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The Saints acquired two-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger and a first-round draft pick from the Seahawks in exchange for Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round pick, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
There's no denying the loss of Graham will have an effect on Brees, as the All-Pro tight end averaged 89 catches, 11 touchdowns and 1100 yards per season over the last four years. But, it's not all doom and gloom. By adding Unger, the Saints helped to fortify an offensive line that struggled last season. According to NFL.com, the Saints' offensive line allowed 81 quarterbacks hits in 2014 and 75 QB hits in 2013, essentially all of which were on Brees, versus 59 QB hits in 2012 and 51 in 2011. Further, solidifying an aging interior line is of special importance for New Orleans, as Brees stands a mere 6-0. By shoring up the offensive line, it appears the Saints are betting that Brees made Graham, not the other way around.
Drew Brees QB NO 3 Months
Brees completed 24-of-38 passes for 281 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions during Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.
Brees connected with nine different receivers, throwing his lone touchdown to Marques Colston. He finishes the season with 4,984 passing yards, ending his streak of throwing for at least 5,000 yards at three. He still managed to throw more than 30 touchdowns for the seventh consecutive season, though his 33 on the year was his lowest mark since 2010. Brees continues to be a fine fantasy option given how much the Saints like to throw the ball, and while it appears that he may have already peaked, with two more seasons left in New Orleans, he's still capable of putting up some solid numbers.
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Brees completed 30-of-47 passes for 313 yards, with one touchdown, two interceptions and two fumbles (one recovered) during Sunday's loss to the Falcons, which eliminated the Saints from playoff contention.
Brees connected with 10 different receivers, though he missed out on another touchdown after Jimmy Graham fumbled on the goal line. Additionally, his last interception was a killer, as the Saints were driving down six points. Overall, he still threw for over 300 yards for the eighth time this season, and second in a row, though his three turnovers nearly matched his touchdowns (four) over the last two games. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Bucs, who he threw for 371 yards and two touchdown (plus three picks) against back in Week 5.
Drew Brees QB NO 3 Months
Brees completed 29-of-36 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns in Monday's 31-15 win over the Bears.
Brees spread the ball around to a number of different receivers, with Jimmy Graham, Pierre Thomas, Kenny Stills and Marques Colston each catching exactly five passes. The Saints had a ton of success on screens and other short routes, which allowed Brees to complete 18 of his 20 first-half attempts. It was a fantastic bounce-back in sub-optimal weather conditions for the 14-year veteran, following a surprisingly awful showing against the Panthers in Week 14. Brees has an excellent opportunity to carry the momentum into Week 16, as the Saints get to face a porous Atlanta defense.
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Brees completed 29-of-49 passes for 235 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
Brees and the Saints have typically been juggernauts at home, but a week after tossing five touchdowns, Brees inexplicably struggled in a lopsided home loss to the Panthers. Brees was under pressure often against a stout Carolina front seven and his receivers were of little help, dropping numerous passes. Things actually could have been worse, but Brees "salvaged" his day with a meaningless touchdown pass with five minutes to go in the affair. There's been little rhyme or reason to the Saints' offense this year, so it's difficult to predict how the squad will bounce back next week, but for Brees' owners who survived the Saints' offensive catastrophe, Week 15 brings a favorable matchup against a Bears' defense that has been frequently lit up the second half of the year.
Drew Brees QB NO 4 Months
Brees completed 19-of-27 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns Sunday against the Steelers.
Brees really spread the ball around Sunday, connecting with nine different receivers, including touchdown throws to Kenny Stills, Nick Toon, Marques Colston, Ben Watson and Eric Lorig. One big name not on the list was tight end Jimmy Graham, who failed to get even a single pass thrown his way. After some early-season struggles, at least by Brees' standards, he has been red hot of late, passing for 677 yards and eight touchdowns in his last two games. Things figure to stay positive for Brees, who will face off against the Panthers in New Orleans in Week 14, a team that has allowed more passing touchdowns than all but five teams in the league this season.
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Brees completed 35-of-45 passes for 420 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.
Brees completed a variety of throws against the shaky Baltimore secondary, but he was also sacked four times, and crucially threw an ugly pick-six. A two-score deficit allowed him to pile up yardage in the fourth quarter, eventually leading to a Jimmy Graham touchdown with just 40 seconds remaining. Brees will face a lesser defense in Week 13 against the Steelers, but he'll leave the comfort of the Superdome for what could be a cold-weather game.
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Brees completed 33 of 41 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Bengals.
Brees connected with nine different receivers, though none of them had more than Marques Colston's 56 yards, with his lone touchdown coming on a nine-yard pass to Kenny Stills. While Brees didn't turn the ball over for just the second time in the last eight games, he has now failed to reach 300 yards in three-straight games (in fairness, two of those games were more than 290). Up next is a Week 12 matchup against a decent Ravens' defense, though it'll come on Monday Night Football, a big positive for the Saints, who have won 14 consecutive prime-time home games by nearly 20 points per contest.
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Brees completed 28 of 47 passes for 292 yards, with three touchdowns, two interceptions and one lost fumble Sunday against the 49ers.
Brees connected with eight different receivers, throwing two touchdowns to tight end Jimmy Graham and one to wideout Brandin Cooks. However, his fumble proved to be especially costly, as the 49ers recovered it in overtime, setting up a game-winning 35-yard field goal to drop the Saints to 4-5. Despite the turnovers, Brees reached the 290-yard mark for the eighth time this season, and he's thrown seven touchdowns in the last three games. Up next is a Week 11 matchup against a Bengals defense that is much better against the pass than the run this season, though they are still allowing 248.9 passing yards per game this season, ranking them 19th in the league.
Drew Brees QB NO 5 Months
Brees completed 24-of-34 passes for 297 yards, with a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Panthers.
The Saints opened the game with two long drives that ended on Brees turnovers, the first being an interception that took an odd bounce off the chest of a sliding Kenny Stills, while the second was knocked out of the quarterback's hands by teammate Erik Lorig. The team then punted on three straight drives, before a Cam Newton fumble set Mark Ingram up for a quick three-yard touchdown. Brees led the Saints on an 85-yard march for seven points before halftime, and the Saints added two 80-yard touchdown drives in the second half. The first of those drives ended with a one-yard quarterback sneak on 4th-and-goal, giving Brees his first rushing touchdown of the season. While it wasn't exactly a dominant performance, Brees and the New Orleans offense mostly played well to overcome the somewhat fluky early turnovers. Mark Ingram had a season-high 30 carries for 100 yards, and Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was highly effective, though seemingly while playing through some pain. Brees has an interesting stretch of the schedule coming up, with three consecutive home games against the 49ers, Bengals and Ravens, in that order. The matchups may not be as tough as they sound, given that all three defenses are dealing with significant injuries, and Brees has long been dominant at the Superdome.