Keeping pace with Drew Brees' numbers

If he continues on his current pace, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will break -- or at least come very close to -- several NFL records.

After eight games, Brees has 242 completions on 343 attempts for 2,746 yards. If you project those numbers over 16 games, Brees would have 484 completions, 686 attempts and 5,492 passing yards.

Let’s start with the yards, because that’s the most interesting. If Brees continues on his current pace, he’d easily break Dan Marino’s record (5,084 yards) from 1984. Brees already is the only quarterback besides Marino to throw for 5,000 yards in a season. He had 5,069 in 2008.

On his current pace, Brees also would set the record for completions. Peyton Manning set the record (450) in 2010.

When it comes to the record for attempts, Brees is just slightly off the record pace. Drew Bledsoe set that record with 691 attempts in 1994.

Also, if Brees throws for 240 yards against Tampa Bay, he’ll break his own record for passing yards through the first nine games of a season. Brees set that by throwing for 2,985 yards in 2008.