The New Orleans Saints finally got their first win of the season with a 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, October 7. The team is now 1-4 and a good stretch could have fans thinking about the postseason again. While the playoffs are still a long shot at this point, for one night Saints fans were able to celebrate the success of two of our best players: Drew Brees and Marques Colston. Brees and Colston each set records in Sunday's game, showing how important these players have been to New Orleans since joining the Saints in 2006.
In the first quarter, Brees hit receiver Devery Henderson for a 40-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7. However, it also marked the 48th consecutive game with a passing touchdown for the Saints' quarterback, breaking a record held by Johnny Unitas for decades. Brees has brought success to a new level in New Orleans and has helped to raise the bar for what fans accept from a football team. It has been great watching Brees play the quarterback position as well as anyone I have ever seen.
Some critics are pointing to the fact that the NFL is more of a passing league now and that Brees' achievement is not as impressive as when Unitas passed for a touchdown in 47 straight games. However, as a fan I believe Brees does deserve to be recognized. We have seen great quarterbacks in recent years, and none of them were able to accomplish this, including: Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Joe Montana and many others. Brees deserves to be recognized.
Colston's record was not applauded as loudly on a national stage, but Saints fans appreciate it just as much. With three touchdowns in Sunday's game, Colston blew past former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn to take the all-time franchise lead with 52 touchdown receptions. Trailing Horn 50-49 before the game, Colston now has the mark for himself and will have his shot at other team records soon.
Colston trails current franchise leader Eric Martin by fewer than 1,200 receiving yards and only 55 catches. At the rate he is going right now, Colston could have those records by the end of this season or early next year. Avoiding major injury, Colston will soon be recognized as the best receiver in team history.
As a Saints fan, I am excited about these two individual records set by Brees and Colston. Now, though, it is time for the team to put some wins together and get this season turned around.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.