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Brees was best between numbers

NEW ORLEANS – Drew Brees was at his best when throwing between the numbers in Sunday night’s 31-17 victory against the Detroit Lions.

That was probably by design because the Lions were without injured defensive backs Louis Delmas, Chris Houston and Brandon McDonald.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Brees completed 15 of 18 attempts (83.3) between the numbers. He averaged 12.9 yards on those attempts and threw three touchdowns without an interception.

In Weeks 1 through 12, Brees had completed 71.7 percent of his throws between the numbers and averaged 7.9 yards per attempt while throwing 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.