Drew Brees, Saints extending the field

In recent weeks, we’ve talked about how Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense have been looking a lot more like the 2009 version of Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense.

Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information, we’ve got some very strong tangible evidence to help us look a little more closely at this trend. The passing theme is that Brees and the Saints have been a lot better at throwing the ball 15 yards or more downfield in the past five games.

In the first eight games, Brees completed just 45.1 percent of his passes of 15 yards or more. He threw for five touchdowns and five interceptions and compiled an 84.8 passer rating.

Now, let’s look at the dramatic difference over the past five games. Brees has completed 56.1 percent of passes that were thrown 15 yards or more downfield. Seven of those have gone for touchdowns and only three have been intercepted. Brees also has put up a 110.0 passer rating in those situations over the past five games.