Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
Since I’m in Atlanta, I feel like I couldn’t quite do justice to the Saints’ huge win -- on the road -- over Philadelphia.
That’s why I’m posting the extensive research of Floyd Hanson and Michael Rodriguez of ESPN Stats & Information that puts yet another incredible performance by Drew Brees into perspective:
First and Pass
Both quarterbacks Drew Brees and Kevin Kolb were good when passing on first down, the difference being the Saints were not awful on other downs like their counterparts. Brees was 10 for 14 on first down, throwing three TDs and one interception (a 137.8 rating). On other downs, he was 15 of 20, with no touchdowns and a pick for a 82.9 rating.
On the other side of the field, Kolb was 15 of 20, one TD and one pick and a 111.5 rating on first down. Things got much worse on other downs for Kolb, where he was 16-of-31, with two interceptions, no TDs and a measly 39.2 rating.
Long to Go
Brees did a majority of his passing on long-to-go situations, and came up big to propel his team to a 26-point victory.
Just Bring One
Brees was pressured on 10 of 34 pass attempts. Of those 10 blitzes -- anytime the defense brings more than the standard quarterback pressures -- the Eagles brought 1 defender 4 times, and multiple defenders 6 times. Here is how they fared:
1 Blitzer: 2-4, 23 yards 0 TD 28.2 Rating
2+ Blitzers: 6-6, 96 yards 1 TD 158.3 Rating
Brees at his Best
Brees was at his best in certain other situations.
When pass rushers outnumbered potential blockers (loaded box): 3-3, 39 yards, 1 TD, 158.3 Rating
Against extra defensive backs (sub small): 13-19, 203 yards, 2 TD, 138.7 Rating
Using two skill players on either side of the formation (double set): 8-8, 83 yards, 2 TD, 149.5 Rating.