Taking his game to the next level

Drew Brees went 21-of-24 on the first five drives for 265 yards and four touchdowns, a 152.2 quarterback rating, in the Chargers rout of Buffalo. He ended the day 28-of-33 for 339 yards with four touchdowns and a 149.1 rating.

"Drew was at the top of his game," head coach Marty Schottenheimer admitted.

"It was a real efficient day for Drew," wide receiver Keenan McCardell added. "He made the right decisions."

Drew Brees has thrown at least one touchdown pass in his last eight games, the longest stretch of his career. During the eight games, the Chargers are 6-2 and Drew has thrown a total of 16 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He has also completed more than 68.9 percent of his passes (168-for-244) for 2,054 yards and a quarterback rating of 107.9.

"The first half was great," a smiling Brees said. "I don't feel like there is anything any team can do to stop us. We are confident and have weapons that if we execute the right way we should be able to score points. That is the attitude we have as an offense."

Over the last four games, Brees has thrown for 1,232 yards, an average of 308 yards per game. It is the most yards he has passed for in a four-game stretch during his career. For the season, he has passed for 2,438 yards and is on pace for a 3,900-yard season.

At his current pace, he would become only the second quarterback in team history to pass for more than 3,500 yards, joining Dan Fouts, who did it five times during his Hall of Fame career.

Brees has thrown for more than 300 yards in a game seven times in his career during the regular season. The Chargers are 5-2 in games when he surpasses the 300-yard marker.

He hit eight different receivers and six of those players had three or more catches.

"We find what is working and work with it," Brees added.

Five times this season, Brees has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in a game and the Chargers are 5-0. Last season it happened nine times in the regular season and the Bolts were 8-1 in those nine games. For his career, Brees has had 24 games in which he has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions and the Bolts are 18-6 in those games.

With his team at 6-4, Brees' future may still be tied to the playoffs. But at this rate, even if the Chargers can't edge out from the early hole, Brees has a long-term deal locked up.

The team simply can't announce it until they trade the other quarterback. No sense losing out on the dissolving leverage.

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