Always a bridesmaid, never the bride? New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has twice finished second in NFL MVP balloting (2009, 2006) and likely will fall short again this season behind Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. If Brees manages to earn at least one vote without winning, he will match the distinction accomplished by Randall Cunningham (1998, 1990, 1988) and Eric Dickerson (1986, 1984, 1983).
Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune wrote about Brees’ unfortunate timing and concludes by arguing, “If the award goes to Rodgers as expected, Brees will have unequivocally recorded the greatest non-MVP season in NFL history.” It’s difficult to disagree.
So do the numbers, which, at this point, almost require an advanced math degree to comprehend.
Sunday marked the 11th time this season Brees has passed for 300 or more yards in a game. That’s an NFL record. It was the seventh time he’s topped 350 yards, also an NFL record.
His five touchdown passes gave him 37 this season. That’s a new club record.
Meanwhile, he extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 41, which is the second longest streak in NFL history, and stayed on pace to break his own NFL mark for completion percentage in a season and eclipse Dan Marino’s 27-year-old record for passing yards in a season. Oh, and the 573-yard offensive onslaught he directed kept the Saints on pace to break the 2000 Rams’ NFL record for total yards in a season.