NEW ORLEANS -- The fine folks at ESPN Stats & Information dug up some interesting stuff on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees after Sunday night’s victory against Pittsburgh.
The first item isn’t real positive. Brees took the league lead in most underthrown passes resulting in interceptions. When Brees had a pass intended for Devery Henderson picked off by Ike Taylor at the two-minute warning, it was the sixth time this year Brees had an underthrown pass intercepted. Minnesota’s Brett Favre is second in the league with five.
But Brees responded by posting a 128.4 passer rating the rest of the game and threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Following the interception, Brees was 23-of-27 for 240 yards.
Here’s some other interesting stuff on Brees. Before the Pittsburgh game, he had thrown more than half of his attempts (101-of-200) to the right side of the field this season. That trend continued Sunday night as Brees completed 20 of 26 passes on the right side of the field for 139 yards and a touchdown. Brees also was almost perfect on throws to the right sideline. He completed 14-of-15, including one for a touchdown.
On passes over the middle, Brees completed all four attempts for 41 yards and a touchdown. On passes to the left side of the field, Brees was 10-for-14 for 125 yards with one interception.