Drew Brees is quietly having another spectacular year in the Big Easy.
Halfway through the 2013-2014 NFL season, Brees has accumulated 19 touchdowns and 2,290 yards passing for the New Orleans Saints. At that pace, he is on target for his third straight season with at least 40 TDs and his eighth consecutive campaign with at least 4,000 yards to his name.
The next step toward those milestones is on Sunday, Nov. 3, when his 6-1 Saints battle Geno Smith and the 4-4 New York Jets at 1 p.m. on FOX (daylight savings time comes to an end Sunday).
New York got embarrassed last Sunday in a 40-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The fact is New Orleans has more weapons on offense than Cincy, and Brees is primed for a field day against the Jets’ secondary. He could easily rack up four TDs or more and the Saints should win by at least 14 points.
Another notable Sunday contest pits the 3-4 Baltimore Ravens against the 3-5 Cleveland Browns at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. Baltimore, the defending Super Bowl champs, is desperate to keep their playoff hopes alive. It’s too early to count out the champs and Baltimore should squeeze out a three-point victory.
The 4-3 Chicago Bears face the 5-2 Green Bay Packers on Monday, Nov. 4, at 8:40 p.m. on ESPN in what should be a great game. Aaron Rodgers continues to be an elite hurler for Green Bay, a team seemingly built to win shoot-outs. Look for that to continue in a game where both sides could combine for 70+ points and the Packers win by two touchdowns.
Expect a good contest between the 6-2 Bengals and 3-4 Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7:25 p.m. on NFL Network. Ryan Tannehill has been erratic for the Dolphins, Cayman’s favorite gridiron warriors. Cincy’s Andy Dalton is rolling, and local fans will not be happy when the Bengals win by 10 points.