Brees was 20-of-49 passing for 293 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Brady, who played all but the second quarter, was 15-of-25 for 250 yards and two scores.
Both have become fierce generals on the NFL playing field. How exactly did Tom Brady last into the 6th round? So much has happened since then it does not even matter. Brady took over the Patriots after Drew Bledsoe got hit by Mo Lewis of the New York Jets which caused internal bleeding on September 23rd of last year. Brady has not looked back since and a year later he is the best quarterback in the league. He has a long way to go to keep that title but his amazing start to this year puts him among the elite for the time being.
Drew Brees was selected with the 1st pick in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL draft. He played one game in 2001 vs. Kansas City and rallied his team back from a 19-0 deficit completing a 20 yard touchdown pass to Freddie Jones to give the Chargers the lead 20-19. They ended up losing the game but the stage was set. Amazingly through a 9 game losing streak he did not see any other action. Now Brees has led the Chargers to 3 straight victories, Brady on the other hand has only won 12 straight. Still Brees has a commanding presence and he leads his team to victory whatever the price.
The game will come down to how the quarterbacks fare. Brady is connecting on 70.5% of his passes and has 4 players with 10 or more catches on his roster through 3 games. Oh, and Troy Brown only has 31 catches. Brees is completing 60.3% of his passes and, well, one player has more than 10 catches, Curtis Conway with 17. Not including running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the next closest receiver is Stephen Alexander with 6 catches. Brees will have to find other receivers to elevate his game to rival an old foe he meets on his turf now.
Stats are just that, stats. It comes down to gametime and which team has the bigger will to do the little things it takes to win. With Brees vs. Brady set to begin anew, we await the outcome in the game of the week.