New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees' Key to Strong Finish for the Saints

William TruaxContributor IIINovember 15, 2011

Drew Brees making an audible against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Drew Brees making an audible against the Tampa Bay BuccaneersKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Drew Brees has compiled plenty of stats through 10 games for the New Orleans Saints. He ranks in the top-three of nearly every major passing category including: completion percentage, yards per game, touchdowns, QB rating and total passing yards. However, the New Orleans Saints quarterback has one glaring statistic on his resume.

His interception total of 11 ranks him T30 in the league with only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Freeman and Philip Rivers having amassed more.

The Saints offense relies heavily on Brees, who has attempted 442 passes, and the team will go as far as he can carry them. Yes, one player cannot win a game by himself, but Brees and other QBs like Rodgers or Brady certainly challenge that statement.

For the Saints, who have struggled on the road this year, the former Purdue standout needs to cut down on those mistakes if his team wants to continue winning games during the regular season and beyond. Turning the ball over, especially in your own territory, could only lead to negative things.

The Saints defensive unit has allowed 240 yards through the air and 121.5 yards on the ground, ranking 18th and 19th respectively. With a total defense that has them ranked 30th, they cannot afford to have their red zone defense tested on a consistent basis.

With all that being said, the Black and Gold need that same defensive unit to come up with some critical stops for another trip to the Super Bowl. Hopefully, last week's big 4th-and-1 stop in overtime against the Falcons was not a fluke and they deliver like that later in the season.

If Brees can cut down on the interceptions, the Saints have the roster and the opportunity to be playing in Indianapolis in February.