At 10-4, the Saints seem like a sure thing to make the playoffs. But if the team does falter, the blame will be placed on the same man who is so often credited for their success. Brees needs only one win in their final two games, but that could be difficult with a road game against first-place Atlanta and a Week 17 matchup with a tough Tampa Bay defense.
As good as Brees has been this season, his numbers are down around the board. His completion percentage and QB rating are down, while his interceptions and sacks taken are both up.
It would be unfair to blame Brees for not reaching those astronomical numbers, but this is a team built around Brees. He will enjoy the credit when the team wins, but he will also bear the brunt of the criticism when his team loses.
Brees' final two games are far more difficult than his fellow bubble teams, and he will need to play at a high level to win either game.