Drew Brees picked the wrong two weeks to have two of his worst games with the New Orleans Saints. And for those who can read between the lines, yes, using the word picks was definitely a pun intended. His seven interceptions over the past two weeks may have cost the Saints any chance of reaching the NFL Playoffs this season.
The five yesterday in a crushing loss to the Atlanta Falcons appear to have doomed the Saints with just four games remaining in the 2012 regular season. New Orleans is now out of the NFC South race, and they do not look all that much stronger in hoping to secure one of the two wild card playoff berths.
At 5-7, it is starting to look as if the Saints will not make it to the postseason. They can blame much of it on their part in Bounty Gate, although the past two weeks have to fall on the shoulders of Brees. You simply cannot make that many poor decisions and bad throws and still expect to win in the NFL.
Especially not against such teams as the Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. It just isn’t happening.
Brees also saw his consecutive games streak with throwing at least one touchdown end at 54 games. Brees failed to toss one into the end zone in Atlanta last night, and poor clock mismanagement cost him at least one more opportunity. Along with some bad penalties and poor plays, Brees will have to start a new streak next week when he and the Saints travel to take on the New York Giants, but it may be too late for New Orleans to make a strong playoff push, even if they can somehow defeat the defending Super Bowl champs on the road next week.
This was expected to be a difficult season for the Saints will all of the suspensions on the coaching staff. Last night, it was difficult to watch Brees play that poorly in such a meaningful game in the NFC Playoff race. The only solace you can take is that was likely the last meaningful game New Orleans will play until all of their coaches are allowed back on the sidelines.