The New Orleans Saints entered the 2020 season looking to win another NFC South crown behind future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
So far, the Saints are 1-1 and suffered a loss on Monday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Saints signal-caller just has not looked the same in recent years. His numbers have told the story.
Brees is completing 64.7 percent of his passes after eclipsing 70 percent the last three seasons. He is averaging 6.94 yards per attempt and not pushing the football vertically as seen in years past.
Those numbers rank Brees in the bottom half of the league among starting quarterbacks. His completion percentage and yards per attempt numbers rank 21st overall in the league.
Against the Raiders, Brees had a 61.4 quarterback rating. This determines how efficient a quarterback is during a given game. He finished 26-of-38 with 312 yards and one touchdown. He also tossed an interception.
While Brees numbers are down, he does not seem concerned with his play. After the game, Brees said that his job is to put his teammates in a position to win.
“Well, my job is to execute the offense … my job’s not to have the most air yards or throw the ball down the field most or anything like that,” Brees said iin his postgame interview, via ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “I think I’ve always evaluated myself on being a great decision-maker. And so, at the end of the day, I’ll throw the ball to the open guy, move the ball down the field, score points, help us win football games.
“So that’s my job. My job’s to help us win. My job’s to help put everyone around me in the best position to succeed.”
The Saints are missing star receiver Michael Thomas and that has played a role in the offensive woes. It led to the Raiders going on a 24-0 run midway through the game to take the lead. The Saints could not match the Raiders offensively.
Brees made note that the offense is out of sync. However, he believes that the unit can get in gear moving forward.
“Are we totally in sync right now? No, we’re not. “We’re not even close to where we are capable of. Not even close,” Brees said.
As a team, the Saints held the football for 23:42 minutes. The Raiders were able to control the clock and it shrunk the possessions for Brees to engineer a comeback.
Saints head coach Sean Payton said the offense must get better. He wants to see the unit take better care of opportunities when they are presented.
“The last two weeks, I think it’s been average at best offensively,” Saints coach Sean Payton said via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We’re not functioning well enough and taking advantage of some of the opportunities we’ve had.”
The Saints are back in action in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday Night Football.