Will the San Diego Chargers contain Drew Brees?
In the last meeting which happened during the 2008 NFL season, New Orleans won 37-32. Brees completed 73 percent of his passes for 339 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Brees will break the record of former Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas for most consecutive games with a TD pass if he has one on Sunday. I expect Brees to do this, but San Diego cannot allow Brees to have another game like he did in 2008.
Brees leads the NFL with 1,350 passing yards while he is third in TD passes with 10. Brees is at 7.1 yards per pass attempt which ranks 17th in the league and is down from his 8.3 yards last season which ranked sixth.
San Diego allows 6.3 yards per pass attempt which ranks fifth in the NFL this season and is much improved from their 7.9 yards per attempt which ranked 28th last year.
Brees and Chargers QB Philip Rivers are the only quarterbacks who threw for at least 4,000 yards from 2008-2011 while Brees threw for at least 5,000 yards twice, so San Diego’s secondary will be in for a battle.
Brees led or was tied for the NFL lead in TD passes during the 2008, 2009 and 2011 seasons while he broke the record of former Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino for most passing yards in a season last year.
I do not expect San Diego’s secondary to shut down Brees, but they have a shot at containing him on Sunday.