hard to call a guy a GOAT when the team is just as good without him.

    Belichik is the REAL GOAT!

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    Nice cherry picking skills.

    Belichick’s HC record without Brady is one playoff berth in 7 seasons: it is 15 playoff berths in 16 with him.

    And his record as Pats HC without Brady is 18-19 with no playoff appearances in two tries.

    BB isn’t the GOAT; he’s been on a GOAT ride for 18 seasons.

  46. Belichick’s HC record without Brady is one playoff berth in 7 seasons: it is 15 playoff berths in 16 with him.
    ——
    Patriots with Brady: Super Bowl winner or contender
    Patriots without Brady: Not a Super Bowl winner or contender. That doesn’t necessarily mean they would flat out suck (this year they would though) but still. Not a contender.

    It really is that simple 🙂 Those are your stone cold hard lock facts.

  47. Saints O line is way better than the Chiefs O line. Don’t forget about that. Both are having an MVP year. Let’s see how the rest of the year ends up.

  48. MVP is a silly award : not really all that relevant in a team sport …… NE sucks on the road in the playoffs: haven’t won a game since 2006 & they were lucky then …… they really can’t do any damage without their weak division or home field advantage….

  49. rutledge3197 says:
    November 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    MVP is a silly award : not really all that relevant in a team sport …… NE sucks on the road in the playoffs: haven’t won a game since 2006 & they were lucky then …… they really can’t do any damage without their weak division or home field advantage….
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    0-2 in Denver in January since 2006. Such a huge sample size 🙂

  50. Total number of NFL records held by Tom Brady – 0
    Total number of NFL records held by Drew Brees -8

    Superbowl wins are TEAM record, not a QB record. Is Charles Haley better than Lawrence Taylor? NO but according the the Patriot neophytes he has more Superbowls.

  51. GoodellMustGo says:
    November 21, 2018 at 11:36 am
    aarons444 says:
    November 21, 2018 at 11:03 am
    Brady wasn’t suspended for cheating
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    Denial.

    Not just a river in Egypt anymore.
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    Funny. I couldn’t agree more! 😉

    Yes, I also agree that’s the oldest, lamest line used on this or any article.

    Denial is more about believing a guy who is making an accusation and when asked by a Federal Court Judge to produce evidence and he basically tell him, “we don’t need no stinkin’ evidence” and proceeds to mete out punishment anyway. Yes, that’s exactly what you’re supporting.

  52. GUYS! Remember that year when Peyton Manning had 49 TD passes in 04? Or when Tom Brady had 50 TD passes in 07? Drew Brees currently has a better quarterback rating than both of those years. This isn’t a lifetime achievement award, his play this year deserves an MVP based purely on the numbers. Just check the numbers, he’s having one of the greatest QB seasons of all-time.

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