Although the New Orleans Saints have started the 2012 season with a disappointing 0-3 record, quarterback Drew Brees has still looked like an elite NFL player at times. On Sunday, September 30, Brees will have a chance to tie a long-standing NFL record when the Saints face the Green Bay Packers. With touchdown passes in 46 consecutive games, if Brees connects for a score on Sunday, he will tie the legendary Johnny Unitas, who reached 47 straight games with a touchdown pass. As a Saints fan, I would like to see Brees accomplish this feat while also leading New Orleans to its first victory of the year.
While Unitas accomplished his feat during the 1956-60 seasons, Brees' streak dates back to 2009, when he threw four touchdowns and had 369 yards against the New York Giants on October 18. For nearly three years, Brees has thrown a touchdown pass in every one of his games. This streak does not include postseason games, but Brees does have six playoff contests during this streak, and he did thrown touchdown scores in those games as well.
Since 2009 Brees has led the league in passing completion percentage each season. He was the NFL's leader in touchdown passes for the 2009 and 2011 seasons, and last year he also led in passing yards and completions. He has been one of the top passers in the game since arriving in New Orleans in 2006, and Saints fans would love to see him get this record.
Of course, the most important thing is getting a win for the Saints, which will not be easy to do in Green Bay. I would much rather see the Saints get back on track and turn this season around by upsetting the Packers on the road. Obviously, the best scenario for Saints fans would have Brees tying the record and his team winning the game.
After Sunday's game, I am hoping that Saints fans will be talking about Brees trying to set the record for himself, while also discussing the team's first win.
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.
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