Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. ― With the Saints’ bye week now past, every team in the NFL has played 10 games.
And with everyone on equal footing, it’s easy to make comparisons to the rest of the league statistically.
Quarterback Drew Brees continues his onslaught on NFL records. Jimmy Graham is one of the top tight ends in the league. And running back Darren Sproles can now fairly be called the most impressive pickup in the offseason.
Of course, those watching the Saints week in and week out already knew this.
Let’s start with Brees.
He’s thrown for more yards through the first 10 games of a season than anybody in NFL history and is on pace for 5,322 yards. That would break Dan Marino’s 26-year-old record of 5,084 yards.
He has thrown a touchdown pass in 37 consecutive games, 10 behind NFL record-holder Johnny Unitas (regular season only).
His 70.9 completion percentage is better than his NFL record of 70.62 set in 2009, though it’s behind Aaron Rodgers’ 72.3 percentage.
And Brees is second-best in the NFL, behind Rodgers, on third-down, rocking a 118.6 passer rating. He is 71.4 percent on third down, throwing for 900 yards and eight touchdowns with only two interceptions on down.
Oh, and he has a running NFL record already with 30 consecutive games with at least 20 completions.
Graham, meanwhile, leads the NFC and is second in the NFL in receptions with 62. His 873 receiving yards is fifth-best in the NFL. And he’s 16th in the NFL in scoring (non-kickers) with 36 points. He’s also tied for ninth in first downs with 47.
Then there’s Sproles, a free-agent acquisition who has been a blessing for the Saints’ offense.
Sproles is third in the NFL with 60 receptions. He’s tied for first in the NFL on third-down receptions with 21. He’s tied with Graham for 16th in scoring (non-kickers) with 36 points. And he has more combined yards (rushing, receiving, kick return, punt return) than anyone else in the NFL with 1,604 yards.