By: Kevin Ebert
“It’s about us! It’s about us!”, that’s what Drew Brees preached to his teammates before the game. Last night though, the focus was on Brees.
On a Monday night in New Orleans, Drew Brees broke the record for most yards in a career, eclipsing Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940. This is an amazing accomplishment and it was even acknowledged by Peyton himself, in both a serious and sarcastic tone. “It’s been the greatest 1,000 days of my life and thanks to you it’s over now, you’ve ruined that”, Manning said in a comical video in celebration of Brees’s new passing yard record.
After a celebration that included fellow players, his family, and the CEO of the Hall of Fame, Brees came back to play the rest of the game. The Saints looked unstoppable on offense, scoring touchdowns on 6 of their first 8, one of them being a kneel to bring the game to halftime. By the end of the third quarter, Brees had already completed 22 of 25 passes for 336 yards.
On the other hand, the Redskins looked bad. In their previous three games, they looked like they could be a team that could grab a playoff spot, but certainly not tonight. Alex Smith was inaccurate all night. They couldn’t get their run game going since they were down all night, and their defense could not stop the Saints from scoring.
The final score ended up being 43-19 Saints. With the Saints win and Redskins loss, it gives both teams a half-game lead in their respective divisions.
The Saints have a bye next week before heading to Baltimore to take on the 3-2 Ravens while the Redskins host the 3-1 Panthers next week.
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