Detillier: Sometimes we underappreciate just how good Drew Brees is

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By: Jordan Fiegel

“I think we sometimes underappreciate just how good Drew Brees is.”

That’s what WWL NFL analyst Mike Detillier told WWL’s Tommy Tucker.  “Every once in a while, he really wows you and reminds you.  Last night, just to see how magnificent he was throwing the football in that effort, that was something.”

If some had forgotten how good New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew is, he certainly reminded them against the Indianapolis Colts. 

In front of a national crowd on Monday Night Football, Brees completed 96.7% of his passes – setting the NFL single-game record – and threw 4 touchdowns – setting the NFL career passing touchdown record.

“Michael Thomas was targeted 12 times and caught 12 passes,” Detillier said.  “Going into the game, the Colts knew the Saints were going throw the football to Mike.  They bracketed him, they doubled him, they rotated coverages to his side of the field.  And he still catches the ball.”

Thomas did catch 100% of his targets, racking up 128 yards and 1 touchdown.  In the process, Thomas set a record himself, breaking the franchise record for most receptions in a season, a record he had set last year.

“You saw two of the best of the best last night in Drew Brees and Michael Thomas,” Detillier said.  “It was an unbelievable performance from them and the Saints offense.”

Detillier did not focus solely on the offense, however. 

“The Saints bounced back defensively, too, after a horrendous performance against the 49ers,” Detillier said.  “The Colts didn’t score until late in that football game.  They were one of the top running teams in the NFL, and you just shut that down.  The defense kind of gets overshadowed with what Drew Brees and Michael Thomas did.”

The Saints held the Colts to a mere 205 yards, 58 of which came on their final drive.  That drive also ended with Indianapolis’s only points of the night.  It was a drastically different result than the 48 points allowed to San Francisco the previous week.

It was a complete performance for the Saints with the playoffs fast approaching.  Next up, a road trip to the Tennessee Titans.