Chris Graythen/Getty Images
The New Orleans Saints moved to 4-1 with a 43-19 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night at home in Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Drew Brees made history in the victory, passing Peyton Manning as the NFL‘s all-time leading passer. He entered the game 200 yards behind Manning (71,940) and finished with 363 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Brees climbed into first place with his 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith with two minutes, 46 seconds left in the second quarter.
With this 62-yard touchdown pass… @drewbrees is the NFL’s all-time leading passer! 🙌 #GoSaints https://t.co/K6vTQVwfOe
Breaking All-Time Passing Record Cements Drew Brees as Most Underrated QB Ever
To put that into perspective, only one quarterback aged 30 or older has gone an entire season averaging at least 300 yards while completing 70 percent or more of his passes, per Pro Football Reference. Brees did it in 2011 and is on pace—along with Kirk Cousins—to do it again in 2018.
There’s no question Brees benefits from playing in an era that has inflated passing numbers across the board. Critics will also point to the Saints’ lack of team success recently. New Orleans has two playoff appearances since 2011.
But Brees is clearly head and shoulders above nearly every quarterback in the NFL today—Tom Brady and possibly Aaron Rodgers excluded—and has shown little sign of a decline. He’s also the biggest reason the Saints have not won fewer than seven games in a season since his arrival in 2006. Like Manning, Brees has been saddled with some terrible defenses through the years.
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
– Most career 300-yard passing games (111) – Most 300-yard passing games in a season (13 in 2011) – Most consecutive 300-yard passing games (9, 2 separate streaks) – Highest Comp Pct in a season (72.0%) in 2017 – Most Pass TD in a game (7 in 2015 vs Giants – tied record)
Mike Renner @PFF_Mike
The Saints have had one defense since they won the Super Bowl grade higher than 20th in coverage. Brees a one man show
Putting Brees ahead of Brady, Peyton Manning or Joe Montana is a stretch, but NFL fans might be failing to appreciate how great he has been for 18 seasons.
The Saints have a week off before they return to the field Oct. 21 on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. Washington, which fell to 2-2, stays in the NFC South for a home matchup with the Carolina Panthers.