Brees, one of the generational quarterbacks of his time, has carried the Saints on his right arm for years, putting up gaudy numbers and having them go to waste because of his historically bad defenses.
That isn’t the case this season. The Saints are tied atop the NFC South with a 6-2 record after ripping off six consecutive victories, including dominating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in New Orleans.
The Saints are doing it with defense, which hasn’t forced Brees to need 400-yard passing games just to compete.
The Saints are still one of the NFL’s top offenses, ranking sixth in the league in scoring at 27.1 points and second in yards (392.5 per game). But it’s the defensive numbers that stand out. The Saints are tied with the Los Angeles Rams for ninth in scoring defense at 19.4 points per game. That’s coming from a team that was 31st in scoring defense in 2016 at 28.4 points per game.