In their 35-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed passes to 10 different receivers in the face of a relentless Buffalo pass rush. Brees, who ended up being sacked four times, finished the day 26-of-34 passing for 332 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions.
This is nothing new for Brees, of course, as this game marked the eighth time he has thrown for five or more touchdowns in a game and his first time doing so since 2011. It’s a performances like this one that makes Brees and the Saints legitimate playoff contenders and the reason why New Orleans gave him the big-money contract last season.
Despite having tight end Jimmy Graham back in a limited capacity, Brees was able to use the remaining personnel around him to take advantage of the man coverage the Bills so often used. For instance, rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills had his first 100-yard receiving day of his career, finishing with three receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Since Buffalo decided to dedicate more time and personnel to defending against established players like wide receiver Marques Colston and Graham, Brees had no problem giving others an opportunity, as was the case with the young Stills.
This is just Brees doing what Brees does best—using the personnel around him as best as he can.
Now that New Orleans has had their bye and came back after a tough loss to the New England Patriots, Brees and the Saints must travel to the east coast to face off against defensive coordinator Rob Ryan‘s brother Rex Ryan and his 4-4 New York Jets. Road games are never easy, but if Brees and the company continue playing as well as they have been, expect the Saints to improve to 7-1.