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I know, I know, Drew Brees still hasn't re-signed with the New Orleans Saints. Don't worry; he will.
And as soon as he does, you can rest assured he will continue at the near epic pace he set a season ago. The only real question with Brees is, what will those statistics look like in 2012?
Here's my educated guess:
- 5,000-plus passing yards. He made that look easy a season ago. League rules were not adjusted this offseason to slow down the passing game. The only way Brees slows down is an injury, not playing for some other reason or the offense becoming a run-heavy unit.
- 35 touchdown passes. Though the Saints are unlikely to throw the ball in the end zone quite as often in 2012 it's not as if Brees is going to fall significantly from the ledger he's set in his first six seasons in black and gold when he's routinely led the league in touchdown passes.
- 105.0 QB Rating. If Aaron Rodgers can skip offseason workouts a year ago and ball out the way he did in 2011, there's no reason to think Brees cannot do the same. With an improved defense, Brees won't have to take as many chances with the ball, and the result will be fewer interceptions and an even more efficient QB.