History: Home Stretch Edition

Dec 26, 2010 by

A thousand pardons, I have been lax in posting. Travel, holidays, “work” and the dreaded epo-clicks have made my life a shambles of late. I should be flogged with switches made from the hair of Angelina Jolie! (No, really, I wouldn’t mind…)

Well, despite injuries and baffling losses, the New Orleans Saints are rolling right along toward another post-season slot, albeit not the one we were all expecting. With just two games left in the 2010 season, the Saints need only one win (or, a Tampa Bay loss to the Seahawks) to claim a Wild Card spot.

While I was away, the records have been shattered and ground into a fine powder! Drew Brees (22,435) has passed his way into first place, ahead of Archie Manning (21,734), in career Saint passing yards by 701. His 1963 pass completions moves him into first, past Manning (1849) as well. With 2926 pass attempts, Brees pulled into second past Aaron Brooks (2771) and is only 409 attempts away from Manning’s first place mark of 3335.

On the other side of passing, Drew passed Bobby Hebert last week for sole possession of third place in career interceptions with 76. His 19 INTs this year are a bewildering anomaly, but he still has 9 to go before knocking Brooks out of second place and 81 more before he dislodges Manning from first.

In the career Saints TD category, Marques Colston has moved ahead of Danny Abramowicz for fifth place with 40 career TDs. He needs nine to pass Eric Martin. Reggie Bush, currently in 7th, needs just five TDs to pass Abramowicz.

Despite being hampered by injury this year, Bush has passed Henry Childs for 7th place in career receiving yards. He needs 532 yards to take 6th place from Quinn Early. Colston has also knocked Abramowicz down from third place in this category as well, and needs over 2500 receiving yards to take second from Joe Horn.

Garrett Hartley has moved up a spot into sixth place with 39 career Saints FGs, passing Rich Szaro in the process. Just two FGs will move Hartley into 5th place past Tom Dempsey. Despite early season troubles, Hartley remains the Saints most accurate kicker to date! (Are you listening, Sean?) Hartley’s 84.87% accuracy surpasses Saints greats Morten Andersen (77.63%), Doug Brien (82.55%) and John Carney (82,76%). Just sayin’…

Now, to the future… when the Saints beat the Falcons on Monday Night Football, they will have their second back-to-back 11-win seasons since 91-92. With the win, Drew Brees will tie Bobby Hebert for all-time Saints wins as a QB at 49. With 70 passing yards, Brees will pass former Boilermaker and Saint Chrissy Everett for 17th place in all-time NFL passing yards. 232 yards will make him the 17th NFL player to hit the 35,000 career passing yards mark. Additionally, at 31 TDs, Brees needs just three more to tie the club record of 34 that he set in 2008 and subsequently tied in 2009.

It’s all there for the taking… just reach out and grab it!! Geaux Saints!!

(PS: Black-N-Gold Bowl Watch: My prediction for the season’s second meeting between the Steelers and Saints, the SuperBowl, Steelers have the point edge by just .70! My call: Steelers 21 – Saints 20!)

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