Brees: Michael Thomas makes everyone around him better


For the second straight week, it was a record-breaking game for the New Orleans Saints. Last week, it was the Drew Brees show, a near perfect performance to set the NFL record for career passing touchdowns.

This week in their 38-28 win over the Tennessee Titans, it was the Michael Thomas show. Thomas hauled in 12 catches for 136 yards and 1 touchdown; and, in the process, he set the record for the most receptions in a single season, breaking Marvin Harrison's previous record of 143.

“Everything that you see on game day is what we see in practice,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees told Zach Strief. “Every rep is a championship rep. He holds himself to such a high level of accountability too. If a ball touches the ground in practice, he is pissed. You'll probably get a helmet slammed out of him once a week or once every two weeks.

'This is a tough time of year because, obviously, it's a long season; and guys [are] getting beat up,” Brees said. “This is when you want to be playing your best. It's also when you start really wanting to be an ascending team going into the playoffs. We just got to keep plugging away.”

The Saints finish the season against the Carolina Panthers with the hope of securing the #1 seed in the NFC still alive.