Now that the Golden Boy (Tom Brady) is stinkin' up the joint in New England, there's a new quarterback staking his claim as an elite quarterback: New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees. So far in this very young season, Brees has thrown 9 TDs, 2 INT, completed 75% of his passes for 669 yards with a ridiculous passer rating of 132.9! He's also on pace to throw 72 touchdowns!
Our quarterback Peyton Manning is also off to a very good start: 3 TDs, 1 INT, 68.9% completion for 604 yards and a passer rating of 110.3. Brees is killing every other quarterback in the league in nearly all the major statistical categories, but stats aren't everything.
Brees won't be playing a defense like the Lions multiple times this season; so we can definitely scratch out him reaching 50+ touchdowns, let alone 70+ touchdowns. In addition to not being able to blow out every opponent this season, Drew Brees isn't thought as being clutch.
Brees hasn't led any team in a comeback victory as gracefully and as frequently as Peyton Manning has done over the last 12 seasons. When Peyton's on the national stage, he shines. His performance from last night and recent years including last season's Sunday Night Football game against the San Diego Chargers proves that there's so much more to being an elite quarterback than just being able to fill up a stats sheet.
Drew Brees is a terrific quarterback; but in 2006 NFC Championship Game, the biggest game of his career, Brees didn't play that well. Peyton, on the other hand, faced a 18 point deficit at half time, and the rest in history. Peyton Manning is 2nd among active quarterbacks with 37 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or Overtime. After leading his team to over 30 game-winning drive, many are starting now to consider him as Mr. Clutch.
If you want a great quarterback for you Fantasy Football League, Brees is you guy; but if you want a quarterback to lead your team on a game-winning drive, Peyton’s the man for that job. Until Brees can win important games, he’s gonna have to wait his turn to join Peyton at the cool kids' table.