The New Orleans Saints are winning in different ways this year than previously in the Sean Payton and Drew Brees era. With the Saints having one of the NFL's top rushing offenses, ranking fifth in yardage and second in yards per attempt, Brees has thrown the ball less than usual this season. In fact, Brees is on pace to have his lowest passing yardage total in his 12 seasons with the Saints. Through 15 games, he's passed for 4,089 yards, an average of 273 yards per game. He'll need 300 yards in Sunday's finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to surpass his lowest mark with the Saints, 4,388 yards in 2009. But, even though Brees' volume has been down, his efficiency has been outstanding, and more importantly, the Saints (11-4) are heading to the postseason for the first time since 2013. So, coach Sean Payton has no problem with Brees' reduced yardage. "We're not in the business of playing fantasy football," Payton said Wednesday. "We really aren't. We're in the business of winning. "So, if that upsets all the people that have a player on our offense or defense or somewhere in the fantasy games of the world, then that's tough. But our job is to win, and that's probably one of the first criteria that you're graded at as quarterback. And he knows that." Brees this year has completed 71.9 percent of his passes, which has him on track to break Sam Bradford's single-season record of 71.6 percent. The second-most accurate quarterback in the NFL this year is Alex Smith, who is more than four percentage points behind Brees at 67.5 percent.
Sean Payton on Drew Brees’ stats: ‘Not in the business of playing fantasy football’
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Dec 27