Drew Brees lights up Total QBR

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees had the league’s second-highest Total QBR of the season on Sunday.

Brees posted a 97.7 Total QBR. The season high (98.1) was set by Philip Rivers on Dec. 5. Brees’ previous best Total QBR this season was 97.2 on Oct. 23.

The other Total QBRs for the NFC South quarterbacks this week were very good in two cases and not very good in another case. Atlanta’s Matt Ryan was No. 6 with an 88.4 Total QBR in Thursday night’s victory against Jacksonville.

Carolina’s Cam Newton was No. 8 with an 82.2 Total QBR in Sunday’s win at Houston. Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman was another story. He was No. 25 at 20.8.

For the season, Brees is No. 2 at 82.4. Ryan is No. 7 at 65.9.

Newton is No. 15 at 57.0 and Freeman is No. 23 at 43.5.