2012 New Orleans Saints: Breaking Down Drew Brees' Form at NFL Midseason Mark

Jason BernosContributor IIOctober 24, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 07:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints leaves the field before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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We are just about halfway through this New Orleans Saints season, and, this just in, Drew Brees is still pretty good.

Great, in fact. The stat sheet might not say so in some areas, but Brees has been just as good, or even better, than his record breaking season of a year ago.

He is on pace to break the passing yardage mark he set last year. Also, his current touchdown pace has him eclipsing his careerz-high, set last year as well, with 48 touchdowns. 

The only thing that lacks is his completion percentage which has been his worst, at 60.8 percent, since his second season starting in the league, but that isn't entirely his fault. (I've actually mentioned that, recently, here

In the beginning of the season, receivers had a very bad case of the drops, and, some of those drops ended up in the hands of the opponent. Yes, a few of his interceptions have been bad choices on Brees' part, but his completion percentage does not tell you anything about Brees' form this year.

Just ask the Bucs, for example. He was a surgeon in the first half of that game, putting the ball wherever he wanted to, and, with the exception of a deflected interception and a couple drops, he would have had just two or three incompletions.

That is really bad news for the rest of the league because it means that Brees is hitting his stride and finding that groove that he had in the second half of last season.

With all of the hoopla over Robert Griffin III and Matt Ryan this season, Drew Brees would like to remind you that he loves nothing more than to break records and defy odds, and that pesky little "only one team has made the playoffs after 0-4 start" stat has him rounding into the form we know and love.

A winner.

He is still in the upper echelon of quarterbacks and has earned every bit of that $100 million