In their Monday night matchup against the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees did more than just help lead his team to victory and a 4-0 record. In addition to the 413-yard, four passing touchdown game that Brees had against the Dolphins, he also threw for 300 or more yards for the ninth straight game, tying his own NFL record. Also, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, Brees has now won nine straight Monday Night Football games and 11 prime-time wins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Brees’ 30 completions against Miami also moved him ahead of Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway for career completions, now totaling 4,146 and trailing only Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. For his efforts, Brees was also named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 4, making that 15 times that he has been bestowed with that award since he joined the Saints in 2006, according to NBC Sports. Brees also had 25 or more pass completions in a game for the 10th straight time, also tying his own record.
Right now, it seems as if New Orleans has their offense firing on all cylinders as they head into Week 5 of the regular season. This could not have come at a better time, either, as the Saints have two difficult road games ahead of them. Their next game will see the Saints travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears and their always difficult defense. After that, New Orleans will travel to play the New England Patriots, who recently sent Saints’ NFC South Rival, the Atlanta Falcons, to 1-3 following a Sunday night match up.
It may be a tall order to expect New Orleans to come away from both of these games with their perfect record still intact, but if any team is capable of doing it, it is certainly the Saints. Despite a lackluster running game that is only averaging 81.3 yards per game this season, New Orleans has more than made up for that with a potent passing attack. Heading into Week 5, the Saints rank No. 2 in total passing yards with 1,353. They also rank No. 6 in total points scored, having scored 108 through their first four games.
So strap yourselves in, Saints fans. The next two games are very important for New Orleans’ season. It will be tough road-games like these that help define who the 2013 Saints are.