NFL Predictions Week 6: Predicting Drew Brees and Top 4 Passers

Jon BanksContributor IIOctober 16, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 09:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints runs away from  Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton, are all very likely to have good days today as they face good match ups for their respective skill sets. Looking at the list, you can tell these are great quarterbacks and then one of the best rookies in years.

Drew Brees has quietly been having a record year. He's on pace to throw for 5,661 yards, 38 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. All are a vast improvements over the previous year, and the yardage amount would break Dan Marino's record. Today he faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who just gave up 48 points to Alex Smith and the 49ers.

Those numbers for Brees? What makes those numbers so quiet is that Brady is surpassing him in every category. Brady is on pace to throw for 5,997 yards, 45 touchdowns, while he is on pace to throw for 19 interceptions, his four INT game against Buffalo was a big outlier that is unlikely to happen again.

Today, the Patriots go up against the Cowboys, who are ranked 14th in pass defense, will still get lit up by Brady. He's having his way with defenses this year (though what QB hasn't?) and he'll get his own today.

Then there's Aaron Rodgers. I could predict Rodgers to have a great game for the rest of the season and few would argue. His skill set is one of the best in the league, with very little adversity to overcome. As he faces the Rams poor defense and the Rams offense can't move the ball. He will have a big day, so long as his offensive line doesn't fall to pieces before he can have a big day.

Finally, Cam Newton. Everyone and their families thought he would be a bust (including this writer), but he's proving himself to be the real deal to every team he plays. He stands in the pocket and threatens to use his legs but rarely does. If he can continue his progression, he'll be a top QB in talent.

Today he faces the Atlanta Falcons defense. The same defense ranked 28th against the pass in the league. Newton has had his way with the Packers, Saints and Bears defense. What's to stop him from destroying the Falcons' defense?