With some help from the fine folks at ESPN Stats & Information, let’s take a look back at some numbers out of the Saints’ 25-22 victory against San Francisco on Monday night.
Drew Brees' numbers haven’t been quite as gaudy as we’ve seen the past two years in the first two games. But that’s largely because he’s gone against Minnesota and San Francisco defenses that are pretty good, and he had to deal with a strong wind in San Francisco.
One trend that has emerged is how good Brees has been out of the shotgun formation. Against Minnesota, he completed 75 percent of his passes out of the formation while averaging 6.1 yards an attempt with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 101.9 passer rating.
Against the 49ers, Brees completed 76.5 percent of his passes and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. He also had two touchdowns and no interceptions while compiling a 139.3 passer rating.
Brees finished the San Francisco game with a 108.9 passer rating. That’s his sixth consecutive game with a rating over 100 and the 29th game he’s done that since 2007. That makes him the leader in the league (one game more than Philip Rivers) in games with passer ratings over 100 since 2007.
The Saints are 2-0 for the seventh time in franchise history, but it’s the first time they’ve done it in consecutive seasons.
We all know the New Orleans defense has been creating a bunch of turnovers since the arrival of coordinator Gregg Williams last year. On Monday night, the Saints had four turnovers. That’s the fifth time they’ve forced at least four turnovers in a game since the start of the 2009 season. No other team has done it more than four times.