First-and-10: New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees nears another passing record

By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune

December 31, 2009, 5:03PM

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The extent of Drew Brees’ playing time Sunday against Carolina remains unknown, but it’d be nice he played long enough to have a chance to set some distinguished records within his reach.

Brees has a chance to break one of the oldest NFL records in the books: the mark for highest completion percentage in a season. He’s completed 363 of 514 attempts for a 70.6 completion percentage. That puts him on track to break the 27-year-old record of 70.55 set by Cincinnati’s Ken Anderson in 1982.

Brees’ completion percentage is impressive for a couple of reasons. First, he’s already attempted more than 200 passes more than Anderson, who played only nine games that season because of a labor strike. Second, Brees is not a dink-and-dunk passer. His 8.54-yards average per pass attempt ranks third in the league and he’s completed 29 pass plays of 25 yards or more, second best in the NFL.

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