At the midpoint of the NFL season, Drew Brees is rightfully in the MVP discussion as the New Orleans Saints (6-1) are riding a six-game winning streak.
In a rematch of last postseason’s NFC Divisional round matchup, the Saints left Minnesota victorious with a 30-20 win vs. the Vikings (4-3-1).
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Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and one of just four quarterbacks with at least 500 passing touchdowns.
Yet in an illustrious 18-year career filled with numerous accolades, the last notch for the 39-year-old future Hall of Fame quarterback is to win the league’s top individual honor.
The other viable contenders for the prize include Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley.
Brees cares more about guiding the franchise to a second Super Bowl title but Who Dat Nation definitely has a solid case for their legend to finally break through.
Brees has amassed 1,990 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception this season. Brees has completed a league-best 77.4 percent of his passes and has a 118.2 passer rating, which ranks second.
Most importantly, Brees has played his best in the fourth quarter (five touchdowns) and has orchestrated three fourth quarter comebacks, most recently against the Ravens in Week 7.
“That’s why he’s the G.O.A.T.,” Saints running back Alvin Kamara said to NOLA.com. “He’s a Hall of Famer for a reason. … He’s a special player. He makes special plays and he does it every game. There’s nothing that surprises us anymore.”
If Brees can guide the Saints past the undefeated Rams (8-0) on Sunday, his resume will certainly strengthen.
Brees is in a tie with Jerry Rice for third most valuable player in NFL history according to ProFootballReference.com. Brees is the lone offensive player in the top 15 of the metrics yet to capture an MVP.
However, Brees has the utmost admiration from his peers and the media. NFL legend Deion Sanders gives Brees the nod over Mahomes and Gurley.
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Prior to the Saints’ victory at the Vikings, quarterback Kirk Cousins explained the myriad of ways Brees makes an MVP-level impact.
“He’s one of the best ever and is playing at a very high level again this year,” Cousins said to NOLA.com. “… When you’re as good as he is, there’s not just one thing. He doesn’t take sacks, he protects the football, throws for a lot of yards, a lot of touchdowns, he’s good on third downs, has stayed healthy, he’s got durability. That’s why he’s Drew Brees; it’s not one thing.”
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